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
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 that highlighted the intense weeks-long Kevin Matthews-Brian Myers feud was good for what it was. This was one of the “sleeper” feuds that might’ve fell under the radar, so it was good to start off the show with it, because a lot has happened between the two.
– The on-screen chemistry between David Adams and Sam Roberts came across better this week. Roberts’ sarcastic delivery was more crisp and funny here.
– The stuff with Eddie Kingston and Chris Payne was one of the better spots on the show. Their backstage segment did its job in terms of setting up their match as Payne caught Kingston scrolling through photos of Tessa Blanchard, his “manager.” Payne was more of a face here, out to defend Blanchard – maybe over-obsessively but still gentleman-like – as it was established that Kingston was a pervert who was obsessed with “banging” her, which made him the sleazy heel. Plus, why are so many segments taped in the bathroom?
– The Kingston-Payne match was okay as it already had a storyline with Kingston distracted by Blanchard and Payne as the face, defending his manager. The mystery around Payne and Blanchard’s relationship is also interesting. We’ll see where it leads. She played into the finish as Kingston pushed him into her in the corner and school boy pinned him and pulled the tights. Seemed to be a match to further things more and nothing wrong with that. Payne is on the rise, but you also can’t argue with talent the caliber of Kingston’s.
– The Reynolds Brothers promo aimed at The Untouchables and on their previous successful Tag Team Title defenses was decent mic work. They should let them talk more often, as it seems they do have personalities behind all that in-ring tag team pizazz. Let us get to know them more. That’s how fans can truly invest.
– The Untouchables promo on their “three man tag team” advantage and keeping which of the three would be the team that competes for the Tag Titles a mystery was good for what it was. They’re basically the “angry team,” which works. It would be Bobby Wayward and Anthony Bowens fighting by drawing straws on stage.
– The Tag Team Championship match with Wayward/Bowens and Reynolds Brothers wasn’t anything too special, but the Reynolds Bros have looked good in recent weeks and this was more of the same. It seemed like while The Reynolds were successful, they just took advantage of a backfired attempt by Wayward/Bowens to use the Belts as weapons. They could’ve looked stronger in victory, but this is obviously unfinished business.
– Did they need to hype the show that happened the day before multiple times? Big show? Yes it was, but also an outdated one by that point.
– It was good to at least see some variety in the Monster’s Island vignette, as this was more Western-styled.
– The bathroom promo with Beefcake Charlie and Damian Gibbs on getting revenge on Monster’s Island was decent work from the guys you call The Aesthetic Enterprise.
– The impromptu formation of CPA – the socially awkward business man, a hilarious gimmick – and Vampire Warrior (the former Gangrel) as a tag team called Death and Taxes was pretty good. Highlights of their tag match with Gibbs and Beefcake Charlie with Jay Enterprise was decent from what little they showed. CPA’s bottom-rope splash was pretty hilarious and fits his gimmick perfectly.
– The Monster’s Island ice cream themed promo was strange yet entertaining.
– The PWS World Champion Mario Bokara-Bonesaw feud hype video was good yet dramatic. The match for the Title between them was announced for next week. Good stuff.
– Fallah Bahh vs Drunken Swashbuckler vs Dan Maff vs Colt Cabana was also announced next week as a four corners match.
– The Bokara hype video of him training was brief, but very good in getting “The Croatian Sensation” over. Similar to the vignette aired earlier in the TV series.
– The Macintosh promo towards Habib From The Car Wash was great, as they needed to make it a personal feud now worth a main event.
– The Macintosh-Habib match started off decently, but some of the camerawork was incredibly pathetic. Why would they stick to the hard camera on the ring when the action spilled to the outside? They totally missed a hurricanrana spot. The rest of the match had Macintosh toying with Habib from Habib making a noble comeback to get the win. The following angle with Macintosh claiming Habib violated his green card status and was wrestling illegally, having him maced, handcuffed and deported by a police officer was interesting at best, but kind of questionable from a logical standpoint. We’re asked to suspend our disbelief plenty here. Also, the Suicidal Six Way Title was a big Belt featured prominently and since The Amazing Red won the title, there hasn’t been a match since. What gives?
– Chris Payne (w/Tessa Blanchard) def. Eddie Kingston via pinfall
– Tag Team Championships – The Reynolds Brothers def. Anthony Bowens/Bobby Wayward of The Untouchables via pinfall to retain
– Habib From The Car Wash def. Matt Macintosh via pinfall
PWS Rankings (1/25/15)
1) Bonesaw, 2) Fallah Bahh, 3)Starman, 4) Brian Myers, 5) Kevin Matthews, 6) Dan Maff, 7) Matt Macintosh, 8) Eddie Kingston, 9) Chris Payne, 10) The Drunken Swashbuckler