In a shocking turn of events, Shane Marx, who had held the title for over a year, was the first to be eliminated when he was pinned by Chip Day.
Setting the dubious title change aside, it was somewhat of a rebuilding show, and a good one at that.
Among the major pluses…
Pacing -- no time wasted between matches and no matches that overstayed their welcome.
Talent usage – better wrestlers got the spotlight. The weaknesses of the less skilled were well hidden for the most part.
Follow up – care was taken to set up matches for the return date on June 1.
Announcing – PCW has always done live play-by-play. This has ranged from mildly annoying to insufferable. Owner Stephen Platinum has now taken on the task with far better results. He was joined by Oscar Worthy on color. They didn’t over talk and Platinum got off some hilarious lines.
PCW peaked for their most recent Masquerade event, which kicked off Wrestlemania weekend. They packed the room with 200 that night including Jim Cornette and ROH owner Cary Silkin.
The crowd was down to 65 this time. The switch to a Wednesday night didn’t help. Neither did the tornado warnings.
(1) Completely Awesome (TNT Champion Zack Daniels & Chad Silva) beat Warhorses #2 & #88 (with Oscar Worthy) in a Tag Team Season match at 6 minutes. PCW does a tag team deal similar to a baseball season with playoffs in the fall. This was OK for what it was. Awesome are top stars for the TNT promotion based in Clayton. They’re reasonably sized guys. Daniels had attitude and good facials. Silva either needs new tights or a new ass. Warhorses are the designated jobber team in the tournament.
(2)“Spitfire” Thomas Johnson (with Jonathan Malick & Simon KROSS & EXTREME ASSASSIN) beat Kyle Matthews in 11:11. Malick’s crew is collectively known Assassin’ s Guild. Kross is a big dude that walks around with a 4 X4 on his shoulder. Assassin is a little guy. They’re all green. Malick did a long-winded promo came across like he was reading a script. Johnson is a legit British-trained wrestler. His inexperience shows through at times, but he’s got talent. He’s not a huge guy, but large enough to do big man power spots with Matthews, now billed as hailing from Omaha. They were having a perfectly fine match until a mistimed mess where Matthews moved causing Johnson to plummet off the top onto Assassin’s Guild, establishing them as a group of incompetents. The match lost momentum but they were able to get back on track with some nice near falls down the stretch. Matthew avoided Johnson’s shotgun forearm and applied the Hidaka Lock, then used a downward spiral maneuver for a near fall. Johnson then hit the shotgun forearm out of nowhere for the win.
(3) Brandon Kage was the winner of the Platinum Royal in 11:09. The surreal aspect of this was ring announcer Grant Chase calmly carrying on with his in ring introductions as the battle raged all around him .Participants included Washington Bullets, Rick Michaels, Curry Kid, (with Marty Freeman), Marco Polo, Mason (with the Witness), Chad Silva, Zach Daniels, Tommy Daniels, Assassin’s Guild. Bullets sole purpose was to injure Michaels and take him of the tag match to follow. Hmm…I thought they were babyfaces. Polo entered wearing a pimp outfit with a girl dropping a trail of rose ahead of him. Funny stuff. Kage looks like a kid. He has really good energy, but badly needs to tighten up his flabby physique. It came down to Daniels (much improved of late) and Kage. Daniels got the “who are you” chant. Kage knocked Daniels off the top rope to become the last man standing. Platinum rules dictated that he faced Mason, the guy that scored the most eliminations. Finish saw Kage cause a collision between Mason and his Witness and score the pin with Shock & Awe (think Zig Zag).
Postmatch, Mason used a board on Kage’s leg. At least that was the idea. It was painfully obvious that he wasn’t making contact. Kage sold it big by hopping to the back on his good leg.
(4) Washington Bullets (Trey & Jon Williams) beat Exotic Ones (Rick Michaels & Simon Sermon) in a Tag Team Season match at 7:10. Michaels came out with his arm in bad shape. Bullets destroyed his injured arm for the entire match. After using his bum arm for a sacrificial lariat to get a tag, Michaels stubbornly re-involved himself in the match and fell victim to the Bullets signature backcracker finisher.
Chip Day cut a promo of the earnest, ultra-determined babyface variety to set up his main event title challenge. Let’s just say it didn’t exactly going over like gangbusters with the jaded PCW crowd.
Profits of Doom said they would beat the hell out of anybody. Konkrete Gorillaz answered the challenge. Before the match got underway, Nemesis cut a promo on his former partner, Jay Fury, talking about how he was at home watching TV with his mama. If Nemesis could wrestle as well as he talks, he would be a hall of famer. That match takes place on June 1.
(5) Konkrete Gorillaz (Nemesis & Geter & Brian Blaze) vs. Profits of Doom (Dany Only & Stryknyn & Andrew Pendleton III with Pandora) ended as a double count out in 14 minutes. This match had the best heat. Geter’s power and Nemesis’ vicious chops made for an entertaining shine segment. They beat the holy hell out of Stryknyn. Blaze’ s role was to take punishment. Smart move because his wrestling sucks. After not-so- gentle giant Geter no sold a superkick from Only, Pandora jumped on Geter’s back and the match disintegrated into a colossal schmozz. The memorable thing here was Geter stepping over the top rope with Pandora still on his back to continue his battle with Only. Profits did a stellar job of making Geter look invincibile.
(6) Aisha Sunshine (with Washington Bullets) beat Pandora (with Profits of Doom) via DQ in 4:55. This was a war. They did a first blood match last month and these two crazy bitches really went at it again. They’re not silicon injected Barbie dolls, they’re PCW wrestlers!” Bullets came out midway through to second Sunshine. Sunshine hit her finisher and Pendleton interfered for the DQ. Bullets got into it with Profits and Matthews joined Bullets to even the odds.
Trey challenged Profits to an eight person mixed tag on June 1. Platinum made it an elimination match.
(7) Grotesque (with Miss Quinn & Rachel Tension) became the new PCW Champion by defeating Vandal and Chip Day and PCW Champion Shane Marx in an elimination match in 15:34. It was mostly Marx vs. Day, which was a very good thing. Marx is underrated. Nothing flashy but totally solid in the ring. It’s his look that needs work. Day scored the shocking pinfall with Day of the Dead (double knees off the top) at 10: 30. The crowd applauded Marx, who had been PCW”s first and only champion. Day decked Vandal with a tornado kick. Grotesque (a little guy with a gimmick vaguely resembling The Gimp in Pulp Fiction) kicked out of Day of the Dead at the count of one. Day hit the move again and Grotesque kicked out at two, goozled Day, and drilled him into the mat until he was unconscious. Vandal was also out cold at the hands of the evil Miss Quinn. Ref Duke Korey ruled that Grotesque was the winner. Some interesting booking here. Marx lost the title but has never been pinned by the new champion. Day pinned the champion yet didn’t get the title. Grotesque as champion is a farce. He’s no taller than Mad Dog Vachon, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Mad Dog could still beat him at age 81 and with only one leg. It will take all the smoke and mirrors Quinn and booker Platinum can muster to keep the title on him.
Afterward, Quinn proclaimed that she was unstoppable and promised to continue the celebration at the Academy show Friday night. Marx returned to challenge Grotesque to a rematch on June 1.
NOTES: PCW plans to do a “Sacred Ground Two” event. The venue is yet to be finalized but it will definitely not be held at Kennesaw State University like last year. “Sacred Ground One” featured a cavalcade of stars including Samoa Joe, Amazing Kong, ROH Champion Roderick Strong, NWA World Champion Adam Pearce, Colt Cabana, plus Lucha stars Cassandro El Exotico and Magno. However, the show drew a disappointing crowd of 300 at KSU, due in part to the school not holding up their end of the bargain in promoting it…Rick Michaels is in the best shape he’s been in for many years, dating back to the point in he was vying for a WWE development deal…Marx had held the PCW Title since March 26, 2010.