PCW's New Years Knockout! - Review & Analysis!
Saturday January 12th, 2019
WINNIPEG, MB - Premier Championship Wrestling kicked off 2019 in style with an awesome live event that saw a huge announcement, shocking actions and many twists & turns! New Years Knockout! lived up to it's name and set the course for the year to come!
Moments before bell-time, Premier Championship Wrestling Founder Andrew Shallcross told the large audience in attendance to visit the promotions' social media page where PCW had just announced the signing of former Ring of Honor World Heavyweight Champion "Party Peacock" Dalton Castle!
The flamboyant and gifted superstar would be headlining PCW's "Top Cock" event, live on Friday, February 15th at Doubles Bar! When "Filthy" Josh Hammerstein stepped into the ring to start the event, the crowd responded with a large ovation for the announcement of Dalton Castle's signing!
Hammerstein revealed that New Years Knockout! would see the "Top Cock Challenge" - a series of "Top Cock Qualifying" matches who's winners would advance to the main event where the final victor would earn the opportunity to test their skills against "The Party Peacock" at "Top Cock" in February!
That brought out The Gentlemen's Club, sans Jackie "The Jet" Lee who has not been seen since his defeat at the hands of Antonio Scorpio on November 3rd. Michael James Arnott, his personal security Kevin O'Doyle, The PCW Tag Team Champions The London Dynasty & Alix Vanna entered the ring.
Arnott expressed his strong belief that the man to face Dalton Castle would be a member of the Club. He further stated that the London Dynasty were so dominant that they simply had no viable contender's for their PCW Tag Team Championship. He pointed out they were record-tying 4-time Champions and their current reign of 259 days was already the 5th longest of all time.
Arnott was interrupted when Vanna grabbed the mic from his hands and angrily said that was enough...he didn't want to talk about the tag team title. He demanded to know where Arnott was when he was suspended for giving Bobby Schink "the beating he deserved" two months prior.
Vanna went on to say he blamed everyone there and everyone in PCW for his losing the Canadian Championship and his "best friend" Jackie losing his PCW Heavyweight Championship. But mostly, he blamed O'Doyle! This stunned Arnott who told Vanna to handle his own problems then...and stormed out.
Vanna told O'Doyle he was only there as an insurance policy for the Club and had failed miserably. This saddened the "Boston Bruiser" but Vanna was unsympathetic, slapping the 400 pounder and demanding he "look me in the eye". Vanna told him he had one more chance to prove himself or else.
And finally, he told the London's he didnt need their help either and would show everyone that he was not just "PCW's Top Cock, but the biggest cock in the business!"
Top Cock Qualifier
"Tasty" Travis Cole vs Alix Vanna
Vanna was already in the ring and Travis Cole entered to a huge ovation! Both men were evenly matched, of similar size and strength and both graduates of Lance Storm's Academy.
This was a great one! But Vanna secured the victory via a roll-up with a handfull of tights!
Winner: Alix Vanna
Top Cock Qualifier
"Sweet" Bobby Schink(c) vs "Old Towne Tyrant" Kevin O'Doyle
The other half of the hugely popular Sweet & Tasty", Bobby Schink received, perhaps, the ovation of the year upon his entrance.
O'Doyle had done his best in December to take Schink out but it evidently, did not work. The PCW Canadian Champion was back and looking better than ever.
This was a clash of power, though Schink had a decided speed advantage, O'Doyle muscled him around several times. With a short 15 minute Time Limit for Top Cock Qualifying matches, these two beat each other right to the end.
As a result of the draw, both men advanced in the Top Cock Challenge!
PCW Heavyweight Championship
Antonio Scorpio(c) vs ATM
It was at December's Seasons Beatings event that ATM won a Christmas Wish Battle Royale to earn this title opportunity. Coincidentally, it was one year ago at 2018's New Years Knockout that ATM defeated Scorpio in a #1 Contender's match. Would history repeat itself?
No, it wouldn't. But these two had a hell of a contest. Scorpio has looked rejuvenated since opting out of the Gentlemen's Club a few months ago, successful running the Gentlemen's Gauntlet and beating Jackie Lee for his second PCW Heavyweight Championship.
In the best shape of his life and with the experience of nearly 17 years wrestling, Scorpio is easily the top guy in the territory. But ATM was no slouch, a former multiple-time PCW Tag Team Champion, Canadian champion and former CWE Heavyweight Champion. Plus, he makes a strong argument that he defeated Jackie in a disputed & controversial decision in 2017.
Not unexpectedly, this was a hard-hitting affair. Scorpio was on the receiving end of an elbow that dropped him and nearly cost him the championship. Though groggy, he recovered. While trying to avoid some of the hardest chops in the game, ATM ducked out of the way, taking a knife-edge chop to the face that broke his nose and left him gushing blood.
Scorpio capitalized, forcing ATM to tap out.
Winner: Antonio Scorpio
Following a refreshing intermission, Dr. Marty Gold came out with an important update on the United States Political Asylum claim of young JL Spiker.
Marty, noting that the American Federal government was currently in the midst of a historically long shut down, had used his political connections to fast track the asylum claim and he was pleased to announce that Spiker's request had been granted! He introduced the new "American Psycho" JL Spiker!
Spiker entered to new music (the acclaimed hit "America" by Neil Diamond), sporting a hot new eagle-motif singlet, 4th of July shades, MAGA hat and proudly waving the Stars & Stripes!
Marty looked a little surprised initially and definitely not thrilled when Spiker placed a MAGA hat on his head. Marty angrily tossed the hat into the crowd and walked off.
PCW Tag Team Championship
"American Psycho" JL Spiker & DRAGNEEL vs The London Dynasty(c)
Even Spiker's own partner, the returning DRAGNEEL, did not look overly amused at his outfit. Though DRAGNEEL was very popular, the fans were decidedly against Spiker.
They were also decidedly against The London Dynasty who were accompanied by their business manager Michael James Arnott. Despite the lack of support, there really is no reasonable way to discredit the London's who have established themselves as one of the best duos in PCW's history.
Not only do their statistics support that, their work in this match was top notch. As brothers, they have a connection few other tandems do and as veterans they've created a cooperative unity virtually unmatched.
The match came about due to the London Dynasty's open challenge. Although an odd pairing, the speed and agility of DRAGNEEL complimented the power of Spiker to create a difficult challenge for the champions. But Leo & David were victorious in the end.
Winners: The London Dynasty
Post match, Spiker was not amused that DRAGNEEL had taken the match-losing pinfall and laid him out with a chokeslam before draping the American flag over him and proclaiming "God Bless America!"
He exited to a chorus of boo's.
"Outlaw" Adam Knight vs "Pissed Off Pitbull" Robby Royce
Seinfeld was the top comedy, ER ruled the TV airwaves, Gangsta's Paradise, Waterfalls and Kiss from a Rose were on everyone's favorite mix tape and a young Adam Knight, not yet an "Outlaw" stepped into the ring for the first time.
It was 1995, in front of an enthusiastic crowd gathered for River City Wrestling - the young upstart wrestling promotion run by the incomparable Wayne Stanton - as Knight nervously adjusted his mask (a not uncommon way to protect the identity of a highly-touted prospect as he learned the ropes).
Staring across the ring at him with a cocky smirk was four-year veteran Robby Royce. This moment was special for both men as it was Royce who helped train Knight for his pro career.
Still just a youngster himself, Royce was one of the most talented in-ring performers in the territory and when the more established veteran "top guys" didn't have time for the "kids" that showed up to train, Royce was happy to step in.
And so began one of the most endearing rivalries in Canadian wrestling history! With 50 years of experience between them and many more championships than that won by both men, Knight & Royce would become the torchbearers, locker room leaders & watchdogs of the territory.
In PCW, these two engaged in a heated feud that saw Royce blow fire in Knight's face leaving him with temporary facial, but permanent psychological, scarring. It saw Knight physically threaten Royce's family. And it ended only after a violent iron man match, washed away by the copious blood spilled by both men.
But did it ever really end? As gifted and lauded as both men have been as singles competitors, they hold nearly as many accolades in tandem action. And so re-ignited their vicious rivalry when Knight's Old School Wrecking crew faced Royce's Team Impact!
If there could be a winner in such a taxing scenario it would be the fans. And on this night, they could feel it. There was a palpable electricity in the air as "Filthy" Josh announced the match, the fans erupting at the prospect of seeing these two legends go at it one more time.
Hated, but respected, Royce was out first, accompanied by his long time best friend ATM (who carried a bag of ice against his deformed nose). Next was Knight, beloved on this occasion and just as respected, accompanied by his partner Darren "The Bomb" Dalton.
Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Cher would have been proud as these two men appeared to turn back time on this night.
Royce invoked thoughts of "Showtime" of lore as he bounded off the ropes like a man half his age, executed a picture-perfect hurricanrana and flew around the ring. With the wind billowing through his hair, Knight was the "Outlaw" of legend, crushing every blow laid on his opponent.
With Knight in control, ATM pulled the official from the ring. Dalton responded quickly and the match degenerated exactly as one would suspect with these four involved. A wild brawl. Royce, perhaps the sneakiest of veterans, took the opportunity to deliver a brutal blow to Knight's nether regions, and was able to secure the pin.
Winner: Robby Royce
Post Match: Knight challenged Team Impact to face them at Top Cock in a street fight! Royce & ATM appeared to agree but were focused on Royce as it was learned he suffered a badly strained hamstring that required medical attention.
Top Cock Challenge
Alix Vanna vs Kevin O'Doyle vs Bobby Schink vs Jay Walker
Jay Walker was the Wild Card participant and the other three advanced from the Top Cock Qualifiers. Alix Vanna's warning to O'Doyle was fresh on everyone's mind as they entered the ring together. The fact Schink qualified rather then be eliminated earlier put a permanent scowl on the face of Vanna.
Battle lines were clearly drawn as Club members O'Doyle & Vanna stood on one side and sometimes-allies Schink & Walker stood on the other. Jay was a big crowd favorite as he returned for the first time since being buried alive in a casket by the Boston Bruiser last October.
Vanna was a man possessed in this match, clearly determined to back up his vow to prove he was Top Cock and that he'd "settle all Club business". He ordered O'Doyle around and the big man complied. But a miscue resulted in Vanna being splashed by O'Doyle and all bets were off.
It worked both ways as Schink & Jay, cooperating early, squared off one on one, neither man gaining the advantage.
"Sweet" Bobby hit a thrilling dive to the floor and as Vanna tried to cut off Jay on the top turnbuckle, the "Social Media Superstar" clobbered him, sending "Kid Dynamite" flying backwards into O'Doyle's waiting arms.
Back in the ring, O'Doyle had Schink up, preparing to powerslam him when Vanna produced a steel chain, wrapped it around his fist and shockingly struck his own man in the back of the head. O'Doyle fell forward, splashing Schink. Vanna then struck Schink with the chain and pinned him.
Winner: Alix Vanna
Post Match: Vanna continued the beating with the London Dynasty joining him. As referee Shane McLovin tried to stop them, Vanna attacked him too. Blaming him for his prior loss, Vanna produced scissors and clippers and embarrassingly cut the luscious long locks of the young McLovin.
As Schink tried to fight back, he was beaten down again and repeatedly struck with the chain. Vanna then wrapped it around his neck and choked him unconscious. Travis Cole hit the ring to a thunderous ovation, but was soon overwhelmed by the superior manpower of the Club.
Enraged, Vanna kept brutalizing Schink. Even the London's tried to calm him down. Vanna shoved them away and continued his attack. Disgusted, The London's abandoned him and left the ringside area.
Vanna took the mic, held McLovin's hair and the chain aloft and declared himself the Top Cock and vowed to end Dalton Castle forever!
Alix Vanna b. Travis Cole - Top Cock Qualifier
Bobby Schink DRAW Kevin O'Doyle - Top Cock Qualifier
Antonio Scorpio(c) defeated ATM - PCW Heavyweight Championship
The London Dynasty(c) defeated JL Spiker & DRAGNEEL - PCW Tag Team Championship
Robby Royce defeated Adam Knight
Alix Vanna defeated Kevin O'Doyle, Bobby Schink & Jay Walker - Top Cock Challenge
PCW's "Top Cock"
Featuring "The Party Peacock" Dalton Castle
Friday, Feb. 15th, 2019
Doubles Bar - Winnipeg, Mb
Doors Open: 8PM, Bell Time: 9PM
Food Menu, Full Liquor Service
Tickets Only $20
Dalton Castle vs Alix Vanna
Team Impact vs Old School Wrecking Crew - Street Fight
Plus Much More!