Full match results from June 9, 2018 #PPW200 taping at Premier Pro Wrestling studios in Woodstock, IL and Post Show Wrap Up with Justin Barlow.
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SINGLES MATCH –
ANAKIN DEF. JOSE ACOSTA BY WAY OF PIN FALL
We kicked off our 200th taping with action from the Premier Academy. In his debut match in PPW, newcomer Jose Acosta took on the young hotshot, Anakin, in one-on-one action. To the surprise of many, Jose held his own against his more experienced opponent, but his inexperience caused him to leave himself open one too many times which allowed Anakin to deliver a sliced bread style maneuver and pick up the pin fall. After the match, Anakin showed grace in victory as he shook Jose’s hand in the ring to congratulate him on his efforts.
SINGLES MATCH –
LEVI VS. LA TARANTULA ENDED IN A TIME LIMIT DRAW
More of the Premier Academy talent was on display at #PPW200 when La Tarantula took on relative newcomer, Levi, who has already been earning his stripes in PPW, but both would be tested and forced to think and react quickly, because their match would have a special time limit of just ten minutes. Going back to basics in the early going of the matchup, both competitors showcased some classic mat wrestling technique in an effort to gain a quick pin, but despite the impressive display, neither could earn a payoff. As the clock wound down to the final minutes, the pace accelerated as both thought quickly to find that one maneuver that would be the game changer, but time was, quite literally, not on their side and the time limit ran out before a winner could be decided. This was a disappointment to both, but Premier officials were so impressed with the two that they have decided to grant Levi and La Tarantula a rematch at #PPW201 on Friday, June 15, this time with an extra five minutes tacked on to the time limit.
TAG TEAM MATCH –
“IRISH” ANDY ANDERSON & “NOT BAD” CHAD DEF. CONNOR CORR & ZERO 2 BY WAY OF DISQUALIFICATION
Since forging his alliance with the Zeroes, Connor Corr has seemed more confident than ever, but his confidence would be tested when he stepped into the ring for tag team action against “Not Bad” Chad and the most experienced (and some might say most eccentric) member of the PPW roster, “Irish” Andy Anderson. Despite never having teamed together before, Andy and Chad had no trouble getting on the same page right from the get-go and, together, were able to control the pace for the majority of the match, that was until Connor, perhaps desperate at that point, stole the pin by placing his feet on the ropes where the referee couldn’t see. Connor and Zero 2 would have little time to celebrate, however. Having been watching from the locker room, Skye Blue, now fully healed after suffering a broken elbow several weeks prior, came to the ring and informed the referee that she had seen Connor put his feet on the ropes. Due to this new information, the referee reversed the decision and awarded the match to Andy and Chad by way of disqualification. However, Connor was not willing to accept this new verdict and got back into the ring to get in Skye’s face. Chomping at the bit for some competition after being on the shelf so long, Skye challenged Connor to a one-on-one match at #PPW201. Connor, however, had different ideas and instead told Skye that, if she wants him in the ring, she’s going to have to go through one of the Zeroes first, so this Friday night it will be Skye Blue taking on Zero 1 and, if Skye is victorious, she will get her hands on Connor in a match the following night on Saturday.
2-OUT-OF-3 FALLS TAG TEAM MATCH –
“THE HUNK WITH THE TREE TRUNK” CHASE GOSLING & ANAKIN DEF. “EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA & SEM SEI BY WAY OF DISQUALIFICATION
For weeks, the bad blood between Iniestra, Sem Sei, Anakin, and Chase Gosling has been at its boiling point. Due to the bad blood, Premier officials decided that a simple tag team match would not be enough to contain the four men and the match was given a 2-out-of-3 falls stipulation. The first fall went to Anakin and Chase when Anakin attempted a sunset flip on Iniestra over the top rope. Iniestra was able to grab ahold of the second rope to avoid being rolled up, but he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, because just a few get away was Chase who kicked his hands off of the rope, allowing Anakin to roll Iniestra up and snag the first fall. Their momentum was short-lived, however, when Iniestra and Sem were able to distract the referee so the ref could not see Anakin tag in Chase. As the referee was distracted with trying to get Chase out of the ring, Iniestra and Sem delivered a double team to Anakin which allowed them to tie the score at one fall a piece. It was now do-or-die for the two teams as the match entered the third and final fall. Knowing how much pride was at stake, both sides threw everything they had at the other until Iniestra and Sem decided that getting the last laugh was more important than winning the match, at which point they brought their notorious kendo stick into the mix and began using it against Anakin and Chase, leaving the referee no choice, but to call for a disqualification, making Anakin and Chase the winners, but the beatdown at the hands of Iniestra and Sem Sei put a damper on the victory until Anakin and Chase turned the tables and were able to seize control of the kendo stick and began delivering a beatdown of their own until Iniestra and Sem were able to get out of the ring and make a beeline for the locker room. Because of the circumstances surrounding the close of the matchup, the four men have been put into singles matches this coming Friday night with Anakin taking on Iniestra and Chase taking on Sem, but the stake will now be even higher as these matches will have implications for the upcoming number one contenders tournament on Saturday night with the winners earning top seating in the tournament. Also, to better ensure fair play, accompaniments have been barred from ringside.
PPW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH –
“THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE” MATT VINE (C) DEF. “THE PRINCE OF PRO WRESTLING” T.J. STEEL BY WAY OF PIN FALL
After stealing a victory over the champion at #PPW199, T.J. Steel earned a shot at the PPW World Heavyweight Championship and vowed to go from being the new face in PPW to being the new face of PPW, but could he make lightning strike twice against the only four-time champion in PPW history, Matt Vine? Both would have their chance to prove which one of them was more deserving to sit atop the mountain in PPW and, due to the special circumstances of the evening, they would not have to worry about beating the clock, because there would be no time limit. T.J. decided to start things off by challenging Matt to a test of strength, but found that he had underestimated the champion as Matt proved to be an even match for his strength. The turn of events seemed to shake T.J.’s confidence for a moment, but the challenger regrouped and the two evenly-matched competitors put on what some have already begun to dub one of the best title matches in PPW history. As time wore on, though, exhaustion began setting in and each man seemed to throw whatever he could at the opposition. Near fall after near fall put the Premier Planet on the edge of their seats, but neither man could keep the other down long enough to get the three count until one last effort from T.J. failed to gain a payoff, at which point Matt was able, with what seemed like one last gasp, to drape his arm across T.J.’s chest and finally take the pin to win the match and keep his title reign alive and well. After the match, T.J. snatched the PPW World Heavyweight Championship belt away from the referee and it appeared his intention was to get a measure of revenge by using it against Matt, but in a surprising turn of events, T.J. instead showed remarkable humility by actually handing the belt to Matt and extended his hand in sportsmanship which Matt reciprocated, apparently squashing their feud in a show of mutual respect and admiration.
Matt Vine’s championship reign is safe for now, but no one becomes a four-time champion without drawing the notice of others in the wrestling world. One individual who has taken notice of Matt Vine’s exploits is Pro Wrestling Noah star, Jay Bradley, who, frustrated with the current state of the sports entertainment industry, has made his intentions known that he is not coming for the PPW World Heavyweight Championship, but to run through Matt Vine and show the wrestling world that he is a force to be reckoned with and deserving of the widespread respect he feels he has been deprived of. Coming off of a hard-fought title defense against T.J. Steel, can Matt Vine overcome six feet five inches and two hundred and seventy pounds of ill intentions or will Jay Bradley make good on his promise to put an end to the champion? Find out this Friday and Saturday when PPW hosts two nights of back-to-back studio tapings!
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