By Nicholas Jason Lopez
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– This review will chronicle Episodes #79-85, with the first being the AML Prestige Championship Four-Way Elimination between Cedric Alexander, Jordan Kage, Caprice Coleman and Sean Denny to crown the inaugural Champion. We liked the idea of the Prestige Championship as a means of an Intercontinental Championship of sorts to give upper midcarders a nice accolade. There was plenty of buildup here too, given how everyone in the match won four-ways of their own. The twist here was that this was elimination style, as opposed to the one-fall qualifiers. The contenders also made sense too. Alexander had momentum with THE Tommy Thomas as his manager, Kage had his “Picture Perfect” gimmick going for him, Coleman was probably AML’s most over guy and then Denny had an injury to overcome given to him from AML Tag Team Champions The Heatseekers. All the ingredients here for a thriller. There was a brief production blunder since they gave a “Let’s Hear From The Contestants” graphic without any actual promos to follow. Alexander had a big pop upon his entrance with “Best In The World” chants galore. In swiveling heel fashion, he also trolled a little girl at ringside by pretending to give her a high-five only to pull out at the last second. This Alexander’s awesome. Sean Denny smartly sold his injury as he walked to the ring. Coleman had the biggest reaction and hugged a group of kids by the ring. What a gentleman. As things went underway, Alexander lured the injured Denny to take him on as he mocked his walking stance. He targeted the knee and hit the Lumbar Check to quickly eliminate him. Makes sense after all. It did get a little predictable here, since Coleman was being worked over by Kage/Alexander (two heels), that it’d come down to him/Alexander. Coleman battled back with a nice double huracanrana. The Trinity eliminated Kage as we figured, to leave it down to the final two. At this point, it got ultra-competitive and it worked because of their similar styles. Lots of history to play up on too as they were former partners in the C & C Wrestle Factory. Coleman hit an awesome huracanrana from the canvas to the floor. Alexander landed on his feet off a Leap of Faith attempt. Alexander had the Sky Splitter scouted and went for a brainbuster for a two. Some shenanigans from Thomas and a foreign object slipped into the ring in the finish made it clear that Alexander would emerge victorious. Still great though, as was Alexander’s post-match trolling with the fans, as he literally went around the first row and made them individually say he was the “Best In The World.”
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Honor And Prestige
– This episodes highlights Episodes #73-78 and the majority focused on AML Wrestling’s Prestige Championship Tournament, set up similarly to Lucha Underground’s Battle Of The Bulls. Four separate Fatal Four-Ways where each winner would face off in their own Fatal Four-Way with that winner being the new Prestige Champion. It’s hard to tell right away where the belt falls on the talent spectrum, but it appears to be the upper midcard. Not a bad idea, since we could use more gold around these parts. The AML Wrestling Prestige Championship Tournament Qualifying match between Matt Sigmon, Elliott Russell, Sean Denny and Brandon Scott had a cool angle of seeing The Heatseekers compete against each other while you also had Scott of Team Axcellence and Denny from The Geordie Bulldogs, who were in a feud with The Heatseekers. Backstage promos came from Team Axellence (who pushed being in the Tourney together and how one was better than the other), The Heatseekers (who also spoke about the Tourney, as Sigmon was unaware that Russell was also in it) and GB (as Mark Denny thought he was in the Tournament instead of his partner) in a nice mix. They made plenty use of the “Tag Team Flavor.” Rightfully so. We liked how Sigmon tried to intimidate Mark Denny before the bell as he asked how his neck was, a direct reference to The Heatseekers’ attack. The match’s tag-in format killed a little buzz for us, since you had to know that The Heatseekers would obviously stick together. Formulaic action until we got a standoff between The Heatseekers, as Russell shoved Sigmon, but then hugged him, an obvious “troll” moment. The hug set up Denny’s flawless double missile dropkick. Scott hit the Scottbuster on Russell for a near-fall. In the end, Denny spit mist into Rusell’s eyes and scooped him up in a school boy to pin him. Denny’s advancement brings some tag team legitimacy to the Finals. The magic came with The Heatseekers’ brutal chair attack on Denny’s ankle as they slammed his ankle in between the chair numerous times. Denny sold the injuries brilliantly as he covered his face and even sped his breathing up, while other officials and even Owner Tracy Myers checked on him. Logical way to advance the GB-Heatseekers feud and one has to question Denny’s condition and perhaps the scenario where Mark steps in for him. Mark’s post-match promo was great, as he kept it serious (as opposed to his jokey self) and professed revenge for his brother and wanted the AML Wrestling Tag Team Championships.