Full match results from September 29, 2018 #PPW218 taping at Premier Pro Wrestling studios in Woodstock, IL and Post Show Wrap Up with Justin Barlow.
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#1 CONTENDERS BATTLE ROYAL
WINNER: “THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE” MATT VINE
As it was announced on social media earlier in the week, #PPW218 kicked off with a battle royal to determine a new #1 contender to the PPW World Heavyweight Championship. The competitors vying for an opportunity at the title were as follows:
“The Prince of Pro Wrestling” TJ Steel
“El Mero Mero” Iniestra
“Connest” Connor Corr
“Irish” Andy Anderson
“The Science” Marcus Smith
Not Bad Chad
“The World Exclusive” Matt Vine
With the stakes so high, the eleven competitors gave their all to become the new #1 contender, but ten of those hopes were dashed when participants were sent over the top rope and to the floor below until only two remained: Iniestra and Matt Vine. With both having been to the top of the mountain in PPW before, both knew what the pride and glory of holding the championship felt like and both wanted to reclaim that feeling, but in the end only one could prevail and when Iniestra let his guard down, four-time champion Matt Vine took full advantage, launch his opponent over the top rope, sending Iniestra crashing to the floor below and leaving Matt as the last man standing and the new #1 contender to the championship. While congratulations are due to the new #1 contender, the World Championship picture has now been given a significant twist as Matt will now have to face his tag team partner and co-holder of the Tag Team Championship with Matt, Chase Gosling. The question on everyone’s mind now revolves around how their impending title match might affect their ability to work as a team to defend their championships. Will they prove that they are able to put this new development to the side to remain a cohesive unit or will the lust for gold overtake one or both?
LINA DE’ORO (W/ “CONNEST” CONNOR CORR) DEF. SKYE BLUE BY WAY OF PIN FALL
After over a year of absence from Premier Pro Wrestling, Lina De’Oro returned to action in the Premier Studio and put out a challenge to the young lady who had bested her the last time she set foot inside a PPW ring, Skye Blue. However, this time Lina emerged through the curtain with a new attitude of disdain for the Premier Planet and, in a surprise twist, was seconded by the self-proclaimed feminist and the constant thorn in Skye Blue’s side, “Connest” Connor Corr. With her new attitude, Lina showed a viciousness previously unseen in PPW, but Skye Blue would not stay down and fought back, getting Lina in the corner and setting her up for a monkey flip which may have dealt a crucial blow to Lina, but Connor grabbed hold of Lina’s legs, anchoring her which caused Skye’s own momentum to send her backwards and down to the mat, where Lina took advantage and, holding Skye’s trunks for added leverage, Lina was able to pin Skye, stealing a victory from the girl who had bested her the last time she set foot in PPW.
“IRISH” ANDY ANDERSON DEF. KIM CHEE BY WAY OF SUBMISSION
While ten competitors may have come up short in the #1 contenders battle royal, each was given a consolation prize of sorts in the form of one-on-one matches where each could, at the very least, regain some momentum after failing to capture the #1 contendership. The first of these matches saw PPW’s longest standing veteran, “Irish” Andy Anderson, take on the crafty Kim Chee, but despite Kim Chee’s propensity to bend the rules and take shortcuts wherever possible, Andy’s well of experience and eccentric style were simply too much to handle and, reaching into the Irish playbook, Andy locked in a cloverleaf submission on Kim Chee, forcing Kim Chee to tap out and leaving Andy to throw down a few dance moves with the Premier Planet in celebration of his victory.
ANAKIN DEF. “THE SCIENCE” MARCUS SMITH BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Having tasted main event status and coming so close to becoming PPW World Heavyweight Champion in the past, young Anakin was indeed disappointed when he was unable to survive the #1 contenders battle royal, but the Premier Academy standout was given his opportunity to get back on track when he took on the egomaniacal “Science” Marcus Smith who, before the match, was more than happy to drop yet another one of his jokes on the Premier Planet. When the bell rang, however, neither man was in a joking mood as both tried to outlast his opponent, but proving once again that he should never be underestimated, Anakin was able to reverse a pinning attempt from Marcus, creating one of his own and seizing a victory by way of pin fall over “The Science.” Marcus, however, was not about to let Anakin have the last laugh and attacked the Academy standout immediately after the bell, leaving him out cold in the middle of the ring and stating that he would meet Anakin again in the ring for a rematch this coming Saturday at #PPW219.
“CONNEST” CONNOR CORR DEF. ZERO 1 BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Proud of himself after once again robbing Skye Blue of a victory, the self-proclaimed feminist, “Connest” Connor Corr, stepped into the ring for a match of his own when he took on his former colleague, Zero 1, who had bested him the week prior. Having traded in the rising sun for the stars and stripes, Zero 1 cemented his new outlook and was determined to carve his own path through PPW, but Connor would not allow lightning to strike twice and as he had Zero 1’s shoulders on the mat in a backslide, Connor put his feet on the ropes for added leverage which enabled him to pick up the victory and even the score. Having seen this from the back, Skye Blue entered the ring and attempted to get guest referee, Jose Acosta, to reverse the decision. Jose’s decision remained and Connor was awarded the match, but he will not get away with it so easily, because this Saturday there will be a mixed tag team match when Skye teams with Zero 1 to take on the team of Connor Corr and Lina De’Oro!
“THE PRINCE OF PRO WRESTLING” TJ STEEL DEF. NOT BAD CHAD BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Last week, “The Prince of Pro Wrestling” TJ Steel issued an open challenge to anyone on the Premier roster. Seeing an opportunity to make a few waves by facing the man who had come so close to claiming the PPW World Heavyweight Championship at #PPW200 and the World Tag Team Championship at #PPW215, Not Bad Chad stepped up to the plate and answered the call. From the onset, it was clear that TJ did not view Chad as a legitimate threat, even threatening to leave before the match even got started due to his belief that Chad wasn’t even in the same league. After a moment of contemplation, TJ decided to give Chad the match, but what he expected was not what he got as Chad quickly showed the man from the city of steel that looks can be deceiving and that, despite his party hearty demeanor, Chad was not to be underestimated, showcasing an impressive skill set acquired over his time studying at the Premier Academy. However, TJ was not about to be bested by someone he felt was beneath him and seized on an opening to deliver a running knee right to Chad’s face, stunning him and allowing TJ to pick up the pin.
PPW WORLD TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
“EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA & SEM SEI VS. “THE WORLD EXCLUSIVE” MATT VINE & “THE HUNK WITH THE TREE TRUNKS” CHASE GOSLING ENDS IN A DOUBLE COUNT-OUT
Despite neither finding success in the #1 contenders battle royal, Iniestra and Sem Sei still had their eyes set on gold when they were given the match they earned the week prior against the Tag Team Champions, Matt Vine and Chase Gosling. However, with Matt Vine now the new #1 contender to Chase’s PPW World Heavyweight Championship, questions surrounded the ability of the champions to work together as a team, now knowing they will have to face each other for the title. All doubts were cast aside, however, as Chase and Matt showed that they weren’t going to let their upcoming clash dictate their teamwork as they defended their titles against Iniestra and Sem. After over thirty minutes of both sides coming close, but neither being able to attain victory, the fog of war set in as each man threw caution to the wind in an effort to strike the decisive blow to the other team until all four eventually found themselves on the outside of the ring. Exhausted and beaten down, none of the participants were able to re-enter the ring before guest referee, Jose Acosta, reached the count of ten, leading to the match being ruled a double count-out. Because off this, Chase and Matt retained the Tag Team Championship, but wanting to see a decisive winner, Premier COO Randy Ricci announced that this coming Saturday at #PPW219, Iniestra and Sem will get another shot at the Tag Team Championship, but this now also means that before going head-to-head for the PPW World Heavyweight Championship, Chase and Matt will have to team up to defend their Tag Team Championships in the same night. How will this affect the mindsets of the Tag Team Champions as they compete as both partners and adversaries in the same night? Come out Woodstock this Saturday night to find out at #PPW219!
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