After the fun of last month it was never in doubt that we were going to be coming to see PWA’s November show. This time out I put on my brand new New Day t-shirt, got enough money out of my bank to buy myself a Lionhearts t-shirt (which I changed into during the interval… A little bit because I had a minor nosebleed and got a little bit of blood over my New Day one) and went to see my favourite wrestlers in the world.
Max Alexander & Grayson Reeves vs Jason King & Mark Walsh (The Elite)
Winners : The Elite
A great opening match, everyone knows I love my tag teams and these two were pretty great.
Jason King is one of the most hilarious guys I’ve ever seen (I will also be saying this later on about PJ Jones) and his squeaky little voice punctuated the match perfectly every three to four seconds. His reactions to everything were hilarious and his constant claim of having “got this” sounded more like he was trying to convince himself then us.
Alexander and Reeves took the early part of the match with some really fast team work and a lot of good tags keeping Mark Walsh cornered, it took some dirty double teaming from Walsh and King to get the momentum to swing but when it did it stayed with them two.
I really felt the star power of the match came from Mark, no matter what he was doing you felt drawn to him. It was very easy to support The Elite who had bags of charisma. That isn’t to say Alexander and Reeves were terrible but you just got drawn in by Walsh and King was so funny that you just never felt like Alexander and Reeves would win, if they did you’d have felt slightly underwhelmed, which is strange because the early part of the match and their work as a team was something to be seen.
Perfect way to start off the night though.
Krieger vs John Harding
(PWA BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP)
Winner : John Harding (DQ)
The match was a re-match of last months bout, Johnny Sicko had vacated the championship and left the company so both Harding and Krieger were left to fight over who got the vacated belt.
There is always something about Krieger, probably because he’s so tall and has one of those kinds of beards, that makes me think he’s going to kill someone. Funny fact, I saw a photo of Erick Rowan online the other day and it took me a good minute to realise it was Erick Rowan and not Krieger!
John tried to, right off the bell, take Krieger down with some fast moving action. Its the way to go with a giant, keep him moving and run rings around him. Unfortunately it lasted for only a few moments before Krieger completely took control of the match. Out of the three times I’ve seen Krieger it was possibly the best I’ve seen him. He dominated and he made it look easy.
Again anyone who reads anything I write about wrestling knows that I like big guys that make it look good, its why I detest (or did detest) Baron Corbin and why I love Titus O’Neil. Krieger is getting there, he lets his personality shine through (has Baron Corbin managed to buy a personality yet? I haven’t watched NXT since Brooklyn) and when he’s being cocky in the ring it works. But he backs that up with some good wrestling.
There wasn’t much to say about John during the match which was a shame, the last chokeslam looking insane move from the top rope seemed to hurt Harding and I hope he’s OK, he was down and Krieger got impatient, putting his hands on the ref and ignoring his warnings and therefore getting Disqualified (today they announced that after last night he won’t get to fight Harding again whilst Harding holds the championship!) it was kind of a sad ending but let Krieger carry on with the bad guy stuff (my mum cheered so hard when he chokeslammed the ref and was upset he didn’t chokeslam the other ref and the ring announcer as well! )
Another great match between the two though, great match for Krieger, can’t wait to see what the both go on to do now seeing they are no longer going to be allowed to fight each other.
Josh Knott & PJ Jones & UK Dominator vs Eddie Ryan & Joel Redman
Winners : Josh Knott & PJ Jones & UK Dominator
OK so pre-match rambling from me. PJ Jones and Eddie Ryan are my favs. I was so happy to see them wrestling against each other. Never heard of Joel Redman before tonight and was sad that Eddie’s tag team partner wasn’t there. I had by now brought my Lionhearts t-shirt but due to not wanting to stand up after my friend brought it back for me to go and put it on it was currently residing in my bag. Apparently I have a extremely gormless look on my face every time Eddie Ryan steps out to wrestle and my friend thought I was going to cry.
Officially in any kind of top 5 favourite wrestlers in the world right now Eddie Ryan is in that top 5 (and no that isn’t me saying he’s number 5 he’s probably third after Barrett and Sheamus… Or second if you count the boyfriends as one.)
The match took forever and a day to get started as it took Knott, Jones and the UK Dominator forever to even get into the ring. I literally have about 50 photos of them BEFORE the UK Dominator even gave us his little speech (and man do I love his little speeches!) There were many Right Said Fred chants (directed at the UK Dominator), Loser chants (directed at the WINNER PJ Jones) and sadly fat chants (directed at Josh Knott.) This is also when we learnt that it would also be a three against two match.
By this time I was dead from laughter as all three of these were hilarious. The whole attempt at them coming to the ring and giving this speech was hilarious, I’ve already wrote more about this match and I haven’t even gotten started on the action!
If I’m honest I wasn’t really impressed with Redman, I know its shocking. He wasn’t bad but I didn’t think he was better then Ryan and obviously when he was in the ring Eddie wasn’t which made me sad. I did, as announced on Instagram, fall in love with Eddie Ryan’s boots but I kind of wanted to see them in action a little more. Yes I get that my bias is showing, I kind of love that man though and can never get enough of his wrestling.
Redman took control of most of the match which really played on the comedy aspect. Knott was a good sport getting some flack for being a bit podgy (I feel bad saying that seeing compared to him I look like Jabba the hut) but he reacted brilliantly to everything that was thrown at him. PJ Jones and the UK Dominator were their usual selves. Again like the other match though even when Redman and (very rarely) Ryan were in charge of the match (which was a great majority of it) you kind of felt like you just KNEW that the others were going to win and the amount of fun you had boo-ing or cheering them you kind of just wanted them to win anyway. I loved the unique tag between Jones and the Dominator when Jones hugged his legs and the ref classed it as a tag, and still the throw into a kick to the private areas by Jones and the Dominator is the best double team move ever even though it happened to poor Eddie and I did nearly cry when it happened.
It was very funny.
I gave Ros my last £5 to go and get her picture taken with Redman and Ryan. I’m impressed with how brave she was, I wouldn’t in my life be able to go anywhere near Eddie Ryan yet she, even with the same social anxiety as me, jumped into the ring for a photo like it didn’t bother her at all. I’m now so jelly of her as she got to stand next to Eddie Ryan. To be honest though my friend Ros has a pretty piss poor life, her family take advantage of her a little bit and I like to treat her, I pay for her to come to see the wrestling (she’s never seen any American wrestling and only has ever seen PWA and Pride Promotions) and I didn’t mind treating her. Next time though she’s going to have to steal Eddie Ryan’s boots for me.
In the interval I changed into my Lionhearts t-shirt as I had a small nose problem. When I got back my chair had been moved so I was sat at a funny angle and didn’t realise till the wrestling started again when I didn’t want to move it just in case I whacked the guy behind me with the chair, and my anxiety started to play up. So it was good that I could hardly see any of the next match really….
JD Knight vs Justin Sysum
Winner : JD Knight
Honestly I didn’t see a whole lot of it. I managed to be sat at such a angle that Sysum’s cape (which is nowhere near as cool as Eddie Ryan’s) was completely in my way. From what I did see it was a very technical match, JD Knights voice came echoing from the mat a lot as he told people to shut up as JD Suck chants continued.
The last couple moments of the match I got to see as someone took the cape off the ring ropes and it was mainly all Knight really.
Unfortunately I didn’t really see much of it to comment on it. Sad times.
Tyler Hawke vs Danny Walsh(c)
(PWA HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP)
Winner : Danny Walsh
There are no words to describe how amazing this match was.
This time for GOOD reason I didn’t see a whole lot of the action. The good reason was half the crowd were on their feet and the action took place on the floor and not really in the ring.
They threw everything into the match. Danny kicked ass but he got just as much back from Hawke who had won the right to face him last month. Hawke had his manager at ring side meaning that most of the time Danny was facing two people instead of one but it was just amazing. Even the shitty tables weren’t too bad.
Hawke gave some bloody hard blows to Danny with chairs, a baking tray and a wet weather sign. I don’t actually know what happened to the first table, they seemed to just push Danny though it (like literally Danny was on top of it and they just pushed down and it collapsed) but it was just great.
Personally I loved the ref who kept screaming at them “it doesn’t have to be this way” which was highly amusing to me.
The last little segment in the corner with Hawke going to put Danny through another table from the corner was great and a brilliant show of strength from Danny to pick Hawke up and put him through the table instead.
No word of a lie the conversation all the way home for me and my mum was basically that there was no way that the WWE Title match at Survivor Series was going to even touch what we’d just seen (and it didn’t…..)
It was just a phenomenal match all round. Danny gave a little speech afterwards and wished everyone a happy holidays and that was it.
Final Thoughts :
There will never be enough Eddie Ryan in my life from this day forward. I will never take off my Lionhearts t-shirt other then to wash it.
With my Eddie Ryan fan girl hat firmly tucked away until next time (is he going to the Pride Promotions show in December? Because I am. I have loved Rhyno since I was like tiny but if Eddie is there I might not notice that Rhyno is there at all!) I only have this to say.
There is nothing better then supporting your local wrestling company, no word of a lie these guys shine every single time I see them wrestle. They put everything into it and deserve the love they get from the crowd. I plan on going to every PWA show next year (health allowing) and I can not recommend them highly enough.
I felt very ill emotionally and in general on Sunday morning coming after a really bad Saturday were I spent most of the day asleep or crying about the smallest of things (mainly in Fallout) and the most heartbreaking thought of all was that I might not make it to the wrestling. Somehow I managed to grit my teeth and within seconds of walking into the venue it was like I hadn’t been ill at all. They are the friendliest people I have ever seen and the wrestlers are just better then you’ll ever imagine.
And none of that made any sense whatsoever. I apologise. They are awesome though, they have a great roster and a brilliant champion. You should come to Plymouth just to see them. Everyone come to Plymouth. Don’t worry about our “sights to see” or any of that garbage, come to Plymouth and see a PWA show.
Their next event is in January and this is the link to the event page : https://www.facebook.com/events/902864173117389/
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I am going to change up their section a little in the next day or so. I will now leave you with the best of the worst of my photos (I promised not to post more photos of PJ Jones and Eddie Ryan on Instagram, nothing about on here…)
A final apology for the rambling. I don’t know why today I am finding it hard to find words to match the craziness inside my head.
You can also find ALL my terrible photos on our new BelieveinGeek Facebook page HERE. For anyone fast on the button…… It might take a while for all 700 to appear.
This is the moment I wanted to give Eddie Ryan a big hug. Poor Lion.