Welcome back to the PWA Premiership, the best hour of weekly pro wrestling programming going today! As we look today at the news of a new wrestling promotion surfacing- Deathmatch Downunder- (details on the main page) the established top guys in Aussie wrestling are bringing it every Monday night. 8PM on OVO Play. In case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the gist of what the PWA Premiership is all about:
- It is a round-robin tournament, similar in style to NJPW’s G1 tournament.
- There are two blocks- Block A and Block B- consisting of 8 wrestlers each.
- Matches have a strict 10 minute time limit.
- All wrestlers in each block will face each other, and the winner of Block A will face the winner of Block B in the finals.
- Points are awarded as follows- 2 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss.
- If there is a tie after all wrestlers in a block have faced each other, both/all of those wrestlers advance to the finals.
This week is back to Block A action. While last week’s Block B episode saw a surprising frontrunner in the tournament- the undefeated juggernaut, Big Fudge- Block A sees one of the favourites quickly showing why he’s favoured. The Rapscallion, Mick Moretti, has been able to overcome some top level competition and the mind games of the 21st Century Success Story, Matty Wahlberg.
While Moretti and Wahlberg continue to rep The Old Guard and Generation Now, respectively, the rest of the field are proving to be formidable competitors in their own right. Here are the wrestlers that comprise Block A:
Mick Moretti, Kingsley, William Preston, Unsocial Jordan, Kai Drake, Paris De Silva, Charli Evans & Sam Osborne.
Let’s do this.
Match 1: Mick Moretti (4) vs. Sam Osborne (3) (w/ Don Marnell)
Kris Gale is wearing sunglasses inside ala Don Marnell, so no secret where his allegiance lies in this match. While Moretti is going strong at 2-0, with 4 Premiership points, Osborne is not far behind with a 1-0-1 record and 3 points.
Wahllberg is at ringside again taunting Moretti- as if Marnell isn’t enough of a distraction- and it flusters Moretti enough to charge in and miss a strike. Osborne immediately hits a backbreaker/T-Bone suplex combo for a near fall. An angry Moretti targets Marnell, but Osborne throws him into the wall of the Academy and takes control of the match.
Back in the ring, Osborne connects with a knee to the skull, followed by a spinning DDT for a 2 count. A grappling exchange leads to a rolling kneebar for Osborne but Moretti makes the ropes. Moretti creates some separation after landing a headbutt. Marnell provides a distraction, and this time the Rapscallion catches him and decks him. Moretti puts his focus back on his opponent, hitting a German suplex into a dragon suplex for a near fall.
Moretti is fired up and keeps the pressure on Osborne, raining down rights and lefts. The Prize Bull is in the ropes so Referee Nick tries to pull Moretti back… and gets pushed over! We don’t tolerate that shit in PWA, oh no.
Winner: Sam Osborne (5) (at 4:47)
Star Rating: **3/4. This was not the banger that Moretti and Osborne would typically have action-wise, but it was more about the story of the Gen Now antics finally getting to the Rapscallion. It’ll be interesting to see how Moretti can get his head back in the game following this monumental mistake!
Post-match interview with Don Marnell and Sam Osborne. Marnell calls Moretti a “mad man”, but then follows by saying that he played right into their hands. Y’all should know about the boat that doesn’t sink by now. Osborne talks about not being nice and not necessarily the same as his cohorts in Gen Now. He mockingly calls Moretti “coach” then says, “Maybe we should be coaching you, brother.”
We hear from Moretti. He admits he let his anger get the better of him, but then says it may have hit the switch he needed. He’s going to take the rest of this bracket down.
Match 2: Unsocial Jordan (4) vs. Paris De Silva (2)
Jordan refuses to wrestle Paris until he takes off the Gen Now shirt. Paris complies, but throws the shirt in his face. Jordan is aggressive to start proceedings here. Paris runs the ropes a million miles an hour and hits a headscissors. Jordan gets the advantage by wrapping Paris in the ring apron skirt and booting him in the head. Paris just beats the 10 count.
Jordan continues the beatdown in the ring. Paris reverses an attempt at a Falcon Arrow into an abdominal stretch variant that he calls The Throne. Jordan escapes and hits a boot to the head for a near fall. Knee drop for another 2 count. Jordan goes for a Death Valley Driver, but Paris flips out of it and comes back with a shotgun dropkick. Another dropkick in the corner, cover, but Jordan gets his foot on the ropes.
Jordan goes for a half and half suplex, Paris arm drags out of it. Moments later, Jordan scores with the half and half, but De Silva leaps to his feet and strikes with a German for a scary near fall. Paris goes up top, Jordan shoves the ref into the ropes, and Paris get crotched. Okay, but why wasn’t that a DQ? Because Nick didn’t go down? Neckbreaker, followed by the Shining Wizard, Jordan leads the block.
Winner: Unsocial Jordan (6) (at 7:09)
Star Rating: ***1/4. Quality outing by both guys. The logical inconsistency hurts this a little, but Jordan has been at a different level since returning to action in PWA, and Paris is always good value. Paris also displayed a bit more attitude than usual with his affiliation with Generation Now.
Unsocial Jordan on the mic. He acknowledges that Paris is a tag champ, but this is a singles tournament. He crows about topping the leaderboard with 6 points. Stand with SMS.
Kingsley is warming up with Matty Wahlberg before her match. And that’s the tea.
Paris speaks. It’s more than a loss- he failed to represent his brothers in Generation Now. No excuses.
Match 3: William Preston (0) vs. Kingsley (0)
Preston’s sign of the week, “Kingsley should be more calm for someone that drinks so much tea. ” That’s… a fair point, actually. Well played. Someone’s 0 has gotta go here! Unless it’s a draw, but they still get points with that in the Premiership.
Quick roll-ups on both sides, Preston gets a 2 count with his. No schoolboy though. More exchanges of pin attempts, and Kingsley with a sunset flip for a near fall. Sense of urgency here. Kingsley takes control with some kicks as Rose discusses Preston maturing into being a uni student. “I don’t know, he can’t spell lariat,” quips Gale, referencing an earlier sign where Willy chucked an unnecessary “e” on the end.
Kingsley seems to be firmly in control as her heightened aggression is discussed. She goes for a cazadora- but Preston reverses into the Overdrive! Worst move ever, I’m saying it every week in the hope that he’ll change it to basically any other move in the existence of pro wrestling. It gets the win anyway. Some confusion as Kingsley seemed to kick out right on 3.
Winner: William Preston (2) (at 3:08)
Star Rating: **. It was okay. Odd finish. Was it meant to be the finish? Nice, fast-paced stuff as long as it went, though, selling both the importance of the Premiership and the evolution of their characters.
An incensed Kingsley throws tea in the eyes of Preston after the match. Not the greatest sportsmanship! She goes to the interview area, rants about it not being fair, and promises to prove she belongs in the Red Nation. Now THAT’S the tea.
Match 4: Charli Evans (2) vs. Kai Drake (1)
Intense tie up to start things off. They end up on the ropes, Kai condescendingly pats Charli on the face, and she responds with a kick to the face. Fair enough. Headlock takeover, headscissors counter, back to the feet in a stalemate. Kurt Angle would be proud of this level of intensity!
Kai charges in and takes a flatliner in the corner, followed by the facewash. It’s Charli’s world, we’re just living in it, and Drake is paying tax right now. He rallies by trapping her in the ropes and delivering rapid-fire kicks, followed by a blistering chop. Brainbuster follows, but Charli kicks out at 2.
Heavy strikes on both sides as Kris comments, “More strikes than the Teacher’s Union”. Andrew Rose takes a second to regain his composure after that one. Rose corpsing? Send for the man! They trade snapmares and vicious kicks to the back. That’ll make your liver quiver. Or your kidneys. I know anatomy. Drake’s been listening to Frenzal Rhomb, because he decides that all Charli needs is a punch in the face- and it gets a near fall.
Kai orders Charli to stand up and she responds with some heavy slaps as she gets to her feet. You might think the latest single by Post Malone “slaps”, but he’s got nothing on Charli Evans. Kai Drake is bigger and stronger, but Charli will not be denied, showing great heart in fighting back. More brutal kicks by both wrestlers and they both fall to the mat in exhaustion. They eventually get back up and trade running elbow strikes. Drake is able to roll through into a single leg Boston Crab- shout out to Lance Storm- but Charli gets to the ropes. Charli fights back with some vicious up kicks. She rallies with a series of Saito suplexes. Kai Drake kicks out at 1! So Charli attacks with a series of knee strikes, punctuated by the running C-Trigger- and it’s all over!
Winner: Charli Evans (4) (at 8:03)
Star Rating: ***1/2. That was wild. If you like strong style, hard-hitting action, this match was like an early Christmas present. The show peaked with this battle, meaning they picked the right match to serve as the main event. Kai Drake is excellent, but Charli Evans is really something else. I mean, COVID really sucks, and I can’t wait for the world to go back to normal, but if there’s even a tiny silver lining, it’s that we have the brilliance of Charli in PWA.
PWA have the winning formula with this Premiership. There’s so many ways to take this format, and PWA are putting basically every option out there. We’ve had quick finishes, we’ve had gruelling battles with a late win. We’ve had draws, we’ve had countouts. This week gave us DQs as a potential option. Can Moretti get his head back on? Will Wahlberg meet him in the finals? Will Kingsley ever get a win and prove herself worthy to be in the Red Nation? Will William Preston ever learn to spell “lariat”? Ahh, it’s exciting! Gotta love PWA for providing something to make Mondays suck a lot less!
Overall Score: 8/10
CURRENT PREMIERSHIP STANDINGS
- Unsocial Jordan: 6
- Sam Osborne: 5
- Mick Moretti: 4
- Charli Evans: 4
- Paris De Silva: 2
- William Preston: 2
- Kai Drake: 1
- Kingsley: 0
- Big Fudge: 4
- Jessica Troy: 3
- Matty Wahlberg: 3
- Mat Rogers: 3
- Lyrebird Luchi: 2
- Jack J. Bonza: 1
- Jimmy Townsend: 0
- Jude London: 0
I’ll be back next week with my coverage of the PWA Premiership! Hope you all have a great week!
Until next time, take care.