NWL STL Episode 16 Review

Right back to the hoss fight well.

Taped on April 23, 2017.

Major Baisden’s PowerPoint Interrupted

Major puts over the St. Louis Blues hockey team and tries to throw to a PowerPoint, but Emmett Dubois comes out and says he paid top dollar to get time on the show, he put money in Major’s pocket, and he put together a match for him, so he deserves a match of his own. Major says the check hasn’t cleared yet and the segment (“The Billion Dollar Boardroom”) sucked. Major says he’ll give him a match, but he’s not getting paid for it.

“The Billion Dollar Brother” Emmett Dubois vs. Jack Foster

Dubois is game, and he’s no small man himself, but he still can’t make a dent in the angry giant. Foster has his way with him for a bit until Dubois goes to the eyes. Even this is only a momentary glimmer of hope for Dubois, as he gets speared before he can do anything else. Clayton Fox runs in to hit Foster with a metal briefcase, but it only earns Fox a boot to the face. The ref calls for the bell.

Winner – Jack Foster by DQ

Rating – OK

Dubois hits Foster in the leg and head with the briefcase to knock him down, but he gets back up, so Dubois high-tails it. Fox gets a chokeslam in his place.

In the Back Parking Lot…

Buddy Shepherd is using his new app to find a buddy that needs help. It’s Adam Ryan, and he says not to tell Jackie, but he’s ready to join the Buddy System. Buddy is ecstatic, but Jackie Lee Bosch nails him from behind. He and Ryan stuff Buddy into the trunk of a car and drive away.

Here’s a video recap of the recent I-70 Series matches, leading us into two in a row.

KC vs. STL Series: Royal Blood (Jet & Jax Royal) vs. The Party Crashers (Spike & Boulder)

Kansas City leads 7-4.

The Party Crashers don’t have the best records in the NWL, either as singles or a tag team, so it’s no surprise that the top team from the Kansas City side proves to be too much for them. The Royals don’t heel it up as much as they have in the past, but they’re still obviously the antagonists. In spite of all their flips, they can’t generate a cheer from the St. Louis crowd, and they still keep the heat segment going at a more methodical pace. Both teams showcase some nice double team offense. As pointed out on commentary, Boulder is deceptively athletic for his size and build, but that’s becoming increasingly more common on the indy scene.

Spike kicks out of an assisted tornado DDT. The Party Crashers seem close to victory after Boulder plants a Royal with a Michinoku driver and Spike goes up top, but the other Royal pulls his brother out. Boulder sends Spike onto the Royals via reverse monkey flip off the apron. Shortly after that, Boulder is taken out with a DDT on the floor. Spike is finished after a tiger driver, a 450 splash, and a shooting star press.

Winners – The Royal Blood (KC 8-4 STL)

Rating – Good

In the Back…

Tommy Flagg tells Marti that he’s on an undefeated streak because he’s smarter than everyone else in the locker room. He insists that she tell Major Baisden (whose name he can’t get right, as is common with the heels here) to give him another opponent so the streak can keep going. At 3-0 in recent singles competition, Flagg seems to have his eye on breaking the legendary 173-0 streak.

KC vs. STL Series: Blaine Meeks vs. “Greatness” Marcellus Gaines w/ Drew Gold

Kansas City leads 8-4.

From one athletic showcase to another. Meeks gets a mixed reaction, but it’s much more positive than the “No one likes you” chant that Gaines gets. I love Blaine, but Gaines is really the star of this match, in my opinion. Despite having a boxer gimmick, the guy is actually quite solid at wrestling technique and high-flying. They’re playing up that he’s actually improving rapidly, pushing that he wasn’t able to do standing moonsaults and springboards a few weeks ago.

After Meeks makes his spirited comeback, Gaines gets a nearfall on him, and Drew Gold gets up to argue with the ref that it should’ve been three. Gaines puts Meeks down with the Southside shiver punch, but the ref and Gold are still squabbling. Gaines comes over to break it up, and Meeks takes the opportunity to school boy him for the flash pin.

Winner – Blaine Meeks (KC 9-4 STL)

Rating – Good

NWL STL Championship: “The Five Star Phenom” Todd Letterman (c) vs. “The Raging Bull” Maverick

Letterman beat Maverick to become the first champion at the last show, so Maverick’s cashing in his rematch clause right away. Maverick has a lot of nicknames. He’s been “The Lone Star,” “The Raging Bull,” and “The Son of Texas.”

This is a back and forth clobber-fest that goes about 19 minutes. Unlike last time, this isn’t no DQ. I’m disappointed by the lack of crowd reaction for much of it, but it does get a little slow in the middle when Maverick works Letterman’s arm. Maybe the fans weren’t expecting to see so much limb work, or maybe they weren’t buying the idea of a title change (until a big nearfall late in the match off a lariat). I liked it all right, but I think seeing Maverick fight back after Letterman worked on top for most of the time would’ve been more dramatically satisfying. Letterman does the leapfrog-dropdown-spinning heel kick series that he displayed against Marcellus Gaines. It’s wildly impressive, but I hope he doesn’t start doing it often, because repetition makes it seem less special. Maverick hits a DVD on the floor. Both guys get close nearfalls near the end, and Maverick finally tries to pay off the arm work with a crossface. But then Cornell Douglass and Castle run in and attack him for the DQ.

Winner – Maverick by DQ (no title change)

Rating – OK

Davey Gibson runs in to help, but the numbers still overwhelm the good guys until Mathew Grundy evens the odds. Referees, orange shirts, and GM Matt Jackson try to break it up, but it takes quite some time to do so. After the heels are ushered out, Gibson takes the mic and makes the challenge for a six-man tag for the next show.

Overall: OK. The two matches in the middle were good, but bookending the show with two DQ’s was an odd choice. Ending such a long, hard-fought main event with a DQ was a downer. Marcellus Gaines was impressive, and Meeks, the Royals, and the Party Crashers are rarely less than solid. This was a useful show for building to the next (which will be delayed because the last live event was cancelled due to weather).

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