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.
Passing Of The Belt
– The Lifeguard Mike Del-Young Trent match was a good way to make Lifeguard look better as he advanced in the first round of the TV Title tournament. The addition of Ashley to his act has a lot of potential, even judging by their “Baywatch”-esque entrance that was good for a laugh, it’ll be fun to see just how far she takes him. Lifeguard has always been somewhat underutilized, so this can only mean good things for his character.
– The backstage segment with “Shining” Edward Jackson and the Jackson family put in perfect perspective Jackson and Bahh’s conflict with Maff and showing the brawl footage during the “Midnight Jury” podcast was a perfect way to make this feud even better. Jackson remains an excellent talker and pretty much sold the main event all on his own.
– The Tag Team Championship match between The Handicapped Heroes and The Reynolds Brothers was a culmination of just what the tag division has to offer. This match was building up for a while now and firmly lived up to the hype. Both teams worked well together and we saw just why the tag division in PWS remains one of the stronger points in the company. This was the perfect time for the Heroes to get on top of the division as fan reaction continues to improve for them. The conflict with the Reynolds could be something to follow down the road.
– Maff’s backstage promo was very passionate, as it should be before a big match with a rival opponent. He was clearly focused on the championship and it set up the match well. It almost felt like he could win the championship here.
– Mario Bokara’s backstage promo was also very strong. His side of the match had him focused on getting over his self-perceived “screwjob” and he was also someone to watch headed into the match. On that note – hearing from everyone but Bonesaw – the guy who was only champion for 15 seconds before getting it taken away from him did some damage to his character, as it made it look like he was just there for kicks and had no particular focus.
– The PWS Championship Four Corners match between Bahh, Maff, Bonesaw and Bokara topped off the show in brilliant fashion, as it was very good, especially down the stretch. All four men made that belt look quite prestigious. The way Bahh won was also a good finish, as he more or less stole Maff’s pin and finished off Bonesaw. It makes the viewer think: if these three guys can’t knock off Bahh, who can?
– The drawing segment for the on-the-spot Title shot rumble was decent hype for the match with good use of CPA’s character as the “go-to” guy with the numbers and his nervousness more or less made it what it was in terms of humor.
– Television Title First Round Tournament Match – The Lifeguard Mike Del (w/Ashley Massaro) def. Young Trent via pinfall to advance
– Tag Team Championships – The Handicapped Heroes (w/Hush) def. The Reynolds Brothers (Champions) via pinfall to become new Champions
– World Heavyweight Championship – Four Corners Match – Fallah Bahh (Champion) def. Mario Bokara, Dan Maff and Bonesaw via pinfall to retain
Dan Maff The Firefighter
– The highlight video for last week picked up where we left off, as Habib From The Car Wash was unceremoniously deported at the hands of Matt Macintosh – an odd and borderline racist storyline quite frankly, but it is allowing Macintosh to show off his comedic heel skills – and also showed something we didn’t see last week as Kevin Nash of all people came to the ring and chokeslammed Macintosh. There was no followup of this at all. Wouldn’t Macintosh want to get revenge on that? Random.
– A big mission of this episode for PWS seemed to be getting Dan Maff over as a tough, resilient individual who happens to save lives. Showcasing his New Jersey firefighting career to the audience was a good start. Introducing the guy whose life Maff saved to the audience? Yeah, that’ll definitely do it. This also set up Maff’s historic “comeback” as it was first revealed that Maff wasn’t cleared to compete because of three broken ribs he sustained in the fire.
– The 18-man Battle Royale was a good match once it got down to the final four of Eddie Kingston, Johnny Howl, Toto Loco and Starman, but even then, the match seemed to have no reason to be happening. What were they competing for? The “glitch” spot by Starman was cool and fit his character, but seemed like something already seen in Chikara with the Super Smash Bros. Starman winning was predictable as he had to be the favorite besides Kingston, as the other two guys are barely featured on the show.
– Sure, Maff screaming that he was going to compete with three broken ribs anyway because he wanted the PWS World Heavyweight Championship made him look like a hero and tough, but his screaming of “That’s what I do!” and his rant towards the other competitors leaned a little too close to a usual Mark Henry promo.
– The Jackson Family segment put over Fallah Bahh before the Four Corners Elimination match as Jackson compared Bahh’s opponents to dinners. Usual stuff, but good. For that reason, we knew Colt Cabana can cut a great promo. Why not one here? There was nothing from Swashbuckler either, but given his drunk gimmick, a promo wasn’t needed, but a hype video would’ve sufficed.
– The four corners elimination match with Cabana, Bahh (w/”Shining” Edward Jackson), Drunken Swashbuckler and Maff already told a story with four contrasting personalities and Maff’s injury being an intriguing added angle. The constant doubt by the announce team of Maff was an early giveaway of his victory. Also, for storyline logic, why would Bahh get a chance for another Title shot when he already has one waiting? The finish though, was great and as called before – Maff won finally putting down Bahh.
– The well-awaited Kevin Matthews-Brian Myers match will happen next week. You get a feeling this won’t be “the end.”
– The PWS World Heavyweight Champion Mario Bokara-Bonesaw match hype video wasn’t new, but maybe necessary to show for new viewers of the show. The fact that it also preceded the actual match made sense to show it again.
– The PWS World Heavyweight Championship match between Bokara and Bonesaw was a well-wrestled technical bout where you didn’t know just how it would end – until Bonesaw got the pinfall using the ropes. Bahh came out and a cash-in was teased. We know this “controversy” all happened in one moment, but perhaps splitting it up between weeks is a good “hook” for the viewer.
– The “wrap up” segment that featured The Big Deal Craig Steele, Chris Payne, Phillip Simon II w/Jesse, Delroy, Habib From The Carwash, Matt Macintosh and Dan Maff was good because it told stories and advanced feuds. Payne and Steele appeared to be in a new feud over (gasp) Tessa Blanchard, Macintosh had Habib in his car with duct-tape going to “take him back home” and cut his hair on the side of the road, plus Delroy was outwitted by a vending machine and Maff promised to become new PWS Champion. Simple as that.
– 18-Man Battle Royale – Starman Wins By Eliminating Johnny Howl
– PWS World Heavyweight Championship Title Shot – Four Corners Elimination Match – Dan Maff (Winner) def. Fallah Bahh (Eliminated by Maff), Colt Cabana (Eliminated by Bahh), and Drunken Swashbuckler (Eliminated by Cabana)
– PWS World Heavyweight Championship – Bonesaw def. Mario Bokara (Champion) To Become New Champion