Full match results from December 1, 2018 #PPW227 taping at Premier Pro Wrestling studios in Woodstock, IL and Post Show Wrap Up with Justin Barlow.
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ZERO 1 VS. SKYE BLUE ENDS IN A TIME LIMIT DRAW
Some friendly competition kicked of PPW’s 227th studio taping when foes-turned-friends, Zero 1 and Skye Blue, went one-on-one and, to emphasize the trust they now have in one another, even came to the ring together. Having no stake in the matchup, Skye and Zero 1’s mutual enemy, Connor Corr, was nowhere to be found, leaving Zero 1 and Skye to have a fair and uninterrupted contest, but even though the two had thirty minutes to utilize, neither could put the other down in the allotted time, leaving the time limit to expire with no clear winner. Despite the disappointing result and neither being able to show who the better wrestler was, Premier officials were so impressed with the match that the two have been entered into a best of seven series starting this coming Saturday at #PPW228 with the first competitor to four wins earning bragging rights over the other.
PPW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION “THE SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE” MATT VINE DEF. “THE PRINCE OF PRO WRESTLING” TJ STEEL BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Despite being the only five time World Champion in PPW history, one achievement still eluded the self-proclaimed “Symbol of Excellence,” Matt Vine — settling the score with “The Prince of Pro Wrestling” TJ Steel. With the score tied at one win a piece, the two were finally given their rubber match to see once and for all who was the dominant wrestler. Perhaps too cocky for his own good, Matt Vine was caught off guard by TJ’s offense and seemed to grow more frustrated as the match wore on, but then fate seemed to smile on Matt and give him an opening which he promptly exploited. In the skirmish, the referee was temporarily inadvertently knocked out and did not see Matt tap out to a cobra clutch. Not realizing the referee’s state, TJ released the hold and raised his arm in victory, thinking he has won the match, but when TJ went to revive the referee, Matt took the opportunity to pull a small chain out of his trunks, wrap it around his knuckles, and hit TJ in the face, knocking him out just in time for the referee to regain consciousness and count the pin fall, bringing Matt the deciding victory in his feud with TJ.
#1 CONTENDERS ELMINIATION GAUNTLET
With no legitimate contender to Matt Vine and the PPW World Heavyweight Championship, the next in line for a shot at the gold would be decided by way of a random drawing elimination gauntlet. Before the taping started, all of the participants drew numbers at random. The participants who drew numbers 1 & 2 would begin the gauntlet. Elimination would be by way of pin fall, submission, disqualification, count out, or by being thrown over the top rope and to the floor below.
“CONNEST CONNOR (W/ NIKOLAI ZHUKOV) CORR DEF. ANAKIN BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Kicking off the gauntlet at numbers 1 & 2 were the self-proclaimed feminist and sportsman, Connor Corr, and one half of the PPW World Tag Team Champions, Anakin. Given his reputation for having one of the biggest hearts on the roster and being a current title holder in PPW, one might have thought Anakin to be the heavy favorite in the match, but as Nikolai Zhukov distracted the referee, Sem Sei crept into the ring behind the referee’s back and delivered a powerbomb to Anakin, temporarily stunning him and enabling Connor to steal a pin fall victory, eliminating Anakin and moving on in the gauntlet.
“CONNEST” CONNOR CORR DEF. “IRISH” ANDY ANDERSON BY WAY OF COUNT OUT
Having cleared the first hurdle in the gauntlet, Connor was now faced with having to eliminate PPW’s longest standing veteran, the eccentric party animal, Andy Anderson, but once again Nikolai Zhukov would come into play when he pulled Andy off of Connor after and Andybomb. Furious, Andy gave chase to the big Russian, but his distraction cost him and he was counted out, enabling Connor to clear yet another hurdle in the gauntlet.
NOT BAD CHAD DEF. “CONNEST” CONNOR CORR BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Now seemingly on a roll, Connor Corr’s confidence continued to build as he awaited his next opponent who turned out to be Andy’s tag team partner and protege, Not Bad Chad. With Zhukov proving to be an asset in the two previous matches, Connor and the big Russian tried for a trifecta, but they underestimated Chad’s run awareness, because as Zhukov stood on the apron, the shoe went on the other foot and Connor nearly collided with the Soviet sympathizer which allowed Chad to promptly roll Connor up with a schoolboy and win the fall, eliminating Connor from the gauntlet and sending him and Zhukov back to the locker room.
SEM SEI (W/ “EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA) VS. NOT BAD CHAD (W/ ANAKIN) THROWN OUT DUE TO OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE
Having played the deciding role in the opening match of the gauntlet, Sem Sei now had his own opportunity to become the next line for a shot at the PPW World Heavyweight Championship, but Anakin, who had been robbed thanks to Sem’s interference in the first match, came to ringside and announced that he would be standing in Chad’s corner to ensure that Sem and Iniestra couldn’t cost anyone else a match in the gauntlet the way Sem had cost him. However, tempers got the best of the four men and it wasn’t long before all four found themselves in the ring at the same time. The breakdown left the referee no choice by to call for the bell, throw the match out, and eliminate both Sem and Chad from the gauntlet as the four men brawled all the way back through the curtain.
MATCH #5 – GAUNTLET FINAL
BRYCE AKERS DEF. “EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA BY WAY OF PIN FALL TO BECOME THE NEW #1 CONTENDER
With the gauntlet sequence now disrupted, the final two participants would begin the final fall fresh, leaving neither with an endurance advantage. Having quickly proven himself to be a formidable performer in his short time with PPW, Premier Academy standout, Bryce Akers, had the advantage of a late draw, but his opponent and the final draw in the gauntlet, Iniestra, had a significant experience advantage and has become well known for his willingness to do whatever it takes to win a match, especially when the stakes are high. Despite the odds against him, however, Bryce Akers rose to the occasion, showed an impressive amount of heart, and, taking advantage of an opening, launched himself off the top rope to deliver a springboard sunset flip and defied to odds to defeat Iniestra and become the new #1 contender to the PPW World Heavyweight Champion!
Congratulations to the new #1 contender, Bryce Akers! Bryce will now go on to #PPW228 this Saturday night to challenge “The Symbol of Excellence” Matt Vine for the gold, but Matt showed during his match against TJ Steel just how far he’s willing to go to win. Matt Vine clearly has the edge going into the main event this Saturday, but there is no counting out the drive and desire of Bryce Akers who has come so far in such a short time and is guaranteed to be more focused than ever as he steps into the biggest match of his career thus far.
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