– The opening video reminded us of last week’s controversial ending to the PWS World Heavyweight Title match that saw Bonesaw just beat Mario Bokara, with Fallah Bahh coming out to cash in his Title shot. Things continued where that pretty much happened single-handedly. Bahh got his big moment here, though Dan Maff also teased a potential attack, but he was there just to remind everyone he was number one contender. Lost in the shuffle sadly is Bokara, who was built up excellently as Champion. How will he bounce back from this?
– Cool to also see Katarina Leigh join the PWS Broadcast team backstage – or the former Katie Lea Burchill of WWE fame.
– Nice to also see PWS cash in on what is the pro wrestling phenomenon of The Bullet Club, showcasing the IWGP Tag Team Champions Doc Gallows and “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson along with Amber O’Neal and hyping them up as already “conquered the world” with something to prove against Reality Check’s Craven Varro and Devon Moore. Being that The Bullet Club is somewhat of a household name, wouldn’t it have helped to hype this match last week? Good match that showed off Varro’s never-ending supply of aerial skills, but what kind of benefit did Reality Check get in being decisively beat by Bullet Club here?
– The “Big Deal” Craig Steele-Chris Payne backstage segment was similar to last week but hyped the upcoming mixed tag match well. As for the match itself, it was okay. Joe The Drifter being “special guest referee” was a random use of his character, but it was at least given storyline explanation. Payne’s victory was expected, but the way he won with the school boy pin suggested that he simply “got one over” on Steele and that it’s not over between those two. Steele attacking Drifter and Eddie Kingston joining in, eventually cornering Tessa led to what stole the segment: Tully Blanchard making the save, dropkicks and all. Solid moment that will probably lead to a Drifter/Payne-Kingston/Steele tag match in the future.
– The Untouchables backstage segment from two weeks earlier expressed their frustration and how they’d discuss things in the snake pit with Jake Roberts, which set that up well. The segment was best remembered for Monster’s Island making their second appearance, saving Roberts from certain doom. Everyone came out of this looking good – Untouchables got heat, Roberts and Monster’s Island had their moments. Only thing that would’ve helped was having it be treated like a bigger moment what with all the hype behind Monster’s Island.
– The Brian Myers-Kevin Matthews feud hype video was same as last week, but the upcoming Singapore Cane match was also hyped well by Leigh, Sam Roberts and David Adams in the production studio. The match itself had a nice “blood feud” feel to it. Even the little things like Myers wearing an altered version of Matthews’ t-shirt provided a bit of perceived hatred. The match was paced understandably fast from the bell and there were some inventive uses of the ladder in play, though in retrospect, the rules involving it were silly at best. Regardless, brutal match with some sick-looking welts on Matthews’ back. The towel being inadvertently “thrown in” by Devon Moore after Craven Varro teased it was somewhat disappointing, but fit the moment. The added question of Moore accidentally or deliberately throwing the towel in the ring causing the match to finish was also interesting to bring up. Could be followed up with next week.
– The “wrap up” video package that featured Steele, Maff, The Heavenly Bodies and Bahh in celebration, Team Espana randomly playing soccer, Phillip Simon II and Jesse in “shower confession,” Johnny Howl showing some random in-ring maneuvers, Aesthetics Enterprise having Beefcake Charlie do forced exercise and The Untouchables retained the silliness it’s been known for. They should keep these.
– Not sure what to think of short-haired Habib From The Car Wash walking around “Somewhere In Pakistan” washing cars just yet. Are we supposed to laugh? Cry? Laugh and cry? How did Matt Macintosh finish cutting his hair so well? Guess we’ll find out next week.
– PWS World Heavyweight Championship Match – Fallah Bahh def. Bonesaw (Champion) to become new Champion
– Doc Gallows/Karl Anderson (w/Amber O’Neal) def. Kraven Varro/Devon Moore via pinfall
– Mixed Tag Match – Chris Payne/Tessa Blanchard def. “Big Deal” Chris Steele/Vanity via pinfall
– Singapore Cane Match – Brian Myers def. Kevin Matthews via Thrown-In Towel from Devon Moore
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