Wrestling Review: AAW/FCP/PWR Pancakes and Piledrivers (2018)

All American Wrestling (AAW), Fight Club: Pro (FCP) and ProWrestling Revolver (PWR) team up on the biggest weekend of wrestling to present Pancakes and Piledrivers 2. A triple threat tag team ladder match headlines the show as The team of The Besties In The World (Davey Vega and Mat Fitchett) defend both their AAW and PWR Tag Team Titles against the teams of The Rascalz (formerly known as Scarlet & Graves, Dezmond Xavier and Zachary Wentz) and Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis). The AAW Heavyweight Championship wil be defended, as champion ACH gets in the ring with Trevor Lee, and either the FCP or AAW Women’s Championships will be decided in a triple threat between Meiko Satomura (FCP Women’s Champion), Jessicka Havok (AAW Women’s Champion) and Kimber Lee. Sami Callihan and the Crist brothers, collectively known as oVe are in action, alongside competitors such as Joey Ryan, Juice Robinson and Jeff Cobb. The whole early-morning show is MCd by Matt Striker.

+ The Besties In The World (Davey Vega & Mat Fitchett) (c) vs Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis) vs The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (Ladder Match for PWR and AAW Tag Team Championships): this was wild, and damn it I am glad the show at least ended on a high. Xavier is really good and Aussie Open are a great team, so the action here was fast and hardcore, with some surprisingly subtle comedy (not overdone like the earlier tag). This did have a really strange aftermath, however, but I’ll put that down to me missing something in the build up
+ oVe (Sami Callihan, Jake & Dave Crist) vs AR Fox, Brian Cage & Joey Janela (w/ Penelope Ford): this was probably the best match on the show, but it still felt far too short, and lacked much of the flair that the oVe team are known for. I can admit, I did enjoy the ending to the match
+ Shane Strickland vs Jeff Cobb: as an opener, this was fine, between the two Lucha Underground alumni. Strickland can fly, but Cobb has such incredible power it is hard not to be impressed every time. This was fine, if a little bit short

Jack Evans & Teddy Hart vs The Lucha Bros (Rey Fenix & Penta El Zero M): I was really disappointed with this match. There was a good chance this could have been a great match for the whole weekend, but this was so sloppy and apparently called on the fly that all I could focus on was the awkward pauses between moves. Teddy Hart seemed to almost refuse to fall over at any point, which means the Lucha Bros had to lead almost the whole match; three of the four guys in this match were good to great, but the four guy ruined it for everyone
PWR Scramble Championship: I only recognized one of the competitors here, and didn’t enjoy this. The almost unbelievably big Acey Baby was a highlight, but one good showing uot of the 10 (I think?) in the match is a bad ratio, no matter you’re scoring
– ACH (c) vs Trevor Lee (AAW Championship): this wasn’t a match. This was stupid, and a waste of time
Meiko Satomura (c) vs Kimber Lee vs Jessicka Havok (Fight Club: Pro Championship): I do like all three of these women, Havok in particular, but this was another match that was not very good. This felt far too short to be important, and it just wasn’t enough time for anyone to look good coming out of it
Eddie Kingston vs Juice Robinson: simply put, this was really bad, with little to no crowd involvement and little to no excitement from the wrestlers. They both got out of there almost immediately after the match, so I imagine they knew it wasn’t great
Joey Ryan & Session Moth Martina vs Colt Cabana & Marty DeRosa: Joey Ryan is gross in a good way, Martina is gross in a bad way, and Colt is Colt – I could take him or leave him. There was lots of comedy, and while DeRosa does deserve some credit for actually going through with his first ever wrestling match, this was not good

> the commentators made note that the building did not allow them to serve pancakes, and all piledrivers were (supposedly) banned form all indie shows over the weekend, so really this show was doomed from the start

Should you watch this event: It is almost hard to believe, after all the wrestling I’ve watched so far over these last week, that this show was best described as “too short”. Nine matches over 2ish hours meant that for every good, long(er) match listed above, another had to be short(er), and frankly I think at least two matches – Juice/Kingston, ACH/Lee – should have just been left off entirely.


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