“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
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.
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
Bokara Meets The Boricua Beast
– Nikos Rikos showed some good heel fire towards a rambunctious Rahway crowd, as he made it clear he was making moolah despite not wrestling because he sold his spot in the Suicidal Six-Way Championship match to The Big Deal Craig Steele, who came out with his Club Taboo entourage, including Sandy Mann. The crowd chanted along with his “My gear…” routine, so at least he was over. Interesting considering that Pat Buck mentioned on commentary that three-fourths of the crowd were “newbies” to Pro Wrestling Syndicate based on a survey done by General Manager Mick Foley earlier that night. The match’s other competitors included Champion Bobby Wayward (who has the best theme song ever), Starman, Brian XL, Johnny Howl and Ruthless Ray Smith. We had our six-way regulars like XL, Wayward, Starman and Howl, so we expected entertaining action and that’s how it played out mostly. Starman was over crazy with the crowd, while Wayward established himself early on with some stiff strikes and Steele took out his own entourage members when he tossed another opponent out of the ring, putting over his need for the belt. XL’s facial expressions sold a Starman “glitch” moment to be funnier than it should’ve been, but we would’ve never guessed that Starman was going to make a comeback and actually win the match. The pinfall on XL didn’t seem like a match-ending one as several guys looked to break it up, but failed. We’re happy Starman’s getting recognized as a Champion, but we were content with what Wayward was doing as Champ. The Title was the catalyst of his on-and-off conflicts with Untouchables stablemate Anthony Bowens and it’ll be interesting to see how things develop between them when the belt isn’t in play. The post-match angle that saw XL accept the New Jack/DelRoy offer to join them felt anticlimactic, but it’ll be interesting to see how XL develops as a character from it. So far, he has only been the guy who slaps fans’ hands and has a fondness for his ring attire.
Quoth The Monsters, Nevermore
– Given last week’s shocking ending that saw Devon Moore turn on his longtime partner Kevin Matthews, joining the “Shining” Edward Jackson Family in the process, after Jackson revealed himself to be Helmet, it was good to see that covered in the opening video a la “fan footage” that sold the crowd’s reaction. Also liked the little flashbacks with all of Matthews’ interactions with Helmet in the past, building up to the turning point. What was disappointing here was that there were no follow-up promos or segments on this show. Something like Moore with The Jackson Family or Matthews vowing for revenge would’ve been perfect for this show. We’d imagine they’ll pick right back up on this angle, but they should’ve struck while the iron was hot.
– 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?
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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– 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.
The Syndicated Bunch
– Kevin Matthews’ promo on Fallah Bahh brought the right amount of intensity as he sold his credibility as the “guy who ended Title reigns,” an important factor to push headed into this big match.
– Fallah Bahh is a beast of a Champion. Why the constant bathroom humor? Sort of dampens the effect of his “beast” portrayal. Is it to remind us he is a human being who moves his bowels? Perhaps… perhaps. Either way, once we moved past the stall antics, “Shining” Edward Jackson brought it home with another impressive promo, selling his client’s undefeated singles competition record and overall brutality.
– The Suicidal Six-Way Title match with The Amazing Red (Champion), Brian XL, The Drunken Swashbuckler, Bobby Wayward, The Abominable CPA and Darewolf PJ Black was yet another entertaining clash of flashy gimmicks we’ve come to know and love from the Suicidal Six-Way Title bouts. The main focus here – besides the impressive debut of Black – former Justin Gabriel – was the emergence of Wayward in the match. He was the star heel throughout and it was great to see the Belt be passed along to him, especially by way of submission. Lots of crowd-awing spots here in true “car-crash” style fashion.
– Bonesaw’s character appears to be in a “shakeup,” with trimmed facial hair and shortened hair, using it to put himself over as a “lone wolf” of sorts and made it clear his focus was only on the World Heavyweight Championship, eager to shut up his detractors. We like it. He needs a big moment and at the least, changing his look is the right mindset.
– Finally – a new Monster’s Island vignette, keeping the same horror-spiced flavor and showed highlights of their attack on Jay Enterprise. Good stuff.
– The PWS World Heavyweight Championship match between Matthews and Bahh (w/Jackson) was a solid match with a good dynamic of muscles/brains (Matthews) vs. all-out domination/brutality (Bahh). Jackson provided support many times, helping Bahh out, while Matthews came close several times to overcome that. He was given the out to lose when attacked by that mystery motorcycle helmet man, a lot like the way Edge did it on One Night Stand 2006. Also liked that there was no reveal afterwards, as it was all kept a mystery. The obvious choice might be Brian Myers, but who knows for sure?
– The Dan Maff-Mario Bokara segment was an interesting clash – as both guys put over their respect and the power of the On-The-Spot Title Shot Medallion, setting up hype for whenever Maff cashes in, as he is the current man of opportunity. The abrupt ending was a little confusing, but that was probably by design.
– Another solid Myers promo, as he talked about his TV Title Tournament progress and ripped his upcoming opponent in TDS.
– The latest Habib From The Car Wash vignette summed up his journey back to America by boldly showing flashbacks to his happier times. Nice video effects.
– PWS continues its string of brilliant pop culture references – this time in the form of a “Syndicated Bunch” vignette, where the nod was obvious. Wayward bragged about his Title win, Bokara called out Bahh, The Aesthetic Enterprise bickered amongst themselves as Beefcake Charlie was sent on a mission to fetch two more partners to face Monster’s Island, CPA questioned his lack of luck and tax season stress, The Strangler made faces and noises, Bonesaw brilliantly and silently held a “#StillNotReady” sign, Big Deal Craig Steele bought “TV Time” for Nikos Rikos, who continued to put over his Greek homeland, and Steele revealed his injuries, allowing for Sandy Mann to stand up as the guy to take on Chris Payne in their next match. All this on one platform. Literally. Quite entertaining.
– Suicidal Six-Way Title Match – Bobby Wayward def. The Amazing Red (Champion), Brian XL, Darewolf PJ Black, The Drunken Swashbuckler and The Abominable CPA via submission to become new Champion
– PWS World Heavyweight Championship – Fallah Bahh (Champion) (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson) def. Kevin Matthews via pinfall to retain
Quest For The TV Title Continues
– Smart decision to open up with highlights from last week’s Kevin Matthews-Brian Myers No Ropes Barbed Wire Match, leading into the presumed new PWS World Heavyweight Championship feud with Matthews and Champion Fallah Bahh, with “Shining” Edward Jackson as Bahh’s more than capable mouthpiece. Progression is a good thing in wrestling. It’s great to see that here in the form of new feuds.
– It’s kind of hilarious that Sam Roberts would resort to his own basement to get away from David Adams. The constant shots at Adams by Roberts remains a little highlight of the show, with a “What will they think of next?” way of planning these segments out. The entertainment factor is definitely there.
– The TV Title Tournament Round One match between Big Deal Craig Steele and The Drunken Swashbuckler was an admittedly interesting mesh of styles – seemingly one of the TV Title tourney’s biggest goals, if you looked at the majority of the matches. Kudos to the broadcast team for bringing some background insight on Steele’s character, as the Bam Bam Bigelow comparisons were insanely obvious by his countless ring gear references. Hell, he even kind of looks like him. TDS pulling out the win was a pleasant, yet unexpected turn of events. Perhaps Steele should’ve got the nod here, as his character was seemingly on the rise for a push and TDS has already had his time on the top.
– The TV Title Tournament Round One match between Amazing Red and Starman was another example of the “style mesh,” as this was likely going to be more athletic than technical on paper, yet turned out to be a fair churn of both flavors in one shot. Red’s literal flight into the front row was highlight reel-worthy. The finish was also quite impressive, even for someone of Starman’s stature. Red is probably still feeling that Superkick. Red felt like the guy to root for, but Starman’s prominence as a PWS original made him a favorite to win and go on far into the tournament.
– The Chris Payne hype video was a unique dive into his character; a side we had never seen before, which made him appear down-to-earth, yet tough on the surface. No mention of Tessa Blanchard was also noteworthy to add here, as she had been associated with his character since he started appearing on the show.
– It seems as if Habib From The Car Wash will work his way back to the states, but it’s been that way for weeks. When will he finally make his return? How will it happen? They’ve done a good job of reminding us of this storyline, but not as great with progressing it. Also, whatever happened to the feud between Macintosh and Mario Bokara? Will that also pick up? That feud is more interesting quite frankly.
– The TV Title Tournament Round One match between Delroy-Phillip Simon II was quick and decisive in Delroy’s favor, which was a much better way to showcase Delroy’s rise with New Jack as his mentor. We can forget the On-The-Spot Title Shot Battle Royale performance now. This was the better route for him to go anyway. This gives us more hope he’ll have a tight grip on the tourney.
– The International Dream match between Colt Cabana and Jushin Thunder Liger was a throughly amusing treat. Liger – even at this point in his career, was no pushover, putting everything on the line. Both guys gave signs of behaviors outside their usual characters, from Cabana playing with Liger’s horns to Liger diving on the outside onto Cabana. This turned the competitive dial up a notch and it showed in the ring. The show of respect at the end was also a cool moment.
– The “wrap up” segment continues to keep the humor as a throwback to how ECW used to end their TV shows way back when, as it mainly featured Steele bragging about his gear to whoever would hear (Do we get points for rhyming that?), Sandy Mann continuing to smile and act like an entitled pimp to those who will watch – like Simon II, New Jack and Mick Foley presumably “shooting” about old times, Beefcake Charlie endorsing “two” movements, Delroy bragging about his win and CPA having the perfect comeback for Steele. Bottomline: don’t brag about expenses to an accountant.
– TV Title Tournament – Round One – The Drunken Swashbuckler def. Big Deal Craig Steele (w/Vanity) via pinfall to advance
– TV Title Tournament – Round One – Starman def. The Amazing Red via pinfall to advance
– TV Title Tournament – Round One – Delroy (w/New Jack) def. Phillip Simon II (w/Brother Jesse) via pinfall to advance
– International Dream Match – Colt Cabana def. Jushin Thunder Liger 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 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