– The PWS TV Title Tournament Round One match between Brian Myers and Takaaki Watanabe was decent at best, with the action constant, albeit at times awkward. Myers was clearly groomed for a push in the tournament here. While he’s known best to TV viewers for his long feud with Kevin Matthews, not much else has been told to us about where he comes from and why his character’s so ice-cold. We know we turned on his former partner, but what else motivates him? It also didn’t help that fighting Myers here was Watanabe, who not much is apparently known about besides his status as a “young up-and comer.” As for the TV Title tournament itself, the concept of the tourney is a great one for the basis of most matches on the show, but it’s not like the broadcast team keeps us updated on the standings or even who is in the whole tournament. You don’t want the feeling that these matches are seemingly happening for fun, but that’s how it can come off.
– The in-ring segment with Mick Foley and The Untouchables was an interesting way to lead to an impromptu TV Title tourney match, with Mr. Anthony Bowens taking on Mr. Gamble, with Mr. Bobby Wayward on the outside, supposedly neutral. The Untouchables have been portrayed as the “angry young guys,” and it works for them in their efforts to get over – screaming injustice at every opportunity. What Foley did here gave them more “vocal fuel” for their claims of disrespect and also had viewers see a match they otherwise wouldn’t. Also loved that there was constant emphasis on Wayward being the Suicidal Six-Way Champion, looking like the group’s sole leader. The finish played around with the idea of Bowens breaking away from the group – as Wayward grabbed him by the leg shortly before he won the match. We believe the turn will be inevitable and Bowens has the look to go places. The postmatch segment brought exactly what we needed to see – Bowens confronting Wayward, and Wayward trying to convince Bowens he was still rooting for him in he tournament, almost rolling his eyes. Brilliant.
– Cool to see the Monster’s Island vignette back again – but throw some new stuff at us, will you? They’ve got a cool look and the video packages are sleekly edited for scarier images and when they appear, it’s newsworthy, but they could be leading the Tag Team Division.
– The main event match between Dan Maff and Bonesaw was entertaining enough while it lasted, before Bonesaw’s blatant DQ. Bonesaw is a name consistently thrown at the top of the card, but he always seems to be screwed over someway, somehow. This is hurting his image and we’ve yet to see a real true “moment” for him on the TV show. Are you going to suggest to us it was the 15 seconds he was World Heavyweight Champion again, before getting annihilated by Fallah Bahh? The stuff with Foley was a decent way to hype their next hardcore match with Maff’s medallion on the line, but why feel the need to put his earned medallion on the line to begin with? Of course, this will put Maff further over by the end, and Bonesaw doesn’t even get as much as a win in the record books.
– The face-off/confrontation between Matt Macintosh and Mario Bokara was well-done. Macintosh sure likes to talk a lot of smack – and we’re okay with that, because he can bring the fire to cut a great promo. Who better to clash against than with Bokara – who talks just as tough? Macintosh’s comparisons of Bokara to Habib From The Car Wash were also fitting. What also helps this feud is that they are essentially fighting over having World Title shots “stolen” from them – making it about the biggest prize in the company. This was great hype for their match next week.
– Nikos Rikos has a generic look to him and is essentially a pissed-off Greek immigrant who refuses to share tips with busboys. The horror. However – it should be cool to see what he does when he emerges upon the PWS TV scene. We for one can’t wait.
– The “wrap-up” video segments to end the show continue to impress – and just about the greatest thing might’ve happened so far in the TV show’s run with their latest one, where characters the likes of Dave D-Struction, Johnny Howl, Starman, Sandy Mann, Chris Payne and The Untouchables all cut promos with the words of famous TV sitcom themes of the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s, all leading to Habib riding on the back of a carriage to the theme of “Perfect Strangers” playing as he held up a sign that read, “America or Bust!” Utter brilliance in every sense. Laugh-out-loud stuff. Payne’s segment portion particularly made this golden.
– TV Title Tournament – Round One Match – Brian Myers def. Takaaki Watanabe via pinfall to advance
– TV Title Tournament – Round One Match – Mr. Bowens def. Mr. Gamble via pinfall to advance
– Dan Maff def. Bonesaw via DQ
– 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
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
– 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
– 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
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