Touch And Go
– Highlights showed Bonesaw being chased out by The Insane Clown posse after he attacked PWS World Champion Mario Bokara and Colt Cabana. It’s finally reached the point where storylines have begun to progress on the show. Sam Roberts’ interruption of David Adams, who did his TV Studio wrap-up segment was random. Roberts comes off like a mix of Stuart from The Big Bang Theory and Carrot Top. Nothing special about him, even as a heel. Monotone and forgettable.
– Bokara’s promo towards Bonesaw was his same rage-driven, heavy-accented tirade like last week. Is he a face now? Either way, he makes Rusev look like a pushover. Good stuff.
– The promo with The Heavenly Bodies, Fallah Bahh and “Shining” Edward Jackson involved cheesy broom punchlines as Jackson berated a janitor. They pushed for a “clean sweep.” Starman also walked past the camera. How do you go from World Title number one contender to that?
– The American Wolves-Reynolds Brothers Tag Team Championship match was solid and well-crafted. Best thing on the show. The Wolves were painted somewhat as heels and it seemed Adams and Dave D-Struction advocated for The Reynolds. The many near-falls in the match were insanely convincing. If you can check this match out, do it. “The Bad Touch” by The Bloodhound Gang is a strange theme song for The Reynolds, but this was an impressive showing. The sportsmanship displayed between The Wolves and Reynolds was classy, but that set up the emotional impact of the attack by The Untouchables, who dressed in animal costumes in the crowd. This was a good way to debut them on the show and provide some hook into next week. No match was announced though. What slightly hurt this was Adams constantly pointing out The Untouchables were ranked number five in the tag division and weren’t anything to worry about just yet.
– Matt Macintosh’s quest for Habib From The Carwash was entertaining as he was outside the actual Car Wash center. His promo was decent, but with the Suicidal Six-Man Title out of the picture, their feud has suffered, seeing as it is about how Habib “stole” a Belt from Macintosh that Habib no longer even has. It needs more of a personal edge. We’ve also never heard any promos from Habib. He’s shown his skills in the ring, but can he talk?
– Did we need to see the same Monster’s Island hype video that highlighted their appearance from a few weeks back? The same exact attack? Can we see something new from them?
– The backstage segment with Phillip Simon the II with Brother Jesse by the showers about a proposed “baptism” was just strange, especially with David Adams who appeared towel-clad out of the shower, followed by Chris Payne, who emerged from a curtain and threatened Simon, who grinned the whole time. Plus, “I Dropped The Soap” jokes? Really?
– The Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard)-Simon II (w/Brother Jesse) match was okay. It was a lot to take in at once and it seemed Payne was the heel backstage, but a face in the ring. Payne has good promo skills, but what’s his exact gimmick? Is he just a straight-out tough guy?
– Brother Jesse talked bad about Blanchard and told Simon to “turn the other cheek.” Their act is different, but what exactly will it bring to PWS in time?
– The in-ring segment between Mick Foley, Brian Myers and The Jackson Family, and the Insane Clown Posse was a way to set up the 4-on-4 Tag Team Elimination match that followed it, with Foley playing a special enforcer – Cactus Sack (It was around Christmas Time we could assume) The ICP is over, but we’re not sure who they are or what they do. What do they even want? Do they truly have “power”? Edward Jackson was also good on the mic here, as he tore into Foley’s legacy, who retorted about Jackson’s lack of “promo etiquette.”
– The Reality Check/Drunken Swashbuckler-Jackson Family (w/Shining Edward Jackson) 4-on-4 elimination tag was a “brawl” kind of tag match with spots outside of the ring and inside. The most memorable thing to come out of this match was Foley giving Jackson the Mandible Claw after he interfered and pulled the Referee out of the ring before he could count to three when Swashbuckler hit his finisher on Bahh. Bahh looked strong again, and he had assistance from Myers and a Singapore cane.
– The Matthews promo showed him pissed off, throwing various things backstage and ambushing innocent wrestlers training. This made him look like a bully, not a sympathetic figure.
– This week’s “wrap up” promo package featured Johnny Howl, Big Deal Craig Steele, Damian Gibbs/Beefcake Charlie, The Untouchables, Team Espana, Chris Payne and Edward Jackson throwing up in a toilet. It’s a good way to put everything in perspective and hey, it worked for ECW in the 90’s, so why not here? No matches were hyped for next week, but we guess we’ll just tune in and see what happens.
– Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers (Champions) def. The American Wolves via pinfall to retain
– Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Phillip Simon II (w/Brother Jesse) via pinfall
– 4-On-4 Tag Team Elimination – Brian Myers and The Jackson Family (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. Reality Check/The Drunken Swashbuckler via pinfall
The Bad Apple Movement
– The Handicapped Heroes (w/Hush)-Team Espana match highlights showed off the “disabled dominance”of Gregory Iron and Zach Gowen and the fight of Team Espana. It might have been good to just show the whole match, but the show was already loaded. This was a problem through the whole show, as almost every match was edited for time, jumping to certain parts, and was chalked up to “delicate camera equipment.” Kinda lame. The appearance of the Insane Clown Posse giving props to The Handicapped Heroes was also random.
– Matt “The Bad Apple” Macintosh protesting outside of a Government Facility Building against Habib From The Carwash starting a “movement” to get his Suicidal Six-Way Title back was pretty entertaining. The misspelling of “thief” on the protest sign was a nice touch. He approached who he thought was Habib and threw him into a dumpster, before realizing it wasn’t him and closed it. This was one of the first times we were able to see that Macintosh can be a funny heel and actually has some personality. He was a star on this episode.
– Jerry Lynn serving as the special guest timekeeper for the Suicidal Six-Way Title match between Brian XL, The Amazing Red, Shynron, Habib (Champion), Matt Macintosh and Lifeguard was interesting, more of the “big name” involvement in the company. Headed into the match, it seemed Macintosh would somehow play into the finish, as the only thing that hurts this match concept was that the four other men just seemed to be there to fill the spot, as Macintosh was the only one pushing to get the Belt, until Red emerged out of nowhere. Nevertheless, the match had its moments. Habib has the charisma to pull off this gimmick, but him spraying an opponent in the face with a spray bottle seemed heelish. The superplex spot into the outside of the ring on the other wrestlers was great. Headed towards the finish, the action was hard to keep up with but Red came out with the win to become new Champion. The Lifeguard tried to take the Title, but Lynn attacked Lifeguard. This probably means that Habib and Macintosh will get a grudge match.
– David Adams trying to catch up with The Heavenly Bodies and “Shining” Edward Jackson was a chance for Jackson to put over his clients and he has the mic skills to pull it off. He is almost like the Paul Heyman of PWS.
– Monster’s Island is a respectable group in terms of their ring skills and utter dominance being monsters and all, but the act is too much like The Wyatt Family in terms of the camera work in the hype videos. Shouting “They’re here!” upon their arrival doesn’t exactly help either. This looked back at their debut last week and asked when they would strike again, keeping their characters mysterious.
– Bonesaw cut a promo on Starman that talked about stakes being raised for their #1 Contender’s Ladder Match and it was decent, even with the dramatic music in the background. Starman’s promo style, following a Nintendo character dialogue style with text on the screen, was unique. The hype video made you believe this was a big rivalry.
– The #1 Contender’s Ladder match between Starman and Bonesaw was pretty good, but not the most amazing ladder match ever. We have seen those spots before in many ladder matches. It did seem weird though that they would replay and emphasize Starman botching a ladder spot as the ladder gave way under him. Bonesaw powerbombing Starman from the ring onto a ladder set outside of the ring was brutal, but might have had a better impact if it wasn’t already included in the opening montage video.
– Next week’s show will show Mick Foley, and The Reynolds Brothers taking on The American Wolves and more.
– The backstage promo from Mario Bokara had him quite intense as he got in the camera shot rage-faced and had good words for Cabana coming off as a serious competitor.
– The PWS Championship match between Cabana-Bokara was a clash of the serious Bokara and the jokester Cabana, already setting up somewhat of a story. It’s obvious that PWS sees Bokara as a big name being that he’s been Champion the last seven months (as of this show). The match was competitive as Cabana looked good showing a lot of fight but tapped out in the end. Postmatch, Bonesaw attacked Bokara and Cabana with a steel chair. The ICP came down to the ring with chairs and Bonesaw backed out. Not sure where this leads, but okay.
– Lifeguard, Craven Varro, Damian Gibbs, Beefcake Charlie, CPA, Macintosh and Dan Maff cut promos for their feuds pushing next week’s show. Good way to close things out.
– Suicidal Six-Way Title – The Amazing Red def. Habib From The Carwash (Champion), Brian XL, Lifeguard, Matt Macintosh and Shynron to become Champion
– PWS Championship #1 Contender’s Ladder Match – Bonesaw def. Starman
– PWS Championship – Mario Bokara def. Colt Cabana via submission to retain Title
Pro Wrestling Syndicate has found a new TV home in WLNY/TV 55 and the timing could not be better. In a time where indy world rulers can become WWE and TNA champions within two to four years later, attention should be paid to what’s out there.
Below, you’ll find some random notes and analysis on their television debut episode. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Kudos To The Carwash Man
– The opening montage seemed awfully generic with the music and “fire” on-screen graphics, but it was hard to ignore all the hardcore action and flips and flops. PWS definitely has potential.
– Right off the bat, David Adams had a Joey Styles-like delivery to him. The production studio behind him looked so fake though, which then obviously shifted to a green screen which showed an image of the ring. That aside… Dude can really sell $5 t-shirts.
– Jushin Liger, AJ Styles, Jeff Jarrett, Bret Hart, Great Muta aren’t names to ignore… PWS does have an established background since it started in 2007. The reunion of Lance Storm and Justin Credible as The Impact Players was definitely smart booking in providing nostalgia and helping younger talent get over.
– Not to mention while PWS boasts an indy darling like Colt Cabana, some other gimmicks make you wonder. One in particular was The Drunken Swashbuckler, which was the worst ring name ever, but perhaps fitting for a pirate gimmick. Who knows. On that note, Starman was such a generic-looking luchador. His high-flying skills may be all he has. See more below.
– The Heavenly Bodies-Reality Check tag team match seemed to be the usual for an indie tag; fast-paced and such. The announcers mentioned that the two teams were in “a blood feud,” but it just didn’t come off that way. For all the big names mentioned, it was good to start the show off with PWS-grown talent. Craven Varro of RC definitely got in some exciting offense and there’s definitely potential in the newest installment of THB. There was also a nice heel swerve from the referee as he was apparently with THB all along, stopping before a three count and counting fast to steal the win away from Reality Check. This was a good immediate followup as the announcers alluded to THB having an “official representation” on social media and we found out who it was.
– Kudos for the “Don’t Forget Your Roots” video graphic with general wrestling facts (and H2O of course)
– The concept of the Suicidal Six Way division screams a copycat of TNA’s X-Division with six men fighting one fall to a finish where the champion needn’t be pinned, but it works as a way of having fast-paced action and getting many guys time to shine on the card. This match – which featured Habib From The Carwash – yes, a real character who sprayed the ropes as he entered them – was shockingly much over with the crowd as defending champion. Also in the mix were Amazing Red, Brian XL, Big Mason (BJ Whitmer if he was more muscular and taller), Matt Macintosh and Joe The Drifter (with the gimmick of a homeless man). There was lots of high-flying action, but may be a bit chaotic for the casual fan to follow. There were some silly spots involving sponges too, but Red shined in this match, even with blood to show for it. One memorable spot included Big Mason doing a flying lariat onto five men below from the top rope. Habib From The Carwash retained with a pinfall over Macintosh.
– There was a weird vignette of scary guys in the woods with bloody face paint and cowboy hats with a child’s voice saying, “It’s only a dream” over and over. Guess the Wyatt family has some illegitimate cousins…
– The highlight package of the “On The Spot Title Shot” 30-man battle royale definitely showcased Tommy Dreamer, Fallah Bahh and Starman. Bahh looked particularly dominant and he even had a mouthpiece in the form of the “fake referee” from the earlier match, revealed to be “Shining” Edward Jackson. Jackson definitely showed off great mic skills and the match was good. No Homicide promo though?
– The PWS Tag Team Championship match between The Team Impact Players and Reynolds Brothers had good action. Lance Storm was still incredibly agile for his age. The Reynolds Brothers were highly regarded by the announcers, but they barely had a presence in the ring. Some good near falls towards the finish, which saw Reynolds Brothers retain.
– The Kevin Matthews promo seemed very Low Ki-esque as he had a hood pulled over his head and he screamed about being betrayed by his former partners Brian Myers and Gavin Tuft. Keyword was screaming. Words you couldn’t really hold on to.
– Hyped for next week was: Dan Maff vs. Eddie Kingston, Matt Macintosh vs. Tony Nese vs. Shynron vs The Amazing Red in a High-Flying Four Corners Match and Fallah w/”Shining” Edward Jackson vs Homicide. Sounds pretty good.
– Could they advertise for a birthday party enough times?
– Dave D-Struction was great on color commentary, providing a few laughs. With some of the gimmicks in this company, it’s not hard to crack jokes on some of them.
– Overall, decent debut for PWS that gave a glimpse into just what this company can offer. Guys like Fallah Bahh, “Shining” Edward Jackson, Habib The Car Wash Man and Amazing Red looked like stars on this episode.
– The Heavenly Bodies def. Reality Check via pinfall
– Suicidal Six-Way Division Championship Match – Habib From The Carwash def. Matt Macintosh, Joe The Drifter, The Amazing Red, Brian XL and Big Mason to retain
– PWS Tag Team Championship Match – Reynolds Brothers def. Team Impact Players via pinfall to retain