#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 8

Bobby Shields comes to the ring. (I’ll try not to fuck your name up two shows running.) Matt Mason is his opponent. Joe Dombrowski reminded us of a DQ win by Mason last month. Shields pounced on Mason early. Mason goes for some early covers. Shields give Mason the old trick knee low blow. Mason went to the outside. Shields dropped two knees and missed a third. Shields kneed Mason in the gut. Two charges were met with a back elbow and a boot. Mason got tied up in the Tree of Woe. Shields with a basement drop kick. Mason went for an inverted Samoa Drop. Shields recovered quickly. Mason low bridged Shields. Mason gave Shields a clothesline, back elbow and Sky High. Mason gave the ref a flying forearm after Shields dodged it. Shields took advantage of a concerned Mason. Shields grabbed a chain and clocked Mason. He kicked out at two. Mason rolled to the outside. Mason got a loaded fanny pack too. Mason gave Shields a modified GTS for the win.

Analysis: The match itself was good. I’m confused by the outcome though. The baby face uses a chain to win when it isn’t against a hated rival. It doesn’t make anyone look good. Score: 0.

They show highlights of Hobo Joe being put out of wrestling by the Dead Wrestling Society.

Rickey Shane Page came to the ring with Vic Travagliante. Aiden Veil was his opponent who hailed from “The Stage” and came to the ring with drum sticks. (I’m trying not to vomit.) Page assaulted Veil before the bell rang. Page tossed Veil in the air and kicked him in the side. Death Valley Driver by Page led to him talking to Vic. Page dominated the match even longer. Belly to back suplex by Page got a two count. Page locked in a Texas Clover Leaf. Veil got to the ropes to break it. Page no sold Veil’s offense. Veil gave Page a DDT to finally sell. Veil dropped double knees on him. Page nailed the Roaring Elbow for the win. Page attacked Veil after the match. Vic had to slap him to stop the assault.

Analysis: Solid match that continues to build up a monster in Page. The matches have been the same formula with a no sold comeback for the baby face. I’m not sure why both baby faces got out of a Texas Clover Leaf. How strong can this big, bad heel be? I’d like to see a flat out squash. Score: +1.

They showed highlights of the Handicapped Hand Guns from the last episode. Gregory Iron and Zack Gowen were excited about not having to deal with the Sons of Michigan any more. They are excited about being the number one contender’s for the tag titles. Gowen said they had loftier goals but he needed to apologize to Iron for their past ugliness. Iron has never forgotten about the concussion they gave him that kept him out of action. Gowen wondered away. Iron thought he saw Hobo Joe. It was Kirst dressed like Joe. Krimson jumped him. Gowen made the save quickly. Analysis: Dumb baby faces separating for no good reason. It helps set the main event though. Simple promo but well delivered. Score: +1.

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#PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 7

I don’t normally do this but there are times to make exceptions. If nothing else, go to the main event and listen to the commentary. Aaron Maguire kills it while Joe Dombrowski plays his part well. On with the review.

Gory came out to start the show. Louis Lyndon was his opponent. Gory attacked Lynden from behind as he tried to pump up the crowd. Action went back and forth. Lyden took Gory over with head scissors. Gory rolled out of the ring after a spinning heel kick. Lynden got pulled to the outside. Gory dropped him over the guardrail. Gory locked in a reverse chin lock. Joe Dombrowski was describing Gory as sadistic while this move was going on. Bad timing on his part. Lynden reverse thrust kicked Gory. A jaw jacker by Gory got him back on track. A neck breaker only got Gory a two count. Gory climbed the ropes to jump on Lyndon’s back and bite his head. Gory gave him the thru the ropes clothesline. Sling shot knees by Gory only kept Lyndon down for two. Lynden punched and kicked away. Bicycle kick followed by a Sick Kick got Lynden a two count. Lynden caught Gory with a boot as he charged into the corner. Lynden got pushed off the top ropes. Gory followed with a double stomp for the win.

Analysis: Good match. Both guys did their part. Despite Dombrowski’s bad timing, he and Aaron Maguire did a good job of noting Gory’s real sadistic acts and pumping up Lyndon so that it looked like a hard fought win. Score: +1.

Prime Wrestling shows an add for an iPPV Saturday February 16th called Pressure Rising. I’ll have to check my schedule. Dombrowski & Maguire send us to some secret footage. Jason Bane was laid out in a parking lot. A car sped off just as Justin LaBar found him. Analysis: There are times that make me think anyone could act. This time wasn’t one of them. Score: -1.

Marion Fontaine, Vic Travagliante, Jeremy Madrox and Ricky Shane Page were at a bar. Vic takes the lead. He brags about being an undefeated and that he’ll outsmart Justin LaBar no matter what idea he comes up with. Page was next. He was not sorry about knocking out Jason Bane in the parking lot. BOMB – Brotherhood of Mustached Brawlers will be a tag team comprised of Marion Fontaine & Jeremy Madrox. Vic accepts the match on the condition that Justin LaBar steps down if they win. If LaBar’s team wins, Vic will leave Prime Wrestling. Analysis: Vic nailed it with his asshole mode. Ricky Shane Page doesn’t strike me as off his rocker scary. More like, I have sympathy for a scary mentally handicapped person. We know those people like shiny objects, but holding a large nail doesn’t make you seem crazy. I love the idea of moving Fontaine away from the Prime Title picture and having him in a tag team. Makes that division reappear for this company. Score: +1.

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@PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 6

The opening match up was Benjamin Boone with N8 Mattson taking on Matt Mason. Mason started out by yelling O-H for the crowd to respond I-O. (Ugh. Isn’t this why you went less local with the name?) Boone rolled to the outside after a leg lariat by Mason. They both budged during a shoulder block. Mason talked to the crowd too much.Mason rolled to the outside which confused Boone. Mason went under the ring. He surprised them with a plancha. Mattson had a meeting of the minds with Boone courtesy of Mason. Mattson held Mason’s leg as he got back into the ring. Boone took advantage with some stomps. Mattson strangled Mason as Boone distracted the ref. Mason caught Boone with a back elbow and boot as he charged twice. Boone belly to belly suplex Mason. Someone botched a move. Boone locked in a bear hug. Mason raised the hand during three. Boone clotheslined Mason. Boone gave him a modified reverse chin lock.  Mason reversed the hold. Back cracker only got Mason a two count. Mattson grabbed Mason’s leg as he went to the top rope. Jake Lemon, the referee, did nothing as he watched it happen. Boone guerrilla slammed him from the top rope. Mason went for a back slide then flipped Boone around and gave him a knee to the face. Mason wins.

Analysis: Mason played to the crowd way too much. It’s OK to get them involved but leading a chant, having a talk and clapping numerous times is overboard. Clap once, maybe twice a match. I’m not sure who botched the move but it didn’t help the quality of the match which wasn’t that great. I’m not as high on Boone as I used to be but Mason seemed like the bigger problem. I also have no idea why the ref didn’t disqualified Boone for Mattson’s interference despite the fact that he looked right at it. Score: -1.

Ricky Shane Page was accompanied to the ring by Vic Travagliante. He was taking on an also debuting Jay Flash. Page rubbed his face on the top turn buckle. Page splashed Flash in the corner. Flash ducked the next charge and kicked Page in the face. Flash low drop kicked him. Page went to the outside. Page caught Flash during a suicide dive attempt then slammed him on the apron. Page slammed Flash’s head on the apron. Page chopped and punched him. Flash fought back. Page slammed Flash. Page gut bustered him.Page locked in a clover leaf. Flash reached the ropes. Flash ducked a Roaring Elbow and gave Page a running elbow. Page no sold it and  several moves after it. Page gave Flash a buckle bomb. Page with the Roaring Elbow for the win. Page kneed and elbowed Flash after the match. Page gave him some type of driver. Page went to attack the referees when the cops were called down. They arrested him and took him off.

Analysis: They established Page’s character really well but the finish is a little weird to me. He can’t come back right away, correct? I understand he comes back because he’s favored by the Aaron Maguire side of management. I think he losses a little bit of momentum to start things off unless it was a one off character anyway. Jay Flash is a great name. The kid was ridiculous fast and worked really well. Good big man vs little man match. Score: +2.

Nicki Valentino came to the ring unannounced. He told Chris Van Vliet to sit down. Valentino then told him to leave. Valentino admits to being a goofy guy. He said that he has a serious side. Valentino blamed Van Vliet for making the crowd stupider. Valentino told Van Vliet to punch him. Van Vliet acts like he wants to punch him. The referees separate them. Analysis: That might be the first time in wrestling history that worked so easily. It makes Valentino look stupid doing this. Van Vliet is just doing the announcing and hasn’t interfered in anyone’s match since Wrestlution. He’s not hogging extra time like hosts of Raw in years past. Pedro De Lucca took up the same amount of time so why didn’t Valentino attack him years ago? His promo rambled at times to boot. Score: -1.

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@PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 5

Joe Dombrowski and Aaron Maguire open the show running down the matches tonight. The main event is Matt Cross versus Gory. Jeremy Madrox (whoops I thought it was Madlocks) is fighting Edric Everhart, both of who are debuting. “Amazing” N8 Mattson is kicking off the show against Bobby Beverly. Benjamin Boone accompanies Mattson. The match starts with stalling. Beverly takes over with some basic moves. Dombrowski admits the obvious and mentions Mattson’s weight loss, but says he’s in better shape than he was the last time he was in the ring. Maguire backed him up. (They’re both nuts if by losing muscle mass, you get in better shape.) An enziguri takes Mattson to the outside. Beverly nails a running forearm off the apron. Boone distracts Beverly. Mattson assaulted him from behind. Mattson chokes Beverly when they got back to the ring. A high knee by Mattson got a two count. Beverly fought out of a neck vice. Mattson gave him a neck breaker. Mattson gave Beverly a fisherman’s buster. Beverly kicked out after a middle rope leg drop. Beverly stopped the tide with a Downward Spiral. Beverly clothes lined MAttson twice. Beverly with a back breaker. Boone distracted the ref and Beverly. Nicki Valentino pulled Boone off the apron. Mattson got slammed into Boone & Valentino who both got back up on the apron. Beverly rolled him up for the win. Beverly goes to shake Valentino’s hand but Nicki brushed it off and went back stage.

Analysis: Not exactly the way I’d like to see it finish. I’d wish for a clean Beverly victory. The stories fit together though. Boone would want to help Mattson, Valentino is still undecided so he helps his boy out. I get it. Well wrestled match that has more potential if they gave it more time. Score: +1.

Kirst felt like a junky after he power bombed Gregory Iron. He needed to get that high again. He did it to Daniel Arkham. Kirst finished by saying that he’ll send him to hell but Iron will like it better than what he puts him through. Analysis: I’m just not a fan of the rhetoric and he didn’t take advantage of the filming like Kirst does. He hasn’t had much promo time on here so I’ll see if he can improve. Score: 0.

Nicki Valentino talks about the black cloud coming over Prime Wrestling. He doesn’t like the celebrities who have nothing to do with wrestling. He points out Corey and Chris Van Vliet. He thinks we may think he’s crazy but he thinks there’s only one way, old school. Valentino said that he has a plan to rid the celebrities of Prime Wrestling when they least expect it. Analysis: His character is going somewhere but they need to go all in with the serious Valentino. I feel like they’re half assing it. I like his delivery better than Kirst. Score: 0.

Jeremy Madrox was accompanied to the ring by “The Megastar” Marion Fontaine. They said Madrox is from the west side of Columbus. That’s a lot of territory dude. I live on the Northwest side. I need a direction. Edric Everhart came out second. Madrox knocked him down with a shoulder block. He trash talked the crowd. Everhart clothes lined him. Everhart shoulder blocked Madrox down. Everhart flying shoulder blocked him. Everhart slammed Madrox. Everhart nailed a running forearm. Madrox caught him coming in the second time. Madrox slammed Everhart into another corner’s turnbuckle. Madrox jump kicked Everhart, similar to a Broski Boot. Madrox locked in a nerve hold. Fontaine grabbed Everhart’s leg. Madrox gave him a back suplex. Madrox locked in the camel clutch for the submission win.

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@PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 2

There was a theme to this show. Guess why the picture applies.

This review will be interesting. I’m watching on my lap top so it’ll be a chore to flip between the  action and typing up the report. “Amazing” N8 Mattson returns to the ring to take on Gregory Iron. Benjamin Boone is accompanying Mattson. I’d have to take a look at their website but Iron’s new shirt looks pretty nice. Mattson looks like he could have hit the gym a little bit more before making his comeback. Plenty of stalling to start the match. Joe Dombrowski counters my observation by saying that Mattson looks to have been hitting the gym during his time off. Mattson shoulder blocked Iron down. He charged at Iron again but got chopped. Mattson poked him in the eye. Iron came back with more chops. Mattson kneed him in the stomach in response. Boone strangles Iron while Mattson distracts the referee. Mattson taunts Iron while he kicks him while he’s down. Iron sneaks in a small package but got nailed with a high boot coming out of it. Mattson only gets a two count from a fisherman’s suplex. Mattson locked in a sleeper. Iron didn’t drop the arm the third time. Iron jaw jacks Mattson. Iron got caught in a small package by Mattson. Iron cross bodied him for a two count. Boone grabbed Mattson leg after an Irish Whip. Mattson kicked Iron who was down for a back body drop. Mattson nailed the M80 for the win.

Analysis: I wish Mattson hadn’t gotten help on his return to the ring. He’s been gone for a year. Establish that Iron is in trouble without Gowen by having him loss clean. Good match in the ring though. Score: 0.

Krimson was on old film that kept flipping like an old horror movie.He said that every absurdity has it’s champion. Krimson told Johnny Gargano it was his title for the taking. He then warned Rhino that he spent his whole career being the hunter. Krimson asks if he’d like to be hunted. Krimson doesn’t care who wins their match next week because he will take them out. Analysis: The production on his promos is so far above anything else. The horror story film is a nice touch and advances his theme that started black and white. I liked his message too. Krimson continues his roll. Score: +1.

Vic Travagliante said that his turn was the most unexpected turn of Wrestlelution 5. Vic said he was tired of being Justin LaBar’s errand boy. Vic said that he has done everything for this company but he hasn’t gotten the TV time or advancement that LaBar has. Vic warned that LaBar’s days were numbered in the company. Analysis: A well delivered simple message even if the turn was in no way unexpected. Score: +1.

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@PrimeWrestling – Season 6 – Episode 1

I like to go with the fall leaf pictures for their new season.

Aaron Maguire comes on the TV and introduces us to the new season. He’s going to give us more Marion Fontaine who is in a pool. He’s going to keep Vic Travagliante. He tells us that they’re going to rise to the top of Prime Wrestling because they know all of Justin LaBar’s secrets.

Analysis: Good work from all of the guys but I might toss my lap top if I have to go through another season of LaBar & Fontaine feuding. Score: +1.

Joe Dombrowski introduces the show proper and runs down the matches. Pedro De Lucca gets the honor of announcing the arrival of Johnny Gargano as the new Prime Wrestling Champion. He feels good from sitting at home with his title. Gargano promises to make the title mean something again. He said he is ready for Rhino. Krimson interrupts him. He said he lost his path to the Prime Wrestling Title having to teach Matt Mason a lesson. Krimson promises that the Dead Wrestling Society will make his life hell. Gory & Kirst attack him from behind. Rhino makes the save. He then Gores him. Rhino walks out arms raised.

Analysis: Gargano’s promo wasn’t his best. Krimson did a good job. Rhino did everything he needed. I like setting up the long distance title challenge (Rhino) while having a near distance challenger (Krimson). Score: +1.

“Late Night” Nicki Valentino comes out wearing a ridiculous jacket. He is taking on a debuting Thomas Adams. He is wearing a cyan singlet that says “Never Scared”. He looks sharp with some arm drags. Valentino catch him with a knee lift. He chops Adams a couple of times. Adams worked out of a reverse chin lock. Valentino hit a running knee to the gut. Valentino went to another chin lock.  Adams fought out and caught him with a back elbow. Valentino got back dropped for a two count. Valentino poked him in the eyes. Adams kicked Valentino in the head. Adams missed a frog splash. Valentino wins with the cross face chicken wing.

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@PRIMEWrestling – #Wrestlelution 5: An Enduring Spirit

The ring went boom in the Rhino vs Jason Bane match.

Wrestlelution 5: An Enduring Spirit was a fine event but getting back to my place at 10:30 PM made it a little hard to do a write up about it. There were two elements that led to a late arrival back in Columbus. The first part was that the event was supposed to start at 3:00 PM. Luckily for myself and my girl, since we showed up at 3:05,  they didn’t start the event until about 3:20. The second problem is pictured above. I’ll get to that when I talk about the match between Rhino and Jason Bane.

I’m hoping to post pictures from the event on Facebook later because the girl was taking pictures during the majority of the event until her camera died for the main event. Maybe I’ll even post Dan Kuester’s pictures from last year’s event. It didn’t dawn on me until we got there that this was her first live wrestling event. She’d never seen a wrestling crowd for real, so that was very entertaining. I had bought us tickets to the first two rows which ended up putting us in the view of the hard camera off to one corner of the ring. If you got the iPPV, as Dan did, or you catch some of the matches on SportsTime Ohio, look for the guy with the brownish Hawaiian shirt on.

Jason Gory took on Michael “The Bomber” Facade for the TV Title. I thought it was a good match to start with because it gave us some violence since it was a casket match. Facade is also pretty popular and signs posters with his spray paint so he gets the crowd involved. Gory was in a ridiculous Freddy Krueger outfit that even had striped pants just like Freddy’s sweater. They also billed Gory at 185. If he weighs that, my scale is lying to me because he isn’t the same weight as me. Facade is normally a very sloppy wrestler but he cut down on his mistakes and delivered a good match with Gory. Facade retained his title which is good since he’d been gunning for it for the past year and a half. No reason to yank the rug out from him like TNA would have done since he’d won the belt only a couple of months ago.

Louis Lyndon took on Benjamin Boone next. This match received very little build up so it was hard to get invested in it. They did fight against each other in tag teams last year so they had some back story. Lyndon surprised me because I don’t remember him being that tall. It continues to confuse me as to why Flip Kendrick got the deal with TNA and not him. Mattson did good crowd work during the match. It was a solid match that ended with a roll up by Lyndon for the three count. I feel bad for Boone who had worked himself into good shape then just keeps losing. I hope he gets a better direction next year especially since he’s one of the few big men in the league.

Kirst fought Matthew Justice. This match was another one with very little build up. It looked like Justice was going to join the Dead Wrestling Society the last time he was on TV but that was not the case. As a whole, Justice has not been on TV much since his return from WWE Developmental. The end of the match saw Kirst kick out of a Death Valley Driver then roll up Justice less than a minute later with a hand full of tights, which I couldn’t see. (I think the ref was in the way.)

Zach Gowen against Gregory Iron was up next in an inspirational story vs an inspirational story match. I thought this story had some flaws in it because Gowen came into the league to help Iron against the Dead Wrestling Society but ended up joining forces with the other heel faction in the Sons of Michigan. The idea that Iron “stole” Gowen’s thunder for an inspirational story doesn’t seem right either. I’m pretty sure you relinquish that when you admit to substance abuse problems that you just overcame. That aside, it still didn’t make much sense to turn on Iron this quickly. The match was good. The ending helped wrap up a story that made no sense. The referee was going to allow a blatant cane shot by Gowen, who passed up the opportunity. The hesitation allowed Iron to hit the Destabiler aka the Stunner for the win. N8 Mattson attacked Iron after the match and was going to let Gowen make up for his earlier mistake but he decided to attack Mattson and Benjamin Boone who was holding Iron back. A feel good hug came after wards but it was a confusing story arc.

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