Full match results from March 9, 2019 #PPW241 taping at Premier Pro Wrestling studios in Woodstock, IL and Post Show Wrap Up with Randy Ricci.
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“MR. ELECTRICITY” CHASE GOSLING DEF. “THE SCIENCE” MARCUS SMITH BY WAY OF PIN FALL
With the 2019 Challenge Pro Cup tournament on the horizon, the stars of Premier Pro Wrestling sought any momentum they could gain to give them a boost on their way to #PPW242 to compete for the prestigious prize. Fittingly, the first match of the evening featured the 2018 Challenge Pro Cup winner, “Mr. Electricity” Chase Gosling, who just one year ago won the Cup while simultaneously holding the PPW World Heavyweight Championship, making him the first competitor in tournament history to hold both titles at the same time. His opponent, “The Science” Marcus Smith, was overflowing with confidence in his own abilities, however, and seemed unfazed by Chase’s past accomplishment until a running knee to Marcus’s jaw temporarily silenced him and enabled Chase to pick up the pin and some early momentum going into the Challenge Pro Cup tournament as well as the number one contenders battle royal which would crown not only grant the winner a match for the PPW World Heavyweight Championship that very night, but would also determine the lineups for the matches in the Challenge Pro Cup tournament through the order of eliminations.
“CONNEST” CONNOR CORR DEF. SKYE BLUE BY WAY OF PIN FALL
After Skye Blue defeated his secret weapon, the mysterious Russian Assassin, at #PPW240, Connor Corr vowed revenge for the defeat and for what he perceived to be Skye’s lack of hospitality and cultural tolerance. While the match began as a one-on-one contest, it remained such in name only, because as Skye was looking to take to the sky and hand Connor another loss, the Russian Assassin crept in and, while the referee was distracted, shoved Skye off of the top rope at which point Connor was able to pick up the pieces and steal a pin fall over his nemesis.
**NUMBER ONE CONTENDERS BATTLE ROYAL**
WINNER: “EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA
After retaining his title over Anakin when Anakin was deemed to injured to continue their match at #PPW240, the five-time PPW World Heavyweight Champion, “The Symbol of Excellence” Matt Vine was without a challenger to his title, but now, on top of not knowing who his next opponent would be, the champion would be granted almost no time to prepare as the new number one contender would be crowned by way of an over-the-top-rope battle royal and, if the stakes weren’t high enough, placement in the upcoming Challenge Pro Cup tournament would be decided through the order of eliminations in the battle royal. With more than a title shot at stake, PPW’s top stars poured their hearts and bodies into the battle royal, but in the end only one could emerge victorious and the victor ended up being none other than former Challenge Pro Cup winner and current PPW World Tag Team Champion, Iniestra, who outlasted all other participants to earn himself a title opportunity in the main event.
SEM SEI DEF. WOLFMAN HUCK BY WAY OF DISQUALIFICATION
With Iniestra’s victory in the battle royal and the PPW World Heavyweight Championship and Challenge Pro Cup in their sights, the PPW World Tag Team Champions were feeling more confident than ever that solidifying their dominance over Premier Pro Wrestling was within reach and even an upcoming two-out-of-three falls match for the PPW World Heavyweight Championship couldn’t stop Iniestra from accompanying his partner, Sem Sei, to the ring for Sem’s match against the three hundred and ten pound Alaskan wild man, Wolfman Huck. With Iniestra on the outside offering any assistance he could while Sem distracted the referee, Huck was left at a disadvantage in regard to the numbers, but the outside interference only served to enrage the big three hundred pounder and things boiled over when Huck finally had enough. As he went to deliver a big splash to Sem, Iniestra got up on the apron to distract him, but was met with a clubbing blow, but Huck made a mistake when he brought Iniestra into the ring to continue the punishment, because his actions caused the referee to call for Huck to be disqualified. Did the Tag Team Champions simply get lucky or was it their strategy all along? Only Iniestra and Sem know for sure.
ANAKIN DEF. NOT BAD CHAD BY WAY OF PIN FALL
Still healing from a hyperextended knee suffered during his match against Matt Vine at #PPW240, Anakin was nowhere near one hundred percent when he entered the ring to take on his friend and sometimes tag team partner, Not Bad Chad. Despite the injury, however, Anakin showed a great amount of tenacity and endurance as he refused to let his bad knee weigh him down and, as Chad had Anakin propped up on his shoulders and began an airplane spin, Anakin was able to wiggle free and execute a sunset flip for the 1-2-3 after which a disappointed but gracious Chad helped his friend celebrate the win.
JOSE ACOSTA VS. “THE BONE DAWG” BRYCE AKERS ENDS IN A TIME LIMIT DRAW
With victories already having gone to his associates, Iniestra and Sem Sei, Jose Acosta set out to earn one of his own when he took on “The Bone Dawg” Bryce Akers, but victory eluded both men when, after a match which saw constant rapid shifts in momentum, neither could put the other away before the fifteen minute time limit expired.
**PPW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH**
“THE SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE” MATT VINE (C) DEF. “EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA BY WAY OF PIN FALL
With one title already around his waist and the 2017 Challenge Pro Cup in his trophy case, Iniestra was on the hunt to add even more gold to his collection as he set out to become a two-time PPW World Heavyweight Champion, but in his way was the reigning five-time champion, “Vineacus” Matt Vine who scored the crucial first fall when he took advantage of a missed splash from Iniestra and turned it into a schoolboy to pick up a pin with a little extra help thanks to having his feet on the ropes. Iniestra was able to make a comeback, however, and evened the score thanks to a victory roll and a handful of Matt’s tights. One fall now stood between the continued reign of “The Symbol of Excellence” or the reign of a new champion in Iniestra. With agility on his side, Iniestra nearly trapped Matt in a backslide, but showing his own impressive agility, Matt was able to walk the ropes, flip his body over Iniestra’s, and execute an inside cradle for the three count, dashing Iniestra’s ambitions of being a dual title holder and extending Matt’s record-setting fifth reign for another week.
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