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Powerbomb.TV Break The Barrier 2017 Reaction

Photo courtesy of Powerbomb.TV.

By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

May 15, 1999 was a historical day for independent wrestling as the former ECW Arena hosted an event called “Break The Barrier.”

BTB I was put together by Al Isaacs, Remy Arteaga and Barbi Bistrowitz of “Scoopswrestling.com,” as a way to showcase the best independent wrestlers as the card represented 12 different promotions.

Talent like “Lightning” Mike Quackenbush, Lou Marconi, Joey Matthews, Christian York and Nick Gage appeared and made names for themselves.

History repeated itself this year on Jun. 11 in Old Forge, PA., as Powerbomb.TV – a streaming service that provides 267 hours of content from 41 promotions as of press time – hosted “Break The Barrier 2017” in a similar supercard that included the likes of Colt Cabana, John Silver, Dasher Hatfield, Ophidian and Desean Pratt.

With Bryce Remsburg back and forth between commentary, pre-show duties and officiating, the broadcast had a CHIKARA-esque feel with a logical edginess.

Without much further ado, we’ll assess just how “Broken” this “Barrier” was nowadays.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 1/7/16: Intoxicated Balls And The Sad Bearded Man

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 1/7/16)

Intoxicated Balls And The Sad Bearded Man 

– There was plenty of “Shining” Edward Jackson to go around on this episode, to no complaints. His promo in the PWS studio alongside David Adams hyped the later Fallah Bahh-Abyss match, saying that even though Abyss was a familiar face in PWS since day one, his client was younger, faster and had his whole career ahead of him. Is there anything this guy can’t sell you? His impersonations of various PWS talent were spot-on too. Evidently, Adams didn’t receive any fresh mint mouthwash for christmas last year. Yikes.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 10/23/15: Bonesaw’s Ready

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 10/23/15)

Bonesaw’s Ready

– The Devon Moore-Craven Varro match was a cool way to round off the opening minutes, as we finally had storyline progress to one of the longer-awaited angles – Moore turning heel on his Reality Check members and screwing Kevin Matthews over in the process, being revealed as Helmet, the guy who stalked and videotaped Matthews. At the same time, Moore joined the evil graces of “Shining” Edward Jackson and his family, making The Jackson Five much alive again in 2015, just in a different form. Loved Varro’s intensity at the start, charging the ring and blindly rounding off fists at his former partner, making it all clear this was about revenge. Commentary by Pat Buck and David Adams backed this all up well, explaining in detail just how Moore executed his dastardly plan and also helped talk up an eventual showdown with Matthews. That said, this should’ve been a “stepping stone” of sorts to that and we would’ve had Moore use dirty tactics to win, but it didn’t go down like that. Not exactly, anyways. Varro took a hellacious bump when he slammed his shin on the metal barricade on a top rope springboard moonsault attempt, then later having a gash near his eyebrow open up, giving us the element of blood to sell the fight. It’s amazing what a little blood can do to tell a story in the ring. Somebody should remind Vince McMahon, huh? There were some convincing near-falls towards the end as Varro never willingly gave in, also showing off more believable anger with a middle finger-fueled Coast-To-Coast maneuver. The DQ finish which saw Jackson pull the Referee out of the ring was more confusing than anything, but luckily, that set up the post-match actions that made us quickly forget it when Moore hit a shooting star press with the aid of a steel chair. We still walked away with the idea that Moore was stronger and we wanted to see Matthews kick his ass whenever he gets the chance.

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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 6/23/15: Double Trouble

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 6/23/15)

Double Trouble 

– 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?

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 6/9/15: Stepladder To Success

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 6/9/15)

Stepladder To Success

– The show began replaying Chris Payne’s promo towards The Lifeguard Mike Del that provided a visual aide of a pool in the background with no lifeguard present as Payne spewed his usual catchphrase with confidence. Lifeguard’s promo segment was new and featured him dumping Ashley Massaro over the phone. Interesting turn of events as his new gimmick is that of looking for a new “beach babe” by using a magnifying glass, which sounds about right.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 5/24/15: Quarterfinal Quarrels

Pro Wrestling SyndicateBy Nicholas Jason Lopez

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(Aired 5/24/15)

Quarterfinal Quarrels

– 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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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 5/17/15: O Katafertzis (The Hustler)

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 5/17/15)

O Katafertzis (The Hustler) 

– 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.

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Notes In Observance – PWS Wrestling 5/10/15: Hands On The Merchandise

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(Aired 5/10/15)

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.

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