Now We Conquer Dwell!
December 3, 2021
Manufacturing facility Theatre, Enmore
Sydney, New South Wales Australia
Welcome to Australia. What was as soon as the following huge factor on the unbiased wrestling scene has… nicely, it’s gone a bit bit chilly, I’m not gonna lie. We received the COV, we didn’t have the vaccines and we’ve principally finished candy fuck all for the final six months besides watch our favorite son, Robbie Eagles, gather titles in entrance of clap crows on our TVs in NJPW.
However now it’s time, buddies, for us to emerge from our slumber – ten kilos heavier but hungrier than ever for some reside professional wrestling! And what a strategy to kick issues off with PWA’s Now We Conquer LIVE! an enormous warm-in to what ought to be a fairly respectable summer time of occasions as promoters look to make up for misplaced time and milk the punters dry placed on some excellent and thrilling occasions for his or her loyal followers!
A couple of small academy and spot reveals however, PWA – Now We Conquer LIVE! (exclamation mark, capital letters and all) is our first alternative to sink some tins and watch a few of Australia’s most established and up-and-coming employees get again into the squared circle.
I’m not anticipating a lot of you to be that accustomed to PWA and the Australian wrestling scene, so I will even be aiming to supply a bit background on a few of the expertise and angles as we go. I’ll additionally put a number of of those wrestlers in context of the place you’ll have seen them and the way they match into the general Australian ecosystem.
A Little Background
PWA is the most important and simply best-reputed promotion in Australia’s largest metropolis, Sydney. It’s instantly linked with a really buoyant academy spearheaded and ostensibly run by ladies’s wrestling legend Madison Eagles, alongside along with her kayfabe brother-in-law, and present IWGP Junior Tag-Champ, Robbie Eagles. PWA launched into the consciousness of most worldwide followers via Will Osprey’s sequence of matches in opposition to Eagles (typically erroneously attributed as being a part of MCW) and has continued to construct an intensely loyal fanbase and fame as one of many highest high quality merchandise in Australian wrestling from each an in-ring and manufacturing standpoint.
A Little Context
That is the primary main present again since a COVID-related hiatus and there was an exodus of kinds on the prime of the cardboard. The present previous to lockdown options the 4.75 Meltzer rated basic, Aussie Open vs The Velocities and AO are actually again abroad galivanting round with the United Empire and seemingly no return deliberate within the speedy or quick time period. Native favorites Grayson Waller (FKA Matty Wahlberg) and Persia Pirotta (FKA Steph de Lander) have moved on to Rainbow Uncooked and the aforementioned, Robbie Eagles remains to be in Japan (though hardly ever pushed regionally as greater than attraction resulting from worldwide commitments).
The present can be the primary of a deliberate MCW (Melbourne Metropolis Wrestling) vs PWA crossover reveals, which is able to proceed over the course of December 2021 culminating on December 19 in Melbourne. That is really fairly an enormous deal, as interstate journey has been basically banned for months because of the pandemic, so the prospect of seeing expertise from different promotions is an enormous draw for lots of us.
This present is an honest little entry level for anybody inclined to leap into the antipodean scene.
As a sensible man as soon as mentioned, GET INTO IT.
On With the Present
Ricky South def. Carter Deems
Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive” hits for Ricky South, the PWA champion. I’ve been rewatching some Adrian Avenue matches not too long ago because of the WON HOF vote and South is actually one who owes a fantastic debt to Avenue’s progressive mixture of ‘flamboyant’ gimmick with a hard-hitting, ground-bound model – he’s an enormous babyface in Sydney, which is among the world’s most LGBTQI pleasant cities.
Deems as his opponent is sensible as a placeholder and he emerges in full heel mode, darkish hair and yapping on the crowd. A veteran of the ‘Fale Dojo’ system, Deems has an enormous quantity of potential however so far has been hampered by damage and considerably overshadowed by the success of his former tag-partner NXT’s Grayson Waller (who was the most important face in PWA previous to his departure), so it’s good to see him given this highlight.
After some preliminary jawing, they lock up and proceed to have a pleasant hard-hitting match through which South provides lots to his challenger. South begins with some stiff-looking lariats in a strike change earlier than Deems ultimately features the higher hand and punctuates it with an athletic Tope con Giro to the skin. After a bit extra forwards and backwards, South hits his ‘Flamboyant Pile Driver’ end, just for Deems to roll to the skin.
From right here it regarded like an upset is likely to be on the playing cards as a back-and-forth on the apron sees Deems hit a nasty-looking package deal piledriver on the skin. A frogsplash with lots of airtime and a pop-up piledriver will get a near-fall and Ricky is now reeling. The 2 begin one other stiff strike change earlier than the champion surprises with a nice-looking crucifix clutch and a flash pin. Deems impresses with some respectable character work and good athleticism and loses nothing within the loss. ***1/2
Put up-match, Unsocial Jordan and SMS come to the ring to purpose to recruit Ricky South again into their cult-like, right-to-censor model steady. The cloying attraction and ‘lets simply be buddies’ vibe is so suss, it’s nice and SMS at all times get nice warmth. The spotlight of this section was a really drunk man behind me screaming “Slap his fucken skivvy off, Rick”. It feels nice to be again! Get me one other beer!
“Large Brother” Billy Preston def. Large Fudge & Jimmy Townsend & Rhys Angel
One criticism that you would be able to stage at PWA is an inclination to go “Full Chikara”, particularly of their undercard matches. It’s not for everybody and infrequently not for me, however I loved this match particularly the work of former companions Jimmy Preston and Jimmy Townsend as they proceed to evolve as in-ring skills.
Beginning with a video package deal relaunching Billy Preston (he’s now a Blues Clues model kids’s TV host) he emerges in his new gear with a gaggle of dancing animals and children entertainers, sending up in style Australian TV sequence The Wiggles. The opposite wrestlers on this match are all around the prime model characters as nicely, with Rhys Angel, specifically, working some kind of Miami Vice model vibe as a substitute of his standard ‘generic athletic wrestler’ gimmick which is able to hopefully see him crack out of the mid-card.
This was a spotty comedy match, the place everybody received their shit in. The reside crowd adore Large Fudge and his shenanigans that are good in small doses in multi-mans like this.
The match had a fairly attention-grabbing end as Preston and Jimmy Townsend confronted off with Preston getting the pin with a really nice-looking end which I can solely describe as a fame-asser right into a twisting neck-breaker combo. **1/2
(However 4 Quackenbushes out of 5)
Historic Word: Preston and Townsend have been longtime companions of a plucky tag-team “The Prefects” the place they took benefit of their younger appears to play excessive schoolers as an undercard, comedy tag-team. They have been incessant with on-line movies and received themselves over very successfully. Their break-up culminated in a fairly amusing parody of the Undertaker vs AJ Types Boneyard Match, filmed throughout the first COVID lockdown.
The Unhealthy Bitch Nation (Kingsley and Jack Bonza) def. SMS (Aaron Jake and Belinda Pierce)
One other gimmick-heavy match as Bonza and Kingsley (a large hard-hitting man and his tiny loud mouthed protégé) proceed to comedically discover the implications of her renaming the faction. There’s a sincerity and unusual sweetness about their relationship and the odd couple / huge brother x little sister vibes are nice fodder for comedy. Kingsley’s top-tier charisma and Bonza’s enduring reputation as a PWA mainstay has this pair over as rover within the constructing.
Not a protracted or significantly bodily spectacular match however a few notes. Aaron Jake is an enormous upside man and has tonnes of athletic potential. PWA has a behavior of placing folks they charge as future stars beneath Unsocial Jordan’s wing, and his monitor report is superlative with Kyle Fletcher and Persia Pirotta two examples of children getting large after a Jordan apprenticeship. The interactions between him and Bonza (one other Fale affiliate and NJPW Down Underneath Alumnus) have been the wrestling highlights of an in any other case OK little match within the undercard.
Kingsley and Bonza’s tandem finisher, the Code-Pink Nation (a codebreaker right into a code crimson) is legitimately wonderful and at all times will get a number of oohs from the uninitiated. **1/2
Shazza McKenzie def. Cherry Stephens
The Shimmer veteran Shazza takes on the fairly new to the trade Cherry Stephens. Cherry is a fan favourite and does some wonderful character work as a plucky, indefatigably optimistic teenager.
McKenzie working heel is a optimistic change for her and he or she leaned into the boos whereas giving the babyface a bit little bit of a rally earlier than placing her away. The match was a bit gradual, and maybe suffered from its spot on the cardboard as the gang drifted away at instances. Cherry hit a pleasant swinging DDT from the skin, earlier than McKenzie established management and received the win with the Shaztastic Stunner. An okay match and a pleasant singles match for Cherry on the maincard. **
Staff MCW (Mitch Waterman, Slex and TBC def. The Velocities (Paris De Silva, Jude London and Mat Diamond)
The final earlier than intermission and definitely my match of the evening. This match is the forerunner to the broader inter-promotional card going down in Melbourne on December seventeenth.
The heels obtain a fairly lukewarm response and never an enormous quantity of warmth on their entrance. Even the returning SLEX (comma) The Enterprise doesn’t get the response as I’d have anticipated for somebody who hasn’t been within the nation for a while (however this crowd appeared extra PWA followers than normal wrestling followers). The vibe adjustments in a short time, nevertheless, when former PWA Champion, Caveman Ugg emerges because the third man in Staff MCW, sending the gang into throes of vitriol as they bear in mind his long-running reign which culminated in a heel flip and wonderful title change in opposition to Ricky South earlier within the yr.
The scale distinction at first appears nearly comically profound, however The Velocities are so fast and their offense appears so crisp that they rapidly allow you to droop disbelief – even when they’re up in opposition to a group twice their dimension in settings corresponding to these.
Paris da Silva and Slex begin the match with an change culminating in a backbreaker countered right into a ‘rana from Paris. This match looks like it’s being labored at a 1.5 pace in comparison with the predecessors and the general gulf at school between these guys and the instantly earlier matches is clear.
The Velocities get some good three-way offense in, with a drop-toehold shotgun dropkick combo punctuated with a standing taking pictures star press from the very underrated Mat Diamond. After extra forwards and backwards, the scale and energy distinction turns into overwhelming, as Caveman Ugg establishes dominance and milks the boos with some dastardly dominance of Diamond – a very vicious ripcord lariat received the gang going. This marks an prolonged warmth section from Staff MCW as they dominate Diamond who ultimately will get a tag and unleashes a flurry of flips and dives from The Velocities highlighted by a Tope Suicida from Paris and a handspring cutter from Jude.
The end of this one was brutal. Jude London leaps off the highest rope earlier than being caught mid-air by Caveman Ugg and spiked in a sit-out tombstone which regarded fucken sick. I solely want this match went longer and had greater construct – however think about my urge for food whetted for the MCW x PWA present on December 17! ****1/4
A fast notice on The Velocities. These guys have been constructing a fame globally lately because of some very sturdy outings within the UK in addition to a latest basic with Aussie Open in PWA. Sadly like many skills, COVID clearly put the brakes on what in any other case would probably have been an enormous yr for them – these guys would do wonderful issues in NJPW Robust and would straight up crush a Junior Tag League given the prospect.
Quantity One Contenders Match
Jessica Troy and Unsocial Jordan def. Lyrebird Luchi and Matt Rogers
This was positively a casualty of a stilted construct and the extended lockdown. A fairly quick match with out a lot story however establishing some longer-term angles down the road. Luchi and Jordan are reviled as heels however nobody actually appears to know what to do with Matt Rogers, who’s a stoic, large tattooed man who appears each half the early hundreds wrestler and American Badass cosplayer.
The star of the match was undoubtedly Jessica Troy – whereas diminutive in dimension, her placing and pace make her each bit the credible risk within the ring with women and men of any dimension. I’m considerably staggered that she hasn’t been snapped up by somebody internationally. She has her Fujiwara Arm Bar finisher over to the purpose that anytime she grabs a limb, the gang begins buzzing.
The highlights of the match have been the interactions between Jess and Jordan, together with a top-rope rana and a stiff wanting launch half and half-suplex from Jordan. The match completed with a shmozzy double faucet out, with Jess and Jordan each having holds locked onto Luchi as he tapped out, establishing an angle down the monitor.
This was okay however suffered from a case of more-is-less. **1/4
MK Plus Extremely def. Juan Path
The Chikara tendencies strike once more as this palate cleanser earlier than the primary occasion leans into comedy with combined outcomes. Juan Path is a luchador parody of boyband One Path and has been absent for a while. They’ve been fan favorites prior to now however appeared to immediate some puzzlement from the gang who appeared to include fairly a number of newcomers on this specific evening. MK Plus Extremely had a cracker with The Velocities a number of reveals in the past and may actually go, so verify that out if you would like a greater indicator of their skills. *1/2
(However 3 Quackenbushes / 5)
Soul of PWA Championship
Mick Moretti def. Sam Osbourne
This match was very angle and story-heavy at the beginning, which made sense because the night progressed. A video package deal performs recapping Sam Osbourne’s rise beneath Don Marnell (OTT Followers would possibly bear in mind him on commentary) culminating in him successful the PWWA (yep, the ladies’s title. PWA is totally intergender) from Jess Troy on the final present. Whereas I usually discover the dishonest ref angles low-cost and boring, it was a reliable shock on the final present and received some nice warmth. Osbourne performs the good-looking, wealthy, smug heel completely and has energy and precision within the ring which has helped him construct a superb fame as an rising begin within the Sydney scene over the past 18 months.
Proceedings open with Marnell unveiling the newly branded Soul of PWA title (it appears fairly respectable). The challenger Moretti then enters to an honest pop, however a fast construct and never a lot background between these two didn’t assist his response. PWG followers would possibly know Mick Moretti who’s a homegrown expertise and wonderful athlete in ring (YMMV on his character work). Right here, he has developed the maniac clown gimmick to the purpose that he appears like a swole, raveled joker. I’m undecided if I hate it or adore it.
The match begins slowly. The 2 really feel one another out with some grappling and Osbourne’s cronies play to the boos with exterior interference and shithousery, constructing sympathy for the tweener Moretti (decidedly working babyface right here and getting higher reactions because the match continues). It’s gradual, methodical (and considerably boring to be sincere) with Mick’s knee being labored over in varied fashions by all members of the Marnell Administration Company. I’m about to surrender on issues when the match explodes at concerning the half-way level with Moretti scaling the lighting rig and hitting Osbourne with a really neat crossbody. Moretti reveals off his athleticism, Osbourne wanting wonderful because the heel foil, promoting and basing exceptionally as Mick dials up the offense and bringing the gang with him.
The prolonged closing stretch begins with Moretti hitting a springboard senton into an outrageous Swanton off the highest rope. Right here the heel referee performs the identical notes because the earlier match, failing to depend three and feigning an injured hand earlier than getting overwhelmed down by Moretti who calls to the again for the favored Referee Nick who emerges for the depend. 1, 2… Marnell pulls Moretti out of the ring.
A budget warmth has labored and the gang is shopping for this bullshit exhausting. The heels beat Moretti a bit extra down earlier than Jessica Troy emerges to the pop of the evening with a chair to make the save for stablemate Moretti. Mick goes up the highest for an avalanche Sweaty Moretti (a five-knuckle shuffle the place he shoves his arms down his pants first, good) for the pin!
New Champ! ***3/4
The present closes with Moretti and 4 Nations posing triumphantly within the ring. After the present goes darkish, it turns into clear that Osbourne is ‘transferring on to future endeavors’ which explains the very fast title change and hot-shotted feud which might have been a lot better with a bit extra time.
All-in-all an honest if a bit disjointed present which looks like a reset and a rebase for a promotion that should set up its identification. Hopefully, the January 14 present billing the return of Robbie Eagles will construct on a few of this momentum and on the ascending trajectory!
Please come again for some extra PWA and Australian Wrestling. I hope to hit you guys up with some extra evaluations and commentary transferring ahead.