“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
The Dirtiest Martini In The Bar
– The opening video chronicled the much-hyped three-way hardcore PWS Championship rematch where Dan Maff finally completed his personal comeback and emerged the new Champion, in a match chock-full of chairs, blood, barbed wire, staple guns, a 2×4, thumbtacks, tables and a defining Burning Hammer through a door. It’s the era of Maff indeed. Would’ve been nice to have some follow-up promos on this since it was the only time mentioned in the show, but perhaps it’s for the future.
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– Big Deal Craig Steele was quite entertaining on this episode as a co-host of sorts with David Adams; offering the most top-notch of fashion advice.
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– The pairing of Larry Zybyszko and The Abominable CPA was an odd, yet interesting one to say the least. Their match against The Aesthetic Enterprise revolved around the spectacle of everyone’s favorite socially awkward tax accountant teaming with the pro wrestling legend. Even the young up-and-coming heels got to display a wide array of offensive maneuvers, but nothing too saucy, as they came out with the win – Damian Gibbs pinning Zybyszko to be exact.
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.
Don’t Wear Trench Coats Around Kevin Matthews
– Highlights were shown last week of Fallah Bahh retaining the PWS World Heavyweight Championship against Kevin Matthews thanks to Super Motorcycle Helmet Man. Matthews’ promo brought the right amount of ferociousness, necessary for someone who just got robbed of a Championship victory. Read the rest of this entry
– 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
Who Does Number Two Work For?
– The chemistry between Sam Roberts, Katarina Leigh and David Adams has gotten tighter over the weeks and they do a good job of discussing the storylines and other aspects of the characters. They all bring something different to the table and it just works.
– The PWS World Tag Team Championships match between The Handicapped Heroes (w/Hush) and The Reynolds Brothers was quite solid. The promo by the Handicapped Heroes put over themselves and Hush, who was deaf and in the PWS Training Facility. They played the inspirational team here, as it seemed the crowd was for them the whole match. Nonetheless, Reynolds Brothers added another team to their defeated list, continuing their great build as serious Tag Champs.
– The Suicidal Six-Way Title match with The Amazing Red, Lifeguard Mike Del, Brian XL, Ricochet, Shynron and Tony Nese was the best six-way to date on the show, as everybody more or less had “highlight reel”-esque moments and anybody had a shot at winning. A bit lengthier than usual worked out for everyone. It’d be nice to feature these matches more often as it has become a PWS staple.
– Highlights were shown of the match between Kevin Matthews and Brian Myers and the controversial ending. Comments from both men were hyped for next week. Good progress.
– The interview with Matt Macintosh in front of a “government facility” previewed a video package of Macintosh abducting Habib From The Car Wash and taking him to his home country of Pakistan. Him walking around the Pakistan streets aimlessly was just strange, even as he washed cars and a camel. It didn’t really progress anything.
– A video package recapped Dan Maff’s rise to be number one contender despite not being cleared to compete, pinning PWS Champion Fallah Bahh clean and with the random insertions of fire in the package,we’re reminded of what he does to save lives and kept him topic of conversation. Comments from him and Bahh were hyped for next week, which also progresses their eventual showdown.
– Hyping the AJ Styles-Rob Van Dam match with Special Guest Referee Jerry Lynn as a “surprise main event” was cool for the show we were watching, but considering who’s in the match, wouldn’t hype from last week have helped more? Viewers definitely would’ve tuned in if they heard of this. Considering the ending though, it makes sense to not hype it. That was bitterly disappointing to end the match like that, but the moment did decently set up Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club to help Styles before Tommy Dreamer helped the ECW Originals clean house. This may lead to a six-man in the near future perhaps.
– The “wrap up” video package that featured Mario Bokara, Lifeguard Mike Del, Team Espana, The Aesthetic Enterprise and Chris Payne retained the humorous feel this segment is known for while progressing storylines and providing insight into characters. Bokara giving Adams a swirly for being upset at being number two in the PWS Rankings made sense and Beefcake Charlie’s drawings gave us a glimpse into his “hopeful yet hopeless” character. Team Espana still appear insanely one-dimensional kicking anything on the ground like a soccer ball. It was also nice to see Payne not refer to Tessa Blanchard for once.
– World Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers (Champions) def. The Handicapped Heroes to retain
– Suicidal Six-Way Championship – The Amazing Red def. Lifeguard Mike Del, Shynron, Brian XL, Tony Nese and Ricochet to retain
– Special Main Event – AJ Styles and Rob Van Dam to a Draw; 20-minute Time Limit Exceeded
– 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
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