This week on CW30’s Memphis edition of Championship Wrestling brings us the final to the prestigious PPIII Cup. With the winner getting an opportunity to challenge any title holder in the United Wrestling Network, it’s an important match that has big title implications for the future. So, without further adieu, let’s get to the ring!
Ice Williams, Adriel Noctis and DJ Talamantez vs. Friendship Farm (Gentleman Jervis, Sweet Robin Shaw and Super Beetle)
This was bonkers, there’s no other word for it! Sweet Robin Shaw is a big man who like to hug – except his opponents won’t hug him for fear of being squashed! Jervis wears a Pac-Man-like mask with a handlebar moustache and appreciates a gentlemanly handshake. Adriel Noctis, on the other hand, does not, spitting on his hand before clasping Jervis’ hand.
This was a fun, energetic opener that saw the return of Jamie Iovine for the first time since his meal ticket, Royce Issacs, told him where to go. He handed over a business card to Ice Williams, which is an interesting development. Unfortunately, it did distract Williams from preventing the finish, as Shaw dropped a massive leg across the neck of DJ Talamantez for the 1-2-3. Jervis gave a gentlemanly promo afterwards, putting it out that the Friendship Farm are all looking for gold. So, watch out, chaps!
Levi Shapiro (w/ Howdy Pryce) vs. Buddy Royal
This was a grudge match, to be sure. The former members of the ‘Classic Connection’ tag team had split on bad terms when Shapiro attacked Royal after a loss to the Wolf Zaddies. Add to that an opportunity for a shot at the Unified Television title at a later date and we were all set for a heated encounter.
Royal started off hot and heavy, dominating Shapiro with a strong flurry of strikes and old-school suplexes. Shapiro soon took control, though, with an eye rake, and Howdy got in on the action by biting Royal when the ref wasn’t looking!
Royal rebounded, though, with a series of suplexes. Shapiro cleverly countered a belly-to-back with a claw, only to find the claw countered in turn with a triangle choke that allowed Royal to remove Shapiro’s glove, which gives Shapiro an extra advantage when it comes to the claw.
Howdy wasn’t having it, though. He threw the PPIII Cup into the ring for Shapiro to use. The ref intercepted it and, as he was putting the cup back in its place, allowed Howdy to throw Shapiro his glove back in the ring. One claw later and the match was over.
I don’t think this is the last we’ll see of these two men on opposite sides of the ring.
Porkchop Cash is the Man of the Hour, Too Sweet to be Sour!
In the final part of Dustin Starr’s chat with Memphis legend Porkchop Cash, Porkchop remembered how Vince McMahon Senior once told him before a show to go out there and give it everything you’ve got, which he always did. He’s 80 years old now and still works out three times a week as if he was still young. He hopes, in that way, people will look up to him as an example.
He also gave the fans a message in these difficult times: “happy new year, have a good time and be careful!”
What a legend.
PP III Cup Final: Ray Rosas vs. Anthony Idol
So, we finally arrive at the 2020 final for the prestigious Percy Pringle III Cup. The winner not only wins the cup, but also earns ‘Percy’s Privilege’, the opportunity to challenge for any title promoted by the United Wrestling Network. You can see why it’s a big deal to the competitors of Championship Wrestling.
Ray Rosas sent Adrian Quest and Andy Brown to the back, but he was far from ready to fight fair. He began by stalling, sliding out of the ring every time Anthony Idol went to lock up with him.
The mind games failed, though. Once Idol got his hands on the slippery Rosas, he threw him around from pillar to post. Power moves were the name of the game, and Idol smashed Rosas in quick succession with a shoulder barge into the corner, a Vader Bomb and an awesome spine buster. Rosas broke the momentum briefly with a jawbreaker, but Idol was just too strong, a killer choke slam standing out in particular.
Brown and Quest made a reappearance to help Rosas out, but Idol wasn’t in the mood. He threw Quest out over the top rope on top of Brown to take them both out! Rosas would just have to cheat by himself…
The ref stepped in-between Idol and a grounded Rosas to allow Rosas a chance to compose himself. Rosas took advantage pulling Idol’s leg between the ref’s and pulling up to administer a low blow on the ref with Idol’s leg! The ref thought Idol had lost his temper and threw the match. Rosas was the winner of the 2020 PPIII Cup!
Whilst it could be argued it was a cheap finish, it worked in that Idol looked strong, and the cheap trick with consistent with Rosas’ character. I also can see this as a stepping stone towards a larger Rosas-Idol feud which I’d be happy to see.
It was also interesting to note that the commentators mentioned that Memphis host Dustin Starr has heat with Rosas after he put his hands on Maria last year. They teased a match at the Birthday Bash. Dustin did not appear to be impressed by Rosas’ win. Could we see this in the near future?
This was a solid episode of Championship Wrestling, one that featured a little bit of everything: comedy, heated grudges, and a big main event with title implications. Dan Joseph and Watts must be watching their backs as we speak.
I’d like to wish hosts Dustin and Maria Starr congratulations, as they announced at the end of the episode that they are expecting a new member of the family, due November. Lovely news.
I’ll see you next week, grapple fans, for another edition of Championship Wrestling!