They start the program seemingly in the middle of a match. It’s just getting started but Joe Dombrowski and Bryce Webster were talking like they were in the middle of it. The match is for the CWE Undisputed Title pitting Hallowicked vs. Jigsaw vs. Shima Xion vs. Michael Facade, who is the champion. Shima Xion started out against Jigsaw. The match started slowly. The announcers had no idea whether it was an elimination or single fall match up. All four guys got involved. Shima and Facade hit a duo of hielos onto their opponents. They seemed to be under Dragon Gate rules as Hallowicked rolled out of the ring and Jigsaw came into the match with no dispute from the referee. Jigsaw & Hallowicked tagged in and out while wearing down Facade. Dombrowski not that Hallowicked & Jigsaw team frequently in Chikara. Facade hit a DDT and inverted DDT after arguing from Hallowicked & Jigsaw. Facade tagged in Shima Xion. After more bickering from the masked duo, Facade and Shima Xion booted them out of the ring. Xion then attacked Facade. Hallowicked and Jigsaw came back into the ring which is when four way action started. Shima took out Jigsaw at ring side. Facade rolled up Hallowicked for the three count.
Analysis: The wrestling was good but the undefined rules, cluelessness of the announcers to the rules and bad camera work from trying to follow too much action made it stink.
They replayed the promo with Bobby Beverly and Johnny Gargano because their match up was the main event. I would have prefered fresh promos from both but the replay was good enough.
Ben Fruth took on Krimson in his debut match in PWO. They used a black and white filter for Krimson’s entrance. Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire overreacted to Krimson spitting mist. Krimson beat down Fruth and threw him out of the ring. He tossed Fruth into the ring post and head first into a chair. Krimson rolled Fruth back into the ring where Fruth got some minor offense. Krimson was just punishing Fruth and didn’t try for a pin. Krimson hit a Roll of the Dice but left the ring when the referee got to the two count. Fruth won by count out.
Analysis: Krimson looks like he’ll be one of the larger members of the roster. It’s odd for even an evil character to not care about the pin. He was pretty sharp in the ring.
Lauren interviewed N8 Mattson & Benjamin Boone. Mattson bragged about getting the TV Title. He said he’d hit Lauren for asking about the failure to collect the $10,000 bounty. Mattson went on to say that because Johnny Gargano is from Ohio, one of them would win the PWO Heavyweight Title from him.
Analysis: Classy move by Mattson to threaten a woman. Just say you don’t care about the bounty because you’re getting more money as a champion now. It strikes me as spreading Gargano a little thin by having this many challengers come after him at one time. Lauren did show an appropriate amount of disgust to the camera after they left.
Jason Bane noted the failure of Boone & Mattson when he was attacked by Brian Bender with a chair. Bane beat up Bender and tossed the chair at him.
Analysis: The heel get the leg up if they at least want to get one match out of these two. It was a surprise attack so there’s no shame in getting beat up if you’re Bane.
Bobby Beverly came to the ring with Dawn Decadence for the main event before a commercial break. N8 Mattson & Benjamin Boone were at the announce desk with Joe Dombrowski. Mattson talked about being the saving grace of Michigan. He said he guarantees the winner of this match will take him on for the PWO title. The match started with 18 minutes left on my DVR. Mattson noted that Beverly put him out of action for five months when he broke Mattson’s ankle.
The match started slowly with Gargano winning some small skirmishes. Gargano took him over with a headlock then started working on Beverly’s left arm. Dombrowski noted that PWO management banned Bobby Shields & Nicky Valentino from ringside. Beverly turned things around with an arm bar take down. Beverly tossed Gargano to ring side where he smacked his head on the guard rail. Beverly kept up the assault on the outside using the guard rail and column as weapons. Gargano hit a spring board spear through the middle ropes. The announcers said that all of the contender’s for the PWO Title belt were watching the match up around the arena. Gargano spin kicked Beverly who went to the outside. Gargano followed him and used the guard rail as a weapon. Gargano got a two count after a top rope cross body. Beverly hit a Randy Orton like DDT with the ropes as leverage after Gargano went for a second spear. Beverly side a side power slam for a two count. They exchanged fore arms, punches and kicks but Gargano won by taking down Beverly with a clothesline. Gargano followed Beverly and caught him with a running double knee lift in the corner. Gargano then threw Beverly face first into the second turn buckle on the opposite side of the ring. Gargano hit a frog splash but only got a two count. Shields & Valentino came to ring side and grabbed Gargano’s leg. The interference allowed Beverly to hit a urinogi into a back breaker. Dawn distracted the referee after Shields came into the ring. Gregory Iron pulled Shields out of the ring. Gargano slapped on “Uniquely You” for the win.
Gregory Iron and Johnny Gargano came face to face in the ring. Dombrowski noted the long running feud they had. Gargano offered his hand to Iron and seemed to say “I was wrong” but there was no audio. Iron left the ring without shaking his hand.
Analysis: Great match up that looked really sloopy at the end. Shields got into the ring way too early which made the ending look bad but the save by Iron and Hobo Joe was a good way of keeping the interference in the actual match to a minimum. I loved that they played the match all the way without commercial interruption.
The ending with Gargano and Iron was nice because people tend to forgive a little too quickly in wrestling. If Gargano saves Iron & Hobo Joe later down the line, it’ll make for a better moment.
Final Analysis: CWE Title Match -1, Fruth vs. Krimson +1, Mattson Interview 0, Bane promo 0, Gargano vs. Beverly +2. Total: 2/5.
A second consecutive week where the finish is much stronger than the rest of the show. Recovering from the atrocious is an impressive feat though. Dedicating that much time to the main event and keeping down the number of segments helped.
I think I’ve mentioned it before but it’ll be nice when the CWE isn’t featured. If they are going to continue featuring it, they need to be better organized and integrate into their own product.