May 22, 2012 - PCW Wrestling - Detroit, MI

PCW Wrestling
May 22, 2012
Joe Louis Arena – Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 6,421 (32%)

Alfred Pressley and James Westerfield welcome everyone to Detroit, where tonight, the semifinal matches in the Women’s Title tournament will take place. Also tonight, The Kings of Wrestling defend the PCW Tag Team Titles against Jay Lethal and Wade Barrett, in a match where Shane Hagadorn is banned from ringside. And, finally, Justin Gabriel and Eddie Edwards will compete in the final match for the vacant Television Title.

Backstage, Brooke Barlow is with Leva Bates. Bates says that she knows a lot of people don’t know who she is, and are wondering where she came from. She says that the PCW fans will get to know her in due time. She says that last week was amazing, and picking up a victory over a second generation athlete like Tamina gave her the confidence she needs for tonight. She says that Beth Phoenix is one of the toughest women in the business, but Bates believes she can come out on top tonight.

Kelly Kelly vs. Taylor Wilde

Taylor Wilde got off to a good start tonight, using her skills to overmatch the less-tenured Kelly Kelly. Wilde caught Kelly in a headlock, and was able to keep her away from the ropes; but Kelly fought her way out, and was able to release the hold. Kelly came back, hitting a springboard cross body for a two count. The match went outside, where Kelly attempted a suplex, but Taylor pushed her into the ringsteps. Taylor connected with a powerslam to the mat, before rolling Kelly back into the ring. Taylor connected with a fireman’s carry, and a flying dropkick, for two-count. Wilde then hit a handspring elbow, and covered Kelly for the 1-2-3.

Taylor Wilde pinned Kelly Kelly after a handspring elbow in 6:14.
Rating: ½

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Brooke Barlow is backstage with the victorious Taylor Wilde. Brooke asks who Taylor would like to face, next week, in the tournament finale: Beth Phoenix or Leva Bates. Taylor says who her opponent is doesn’t really matter, because her goal is to walk out next week as Women’s Champion.

Beth Phoenix vs. Leva Bates

Leva Bates looked impressive last week against Tamina, but Beth Phoenix came out swinging, aggressively proving the point that she would not go down without a fight. Phoenix took the fight outside, clotheslining Bates over the top rope. Phoenix rammed Bates’s back into the ring apron, before pushing her back into the ring. Phoenix worked over the lower back, but Bates was able to sustain a comeback, getting cheers from the crowd. It was short lived, as Phoenix, once again, attacked the back. Phoenix hit the Glam Slam for the victory.

Beth Phoenix pinned Leva Bates with the Glam Slam in 8:08.
Rating: -3/4*

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, Brooke Barlow asks Shane Hagadorn how Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli will coexist at ringside with him being banned from the match. Hagadorn says that Hero and Castagnoli are the “kings of wrestling” for a reason. They’re professionals. And champions above all else. Hagadorn says they will know exactly what to do.

A vignette is shown, of Justin Gabriel saying he is prepared to become a three-time Television Champion, tonight.

PCW Tag Team Title Match
Jay Lethal & Wade Barrett vs. © Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli

The anticipation was rising inside the arena, as Lethal and Barrett made their way to the ring. Something was noticeably different as the champions were introduced, the absence of Shane Hagadorn clearly having an impact on the cohesiveness of Hero and Castagnoli. Lethal and Barrett, without the threat of outside interference or disqualification, were able to focus on getting back the Tag Team Titles. They were locked on their goal, and throughout the match, it was clear that nothing was going to stop them. And, despite their differences, Hero and Castagnoli worked well, showing the fans that their duty as champions could come before any personal differences… or, so they’d have you believe. With Hero in the ring, he reached out to tag Castagnoli, only to watch as he dropped off the apron and started walking down the aisle. Hero slid out of the ring and grabbed Castagnoli. The two of them shared words, before Castagnoli pushed Hero. Hero pushed back, and got rocked by a right hand! Castagnoli whipped Hero into the guardrail, and connected with a vicious European uppercut. Castagnoli rolled Hero into the ring, before the count of 10, as Barrett stood, startled, in the corner. As Hero got to his feet, Barrett connected with the Wasteland for the 1-2-3.

After the match, the camera showed Castagnoli, smiling in the middle of the aisle, as Barrett and Lethal were awarded the Tag Team Titles.

[PCW Tag Team Title Match]:
Jay Lethal & Wade Barrett defeated The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli) when Barrett pinned Hero with the Wasteland in 7:52.
Rating: *** ¾
(Jay Lethal & Wade Barrett won the PCW Tag Team Titles.)

Commercial Break

Returning from the break, a vignette is shown, of Eddie Edwards discussing his many chances at the Television Title. Tonight, he gets one last shot.

Backstage, the cameras catch Shane Hagadorn and Claudio Castagnoli exiting the arena, and getting into a parked car. The car pulls away.

PCW Television Title Match
Justin Gabriel vs. Eddie Edwards

The Television Title sat atop a pedestal, just off to the side of the announce table, as the match began. Both men had been in this position before – fighting for the chance to call himself “champion”. However, Gabriel had tasted victory in the past, whereas Edwards always wound up drawing the short end of the stick. Edwards came out, determined to change his fate, and looked very impressive, catching Gabriel’s Asai moonsault attempt and hitting a Tombstone for a two-count. The mishap took Gabriel off his game at the beginning of the match, but as a former champion, he knew he needed to pull himself up and fight back. Gabriel turned the tide, taking control of the match, after inflicting damage outside the ring. Gabriel was successful with his second Asai moonsault attempt, as it led to him hitting a 450 Splash from the top rope for the 1-2-3.

After the match, PCW Commissioner Rex Butler awarded the now three-time Television Champion his title belt. Gabriel celebrated his victory as the show went off the air.

[Match for Vacant PCW Television Title]:
Justin Gabriel pinned Eddie Edwards with the 450 Splash in 11:35.
(Justin Gabriel won the PCW Television Title.)

Card rating: ***

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