Pro Wrestling Ohio (PWO) TV on the cable channel “STO” holds some of the most exciting pro wrestling shows in the country. The best thing about PWO is that it has a national network deal and represents a homegrown base of talent in Ohio Pro Wrestling that goes far and above the competition in terms of in-ring excitement.
This week’s PWO television show was no exception!
The show opens with Johnny Gargano in the parking lot chasing down a dark car, smacking the window, yelling “get out of the car!”
Inside the car is M-Dogg Matt Cross, the man who was recently revealed to be the “unknown mystery attacker” of several fellow wrestlers back stage. Matt Cross is also the man who misled the fans and the wrestlers framing Johnny Gargano for the attacks claiming that he was the one who was responsible.
The parking lot scene is shot like a “reality style” confrontation, reminiscent of old school ECW parking lot confrontations. Johnny, one of the most talented performers on the PWO roster is enraged and looking for a fight. Matt speeds away, avoiding the wrath of the angry Champion Gargano.
The first match of the TV broadcast is announced by the ring announcer, the newly crowned Television Champion Omega Aaron Draven will face Shiima Xion in a singles match.
Right away you can tell the difference in production from other major wrestling shows.
The crowd is well spread out on lawn chairs in the outdoor arena, with the fans beverages on the ground. It’s an intimate setting that only independent Pro Wrestling can provide. This is the kind of show you can take your friends to and watch awesome performances while getting as close to the performers as you’d like and not break your pocket book to do so.
These performers go at it at a relentless pace. While I have all the respect in the world for the big name pro wrestlers and organizations, from an in-ring performance stand point, PWO and the other independent wrestling organizations are where you’ll find younger performers innovating more new moves than any other big name organization, and giving it 110% every show.
Shiima Xion comes to the ring spraying spray paint as if it were fragrance – like “The Model Rick Martel”, he is dressed in neon green outfit, looking reminiscent of Zach Ryder. I gotta believe that anyone even with one pant leg is begging for heat stroke in the ring especially in an outdoor ring.
Then the Television Champion Omega Aaron Draven arrives to the ring. His outfit and overall look reminds me a lot of a younger AJ Styles, and his ring-work rate is comparable as well. Aaron Draven is the obvious baby-face doing a classic canvas stomp to get the crowd into it.
The two wrestlers trade hold for hold, in a match going back and forth, highlights include a springboard moonsault from Aaron Draven, back and forth near pin falls including a near pin fall after Shiima Xion hits his patented move the “Hostile Makeover”, which made it seem like the champion may lose his first match just a week away from winning the title, but as Xion climbed to the top turnbuckle to finish off the champion once and for all Michael Vesade, Shiima Xion’s rival, emerges from the back to distract Shiima Xion. The champ Aaron Draven capitalizes on the distraction and hits an amazing Omega Death on Zion off the top rope which can only be described as a 360 superplex/slam combo you would have to see to believe.
Afterwards Aaron Draven and Michael Vesade put the beat-down on the arrogant Xion to the delight to the crowd in attendance.
After the match, in the back we join the wrestler Brian Bender cutting a promo.
Brian Bender announces his intentions to align himself with a tag team that beat his former tag team “Team Clash”, the Puerto Rican Wrecking Crew, at the company’s big event called “Wrestlelusion 3”, to prove that he was the catalyst for success when Ernie Ballz and he were teaming as “Team Clash” and won the PWO tag team championship.
Brian Bender has had a war of words with his former partner over the past months, and to prove the point that he was the leader during their time as a team, he claims he will beat the PWO tag team champions “Sex Appeal” with any “unknown journeyman” wrestler he can find in the back on this very show!
On return from commercial break the cameras are outside on Gargano. Still angry, Gargano says that he needs to get his hands on Matt Cross, the man who framed him for the beat downs occurring over the last few weeks, and challenged Matt that if he was brave enough to come out and confront him outside before the end of the show – that Gargano would defend his title against him at PWO’s upcoming big event August 1st called Wrestlelusion 3.
For the next match of the broadcast, Big Bear Benjamin Boone took on Corey Winters in a singles match.
Benjamin Boone is a 275 lbs beast from Detroit Michigan that hasn’t been defeated in PWO for 2 years. The fact that he is proud of being from Michigan generates automatic heat from the Ohio crowd.
While circling the ring before the bout, jaw jacking with the crowd, Ernie Ballz (Corey Winters manager) gets his bandana stolen by a couple of kids from the crowd and thrown at him before the match begins, which is a bad omen as the match proceeds almost like a “squash” match.
Within a few short minutes after receiving a “Beartrap DDT” from the mighty Benjamin Boone, Corey Winters is defeated in brutal fashion.
It is announced during the match that Aaron Draven the PWO Television champion will have his hands full, as he will take on “The Bear” that hasn’t been defeated in 2 years – Ben Boone at Wrestlelusion 3 with the PWO Television championship on the line.
We then cut to a promo by the demented wrestler named Crimson – who is actually a complete Heath Ledger Joker imitation in promos – which isn’t a bad thing! He looks like a perfect impression of the demented killer clown in his promos and it looks awesome! He basically lets everyone know that when he meets his competitor at Wrestlelusion 3 August 3rd.
Next is a promo from Sex Appeal gloating about how smart they are and how they defeated Hobo Joe and Gregory Iron at the last event and retained their tag team titles, then they go on to assure us how they are confident that they will beat their Brian Bender and his un-named partner on this show.
The next match is a tag team match between the tag team champions “Sex Appeal” against Brian Bender and “unknown journeyman wrestler” Corey James.
Brian Bender starts the match with a bang, thrashing the tag team champions around the ring.
As Brian Bender is smacking Sex Appeal around, his rival and former partner Ernie Ballz walks out from the back and gives a distraction, costing Brian Bender the win, as he is rolled up and pinned for the 3 count.
But Brian doesn’t take this lying down as he immediately chases Ernie Ballz down the entrance isle and begins brawling with him to the back.
Immediately from the entrance ramp, the team of Hobo Joe and Jeremy Iron emerge and challenge Sex Appeal to a no DQ match for the tag team titles at Wrestlelusion 3 August 1st taunting Bobby Beverly, saying he is the week link of the Sex Appeal tag team.
And much to the chagrin of his fellow Sex Appeal teammates Bobby Beverly submits to their taunt and accepts their challenge.
The camera then cuts to outside parking lot where Gargano is still waiting for M-Dogg Matt Cross, when he sees Matt’s car, he looks around it, but while Gargano’s back is turned, from behind Matt attacks him and steals the heavyweight belt from his briefcase!
He says that he will see Gargano at Wrestlelusion 3, and leaves with the gold.
PWO airs regularly on the STO cable channel Sundays at 10pm, and has replays through the week, so check your local listings to tune in for local Pro Wrestling talent showing off their skills right in your back yard!
If you want to see the event Wrestlelusion 3 August 1st 2010 in person here is the information:
The Nautica Pavilion
2014 Sycamore St. – Cleveland, OH 44113
Gates Open @ 2pm – Belltime: 3pm
Tickets are on sale now at the following locations…
www.PWOwrestling.com/catalog ($40 VIP Package & $10 General Admission)
www.ticketmaster.com (search “PWO”) ($25 Preferred Seating Ringside & $20 Floor Seats)
All Ticketmaster outlets ($25 Preferred Seating Ringside & $20 Floor Seats)
The Nautica Pavilion ($25 Preferred Seating Ringside & $20 Floor Seats)
Pit Stop Donuts ($10 General Admission)
Crazy Dee’s Muzic Palace ($10 General Admission)
Anyone who enjoys pro wrestling action – GO TO THIS EVENT, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth!