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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 9/16/15: Pent-Up Frustrations

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 9/16/15)

Pent-Up Frustrations

– The Heavenly Bodies-Reality Check match was a subtle way of continuing the Kevin Matthews-“Shining” Edward Jackson feud, since Devon Moore had turned on Matthews upon last check. Moore had no presence on this show either, pointing to “hiding out” from Matthews, who sought nothing but revenge from anybody associated with The Jackson Five. We saw some classic tag wrestling spots here – heel domination, slow build to the hot tag, which changed the momentum when it happened. There was an underlying theme of family the whole time that was smartly played up on by commentary. Jackson physically got involved when he “accidentally” yanked the referee out of the ring, which provided plenty of distractions throughout, as Matthews was too preoccupied with Jackson to fully focus on the match, which gave way to the finish that saw Craven Varro get pinned. The story was that even though Matthews knocked out Jackson, the heels continued to have his number no matter what. It has been a great build so far that is benefitting Matthews as far as making him a sympathetic babyface. We’re excited to see where things lead when Matthews and Moore finally butt heads.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 7/8/15: Swerve City

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

(Aired 7/8/15)

Swerve City 

– The Tri-Force match between Eddie Kingston, The Lifeguard Mike Del and The Abominable CPA was an interesting dynamic to say the least, as it featured two big heel egos taking on the awkward accountant. It was also nice to see Nikos Rikos back on the show, as he’d been absent, making himself known as quite the hustler in a short time. Made sense for him to come out, cut a heel promo and sell his match spot to Lifeguard, but at the same time, we have to wonder just when we’ll see him in true action. His character has already been built as a hustler. It’d be nice to see more of his in-ring skills. Also, looking at a guy like Eddie Kingston, he has so much more potential to be tapped into in PWS, we just hope he’s at the top of the card sooner or later. The match was mainly all about CPA, with nice nods to video games with his moveset, which eventually had a helping hand in his victory. For what it was, Kingston’s facial expression holding the clip-on tie after getting pinned with a small package was priceless. As for where it stood with the rest of the show, the match felt insignificant. This was more of a way to remind us of CPA, which worked in that regard.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 6/16/15: Helmet Hacks, Handicapped Heroes Have Heart

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

(Aired 6/16/15)

Helmet Hacks, Handicapped Heroes Have Heart 

– It would’ve been nice to follow up on last week’s highlights of Bobby Wayward regaining the Suicidal Six-Way Championship thanks to Matt Macintosh costing Habib From The Car Wash the match with a few aftermath promos or some kind of hype. At least it got a mention.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 4/5/15: Aesthetically Pleasing

Pro Wrestling Syndicate“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 4/5/15)

Aesthetically Pleasing 

– 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.”

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– 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.

Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 2/15/15: Singapore Swingin’

Pro Wrestling Syndicate“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired 2/15/15)

Singapore Swingin’ 

– 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.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

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 

Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 1/25/15: Touch And Go

Pro Wrestling Syndicate“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

(Aired/1/25/15)

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.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– 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

Notes In Observance – PWS on WLNY 1/3/15: Kudos To The Carwash Man

Pro Wrestling SyndicatePro 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– 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