Full match results from March 16, 2019 #PPW242 taping at Premier Pro Wrestling studios in Woodstock, IL and Post Show Wrap Up with Justin Barlow.
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**2019 CHALLENGE PRO CUP**
Every year, the best and brightest of Premier Pro Wrestling compete for the prestigious Challenge Pro Cup trophy. Just as in years passed, tournament matches held a special stipulation, but this year there would be two special stipulations given to the matches, the first being that every match in the tournament would be contested under triple threat rules and the second being that a competitor would win their match through pin fall, submission, or by ejecting an opponent over the top rope and to the floor below. This would also be the first year a female would compete for the Challenge Pro Cup as Skye Blue entered the bracket. With the Challenge Pro Cup and an opportunity to make history on the line, who would leave the Premier Studio with, as they say, all the marbles?
ANAKIN DEF. JOSE ACOSTA AND NOT BAD CHAD BY WAY OF PIN FALL
In the opening contest of the 2019 Challenge Pro Cup tournament, three men who are no strangers to each other stepped into the ring to try and earn the first spot in the tournament finals. With a lot of bad blood in their history, former tag team partners and Tag Team Champions, Jose Acosta and Anakin, had the added incentive of proving themselves over the other in the process of advancing in the tournament, but not to be underestimated in the equation was Not Bad Chad who knew that winning the Challenge Pro Cup would instantly turn the eyes of Premier officials his way. Despite the personal feelings between the competitors, each man had his eyes firmly on the prize, but only one could advance and it would be Anakin who would dash the hopes of his competition with a stunning double sunset flip which saw him roll up not just one, but both of his opponents at the same time, moving the young standout one step closer to the Cup.
“EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA DEF. WOLFMAN HUCK AND SEM SEI BY WAY OF OVER-THE-TOP-ROPE ELIMINATION
Lady Luck seemed to smile on the PPW World Tag Team Champions as the self-proclaimed “special people,” Iniestra and Sem Sei, found themselves in a tournament match together, but the pair would be heavily tested as they would not only have to contend with each other in order to advance in the tournament, but across the ring stood the three hundred and ten pound Alaskan wild man, Wolfman Huck. Knowing the threat that Huck posed, the Tag Team Champions worked together to try and keep Huck out of the match, but personal ambition soon overshadowed friendship as the two partners turned on each other, both looking to score the victory. Taking their eyes off of the much larger Huck, the big three hundred pounder was able to make his way back into the ring at which point many thought he would regain the momentum and ride it to victory, but in an almost shocking turn of events, Iniestra showed an incredible amount of leg strength when he trapped Huck in a head scissor and managed to leverage the big man over the top rope, sending him crashing to the floor and bringing home the win for “El Mero Mero” who was looking to become the first two-time Challenge Pro Cup Champion.
PPW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION “THE SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE” MATT VINE DEF. “THE SCIENCE” MARCUS SMITH AND “THE BONE DAWG” BRYCE AKERS BY WAY OF SUBMISSION
In 2018, “Mr. Electricity” Chase Gosling made history when he became the only man in PPW history to win the Challenge Pro Cup while being PPW World Heavyweight Champion. Having already made history by becoming the only five-time World Champion in PPW history, “The Symbol of Excellence” Matt Vine was out to add another achievement to his already history-making resume by entering the hall of Challenge Pro Cup Champions, but he would first have to endure the onslaught of two equally hungry opponents in “The Bone Dawg” Bryce Akers and the ever confident “Science” Marcus Smith. Taking his time before getting in the ring, the champion waited as Marcus and Bryce took the fight to each other and wore each other down before finally entering the contest. While Marcus and Bryce still proved to be formidable opposition, the champion’s strategy paid off in the end and he locked Marcus in a figure four leg lock, leaving “The Science” nowhere to run and forcing him to tap out, giving Matt the win he needed to advance in the tournament and bringing him one step closer to adding yet another accolade to his already record-setting career.
“CONNEST” CONNOR CORR VS. THE RUSSIAN ASSASSIN VS. SKYE BLUE ENDS IN A THREE-WAY DRAW
The crowning of the 2019 Challenge Pro Cup Champion wasn’t the only history to be made at #PPW242. Wanting to break through another barrier in PPW, Skye Blue became the first female to enter the tournament and Skye was determined to smash through another barrier by also becoming the first female to win the Cup, but in her way were two proverbial thorns in her side, Connor Corr and his Russian Assassin. Despite the odds, Skye once again proved she would not be intimidated and continually stopped the momentum of her two opponents despite the match resembling more of a handicap match than a triple threat, but all hopes came crashing down when all three went over the top rope at the same time, leaving the referee no choice but to rule the match a three-way draw, taking away Skye’s hopes of becoming the first ever female Challenge Pro Cup Champion.
**CHALLENGE PRO CUP FINALS**
ANAKIN DEF. PPW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION “THE SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE” MATT VINE AND “EL MERO MERO” INIESTRA BY WAY OF PIN FALL
The stage was now set for the final clash of the 2019 Challenge Pro Cup tournament. It was down to the young standout, Anakin, PPW World Tag Team Champion and 2017 Challenge Pro Cup Champion, Iniestra, and PPW World Heavyweight Champion, Matt Vine. Far from strangers to each other, each man would have to carefully think through a strategy to try and best his two opponents if he hoped to become the 2019 Cup winner. Early on, Iniestra and Matt Vine combined their mutual bad blood toward Anakin to try and take him out of the equation, but the alliance would only last a short time before Matt and Iniestra turned their focus toward each other, allowing Anakin to stay in the fight. With each man having an impressive resume of championships and accomplishments, the Challenge Pro Cup was anyone’s to take and as one would gain momentum, another would be right there to stop it until an attempted double team by Matt and Iniestra on Anakin backfired and enabled Anakin to ground both men with a sliced bread type maneuver at the same time. With Iniestra and Matt down, Anakin crawled over to Matt, covered the PPW Champion, and scored the three count, making Anakin your 2019 Challenge Pro Cup Champion! He was then joined by Not Bad Chad, Bryce Akers, and Skye Blue for a victory celebration, but Anakin was already looking toward the future and interrupted his own celebration by throwing out a challenge to PPW Champion, Matt Vine, for a title match at #PPW243, citing the fact he had pinned Matt to win the Cup and wanted the opportunity to proved that he could do it again, this time with the richest prize in PPW on the line. Feeling he had earned the opportunity, Premier officials quickly granted Anakin’s wish, making him the new number one contender for the title. Hearing this, Anakin commenced with the celebration as the Premier Planet stood up and gave a well deserved ovation to the 2019 Challenge Pro Cup Champion.
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