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
– 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