This week on CW30’s Memphis edition of Championship Wrestling, the ‘United Wrestling Network’ brings us title action, the semi-final of the Percy Pringle III (PP III) Cup and a Memphis legend dropping in to chat. It’s all action this week, so let’s head straight to the ring!
United Television Championship Dan Joseph vs. Ice Williams
Last week, we saw Dan Joseph claim the United Television title after besting a man who is now ‘Strictly Business’, Royce Issacs. This week, he made his first title defence on Memphis programming, taking on a very cool customer in Ice Williams.
This was a fun, competitive outing that was only dampened by a couple of awkward exchanges, particularly in the finish, where a mix-up seemingly over who was doing what led to Joseph’s victory-sealing roll-up looking less than decisive.
Still, Joseph looks good as a champion, showing a never-say-die attitude and a tenacity that makes him entirely credible. Ice Williams, meanwhile, struts the strut and nailed two particularly good-looking spots: a dropkick to Joseph, causing him to tumble from the top turnbuckle to the floor, and an elbow drop from the second rope after shimmying across all the way to the middle!
So, Dan Joseph retained but something tells me we’ll be seeing Ice Williams in the title picture again someday soon.
Jack Banning vs. Levi Shapiro (w/ Howdy Price)
This was short but certainly sweet. I’d never seen Shapiro in action before, but based on what I saw here, I was certainly impresses. He dominated Banning, grounding him on the mat before throwing him by his head to the corner and to the canvas.
Banning tried to mount some offence, but Shapiro quickly cut him off and crushed his skull with an Iron Claw to take the victory.
I’m looking forward to seeing Shapiro in action in future weeks!
Porkchop Cash in Person!
Off the back of the AEW Memphis tribute ceremony a few months back, Dustin Starr now chats to Memphis legend Porkchop Cash!
Having debuted in 1968, Cash wrestled all over, including Championship Wrestling from Florida, NWA Hollywood, before ending up in Memphis’ famous Continental Wrestling Association in the early eighties. Porkchop had won singles titles, but is known more for holding a litany of tag team championships across his career.
And yet, when the more casual fan thinks of Memphis, the names that are always brought up are Jerry Lawler and the Jarrett’s. Fair enough, but I do hope that one day the solid bedrock of great, forgotten Memphis wrestling talent are exposed once more to a wider grappling audience.
It was a small chat, but it was heartening to see how happy Porkchop was to be on TV and to be remembered. It also made me smile to hear him recall how Jimmy Valiant once had a beard that could touch the floor!
There will apparently be a part two to this chat. Hopefully we’ll get some cool stories about Memphis wrestling back in the day. To be continued.
Vermin vs. Anthony Idol and Frankie Frank
From listening to the commentary, Vermin have been dominant team and faction over the history of CWFH. Anthony Idol and Frankie Frank, however, are something of an odd couple; Idol playing the narcissistic muscle man and Frank with his Sinatra-esque cool and an apparent former losing streak.
Vermin remind me of a feral version of PG-13, which is not a bad thing in the slightest. They spend the early parts of the match being bounced around the ring by Idol, and even Frank was able to get some offence in. Frank, though, fell victim to Vermin’s strong double team manoeuvres. With Idol sent into the ring post outside the ring and taken out, the end looked inevitable for Frank.
At that moment, though, the appearance of Wolf Zaddies caused enough of a distraction for Frank to hit his palm strike to get the pinfall victory.
A really fun match, and I want to know more about what’s going down between Vermin and Wolf Zaddies. The Zaddies look like a pair of rabid dogs – can they tear up Vermin?
PP III Cup Semi-Final #2: Ray Rosas vs. Jordan Clearwater
The winner of the match will face Anthony Idol in two weeks in the final of the PP III Cup. The winner of that match will get the right to challenge for any title in the United Network they want, at any time they want – also known as ‘Percy’s Privilege’. Once its used, its used, so you better make your shot count.
The backstory here is that Rosas was Clearwater’s mentor, until Rosas hit a losing streak and Clearwater was on the ascendant. Rosas got jealous and turned on Clearwater, meaning there’s now serious heat between the two men.
Clearwater is the kind of innocent-looking, good natured young babyface that you just don’t see anymore. Rosas comes out with Adrian Quest and Andy Brown, because the words ‘fair fight’ isn’t in his vocabulary.
Clearwater dominated the early going until Rosas distracted the ref with a feigned injury, giving Quest and Brown the opportunity to give Clearwater a good kicking on the outside.
Rosas couldn’t keep Clearwater down, though, and the ‘Midas Touch’ pump kick would have taken out Rosas completely if it wasn’t for Quest and Brown interrupting the count. As the ref admonished the two, Rosas swiftly countered a second ‘Midas Touch’ attempt with a low blow to take the 1-2-3 and his place in the PP III Cup final. The swine!
This was a really fun main event that played well off the two men’s history and sets Clearwater up to look for revenge at a later date. Great work!
This was another solid hour of Championship Wrestling, with the final of the PP III Cup now set, Wolf Zaddies provoking Vermin, and a smooth, confident performance from Levi Shapiro. We also got a title defence and an appearance from a Memphis legend. What more could you ask for?
I’ll see you next week, grapple fans, for another edition of Championship Wrestling!