“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Quoth The Monsters, Nevermore
– Given last week’s shocking ending that saw Devon Moore turn on his longtime partner Kevin Matthews, joining the “Shining” Edward Jackson Family in the process, after Jackson revealed himself to be Helmet, it was good to see that covered in the opening video a la “fan footage” that sold the crowd’s reaction. Also liked the little flashbacks with all of Matthews’ interactions with Helmet in the past, building up to the turning point. What was disappointing here was that there were no follow-up promos or segments on this show. Something like Moore with The Jackson Family or Matthews vowing for revenge would’ve been perfect for this show. We’d imagine they’ll pick right back up on this angle, but they should’ve struck while the iron was hot.
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– It only made sense for The Aesthetic Enterprise to get put into the match against Monster’s Island as Bonesaw’s partners, only eager to wrestle once finding out Balls Mahoney would also be in the match. Bring on the many testicle puns. Where exactly do Phillip Simon II and The Scranton Strangler fit into things though? That was never quite explained to us. Doesn’t Bonesaw have no friends?
Hands On The Merchandise
– Starting things off with The Jackson Family outside a restaurant making light of their opponents in the Tag Team Championship gauntlet match that was 24 hours later (The Reynolds Brothers, Team Espana and The Handicapped Heroes) set the point that they weren’t focused on the goal at hand and just wanted to party. As usual, “Shining” Edward Jackson delivered impressive rhetoric that bordered on offensive when it came to Team Espana, but that was the point. Heels doing their heel thing.
Coming To America
– It’d be a crime if last week’s epic three-way hardcore match for the PWS World Heavyweight Championship between Fallah Bahh, Mario Bokara and Dan Maff wasn’t shown in some sort of video package. That was the company’s biggest happening on the TV show to that point and deserved every second of glory. It really allowed for viewers to digest the story watching the highlights back – as Maff coming so close to winning only to lose was emphasized with extra effort.
– Cool to see some new additions to the theme montage. Keeps the show feeling fresh.
– The Lifeguard Mike Del (w/Ashley Massaro)-Johnny Howl match was a decent clash of the “howl and the whistle,” as cleverly coined by Sam Roberts. This didn’t seem like the kind of match that would approach the 10-minute mark, but it did so and exceeded expectations. Howl getting the victory was interesting considering he also showed off a new finisher to get the pin. Read the rest of this entry
The Syndicated Bunch
– Kevin Matthews’ promo on Fallah Bahh brought the right amount of intensity as he sold his credibility as the “guy who ended Title reigns,” an important factor to push headed into this big match.
– Fallah Bahh is a beast of a Champion. Why the constant bathroom humor? Sort of dampens the effect of his “beast” portrayal. Is it to remind us he is a human being who moves his bowels? Perhaps… perhaps. Either way, once we moved past the stall antics, “Shining” Edward Jackson brought it home with another impressive promo, selling his client’s undefeated singles competition record and overall brutality.
– The Suicidal Six-Way Title match with The Amazing Red (Champion), Brian XL, The Drunken Swashbuckler, Bobby Wayward, The Abominable CPA and Darewolf PJ Black was yet another entertaining clash of flashy gimmicks we’ve come to know and love from the Suicidal Six-Way Title bouts. The main focus here – besides the impressive debut of Black – former Justin Gabriel – was the emergence of Wayward in the match. He was the star heel throughout and it was great to see the Belt be passed along to him, especially by way of submission. Lots of crowd-awing spots here in true “car-crash” style fashion.
– Bonesaw’s character appears to be in a “shakeup,” with trimmed facial hair and shortened hair, using it to put himself over as a “lone wolf” of sorts and made it clear his focus was only on the World Heavyweight Championship, eager to shut up his detractors. We like it. He needs a big moment and at the least, changing his look is the right mindset.
– Finally – a new Monster’s Island vignette, keeping the same horror-spiced flavor and showed highlights of their attack on Jay Enterprise. Good stuff.
– The PWS World Heavyweight Championship match between Matthews and Bahh (w/Jackson) was a solid match with a good dynamic of muscles/brains (Matthews) vs. all-out domination/brutality (Bahh). Jackson provided support many times, helping Bahh out, while Matthews came close several times to overcome that. He was given the out to lose when attacked by that mystery motorcycle helmet man, a lot like the way Edge did it on One Night Stand 2006. Also liked that there was no reveal afterwards, as it was all kept a mystery. The obvious choice might be Brian Myers, but who knows for sure?
– The Dan Maff-Mario Bokara segment was an interesting clash – as both guys put over their respect and the power of the On-The-Spot Title Shot Medallion, setting up hype for whenever Maff cashes in, as he is the current man of opportunity. The abrupt ending was a little confusing, but that was probably by design.
– Another solid Myers promo, as he talked about his TV Title Tournament progress and ripped his upcoming opponent in TDS.
– The latest Habib From The Car Wash vignette summed up his journey back to America by boldly showing flashbacks to his happier times. Nice video effects.
– PWS continues its string of brilliant pop culture references – this time in the form of a “Syndicated Bunch” vignette, where the nod was obvious. Wayward bragged about his Title win, Bokara called out Bahh, The Aesthetic Enterprise bickered amongst themselves as Beefcake Charlie was sent on a mission to fetch two more partners to face Monster’s Island, CPA questioned his lack of luck and tax season stress, The Strangler made faces and noises, Bonesaw brilliantly and silently held a “#StillNotReady” sign, Big Deal Craig Steele bought “TV Time” for Nikos Rikos, who continued to put over his Greek homeland, and Steele revealed his injuries, allowing for Sandy Mann to stand up as the guy to take on Chris Payne in their next match. All this on one platform. Literally. Quite entertaining.
– Suicidal Six-Way Title Match – Bobby Wayward def. The Amazing Red (Champion), Brian XL, Darewolf PJ Black, The Drunken Swashbuckler and The Abominable CPA via submission to become new Champion
– PWS World Heavyweight Championship – Fallah Bahh (Champion) (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. Kevin Matthews via pinfall to retain
– The hype video for the Matt Macintosh-Mario Bokara feud pretty much summed up the basis for the feud and it fit both guys – tough, outspoken attitudes angry at the other, with Macintosh – obsessed with sending immigrants back to their homeland a la JBL circa 2005, and Bokara – eager to get back his precious Championship gold, blaming anyone who gets in his way.
– The Macintosh-Bokara match – despite the appearance of a diminished crowd and much-too-shaky camerawork, was good. The broadcast team did a great job of explaining the “opposites attract” mesh of styles of the two, and it showed in the ring, as they worked well and kept up an “anything can happen” pace. The Handspring-Turned-German Suplex spot was particularly impressive. Things were especially good down the stretch, as the momentum swung like a pendulum, until Habib From The Car Wash’s music hit, a somewhat believable distraction for Bokara to take advantage of.
– Big Deal Craig Steele continues to tell anyone that his gear costs more than they make in a year. Luckily for us, here came Chris Payne, clearly feeling a line was crossed. This was a good setup of things to come.
– The Payne-Eddie Kingston Tables match was much too short to be anything magical, but both guys took turns tormenting the other and worked in some decent offense. Of course, the newsworthiness lied in the finish, where Steele helped Kingston win the match, hinting at a likely alliance. Seeing these two work together is new and different. We’ll see where it all goes, but this was a good start.
– The Aesthetic Enterprise has benefited from the TV show, with a number of backstage segments dedicated to their charming umbrella antics, with their publicist Jay Enterprise leading the way of self-obsessed Damian Gibbs and hopeless-but-hopeful Beefcake Charlie. They’re an entertaining trio and we got more of that here, with the sense that Beefcake had earned new matching ring gear while Jay and Gibbs cut good promos to hype the next match.
– The Tag Team Championships Fatal-Four way Elimination Tag match between The Aesthetic Enterprise (w/Jay Enterprise), The Reynolds Brothers Reality Check and The Handicapped Heroes featured a little bit of everything, showcasing the work of the well-built division. Reynolds looked good for the brief time they were in there, but were shockingly the first team to go. The Aesthetic Enterprise looked great in the match, eliminating two teams, almost looking as if they could go all the way, but with The Handicapped Heroes on a new push with the Titles, a win wasn’t likely. While Hush getting the best of Jay Enterprise was cutesy leading to the final pinfall, it made The Handicapped Heroes look like they swooped in last second and ran away with the match. They didn’t look the least bit dominant. Monster’s Island coming out to save the Heroes once Aesthetic Enterprise attacked them post-match was a cool moment. Jay was the latest to feel the burn, per se.
– Next week’s show already sounds fun, with matches advertised like Bobby Wayward vs. The Amazing Red vs. CPA vs. The Drunken Swashbuckler vs. “Darewolf” PJ Black vs. Brian XL for the Suicidal Six-Way Title and Kevin Matthews vs. Fallah Bahh for the PWS World Heavyweight Championship.
– The “wrap up” video was another smorgasbord of random entertaining promos, as Dan Maff confidently spoke about putting his On-The-Spot Title Shot Medallion on the line, Gibbs lit an obscenity-laced tirade against Monster’s Island, Mick Foley was amazed by Johnny Howl (or something of that sort), New Jack explained why he chose to back Delroy, Steele bragged about his gear and Payne vowed to get revenge on Steele while “riding at breakneck speed.”
– Mario Bokara def. Matt Macintosh via submission
– Tables Match – Eddie Kingston def. Chris Payne
– Tag Team Championships – Fatal Four-Way Tag Team Elimination Match – The Handicapped Heroes (w/Hush) (Champions) def. The Aesthetic Enterprise (w/Jay Enterprise), The Reynolds Brothers and Reality Check to retain Titles
PWS Top 10 Rankings: 10) Amazing Red, 9) Delroy, 8) Colt Cabana, 7) Starman, 6) Brian Myers, 5) Bonesaw, 4) Matt Macintosh, 3) Dan Maff, 2) Mario Bokara, 1) Kevin Matthews.
– The PWS TV Title Tournament Round One match between Brian Myers and Takaaki Watanabe was decent at best, with the action constant, albeit at times awkward. Myers was clearly groomed for a push in the tournament here. While he’s known best to TV viewers for his long feud with Kevin Matthews, not much else has been told to us about where he comes from and why his character’s so ice-cold. We know we turned on his former partner, but what else motivates him? It also didn’t help that fighting Myers here was Watanabe, who not much is apparently known about besides his status as a “young up-and comer.” As for the TV Title tournament itself, the concept of the tourney is a great one for the basis of most matches on the show, but it’s not like the broadcast team keeps us updated on the standings or even who is in the whole tournament. You don’t want the feeling that these matches are seemingly happening for fun, but that’s how it can come off.
– The in-ring segment with Mick Foley and The Untouchables was an interesting way to lead to an impromptu TV Title tourney match, with Mr. Anthony Bowens taking on Mr. Gamble, with Mr. Bobby Wayward on the outside, supposedly neutral. The Untouchables have been portrayed as the “angry young guys,” and it works for them in their efforts to get over – screaming injustice at every opportunity. What Foley did here gave them more “vocal fuel” for their claims of disrespect and also had viewers see a match they otherwise wouldn’t. Also loved that there was constant emphasis on Wayward being the Suicidal Six-Way Champion, looking like the group’s sole leader. The finish played around with the idea of Bowens breaking away from the group – as Wayward grabbed him by the leg shortly before he won the match. We believe the turn will be inevitable and Bowens has the look to go places. The postmatch segment brought exactly what we needed to see – Bowens confronting Wayward, and Wayward trying to convince Bowens he was still rooting for him in he tournament, almost rolling his eyes. Brilliant.
– Cool to see the Monster’s Island vignette back again – but throw some new stuff at us, will you? They’ve got a cool look and the video packages are sleekly edited for scarier images and when they appear, it’s newsworthy, but they could be leading the Tag Team Division.
– The main event match between Dan Maff and Bonesaw was entertaining enough while it lasted, before Bonesaw’s blatant DQ. Bonesaw is a name consistently thrown at the top of the card, but he always seems to be screwed over someway, somehow. This is hurting his image and we’ve yet to see a real true “moment” for him on the TV show. Are you going to suggest to us it was the 15 seconds he was World Heavyweight Champion again, before getting annihilated by Fallah Bahh? The stuff with Foley was a decent way to hype their next hardcore match with Maff’s medallion on the line, but why feel the need to put his earned medallion on the line to begin with? Of course, this will put Maff further over by the end, and Bonesaw doesn’t even get as much as a win in the record books.
– The face-off/confrontation between Matt Macintosh and Mario Bokara was well-done. Macintosh sure likes to talk a lot of smack – and we’re okay with that, because he can bring the fire to cut a great promo. Who better to clash against than with Bokara – who talks just as tough? Macintosh’s comparisons of Bokara to Habib From The Car Wash were also fitting. What also helps this feud is that they are essentially fighting over having World Title shots “stolen” from them – making it about the biggest prize in the company. This was great hype for their match next week.
– Nikos Rikos has a generic look to him and is essentially a pissed-off Greek immigrant who refuses to share tips with busboys. The horror. However – it should be cool to see what he does when he emerges upon the PWS TV scene. We for one can’t wait.
– The “wrap-up” video segments to end the show continue to impress – and just about the greatest thing might’ve happened so far in the TV show’s run with their latest one, where characters the likes of Dave D-Struction, Johnny Howl, Starman, Sandy Mann, Chris Payne and The Untouchables all cut promos with the words of famous TV sitcom themes of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, all leading to Habib riding on the back of a carriage to the theme of “Perfect Strangers” playing as he held up a sign that read, “America or Bust!” Utter brilliance in every sense. Laugh-out-loud stuff. Payne’s segment portion particularly made this golden.
– TV Title Tournament – Round One Match – Brian Myers def. Takaaki Watanabe via pinfall to advance
– TV Title Tournament – Round One Match – Mr. Bowens def. Mr. Gamble via pinfall to advance
– Dan Maff def. Bonesaw via DQ
– Kevin Matthews’ promo to set up the No Ropes Barbed Wire match against Brian Myers was good as usual, as Matthews convincingly set up the challenge he had of convincing Mick Foley to give him a match and him revealing the stipulation just with the camera shot of the barbed wire above a fence alone was fittingly appropriate. Myers’ retaliation promo put over his laid-back confidence and demeanor, as well as the barbaric nature (pun admittedly half-intended) of the upcoming match, making him happy to “kill” Matthews.
– The Aesthetic Enterprise continue to be a comedic highlight of the show, looking as tough as two men could possibly look while holding umbrellas and being thrown out of a fitness center for using their weights.
– The New Jack-Delroy partnership with the “dark alley” background was about right, yet extremely stereotypical. Delroy has been someone we can’t take seriously. Let’s see – he’s been outsmarted by a vending machine and has had others cut promos in front of his locker, preventing him from getting to it. The moment of seeing New Jack aligned with him was our one bright shining moment of hope that maybe his character could go somewhere, but then again, it’s New Jack leading the way.
– Johnny Howl actually talks?!?!? His promo was pretty decent, though random. How did he become such a basketball master?
– The On-The-Spot Title Shot Battle Royale match had its moments of glory; the brief dominance of The Untouchables, Devon Moore and Craven Varro squaring off, Hellbilly releasing the fireball once again, Dave D-Struction coming to the ring unceremoniously, Raven introducing Stevie Richards in surprisingly good shape (and classic Daisy Dukes attire), Nova, Blue Meanie and the return of BWO. The seemingly early eliminations of Matt Macintosh and Mario Bokara was a surprise, but evidently planted seeds for a new feud, so that was good. Delroy’s performance was utterly a let down. The spot of Beefcake Charlie dropping Damian Gibbs after “saving” him was pretty funny. Dan Maff beating Bonesaw to get the Medallion wasn’t shocking considering his monster build as of late and this guarantees another match with Fallah Bahh at any given time for the Title.
– The Myers-Matthews No-Ropes Barbed Wire main event match was the latest chapter in the feud that keeps on giving. These two could work any kind of match together and make it exciting. This was as brutal as you could get on this spectrum. Though there were numerous menacing spots, the spot off the ladder through the board outside the ring was incredible. The finish with Matthews using his finisher with the barbed wire looked to be an appropriate end. His postmatch promo to call out Fallah Bahh was a good sign of things to come.
– Bokara’s promo towards Macintosh was good stuff. Guess it’s clear Bokara is a face now, with Macintosh a clear heel. His fury was unprecedented here, with the throwing of the chairs. No response from Macintosh? Maybe they’re stretching this out, as we know Macintosh can cut a very good promo.
– Maff’s comments about running right through obstacles was okay. It was only a matter of time before he started shouting and sure enough, he did.
– The “wrap up” video package did its job, more or less – Sandy Mann’s appearances were incredibly random, yet funny, Habib From The Car Wash continues to wash things in Pakistan now seemingly for money, “Shining” Edward Jackson’s promo towards Matthews was great, Raven going off on Stevie Richards was decent if they can follow up on it, The Untouchables calling out Monster’s Island was a good next step for both teams, Lifeguard Mike Del bragging was good progress, The Aesthetic Enterprise remains disgruntled at Charlie’s expense, the Mick Foley appearance was good and Chris Payne continues to be disrespected.
– On-The-Spot Title Shot Battle Royale – Dan Maff eliminates Bonesaw to win
– No Ropes Barbed Wire Match – Kevin Matthews def. Brian Myers via pinfall
PWS Rankings (As of 3/15/15): 1) Mario Bokara, 2) Dan Maff, 3) Bonesaw, 4) Kevin Matthews, 5) Brian Myers, 6) Starman, 7) Bobby Wayward, 8) Amazing Red, 9) Chris Payne, 10) Matt Macintosh
Youth Vs. Legends
– Great call to make up for last week’s “technical difficulties” that ended the episode earlier than it should’ve. For one additional comment on the AJ Styles-Rob Van Dam match, the broadcast team played up Lynn’s history with RVD, but they also could’ve played up his history with Styles, who arguably put TNA on the map in its early run with their numerous matches.
– The Colt Cabana promo video was random but interesting. Sort of wrapped up Cabana’s “comedian TV host” personality/character.
– Interesting to also have Dan Maff appear in the production studio segment with Sam Roberts, though he appeared somewhat heelish joining in the bullying of David Adams, unless that’s the cool thing to do in PWS these days. Could be the latter.
– The First Round of the Television Title Tournament match between Eddie Kingston and Chris Payne was better than previous bouts while it lasted, but the finish was decent and Payne was the right guy to go over. It’s good to also note the camera quality seemed much improved on the hard camera compared to recent shows. The postmatch attack by Kingston on Blanchard was also well-done and a great way to step up their rivalry. The commentary was also good, but sounded strangely monotone for the moment with little urgency in their voices.
– Good to see the Monster’s Island vignette featured again. We need to remember they are not human and bullets cannot stop them apparently.
– The Payne promo was really good and it made sense for him to be angry and want to make a tables match with Kingston.
– The Heavenly Bodies (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson)-Rock N’ Roll Express match was an interesting dynamic in the “heel youth vs face legend” way and it wasn’t a great match by any means, but The Heavenly Bodies could use the rub of a win against these guys and they did it using heel tactics like you’d expect. Nothing memorable, but the end result was the important factor.
– It was also cool to see Mick Foley making appearances on vignettes as PWS General Manager. He needs more of a “TV presence” in the position though. Why not have him appear in the production studio segments as well?
– The Sabu-John Hennigan match had its moments of glory. The stuff with the genie and man-serpent was maybe more of a distraction than anything else, but the broadcast team did a great job of explaining how it enhances Sabu’s character and compared the two men’s strategies brilliantly. Hennigan winning was interesting booking considering the fans seemed more for Sabu. The sportsmanship was cool, but expected. This was another example of youth beating out experience, perhaps the theme of the show here.
– The Kevin Matthews promo had him say his beef with Brian Myers was far from over. Being that their Singapore came match was quite entertaining, there are no complaints about this program resuming. Keep the good matches coming. Matthews also has good mic skills, so promos almost come easy to him, which obviously helps.
– They replayed last week’s “wrap up” segment, which actually made sense to do with some little additions added in with appearances by CPA and Habib From The Carwash riding a camel. Thoroughly amusing stuff as usual.
– Television Title Tournament First Round Match – Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Eddie Kingston via pinfall to advance
– The Heavenly Bodies (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. The Rock N’ Roll Express via pinfall
– John Hennigan def. Sabu via pinfall