#PrimeWrestling – Krimson Cuts a Promo for Wrestlelution 6: The Art of War

This coming weekend is Wrestlelution 6: The Art of War on Sunday the 20th on both iPPV and if you want to see it live in Parma OH with a bell time of 3 PM. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend. Unfortunately, Prime Wrestling wasn’t able to air their last four episodes. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go because of a Blue Jackets game. Fortunately though, they were smart enough to have their best promo man cut a new promo for his Prime Wrestling Championship defense against ECW, TNA & WWE alumni “The Manbeast” Rhino. His work has been excellent and this promo is no exception. Tonight, I will be interviewing Joe Dombrowski about the entire card so I hope this whets your appetite. – Kevin

Stunt Granny Interview Series – @RickeyShanePage & @FairToAar of @PrimeWrestling

The Megalomaniacs started to take control of Prime Wrestling at Pressure Rising earlier this year. Part of that equation was bringing some new muscle in the form of Ricky Shane Page. This year at Wrestlelution 6: Art of War, Page will be taking on Bobby Beverly. At the announcers table or by his side, agent Aaron Maguire will be there. They combined their Megalomaniac powers on this interview. Luckily Dan & Kevin were up to asking the hard questions. How did Maguire meet Page? Why did Maguire bring Page into the Megalomaniacs? Kevin asks Ricky how it was to choke out Justin LaBar since he’s wanted to do it since LaBar joined then Pro Wrestling Ohio. Dan asks Maguire if he is worried about being assaulted at ring side since Page attacked Dombrowski earlier this year. Bobby Beverly has cost Page a pair of shots at the Prime Wrestling Title against Krimson. Does he want another shot at the title without interference? Is Johnny Gargano on his hit list since he has helped Beverly? The guys get around to asking Aaron how he feels about the other match ups that comprise the best of three series for the Prime Wrestling Commissionership. The matches are B.O.M.B. – the Brotherhood of Mustachieod Brawlers – team of Marion Fontaine & Jeremy Madrox against the Handicapped Hand Guns of Gregory Iron & Zach Gowen for B.O.M.B.’s Prime Tag Team Titles and Matt Cross taking on the man who stabbed him in the back, Matthew Justice for the TV Title. Will Marte Belle be a factor in the later match? Would Ricky be able to grow a mustache as good as Fontaine & Madrox? If the Megalomaniacs lose this series, do they have a back up plan? Will Maguire reveal that plan? Find out when you click on the link below!

#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 13

Jeremy Madrox is set to wrestle Johnny Gargano in the opening bout. The offense was split between the two early. The big news was Marion Fontaine taking off a few weeks. Gargano went for a dive outside but had to chase Madrox who had moved around the corner. Madrox caught Gargano with a knee to the head when he tried to sling shot back in. Madrox worked over Gargano’s back. Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire talked more about the new referee than the WWE has talked about their referees all year. Gargano caught Madrox charging in with a boot. Gargano nailed the Elijah Express (Anybody remember that name?) Gargano caught a resting Madrox with a suicide dive. Gargano got the sling shot spear the second attempt. Madrox came back with a running elbow in the corner. Gargano reverses an Irish Whip and turns it into Uniquely You. Marti Belle distracts the ref. Matthew Justice distracts Gargano. Madrox rolls up Gargano with a handful of tights. Dombrowski questions where Gargano will go from here.

Analysis: The end of the match is really irritating me after a very well wrestled match. I haven’t seen much of Madrox in the ring but he held up his end of the bargain against Gargano. I understand the double distraction technique but it makes no sense seconds after taking a finisher. I get that he cheated to win, which heels should do, but his recovery was miraculous. Then Dombrowski questioning what Gargano does next? How did the baby face announcer not go the indignant route for how the bad guy had to cheat to win? Then you can say Gargano will get them another day. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante was being interviewed by Michael Cash. (Welcome back? Nice guy when I met him after Wrestlelution 2.) Vic has plans for Gargano so that’s why he’s not firing him. Cash questioned Vic about his call with Rhino. Analysis: He made up with Gargano the last we saw. You can play the mercenary card but these are basically the same guys that burned him last year, if he sides with Megalomaniacs. Score: +1.

Bobby Beverly has never felt better in his career. He feels he’s close to getting back in the title picture but there are too many groups in Prime Wrestling. He helped Gargano so that he can serve notice to Prime about his goal. Analysis: I’m not sure how helping Gargano serves that notice but that’s the best he’s done on the mic since he tried the country boy gimmick at the end of last year. Score: +1.

Gory was set to take on Mr. RBI Isaiah Bonds. He brought Gory back into the ring with a sling shot. RBI was all over Gory early. Gory turned it around with a trick knee. Gory tried to wear down Bonds. RBI turned a cross body into a power slam. RBI elbowed Gory a la Dusty Rhodes. Gory knocked Gory off the top rope. Gory double stomps RBI for the win. Analysis: Solid stuff. The power slam was a little rough in the transition area but otherwise good. Score: +1.

Nicki Valentino needs a contract with the Megalomaniacs. Vic tells him what he has in his stable already. Valentino babbles and then tells Vic he will impress him. Analysis: Is there a clause in his current contract that says “No character development ever.”? He does goofy pet raccoon fine. Score: 0.

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Dan’s Blog: I Swiped Dusty’s Mailbag

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While catching up on my reading of all things on the Stunt Granny site I realized that Dusty has been jumping into the mailbag with both feet answering questions that the wrestling intelligentsia needs to read up about. Not being all that creative myself I visited the Stunt Granny World Headquarters (Don’t ever show up unannounced again. -Jeremy) and managed to grab a bag full of mail for myself. Then I stopped off in New York and took a few things off Matt Brock’s desk also (it was interesting that no one seemed to care about taking that stuff but I digress). I tried to figure out how to break into Wade Keller’s email so I could steal some of his “Ask the Editor” questions but he’s got that account triple protected.  I suppose it’s because “Ask the Editor” seem to make up the majority of the Daily Keller Hotlines!

Anyway, I digress.  Speaking of the Torch, let’s jump into Question One.

Question #1: What’s this I hear about super internet phenomenon “zourah” going on a rant about the way the Torch deals with Bill Watts?  Doesn’t this guy know that Watts was the most racist, sexist, homophobic, all around bad person that ever existed in wrestling?  (M.M.—Pittsburgh, PA)

Answer #1:  Yes, unfortunately my rant is still somewhere stuck in Eric Nelson’s phone because he could not figure out how to get a one hour audio from his phone onto the web. I should mention that I have had a very polite discussion with Mr. Keller about my feelings on this particular subject and I now do respect his view on the entire situation when Watts was fired. I still don’t see things the same way myself but that’s fine.

As for the meat of the question, let’s just compare Watts to everyone’s current God of Wrestling Vince McMahon.

McMahon wins the “PC” game for sure in his public statements. Both he and Watts worked with well known figures in the wrestling business who happen (ed) to be gay.  Again, McMahon has worked more closely with Pat Patterson but Watts did work frequently with Jim Barnett and with a few exceptions he worked fairly well with him.

As for acceptance of gays, Watts said some very un PC things to be polite in an interview. McMahon had his baby face tag team leading children in chants of F***** for at least six months in the early ‘90s.  Advantage Watts

If you were/are an African American wrestler who would you want to work for?  Well unless you really hated distasteful language I’m thinking you would be better off working for Watts. I know The Rock is arguably the biggest deal ever in wrestling but Watts promoted JYD as a hero in Mid South while Vince promoted him as someone who could barely speak complete sentences. No promoter has ever given so many African American wrestlers chances to be at the very top of the card than Watts.

In closing, I’d argue that the premise of your question is ridiculous. I can go into great detail about my thoughts on sending that interview to higher ups at TBS eighteen months after the interview was conducted but that’s a topic for another day.

Question #2: That brilliant “zourah” guy hasn’t chimed in much on Prime Wrestling lately.  What’s up with that?  (A.MG – Cleveland, OH)

Answer #2: I think my contributions to the audio side of things lately have not been of sufficient quality to impress the premier reviewer of Prime on the ‘net Kevin DiFrango I suppose. (It’d really help if I stayed current with the product. They’re even going every other week and I’m still slacking off. – Kevin) If you haven’t been reading his reports go ahead and do so before you read this. I’ll wait for you to finish!

I’m pleased to see that they are going to have “Wrestlelution 6” this year as I was starting to wonder. It wouldn’t work so great if WWE said they were having WrestleMania “sometime between April 1 and May 30” but I know Prime Wrestling is not WWE. (Their next taping is this weekend being billed as a “Wrestlelution Prelude” in Parma OH. -Kevin)

There are things I like about the “Evil Vic” storyline. He does have good timing in his segments but man the evil GM thing just seems too derivative for this promotion. I expect better. I do not agree with Kevin on Ricky Shane Page. I’ve warmed up to him and like his promos (although hitting the announcer has no place on TV. Joe should hold himself to a higher standard than that.  What would Gordon Solie do?) quite a bit.  He’s not at Krimson level on the promos but he is quite good. Nicki Valentino is hilarious and adds quite a bit to the show. I really liked his interaction with Bryan Castle a couple weeks ago. We will see what the big event is for WL 6 and I’m sure we will have a good discussion about it.  Aaron Maguire continues to be the highlight of the show on a week in and week out basis. (More on some of these subjects in my Prime Review after I edit that column. -Kevin)

Question #3:  So what else is out there under the radar that I’m missing? I hear that super smart “zourah” guy always watched USWA, SMW, ECW and other indy feds back in the day.  (S.S. – Rockville Centre, NY)

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#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 12

Matthew Justice is taking on Michael “The Bomber” Facade for the TV Title at the top of the show. The highlight of the beginning of the match is the bickering between Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire. It was a slow start. Facade fancy arm dragged Justice out of the ring. Facade drop kick Justice into the guard rail. Justice dropped Facade neck first on the top rope. Facade head scissored Justice over. A big clothes line turned thing in Justice’s favor. Justice slammed Facade then hot dogged during the pin. Justice thought he threw Facade out of the ring but he held on to the top rope. Facade walked the top rope and drop kicked Justice. A pair of atomic drops by Facade was followed by a leg lariat. Justice gave Facade a face buster. Facade got tossed outside. Facade super kicked Justice. He got a two count from a spring board bulldog. Facade kicked Justice to the outside. Facade nailed a spring board 360. Marti Belle low blowed Facade. Justice gave Facade a top rope DVD. Justice is the new TV Champion. They kiss in the ring.

Analysis: This match was solid but not great. Facade still tries to do too much. Justice looked rusty. It didn’t help that Dombrowski pointed out how little he has wrestled since coming back to Prime Wrestling. Score: 0.

Bobby Beverly wanted to explain why he is supporting Johnny Gargano and Prime Wrestling against all of these factions. He gives a good defense of Prime promo. Analysis: Much better than his “Man of the earth” promos. Score: +1.

Bryan Castle is taking on JJ Deville, who weighs 165. Deville goes for the head band. Castle splashes him in the corner. Deville fires back but doesn’t phase Castle. Backpack chin jacker is the winner for Castle. Analysis: It was what it was supposed to be, a squash match. Interesting finisher for a big guy though. Don’t you follow up with a splash to reinforce your size? Score: +1.

Gregory Iron & Zack Gowen pound on some doors. Gowen explains that they are locked out. They are going to overcome the obstacle of locked doors like they have with every other challenge in their lives. Iron said that they’re going to come back stronger than ever. Gowen saves they’re going to save the company or die trying. They go back to kicking the door. Analysis: The door pounding parts were cheesy in a bad way. The promos were good though. Score: +1.

Nicki Valentino is taking on Aiden Veil. I’m not liking Late Night’s chances. Veil worked over Valentino’s left arm with various moves. Veil double chopped Valentino. Nicki took over with axe handles to the back. Valentino choked Veil while he distracted the ref. Nice. Veil slammed Valentino from the top rope. Veil got a two count from a bulldog. Veil gave Valentino a modified White Noise. Valentino gave Veil the old trick knee. Valentino follwed with a DDT. Valentino bragged to the camera. Veil rolled up Valentino for the win.

Analysis: Good match up. Veil is on his way up. He had a good showing in his tag match and his singles bouts. Valentino is filling his role well. Score: +1.

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#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 10

Marion Fontaine came to the ring to interrupt what the opening of the show. Fontaine was out there to taunt Zach Gowen with his own cane. Gowen got in early offense. Fontaine shoved the ref at Gowen to create an opening for himself. Gowen got a boot up on a charging Fontaine. He then missed a second corner charge. Gowen no sold a DDT. Gowen nailed a swinging neck breaker. Fontaine shoved the ref into the ropes to knock Gowen off the top. Fontaine tried to attack Gowen with his own cane but he missed. Gowen rolled him up for the three count. Fontaine attacked Gowen after the match. Gowen got the upper hand. Vic Travagliante came out and tossed Gowen from the building. Security escorted him out.

Analysis: The match was good. I’m not a fan of the baby face getting the upper hand already though. Vic and company just took over. They need to look dominant for at least a show. Several shows would be much better. Score: 0.

N8 Mattson came out for a match. Bobby Beverly was his opponent. They exchanged basic moves. Mattson went to the outside after an enziguri. Beverly kicked Mattson in the chest while on the apron. Mattson gained control with a jaw jacker. Beverly chopped Mattson. A running leg lariat by Mattson led to a reverse chin lock. Beverly elbowed out but ran into a knee. Mattson got two after a leg drop. Mattson missed a corner splash. Beverly fired away. Beverly nailed a kick to the face. Beverly got two from a back breaker. Mattson lawn mowered Beverly from the ropes. Beverly gave Mattson a power slam like flap jack. Beverly super kicked Mattson for the win.

Analysis: Beverly turned it up at the end of the match but it wasn’t his best performance. I’m still not a fan of his “Salt of the Earth” and “Regular guy” gimmick. Bleck. Score: 0.

Johnny Gargano gave us a history lesson on Prime Wrestling. He is most proud of his championship in Prime Wrestling. Gargano said Prime is like his family. He said him and others like Gregory Iron and Matt Cross make this league what it is. He is pissed at both the Dead Wrestling Society and the Megalomaniacs. Gargano isn’t going to sit back. He told us that Matt Cross had to go home to clear his head. Gargano asked for someone to join this lop sided fight. He said the war begins next week. Analysis: Good stuff out of this guy as usual. Not sure how he isn’t in TNA or the WWE. Score: +1.

Because Zach Gowen was thrown out earlier tonight, the tag team championship was a handicapped match. Gregory Iron took on Marion Fontaine & Jeremy Madrox. They tried to attack Iron but he turned it around on them. Iron sling shotted on Fontaine & Madrox on the floor. Madrox held Iron back from getting back into the ring. Fontaine took advantage by super kicking him. Madrox & Fontaine took turns hammering on Iron. He countered a move into head scissors. Iron DDTed Fontaine but he wasn’t legal. Fontaine & Madrox did a side slam & leg drop combo. Fontaine tossed a belt to Madrox. He missed Iron but distracted the ref so that Fontaine could nail him with the other belt. Fontaine & Madrox won the tag team titles. Vic Travaglainte tossed Gregory Iron from the building.

Analysis: I liked the victory but it was almost the complete opposite of the opening match. They over killed how they needed to beat Gregory Iron. It’s two on one to start with. It’s been done that way before but I think it makes the heel look too weak. They organized & executed the match well. Vic tossing everyone he doesn’t like is a good idea. I hate heel commissioners who keep people around. Make your life easy, toss the thorns in your side. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante got a formal introduction from Pedro De Lucca. Vic told us that we’re all welcome for being in the presence of him. Vic invited Justin LaBar down to the ring. He is going to be Vic’s assistant. Vic sent LaBar to the back to clean their bathroom. Matt Justice is mad because no one ever talked about him. He said he isn’t a Megalomaniac but he’s with them. He has a match for the TV Title. Justice goes to the back to see his signing bonus. Vic orders Krimson down to the ring. Vic tells them to join forces. All he has to do is give Vic the Prime Championship. Vic tells Krimson he’ll be his worst nightmare. Kirst & Gory come out for the save. And they stop the show.

Analysis: So are they turning the Dead Wrestling Society baby face? It’ll be interesting to see if Gargano ends up joining forces with the DSW to rid them of a larger problem. I’m no fan of evil commissioners so this one will be tough to follow. LaBar being the put upon lackey isn’t going to make matters any better. Matt Justice leaving out his own departure to the WWE should be a point brought up later so hopefully Cross will get the chance to reply. Score: 0.

Final Score: 2/5. Final Analysis: I was warned of this episode by both Dan and Jeremy. It lived up to the disappointment. The show cut too early. The lighting wasn’t great. The sound wasn’t the best. Evil commissioners blow. -Kevin

#PrimeWrestling – #PressureRising Interviews II

barometerPrime Wrestling decided to do review shows from their iPPV on regular TV. I won’t review the matches since I already did that here. They didn’t show the matches in their entirety but they showed the ends to all of the matches. I’m not a fan especially since they were still shilling the iPPV. DJ Korey was our host.

Benjamin Boone was mad about not having an opponent. He invited anyone from past or present to fight him. Analysis: What else can you do when you have no opponent and no direction in character? Not his best work.

Melissa introduced Aiden Veil & Logan Schulo. They talked about their band and didn’t act all that excited. Analysis: She was more peppy than them. I don’t care for the band thing because they sound more serious about it than 3MB. You need to tie the theme into the promos more if you’re going to be serious. I’m thinking something like Fandango. You could cheese it up and say “We’re going to drum our opponents out of the ring.” It needs a bit of a spark but these guys are a first show team. I’ll give them some leeway.

Louis Lynden did his promo in black & white while wearing an old Chinese straw hat. Lyndon talked about how big the match with Michael Facade was for him. He said he wanted to shine and prove himself in Prime Wrestling. The crane will fly in new directions. Analysis: Lyndon brings something fresh. I dig his metaphors even though I’d beat most people up about it.

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Justin LaBar gives his good bye speech. I enjoy the crowd chanting “You got fired” again. I fast forwarded through the rest of the segment with Nicki Valentino. Time saving all over this episode since this was covered in my iPPV review.

Krimson got a video. “A good man would prefer to be defeated rather than defeat injustice by evil means” was his theme against Johnny Gargano. He said he’s going to put Gargano to the test at Pressure Rising. He said he will be resurrected like the morning star. Johnny Gargano said that Krimson makes a living getting in people’s heads but he can’t do that to him. Gargano said he is in Krimson’s head. He told Krimson it will be his darkest day and that he’ll shine like a bright star. Gargano concluded by saying he’d still be champion after Prime Wrestling. Analysis: Krimson is still adding to his catalog of good or great promos. I wonder if he’s the one searching for the philosophy quotes week in and out. Gargano continues to round out his body of work on the mic. Good work for the main event.

This episode was stranger than the first one because the only back and forth promos were about the main event between Krimson and Gargano. Gory & Kirst didn’t get to counter Veil & Shulo. The TV Champion Michael “The Bomber” Facade didn’t have a response to Lynden. The episode would have been better with those promos added. Prime Wrestling had a taping March 16th so I’ll hope the new episodes start soon. -Kevin

#PrimeWrestling – #PressureRising iPPV

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Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire introduce the show. The big news is that the Prime Championship match will be wrestled under relaxed rules. “Amazing” N8 Mattson was the first out with Benjamin Boone in tow. Bryan Castle was his opponent. Castle used his size early. Matt Mason has diverticulitis. Mattson tried to slam Castle. It got reversed. Boone distracted Castle so that Mattson could attack him from behind. Mattson drop kicked him low. Boone took advantage while Mattson distracted the referee. Mattson drop kicked Castle in the knee. Mattson got a two count from a second rope leg drop. Mattson missed a charge in the corner. Castle connected with punches, clothesline and axe handles. Mattson reversed into a Code Breaker for a two count. Boone tried to distract Castle who whacked him with Mattson in the fireman’s  carry position. Mattson got spun onto Castle’s back for a package Stunner and a Castle win.

Analysis: Fun opening match. They could turn this into a match for Wrestlelution between Castle & Boone since they’re closer size wise. Score: +1.

Marti Belle got to introduce herself. She said that many of the men in the crowd don’t have experience with women like Prime Wrestling. Jessie Kay was her opponent. Kay arm dragged her several times. Belle tossed Kay by the ears. Belle strangled her on the second rope. Belle elbowed Kay. Belle reverse chin locked Kay. A Jaw jacker by Kay led to a neck breaker. They traded elbows by Kay won. Belle kicked out of a swinging neck breaker. Kay spine bustered Belle. Marti Belle hit the Reality Check for the win.

Analysis: Jessie Kay was as disappointing in the ring as she was awesome on the mic. Marti Belle didn’t get any help so I’ll wait and see on her. Score: 0.

Bobby Shields came out without covering his head. Bobby Beverly was next. Nicki Valentino came out with fanny packs for each Bobby. Beverly knocked Shields out of the ring. Beverly & Valentino traded blows. Shields attacked Beverly from behind. Valentino attacked Shields after a push by him. Valentino missed with a suicide dive. Beverly took over. Dombrowski tried to feed the “Simple man” stuff with Beverly. It’s not working. No one likes it. Shields tossed Beverly outside. Valentino attacked Shields. Shields put him on the top rope. Beverly kicked Shields. Tower of Doom. Beverly & Valentino punched away on Shields. Beverly suplexed Valentino. Shields attacked Beverly. Power sunset flip by Valentino on Beverly. The Bobbys double super kicked Valentino to the outside. Shields went for his finisher. Beverly reversed. Shields tossed Beverly into the referee. Shields fanny pack didn’t contain the chain. Beverly went for his fanny pack but nothing was in it. Beverly super kicked Shields. Valentino nailed Beverly with the chain. He tried to pin both Bobbys but failed. Shields went for his finisher on Valentino but got super kicked by Beverly. Valention groveled when Beverly found the chain. Beverly super kicked Valentino for the win.

Analysis: An excellent match. I liked showing that Valentino had more sense than he has been presented. LEt’s hope he gets even more smarts as they move along. I think he can do more than the goofy pet raccoon gimmick. Score: +1.

The Megalomaniacs (Marion Fontaine, Jeremy Madrox & Ricky Shane Page with Vic Travagliante) against Team Justin LaBar (Matt Cross, Gregory Iron and Matthew Justice) was up next. Cross started against Fontaine. Cross got in a standing moonsault early. Iron went to work on Fontaine. Madrox & Fontaine collided. Justice squared off against Page. Justice grabbed his knee. It looked to be legitimate. Iron was pitted against Madrox. Iron ended up taking the beat down from the Megalomaniacs. Nope, it sounds like the knee injury was a work if he is refusing care in the back. Iron finally fought his way out of a double team with Fontaine & Madrox. Cross came in and crushed everyone. Cross caught the heels with a top rope moonsault onto the floor. Cross missed a Shooting Star Press. Iron cross bodied the Megalomaniacs on the outside. Vic and LaBar fight. Justice grabbed the lap top from Maguire. He then cracked Iron with the lap top. Page covered Iron for the win. Dombrowski isn’t doing a great job trying to garner sympathy for LaBar or “the company”.

Analysis: They did a good job with the injury angle but it all makes sense now. Let’s hope they don’t forget about his heel turn like they did when he joined the Dead Wrestling Society. Justice gives them an interesting piece. He could really be the leader. The match was well wrestled. They took an intermission after this match so time for the read more button. Score: +1.

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#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 9

Alrighty then. I obviously didn’t catch up in enough time to watch the iPPV on time. I bought it but I need to get thru the go home show first. The good part is if they had any previews, I’m blowing right through them. I liked the way the last pair of reviews went. I got rid of some of the junk offense (punch, kick, 1 move to stop a beat down, etc.) so I’m sticking with it.

“Amazing” N8 Mattson was first out of the back with Benjamin Boone. Kid Hybrid is wrestling out of a dojo too. His look says Social Distortion. Mattson caught him with a cheap clothes line to start. Mattson got in the early offense. Mattson tossed Hybrid outside and distracts the referee. Boone took advantage. Mattson fisherman bustered Hybrid. Mattson only got two after an M80 middle rope leg drop. Hybrid turned it around with some stomps. Hybrid nailed a Back Cracker. He rolled it into a chicken wing bridge submission. Boone jumped to the apron. Hybrid missed a corner charge. Mattson nailed the swinging neck breaker for the win. The name of the finisher is escaping me and the announcers are to busy hyping other matches in the iPPV to call it.

Analysis: It was a needed win to help re-establish the Sons of Michigan who have had a down year and a half. I hope they get to use Hybrid more. Solid build and moves around the ring well. Score: +1.

They hyped Krimson vs Johnny Gargano for Pressure Rising. Nicki Valentino has been asked about his intentions with Bobby Beverly & Bobby Shields. He’s going to make his plans crystal clear at Pressure Rising. Analysis: Woof. He just hyped the iPPV and acted dumb. I know that’s his schtick but he could do better. Bobby Shields complained about losing his identity and how he has suffered more than anyone else from the defunct Sex Appeal. He will prove that he was the real leader of Sex Appeal at Pressure Rising. Analysis: That’s how you go with a short promo. Even if I think the hair losing thing is a bit over board. Bobby Beverly did his promo at the electrical panels because he’s a simple man. He will make it to the top on his ability not his sex appeal. Beverly will take out Valentino if he isn’t with him. Analysis: Two out of three is worth a score. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante, Jeremy Madrox, Marion Fontaine and Ricky Shane Page are the cool kids smoking in the stair well. Okay, so they weren’t smoking. Vic complained about LaBar again. Madrox is going to attack Iron with Zack Gowen’s cane after they win. Page is going to take out Matt Cross because he was never taken to Disney World. Fontaine knows that because LaBar’s choice is from the past of Prime Wrestling that the third member will be bad. Travagliante closed the loop by saying that he will be commissioner of Prime Wrestling. Analysis: Three out of four is a nice total of short promos. Page is still doing nothing for me. Score: +1.

Gregory Iron stared into space as Matt Cross talked. Justin LaBar was grinning like he had a crush on Cross. “M-Dogg” wants to be the three time Prime Wrestling Champion. He doesn’t care about the Megalomaniacs as much as the title. LaBar showed us his “Reality Check” with a box & check mark included. Analysis: I liked Cross’s promo but the distractions were weird. Why didn’t they get mic time other than to show off a terrible shirt? Score: +1.

Michael Facade and Louis Lyndon came out of the elevator together. Facade is glad that Lyndon is his challenger. Lyndon told him he’s not going to hold back. Facade expected nothing but the best from him. Lyndon isn’t going to hold the belt until Facade is out of Prime Wrestling. Lyndon got pissed and said he will take the title from him. Analysis: Facade is moving slowly in the right direction with his promos too. Lyndon is a good talker. Score: +1.

They did a Pressure Rising run down. Matt Cross came out first. Johnny Gargano was second. Pedro De Lucca did the formal introductions. They shook hands. Gargano went with an arm bar to start. They traded arm drags. They fought on the outside. Cross dropped the flag pole elbow. Gargano sling shot speared him back into the ring. Gargano nailed a neck breaker. Cross hit an atomic drop. Cross only got two from a sling shot cross body. They traded kicks. Cross suicide dove onto Gargano. Cross double stomped Gargano on the back. Cross only got two from a standing moonsault. Cross missed a spring board moonsault. Gargano lawn darted Cross into the corner. Gargano super kicked Cross. Gargano hit his finisher Uniquely You but Cross kicked out. Gargano perched Cross on the top rope. Cross pounded on Gargano’s back. Cross gave him an Attitude Adjustment neck breaker. Cross missed the Shooting Press. Gargano super kicked him. Cross gave Gargano a reverse huracanrana. Cross bicycle kicked Gargano. Cross missed another Shooting Star Press. Gargano nailed two Uniquely Yous but Cross kicked out. Gargano went three peat and got the win. Cross grabbed the mic and said that Prime Wrestling will be his home until the fans won’t have him. Cross turned his anger on the Megalomaniacs. He just wants good honest wrestling not politics. Cross milked it more until the Megalomaniacs attacked. Gargano cleared them with a chair. The Dead Wrestling Society attacked Gargano. Gregory Iron tried to make the save but got knocked out by Ricky Shane Page. Matthew Justice made the save and was announced as the third member of Team LaBar.

Analysis: A very ROH finish with multiple kick outs from a finisher. I don’t think this was their best match against each other but it was still a good match. Dear lord did that promo drag on forever. Just go with a shorter show. You don’t need to make it 53 minutes every time. Go quality over quantity. Good surprise ending though with the reveal of the third member out of the blue. I had wondered where he went after he came back from the WWE. He deserved to get there so I’m cool with a re-appearance. Score: +1.

#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 8

I’m going to try things a little bit different today. Prime Wrestling has an iPPV, Pressure Rising, on Saturday evening. I’d like to be able to catch up so that I can do a preview before then. We’ll see how Saturday shakes out. Hold on, I think my girl works that night. I’ll ponder that thought more later. I’m going to do a quicker style review than normal. I don’t feel as bad since I attach the video if possible these days.

Gory came out for a match against Louis Lyndon. The winner of the match takes on Michael “The Bomber” Facade at Pressure Rising. Gory assaulted Lyndon while he did crowd work. They started on the outside of the ring. Lyndon dominated  early. Lyndon slapped on a cross arm breaker. Gory went to the outside after a head scissors take over. Lyndon nailed a spring board moonsault to the outside. Gory knocked Lyndon down from the top ropes. Gory low drop kicked Lyndon. Gory hung him out to dry. Gory yapped to the crowd. Lyndon hulked out. Lyndon connected with a crane kick. Gory kicked out after an enziguri. Gory bit Lyndon on the forehead. QAS by Gory got a two count. Gory went for the trick knee but Lyndon caught it. Lyndon hit the full nelson bridge suplex for the win.

Analysis: I was surprised Lyndon got so much offense. Gory can absorb the loss but he looked kind of weak in this one. I’m glad it isn’t the same match up for the TV Title. Lyndon deserves a bump like this. I’ve liked him for a while. Still not sure why TNA took Flip Kendrick instead. Score: +1.

Courtney Morgan interviewed Justin LaBar was there to introduce the other members of his team. Gregory Iron & an absent Zack Gowen were introduced. He is proud to be defending Prime Wrestling. Analysis: Sounds like a solid team to me. This promo was not the best for Iron. He had no gusto. Baby Momma Drama is out on the lip ring. I’m all for them. Score: 0.

They panned up Jessie Kay. Her goal is to excite, delight and stamp out any tramps in Prime Wrestling. It doesn’t mean you have to be a woman. She’s going to take out Marti Bell. Analysis: I love her. Fun delivery, rhymed and went at it. Score: +1.

Nicki Valentino took on Bryan Castle. Valentino tried to go on the offensive. His size prevented him from doing much. Castle caught Valentino off the top ropes. Castle missed for a sit down. Bobby Shields showed up on the stage and walked to the ring. Valentino crotch rode the infamous bandana of Castle. He nailed Valentino with a corner splash. Valentino hit a jaw jacker. Castle missed a middle rope splash. Shields held onto the fanny pack. Castle cross bodied Valentino after he turned around with the pack. Analysis: Fun comedy match that did what they could in the ring given the disparity in size. Score: +1.

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