Well, I had never heard anything about New England Championship Wrestling before finding their on-line show earlier this week (which you can download at www.necw.tv). I’m probably going to be utterly confused watching, but hopefully, it keeps me entertained for thirty minutes. They show what must be their opening video (which is good considering the production values) and we go into it, I guess.
Six Man Tag Team Match
D-Unit Vs. RAVE & Evan Always
I try and keep an open mind about tag team matches since I don’t particularly like them myself, but this one was just bad. It had a promising opening though and I rather enjoyed watching the face team go right for a body part in the arm of Doug Summers. It was good, but as soon as Zack Statick got taken down, Summers acted like his arm had nothing wrong with it. Obviously if you’re going to stop working a body-part, the victim is eventually going to stop feeling the effects of the attacks, but after 30 seconds? Hell, no. From here, Zack Statick played the face-in-peril while the heels tried to work over the back. Jeez, the back working was pathetic. Not in the sense that they barely worked it or that Statick no-sold it, but in the clear sense that the back working was loosely comprised of punches and fist drops to the back. There are a ton of basic moves you could have substituted and it would have made it seem way more believable. Eventually, after a sloppy heel vs. heel confusion spot, Statick tagged in his normal partner Kristian Frost and one of the worst hot tags I’ve ever seen went down. He delivered around three sloppy clotheslines followed by the worst attempt at trying to clothesline someone out of the ring ever. Abruzzi got caught in the ropes as he did it so the spot that should be lighting-quick ended up being molasses-slow. RAVE and Always then hit some tag team spots on Clip O’Reilly. I liked RAVE’s tandem facebuster, but the 3-on-1 tag team spot just looked sloppy and botched like everything else about the hot tag. Eventually, the ref got distracted trying to shove out RAVE (which was stupid considering one of them was the legal member) and Abruzzi came in to nail Always with I think some brass knuckles; it was kind of hard to make out. Abruzzi then laid O’Reilly on top of Always and they got the win.
Star Wrestler: Zack Statick
This match was just a good example of under-trained wrestlers and a match with no real thought put into it. At first, I thought my tag team pet peeve was the reason I disliked it, but the sloppy and botched moves that made up the hot tag solidified this as a bad match. Statick was all right in this match though, compared to the others who couldn’t clothesline or work a back at all. Statick was working Summers arm over pretty well with some nice, agile moves; and even though the back offense was abysmal, he still sold it pretty well. Without it, I’m sure it would have been worse.
After the match, Frost proves why he needs to be trained a bit more as he just kind of stands over O’Reilly not doing anything for about fifteen seconds. Yes, so the guy who just cheated you out of a victory is standing below you and you’re just going to look oblivious; great logic.
A little hype-up graphic is shown for some guy named Freddy and we go to a break.
Commercial break times one equals me wondering why in the hell a web cast needs commercials. Even if it’s just a TV show formatted to internet, you can edit out this crap. It’s not needed. I don’t see WWE hyping up Heat and Velocity with commercials.
Makua Vs. Fred Curry, Jr.
This match was pretty entertaining, I thought. Apparently, it was Makua’s debut. For his debut, he did pretty well. He had a nice power offense that played into him showing off for the crowd and I loved him drawing out the big bumps for the crowd. Curry’s offense was pretty much all dropkicks in this match though. When he first started belting them out in repetition, it made sense though as he was trying to knock the guy down. Towards the end, it just seemed like he was doing it for no reason or to hide his lack of move-set. Curry also had some good punches in the beginning of the match, but when he started doing them more and more, it just kind of fell apart. I’m kind of split on Curry cause he’s got good fan support and charisma, but when he only used about one or two moves not named punch or dropkick, it doesn’t leave much for the imagination. I would like to see more from each guy though and I was still digging the match. Finish came when Curry hit a missile dropkick off the top for the pin.
Winner: Fred Curry, Jr.
Star Wrestler: Makua
For a debuting big guy, he was pretty decent. I really loved him drawing out this big bumps and his face when he finally went down was priceless. I’d really like to see how this guy improves from match to match too. Curry would have gotten this nod, due to his charisma and support as well as the big bumping spot he caused, but he just kept doing the same thing over and over again even when it didn’t have much meaning such as in the finish. Makua may have been a little green in the opening; but once he got going, you could see some definite potential.
A hype-up graphic is then shown for Tony Montana and we go to a promo which is hyping up some kind of championship card they have going. Kind of hard to follow for a first-time viewer.
Commercial break times two equals a bad use of time on a web cast.
Dino Laconte Vs. Tony Montana
This was just bad. It was basically a drawn out squash match. Imagine it like any thirty second to one minute squash match you’ve ever seen except dragged out for three and a half minutes almost. Even more, for the reactions these guys got coming out of the back, the crowd sounded like they passed out during this one. There just weren’t many good things I could say about this match except the finish. While the fact that it finally ended was spirit lifting, I did like Montana’s submission finisher which was a body scissors/chicken wing variation called the Brooklyn Chicken Wing.
Winner: Tony Montana
Star Wrestler: Tony Montana
It’s sad when the only thing that separates you from your opponent in terms of skill is your finishing move. That’s all that can be said right there.
A little hype-up graphic is shown for a guy named Big Guns and we go to a break again.