PWO – Season 3 – Episode 25

 

Is that Michael "The Bomber" Facade? Find out after the jump.

The show started with Johnny Gargano coming into the arena. Jason Bane stopped him and told him he wasn’t welcome. Bane said at least the people that are coming after him are at least doing it without attacking him from behind. Gargano pleaded that he wasn’t the guilty party. Bane threw Gargano’s luggage and told him to dress in the hallway. Gargano looked mad but composed himself quickly.

Analysis: Great way to start the show. Not right into a match or a replay as has been the case recently. Good work from both guys especially Bane who is the locker room leader. Score: +1.

The first match was for the number one contender status for the TV Title held by “Amazing” N8 Mattson. Michael “The Bomber” Facade took on “Omega” Aaron Draven. Facade missed a charge into the corner. Draven walked the ropes and executed a head scissors. Facade was outside the ring and Draven gave him a huracanrana.  Facade took out Draven’s legs while he was on the apron. Facade hit a spinning heel kick for a two count.  Facade gripped Draven in a chin lock.  Facade got in a standing shooting star press. Facade missed on an Arabian Moonsault. Draven hit a spring board leg drop but couldn’t capitalize. Draven enziguiried Facade. Facade got a two count from a German suplex. Facade took off his gi (More smoothly than normal). Facade went to the top rope but was stopped by Draven. “Omega” took control and hit a Flux Capacitor for the victory.

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PWO – Season 3 Episode 23

The Romans of the Decadence by Thomas Couture. Yep, I'm being an art dork again. Will Dawn Decadence make it past this episode of Pro Wrestling Ohio?

They showed a replay of the end of last week’s show, the match between “Amazing” N8 Mattson & “M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross. They then showed footage from after they went off air. An old guy came and presented N8 Mattson with a trophy. Mattson gave the old guy a hard time about being from Ohio. Mattson said the sooner he gets out of Ohio, the better. Mattson jumped into Benjamin Boone’s arms.

Joe Dombrowski hyped the main event which was the Homeless & Handicapped Connection against Sex Appeal. Eric Ryan came to the ring with “The Rock Show” Earnie Ballz and Corey Winters. Isaac Montana was his opponent. Montana locked in an arm bar after an arm drag. Aaron Maguire suggested that Ryan & Winters not listen to Ballz because he’s not working well as a manager.  Ryan bailed out of the ring after a drop kick. Montana went to the top rope and splashed both Ryan & Winters. Dombrowski said that a twenty man gauntlet match would determine the number one contender after e match between Johnny Gargano and N8 Mattson happens.  Ryan caught Montana charging in with a back elbow. He then block bustered Montana. Winters attacked Montana while Ryan distracted the referee.  Ryan slammed Montana then missed on a second rope moonsault.  Montana spine bustered Ryan. Earnie Ballz told Ryan to go for a pile driver but he went for a verta-breaker. Ryan got the win. Ballz and Ryan started bitching at each other.

Analysis: The match was solid. The storyline with Ballz being a bad manager is weird especially since Ryan & Winters weren’t winners before they joined with Ballz. Someone has got to be on TV to lose. Score: +1.

The Sons of Michigan were in the back. Boone acted irritated but Mattson told him that at least one of them won the tournament. Mattson went on to say Boone tried hard and he respected him. Mattson said that he has another chance at a title shot in the gauntlet match. Mattson assured Boone that he’d give him a title shot after he beat Gargano. Mattson then called in Ben Fruth because he was disappointed in him. Matson said he doesn’t associate with losers. Fruth was still carrying around a flyer looking for Mike Tolar. Mattson said he was giving him another opponent, Jason Bane, because they needed the $50,000 reward. Mattson said he’s going to be a dual champion and he’s going to take the belts back to Michigan.

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PWO – Season 3 – Episode 22

Will "M-Dogg 20" Matt Cross or N8 Mattson win the chance to take on Johnny Gargano?

The opening contest was Brian Bender against Jason Bane. Aaron Maguire said that Bender has “$50,000 Why” he should take on Bane even though it hadn’t worked out well before. Bane tackled Bender who is normally the strong guy in his matches. Bane slammed Bender hard. He followed with some forearms and a clothesline. Bane hit a nice looking t-bone suplex.  Bender caught Bane charging into the corner with a knee. Bender locked in a front chancery. Bender went to the top rope and got hit in the gut as he leaped off of it. Bane “Bainlined him” for the victory. Corey James, a new comer, tried to collect the bounty but was power bombed for his punishment.

Analysis: Good segment that gives Bane a win over an opponent his size. Joe Dombrowski noted that he’s lost 100 lbs. in the last couple of years. I think moving down to 265 made him a better wrestler over that time. Score: +1.

They replayed the Benjamin Boone vs. “M-Dogg” Matt Cross match from the previous week.

Benjamin Boone was accompanied to the ring by Ben Fruth. Dombrowski listed the indignities that Fruth has had to endure under Tolar & now the Sons of Michigan. Isaac Montana was his opponent. He wore an Ohio State shirt to the ring to suck up to the fans. They did a skit trying to get the fans to cheer for OSU and against Michigan. Boone laid in some heavy forearms in the corner. Boone whipped him to the other corner and clotheslined him into the new corner.  Montana chased Fruth around ring side and was caught with a clothesline by Boone. Boone splashed Montana.  Montana fought back with some forearms and clotheslines of his own. Montana caught Boone with a pair of drop kicks. Montana missed the frog splash. Boone hit “The Bear Trap” DDT which is a bear hug into a DDT. As Boone celebrated, “Omega” Aaron Draven hit him with a chair in the back. Draven went to the top rope and hit a double stomp. Draven then motioned for a title belt referring to his former status as TV Champion which is held by the leader of the Sons of Michigan, N8 Mattson.

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PWO – Season 3 – Episode 19

We know where it happened in PWO, but we don't know who. By the way, how do I not have this DVD?

 

Joe Dombrowski hyped the six man tag team main event between Johnny Gargano, Gregory Iron & Hobo Joe against Sex Appeal. Gargano joined Dombrowski for commentary.
 
Benjamin Boone was accompanied by N8 Mattson to the ring for his match in the #1 Contendership Tournament for the PWO Heavyweight Title.  Michael “The Bomber” Facade was Boone’s opponent. Gargano complimented both potential opponents for his title.  Facade caught Boone with a drop kick off the top rope as he came into the ring. Boone mismanaged a moonsault but eventually muscled Facade up for a power slam. Gargano said that Boone wrestles like a bear by mauling and staying on top of you. Boone delay suplexed Facade but only got a two count of it. Boone threw facade outside the ring, distracted the ref and allowed Mattson to get in a couple of cheap shots before tossing Facade back into the ring. Boone applied the bear claw to Facade but he came back at the two and a half count. Facade used his speed to duck around Boone’s offense and to quickly strike.  Facade hit a good looking spring board spinning wheel kick.  Facade went up for a top rope moonsault but Mattson hit him with the TV Title. The referee counted Facade out.
 
Analysis: Perfect ending to the match since Facade will be taking on Mattson for the TV Title soon. Well wrestled match to that point. I was laughing at Facade having problems getting his gi off for a Jeff Hardy like girl scream moment. Gargano got a phone call about half way through the match and left Dombrowski flying solo. Dombrowski asked him what it was for but Gargano didn’t explain. Score: +1.
 
Doctor Monstrous said that she will be making her debut soon. She told all evil doers to be aware because she’s coming for them. Someone off screen called for Portia to come to her photo shoot. Doctor Monstrous shook her head and said she’s not Portia.

PWO – Season 3 – Episode 18

Who's behind the mask in PWO? Find out after the jump! Hmm, I wonder where I got this photo? Thanks iStockphoto.com.

N8 Mattson came to the ring with Benjamin Boone for a match for the #1 Contendership for the PWO Heavyweight Title against Gregory Iron.  Joe Dombrowski said that they have clips of a beat down on “Omega” Aaron Draven by Benjamin Boone after they went off the air last week. He also mentioned that Iron was granted a slot in the tournament because of the interference in his match for the PWO Heavyweight Title. Aaron Maguire mentioned that Marion Fontaine had been laid out in the back and is a favorite in the tournament. Dombrowski added that Bobby Beverly had been attacked too. Mattson punked out Iron a little bit in the early going. Dombrowski wondered whether Mattson was spreading himself thin with his duties to defend the TV Title and being in this tournament. Mattson slipped out of the ring after a pair of arm drags by Iron. Iron attacked Mattson outside the ring. Mattson got back into the ring and attacked Iron when he came back in. Iron got a two count from a sunset sflip. Mattson stomped on him after the pin attempt. Mattson missed a charge into the corner and ate the turnbuckles. Iron connected on a modified Code Breaker. Iron executed a Disabiler (aka Stunner) but only got a two count. Iron went to the top rope and hit a cross body but still only got a two count. Mattson caught Iron charging him with a sit down power bomb for the three count.
 
Analysis: It was an OK match that was overwhelmed by the stories surrounding the match. I didn’t even mention that they talked about Michael “The Bomber” Facade who had won the #1 Contendership for the TV Title the week before. Score: 0.
 
Doctor Monstrous said she was hired by Portia Perez because of the tough competition in PWO. She’s here to dominate the women’s division. Vic  walked by and asked Portia how she was doing. Doctor Monstrous said it wasn’t Portia, geez.

PWO – Season 3 – Episode 16

Flip Kendrick has some moves like this one.

They started by showing a rewind of the match betwee “The Megastar” Marion Fontaine and Johnny Gargano.
 
“The Natural” Brian Bender was set to take on Flip Kendrick awho was accompanied by Louis Linden. Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire noted that Bender lost to Linden the previous week. Bender grabbed the mic and said that the referee screwed him last week because his shoulder was up. He went on to berate the crowd and then left ring side. The referee said that if Bender didn’t return to the ring by a ten count, he’d be suspended. At 9, Bender ran back into the ring. Kendrick took over with the highlight of offense being a great drop kick. Kendrick hit a 180 dive onto Bender on the outside. Bender tossed Kendrick into the turn buckles. Bender locked in a Boston Crab. Kendrick got pulled away from the ropes the first time but made it the send time. Bender only got a two count off of a urinogi. Kendrick did a standing shooting star press. Kendrick hit a spring board DDT. Kendrick then finished him off with what I can best desribe as a spring board Star Ship Pain.
 
Analysis: The part about Bender being suspended was a little weird. Kendrick was just too fast for Bender so it drug the match down a little bit. Kendrick’s move set made it a good viewing though. Score:+1.
 
Aaron Draven said he lost his TV Title to N8 Mattson and the rematch but he can’t keep the title off his mind. Draven said he saw the bromance between Michael Facade & Matthew Justice so he knows they’ll be working together against him. Draven said he almost lost part of his hand in the last tables match he was in. Draven said he will go through any pain to get another title shot.
 
Analysis: He has potential but he still looked down too much when he was cutting his promo. His conviction is more consistent now. He put over the importance of the TV Title well. Score: +1.
 
Krimson said that the body count will continue. Analysis: It’s only been two guys in a month pal. Speed it up. Please. Score: 0.
 
Isaac Montana was accompanied to the ring by Luis Diamante. Ben Fruth walked through the background in the crowd with signs that said “Have You Seen Me?” with Mike Tolar’s pictures. The announcers got a copy and showed it off to the camera. Ben Fruth took on Montana even though Fruth was not his opponent.  Dombrowski freaked out as usual during the ruth Roll Up.Montan  went with a hip toss, arm drag and drop kick. Fruth kicked out after a second rope elbow. Dombrowski said the Luis Diamante is taking on Krimson next week. Montana hit a back breaker then stretched Fruth over his knee. Montana then went for a spine buster. Fruth got another two count on another Fruth Roll up. Montana hit Fruth with an Island Cutter for the victory. Diamante got in the ring and they signalled like they wanted the tag team belts.
 
Analysis: Montana seemed like a douche bag for not finishing Fruth earlier. Not a good decision for a face. Montana looked crisp on offense so here’s hoping he gets a better opponent next time. Score: 0.
 
They showed a replay of the end of last week’s match between Johnny Gargano and Gregory Iron. Hobo Joe, Johnny Gagano and Gregory Iron were in the back stage area. Iron said that he was apologizing to Gargano publicly. He thanked him for restarting the match and giving him a shot at the title. Iron said he proved he was a changed man. Gargano said that Iron helped him change. Gargano said they should turn the page and move on to Sex Appeal.
 
Analysis: It made sense why Hobo Joe was there but he didn’t add anything. Good stuff from Iron and Gargano though. Score: +1.
 
Matthew Justice said that the three man table match next week was for the #1 contendership to the TV Title. Michael Facade came into the shot and said they should still be cool. Justice asked why he kicked him last week. Facade said it was just a mistake. Justice was still pissed off and said we’ll see next week if we’re still cool.
 
Analysis: The Vince Russo get them together one week, break them up the next. Boy do I hate it. Justice was good on the mic but Facade was a little weak but it didn’t help that he didn’t have much to go with. Score: -1.
 
Eric Ryan was accompanied to the ring by Earnie Ballz and Corey Winters. Super Hentai was his opponent. Dombrowski noted that Hentai beat Winters last week. Maguire said that Ballz was teaching them the art of tag team wrestling. Ryan attacked Hentai from behind when he went up to the second drop to get cheers from the crowd. Ryan got a two count off a body slam and back splash.  Ryan punched and kicked Hentai in the corner.  The announcers noted that a number of new wrestlers will be coming in. Dobrowski also noted that no one knew who laid out Marion Fontaine from the week before.  Hentai finally took over on offense. Ryan executed a nice figure four buster.  Hentai snap power slammed Ryan but couldn’t capitilze on it. Hentai hit a pair of clotheslines and a drop kick. Hentai then hit some running double knees in the corner. Hentai had his leg held by Earnie Ballz but Ryan didn’t take advantage of the situation. Hentai double Northern Lights suplexed Ryan for the victory.
 
Analysis: Excellent wrestling match. Both men looked great. A little odd to have a manager, Ballz, lose his firt two matches. Score: +2.
 
Matt Cross said that Gargano promised him. He says he’s tired of waiting for his chance (a couple of times). He’s going to take home the Title Shot Tournament.
 
Analysis: Solid stuff. You can see a slow turn with Cross. They did a decent slow turn with Gargano last year. This one seems better and more drawn out. Score: +1.
 
“The Megastar” Marion Fontaine said that his Title shot didn’t go as he planned because the PWO Board unleashed all of the wrestlers in the ring. He said he knows he doesn’t fit their mold. Fontaine also said that he was a part of a plan but it didn’t do him any good. He blamed PWO Management for his sneak attack too. Fontaine said he’d prove himself in the tournament because it won’t stop him.
 
Analysis: Great promo. He really gets it on the mic. Right tone, looks at the camera all the time and has great charisma. Score: +1.
 
Bobby Beverly came to the ring with Dawn Decadence and Bobby Shields to take on Jason Bane in the first match of the tournament to determine the new number one contender for the PWO Heavyweight Title. Dombrowski said that the bounty on Bane’s head has motivated him to get into the best shape of his life. Maguire increased his offer to take out Bane from $10,000 to $25,000. Beverly stalled at the beginning of the match. He tried to use his speed but Bane used his size and power advantage to toss Beverly around the ring.  Bane hit a pair of nice throws. Bane rammed his shoulder into Beverly into the corner then gave him a high boot but only got a two count because of a cocky cover. Dawn distracted Bane as he was going to give Beverly the F5. Beverly went to work on Bane’s left leg.  Bane gave Beverly a guerilla press slam. Bane then hit the F5 for the victory. Dawn and Bobby Shields tried to attack Bane but both were unsuccessful.
 
Analysis: With all of the build up Beverly has been given this season, I’m surprised by how quickly he was beat. Made him look like a chump. Bane should have won no doubt but this kicks the tag champ down a notch in the singles division. Bane is not only looking good physically but he’s wrestling as well as I’ve ever seen him. Score: +1.
 
Final Score: 6/9. Final Analysis: They hyped both of the 3 Way Table Match for a shot at the TV Title (although it could have been spelled out clearer by the three contestants) and the Tournament for the #1 Contendership for the PWO Heavyweight Title by having a lot of short segments this week. Even though there were many, it didn’t feel crammed or like they cut away from a segement early as TNA has a habit of doing. The announcers also did a good job of pushing these events. The graphics department also pitched in by showing the bracket for the tournament but unfortunately they’re still a little behind in the quality of their looks. – Kevin

PWO – Season 3 – Episode 12

Will there be a handshake at the summit between Johnny Gargano and Gregory Iron?

Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire introduce the show. A man whose head is cut off from the camera shot is Maguire’s body-guard to keep him safe from Jason Bane. His name is Mr. Brinks (Ugh).

“The Natural” Brian Bender is set to take on Isaac Montana with the Ambassador of Puerto Rico accompanying him to the ring side. His partner, Luis Diamante, is not around tonight.  Dombrowski notes they’re both ready to go at each other because it’s personal. (Shouldn’t you remind the viewers that the Puerto Rican Wrecking Crew took out Earnie Ballz, Bender’s partner?)  Bender gets an upper hand with a thumb to the eyes. He assaults Montana then tosses him outside the ring. Dombrowski & Maguire finally note the personal issue after talking up the rest of the show. (Seemed a little ass backwards to me in the hype department.) Bender locked in a Boston Crab but Montana reached the ropes to break it.  Montana slips out from a powerslam attempt and shoves Bender into the corner then hits him with a big clothes line.  Montana gets a two count after a flying forearm.  Montana catches Bender with a cutter. Bender grabs the ropes to break the pin attempt. Bender hits an urinogi then flips out after he doesn’t get the three count.  Montana rolls up Bender as Bender acts dismayed in the ring.

Analysis: They keep hyping Bender frustration level so I hope they do something about it rather than just keeping him on a losing streak. They need to come up with a name for the “Ambassador”. I don’t think that’s asking too much. The match itself was a bit sloppy. Score: 0.

“M-Dogg 20” Matt Cross said that he’ll be tagging with Jason Bane against N8 Mattson & Benjamin Boone. He said the pinfall is important to him because he feels he’s being overlooked. Even with a broken finger, he’s looking for a win. When he wins, there will be no ducking him. After he scores the pinfall, he’ll ride the momentum into the PWO Title Shot Tournament.

Analysis: He’s riding a fine line here because he’s acting like a heel with his demands at a title shot and being overlooked (despite losing his recent matches) but he still said he won’t use a broken finger as an excuse. I liked the fire and was probably his best promo to date.  I’ll just hope he can ride the fine line. Score: +1.

Michael Facade talked about his CWE Title defense and his match against Johnny Gargano but the one that stood out in his mind the most was against Matthew Justice. Justice entered the shot and did some hand jive with Facade who told him that they’re cut from the same cloth. Justice said that Facade brought him to another level. They agree to have each other’s back in the fututre.

Analysis: A little too many dudes, bros and awkward pauses for me. Facade does have a unique delivery if he could keep focused. Justice still needs to work on his mic skills. The camera man needed to center Facade & Justice better or the director needed to get Justice to stand in the shot more if it was a hard camera. Score: -1.

Ben Fruth came to the ring to take on Bobby Beverly with Dawn Decadence in tow. Beverly took control early and posed for the crowd in between moves. Fruth got a two count from a “Fruth Roll Up”. Beverly knocked Fruth down with a hard clothesline. Beverly worked over Fruth with a variety of moves. Beverly pulled up Fruth from a pin attempt after hitting a Randy Orton like DDT. Beverly then hit his back breaker finisher for the win.

Analysis: The announcers noted the disparity in talent between the wrestlers. The match was what it should have been. Score: +1

After the match, Beverly grabbed the mic and said that Gregory Iron cost him the chance at PWO Heavyweight Title last week. Beverly vowed to end Iron’s life because of that and for knocking out his teeth at Wrestlelution 2. Iron snuck into the ring while Beverly talked. Iron clotheslined Beverly when he turned around. Iron then mounted him and started punching him. Beverly slipped out and fled from ringside.

Analysis: Solid speech although I’m not a fan of threatening death on an opponent especially since you know it’ll never happen. They have a history so the feud should have plenty of legs. Beverly claiming Iron cost him the match is classic heel tactic even though Iron didn’t touch him during the match. Score: +1

They showed a replay of Gregory Iron snubbing Johnny Gargano’s handshake.

Krimson talked about following wrestling when he was young. He said to kill your idol followed by saying no one is safe in the PWO.

Analysis: There’s lots of murdering going on in Pro Wrestling Ohio these days. Score: 0.

N8 Mattson said that Benjamin Boone has been on a roll since they teamed up. He then said Boone has helped to get him on a roll in the ring too. Mattson said that they may both be contenders for the PWO Heavyweight Title tournament. Mattson said they can prove they’re the most dominant people in PWO with a win next week against Jason Bane & Matt Cross.

Analysis: It was a fine enough promo with the usual heavy dose of Michigan talk. Score: +1.

“Omega” Aaron Draven came to the ring to take on N8 Mattson accompanied by Benjamin Boone. The announcers noted that this match was a rematch for the TV Title. Dombrowski said that Gregory Iron & Johnny Gargano will have a meeting after this match. Mattson bailed to ringside after a shoulder block knock down and pin fall attempt.  The crowd chanted “Detroit sucks” so no matter what I think, Mattson is doing his job. Draven had a head lock take over. He went to the ropes when Boone grabbed his leg. The referee tossed Boone from ring side.  Mattson took control of the match. After a rest hold, Mattson hit a high knee on Draven.  Draven chopped Mattson a couple of times. Mattson slammed Draven face first in to the mat.  Draven hit three kicks then a 619.  Draven enziguried Mattson in the corner but only got a long two count. Mattson hit the “Blue Buster” (better known as the Code Breaker) for the win.

Analysis: Good match with both guys working their asses off. Score: +1

Gregory Iron was sitting down for “The Summit” at a folding table when Johnny Gargano arrived. Iron asked what Gargano wanted. Gargano said Iron knows what he wants. Gargano said that he appreciated the help against Sex Appeal. He didn’t appreciate Iron turning away from his handshake. Iron said he wasn’t trying to help Gargano. He did what he did because he has an issue with Sex Appeal. Iron said he’s not going to forget everything that happened between them. Gargano complimented him on his perseverance. Gargano said he almost took him out because he was afraid of him and he regrets it every day of his life. Gargano said that he’d do what Iron wants to make up for his past transgressions. Iron said the only way to make it up to him is to give him a shot at the PWO Heavyweight Title. Gargano freaked out. Iron said that he hasn’t changed a bit. Gargano said if that’s the only way to make it up to him, he’ll put the belt on the line. Gargano offered Iron his hand again and Iron said that “Actions speak louder than words.”

Analysis: Gargano needed to look Iron in the eye more at the beginning and his reactions can be too cartoony as when he freaked out about defending the title against Iron.  It was strange to see Iron be a hard ass about the make up but I like it. Great points of argument from both sides. Score: +1.

Final Score: 5/9. Final Analysis: Good to end on a meaty talking segment unlike last week’s throw away segment at the end. Considering that Gargano has more than enough contenders, Michael Facade & Matthew Justice could help bolster the tag team division if they’re not going to push either of them as singles wrestlers. I’m starting to tire of the Krimson promos especially since PWO has plenty of air time and could feed him some other lower level guys. It would have been nice to hear from Jason Bane since he was the only one in the tag match next week but they can fit it into the next episode.

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