The first ever time I get to watch IWW Whiplash TV, or IWW for that fact, opens up with an interesting video package. I am so amazed lately at how impressive some Indy video packages have been. No offense, but a lot of ROH’s packages are complete crap, but this one and other ones like NECW are just damn impressive. After the video, Eamon D’Arcy runs down the card and I haven’t heard a damn thing about any of these wrestlers. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either; it’s good to try new things, especially in wrestling. Hell, if I stuck with what I knew, I would never have discovered some of my favorites like Jushin Liger and American Dragon.
Forbes Kelly Vs. George McFly
George McFly? Isn’t that the name of the dad from Back To The Future? Well, this is Ireland and I doubt those movies are as big over there as they are here, but still. It’s going to be funny reviewing a match with Michael J. Fox’s dad in it. Oh dear God was this match horrible; botched moves, delayed selling, exposing spots, horrible mannerisms, and an offense that would make even John Cena look like a star by comparison. This is definitely not what I want to see on the first match of a new promotion for me. The crowd didn’t even care about this match either and it was a relatively hot crowd for the entrance of McFly. I have seen wrestling students training in the ring and that is exactly what this match looked like: students training in the ring. Even more, I have to wonder where the commentary is during this match. They started off the show with some guy named Eamon hyping up the card, but then he’s nowhere to be heard during the match. Let me tell you something right here; even bad commentary is better than no commentary at all. This was probably one of the worst matches I’ve watched all year and that is really saying something as I have seen some stinkers from WWE, TNA, and MECW this year. I hope this is not what passes as normal wrestling IWW. This kind of a match is the perfect example of why scripting a match spot by spot hurts it in quality. Things come off as sloppy and everything just looks painfully phony. After ten minutes of mind-numbing action that would give the TNA main event a run for its money, the match ends with a top rope press slam that gives McFly the win.
Winner: George McFly
Star Wrestler: Neither
The day I give someone a star wrestler nod for no-selling, botching moves, exposing the business, and wrestling like you should be paying me to watch is the day I stop watching wrestling.
After that crap, I’m actually laughing my ass off as to the little video package they have hyping up a “Special Report” segment with Eamon D’Arcy. It had SNL style music with pretty much the same kind of shots being taken. It was just hilarious and was a great attempt at comedy which was really well needed after that last match. Eamon basically puts over IWW and talks about the main event which is Sheamus O’Shaunessy going against Jay Phoenix for a shot at the IWW championship. They then show us the end of a triple threat match, with commentary, which had Phoenix and some other guys I didn’t know. This kind of action looked a little better than the first match so hopefully IWW will not be as bad as it looked at first. It looks like Fergal Devitt is in this match. Jesus Christ, I am seeing this guy all across the world. I saw him in NWA-VA on the 22nd and he was apparently at the NEWC IRON 8 card on the 15th. This guy is getting around and let me tell you, the guy is damn impressive. Anyway, after the end of the match is shown, Eamon talks about McFly’s win and calls him one of the biggest stars in IWW. Ok, that’s not something you should be proud of, kayfabe or not. He then talks about McFly’s former partner and next week’s show. We then see some highlights from a tag team match with the two guys from earlier and two new guys. This doesn’t look as bad as the earlier match too, so I’m going to just chalk that up as that first match being a fluke piss-poor match. They totally killed the hot tag in the match though, but that’s not that bad of a thing considering it is so overdone. Eamon then goes over the main event for next week’s card and we got right back to the action. Definitely a buzz kill segment from that hilarious opener package. They need to do more than just running down the matches and showing the ends of matches. Have a star on for an interview and have Eamon emote a bit more than his monotonous voice allows; that would make it a lot better.