EPW COLLISION COURSE
May 12th, 2018
EPW returned to its spiritual home at Bodyslam Central to present COLLISION COURSE. After our EPW superstars took it to the very best of PROGRESS Wrestling, it was time for the roster to focus in and set course towards EVOLUTION.
4-WAY MATCH FOR THE NO.1 CONTENDERSHIP TO THE EPW COASTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
AZ Vegara vs Jay Taylor vs Jonathon Wimbledon vs Jordan Bishop
Collision Course kicked off looking to determine the next challenge for EPW Coastal Champion, Scotty Ryan. These four men put their best foot forward to earn this opportunity. Unfortunately, for Jordan Bishop, his best foot missed the entrance ramp as he took a tumble before the match even started.
However, once the action kicked off, Bishop bought the fight as he flew around the ring very seriously contending to take the victory. Not to be outdone, Wimbledon took to the sky and came crashing down on the outside, taking out his competitors. With an opportunity to vie for the Coastal Championship up for grabs, strange but familiar alliances were formed as Vegara and Taylor consolidated their effort to team up on their opponents. The alliance was short-lived as the desire for gold got the better of these former partners.
Bishop built momentum towards the end, but the wily AZ Vegara cut him short and came away with the 1-2-3, as well as the future championship opportunity against Scotty Ryan.
Winner (and No.1 Contender for the EPW Coastal Championship): AZ Vegara
THE TAYLOR KING CHALLENGE
After weeks of confusing us all with Pentagons and delicious Varsity Burgers, it was finally time for The Taylor King Challenge. The Child Star came out with Task Force in tow to lay it all out. Prior to the commencement of the challenge, Taylor King asked the audience to be upstanding for the American national anthem. There may have been some crossed wires with King because instead of a “Star-Spangled Banner”, fans were met with Miley Cyrus’ “Party in the USA”. Guess the Production Team never got the memo.
Thankfully, Gorgeous Garry came out to stop the madness. Eager to get his hands on King, The Gorgeous One accepted The Taylor King Challenge. The first side to conquering the Taylor King Pentagon was for Gorgeous Garry to take on King crony, Jack Edwards.
Gorgeous Garry vs Jack Edwards
Gorgeous Garry’s return to the EPW ring started with Jack Edwards, in Edwards’ one-on-one debut. Edwards showed a lot of potential and caught Garry on the hop. Edwards could have capitalised on his hard work and Garry regaining his sea legs if it weren’t for his constant cries for attention from his boss. Gorgeous Garry shook off the challenge from Edwards, dropping him for the pinfall and the return victory.
Winner: Gorgeous Garry
After knocking off a game Edwards, Gorgeous Garry turned his attention to Taylor King. Unfortunately for Gorgeous, King’s responded by sicking Tipene onto Garry.
Gorgeous Garry vs Tipene
Taking advantage of a sneak attack from behind, Tipene worked over The Gorgeous One. Tipene powered Garry around the ring in yet another impressive showing from the bodyguard of The TK Task Force. Gorgeous Garry showed that he has not lost any fight and tenacity during his time away, and fought off Tipene, along with all the distractions. At the end of the match, Tipene held Garry as Taylor King wound up with his loaded Vape Kit. The Gorgeous One sidestepped the unwanted advance as King struck Tipene. Gorgeous Garry capitalised and picked up the victory via pinfall.
Winner: Gorgeous Garry
Presumably like a Double Dragon video game, Gorgeous Garry had worked his way up to the boss and had his sights firmly set on Taylor King. But once again, King had other plans and declared that The Taylor King Challenge was complete; avoiding Gorgeous Garry once again.
The Child Star won’t be so lucky at EVOLUTION, as it was announced during the show that the match has been officially signed: There will be no avoiding the fight anymore as it will be Gorgeous Garry vs Taylor King on June 16 at Bodyslam Central.
The Headhunters (Dan Steel, Jarrad Slate and Twitch) vs The Street Gang Hooligans (Alex Kingston and Logan Grey) and Kiel Steria
Both teams had a point to prove in the six-person tag action. The Street Gang Hooligans pushed Julian Ward and PROGRESS World Champion Travis Banks at our last show but ultimately came out with an “L” in EPW’s sports almanack. On the flipside, The Headhunters have been on a tear since the addition of Jarrad Slate. So much so that Dan Steel took to lambasting Mean Dean Olsen while on commentary to demand that the Board of Directors take notice.
This was a competitive match with The Headhunters taking control and isolating their opponents from their partners. A particularly scary moment saw Logan Grey dropped onto the ring apron whilst Steria looked to curry favour from the drinking section to will him on. Once Grey was able to bring his partners into the match it became a Somersault Party as Grey, Kingston and Steria took turns somersaulting onto to Steel and Slate. It wasn’t enough though as The Headhunters continued to build their momentum as a trio and picked up the victory to further push their case to EPW management.
Winners: The Headhunters (Dan Steel, Jarrad Slate and Twitch)
‘The Godfather’ Davis Storm vs Gavin McGavin
What started as a war of words escalated into a battle of respect. In addition to respect, the stakes were high; If Davis Storm won, McGavin would not be able to receive a championship opportunity until 2020, whereas if McGavin was able to make Storm submit, Storm would retire. Whether you have loved or hated Storm throughout the journey, the key motivator for Storm has always been respect.
The match started with some counter wrestling where Storm would extend the hand for a handshake only to be shooed away disrespectfully by McGavin. Credit where credit is due – McGavin took the fight to Storm. When it looked like McGavin may gain an ascendancy, Storm would cut that short which frustrated the ‘Real Wrestler’. Not content with a pinfall victory, Gavin wanted to make a statement and end the career of Storm by making him submit. He came close with a Figure Four before Storm opened up and made a Minced Meat factory of his chest with some brutal chops. When Storm fought back and hit the Eye of the Storm, it looked like it would be the end of McGavin’s championship goals, but a two count said otherwise.
Getting desperate, McGavin reached out for his coveted Wrestler of the Year Award. Whilst he didn’t connect with the plaque, what was shaping up to be a classic match was soured when McGavin stole a pinfall whilst using the ropes for leverage. Obviously, the ego of ending the career of Storm was trumped by the desperation in keeping his championship dreams alive.
Winner: Gavin McGavin
After the match, McGavin taunted the crowd and boasted about his victory. Whilst Storm has kept his career intact, he did appear to be forlorn after another loss.
What is next for “The Godfather” Davis Storm?
EPW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
Champions Generation Zero (Hayden Zenith and Allyson Cruz) vs The Choc Blockers (Shazza McKenzie and Big Fudge)
EPW’s first ever intergender Tag Team Champions faced a stern test in the form of interstate team, PWA’s The Choc Blockers. Shazza McKenzie came to Bodyslam Central full of tact and experience from her time abroad, and Big Fudge, well, his unorthodox offence is hard to strategise for.
Zenith and Fudge started things off with a strange combination. It was a mix of very polite trash talk and anatomy grabbing. It takes all types… When the action got going, the unpredictable Big Fudge caused some trouble for the champs. Shazza McKenzie was tagged in and could have pressed the advantage with some double-team offence if only Fudge could tell the difference between suplexing a referee and suplexing Hayden Zenith. Allyson Cruz came into save the day once The Choc Blockers finally got on the same page.
Cruz took it to both McKenzie and Big Fudge, giving Zenith time to recuperate and for Generation Zero to take down the challengers with duelling finishers and a duelling three count.
Winners: And Still EPW Tag Team Champions Generation Zero (Hayden Zenith and Allyson Cruz)
Julian Ward vs Tyler Jacobs
Tyler Jacobs is a decorated veteran of EPW, which makes him a real litmus test for where your standing lies. Julian Ward was looking to build his EPW resume with a victory over Jacobs. Jacobs came out brandishing his good book and looking to enlighten the crowd with its content. Before Jacobs could pontificate, the music of Ward prematurely bought that idea to a halt.
The interruption served as a red flag to a bull as Jacobs came out early looking to make Ward pay. Ward more than held his own and displayed the fight and ability that has seen him win over the fans of EPW.
After taking a break to seek comfort from his book, Jacobs became incensed as Ward stole the book and Mean Dean Olsen’s glasses to play a little game of Keeping’s Off. Jacobs was visibly flustered and never seemed to recover as Julian Ward picked up a pinfall victory to keep the roll going.
Winner: Julian Ward
Whilst he was happy with the victory and that his self-proclaimed beautiful face came out unscathed, there was something still niggling at Ward; his unfinished business with Gavin McGavin. Ward challenged McGavin, and it quickly seemed the Real Wrestler was interested when his music began to play.
Given that McGavin likes to ruin everything, this was just a ruse as he attacked Ward from behind and drilled him with a disgusting chair shot to the head. Sitting atop the chair which held Ward down, McGavin had great pleasure in responding to Ward’s challenge… with a resounding “No”.
Generation Zero (EPW Champion ‘The Don’ Michael Morleone and EPW Coastal Champion ‘The Big Rig’ Scotty Ryan) vs The Untouchables (Damian Slater and Marcius Pitt)
Before they had even made it to the ring, both teams upped the ante by adding stipulations to the outcome of this match. If The Untouchables were to win, they would receive an EPW Tag Team Championship opportunity at EVOLUTION against Allyson Cruz and Hayden Zenith. If Generation Zero were to win, Chris Vice must come back and cash in his No.1 Contendership to challenge ‘The Don’ at EVOLUTION.
The crowd attempted to get under the skin of The Untouchables, which seemed to work in the beginning. Gen Zero started strong, illustrating why Morleone and Ryan are the current champions. Whilst Generation Zero are stablemates, The Untouchables are strong contenders and demonstrated their current continuity by taking the advantage. Coming off a huge victory against Moustache Mountain at PROGRESS X EPW, The Untouchables kept Scotty Ryan away from his partner.
Ryan showed resilience and made it to Morleone, who was tagged in and able to take on The Untouchables two at a time. The action picked up at a frenetic pace as they fought tooth and nail to grab the victory. By the end of the match, ‘The Don’ seemingly had Pitt beat in the middle of the ring, only to be thwarted by the returning Amber!!!
Amber channelled her inner Latino Heat by faking being hit with a steel chair behind the referee’s back. With the referee distracted, The Untouchables attacked from behind and levelled ‘The Don’ long enough to secure the pinfall and the EPW Tag Team Championship opportunity at EVOLUTION.
Winners: And No.1 Contenders for the EPW Tag Team Championships The Untouchables (Damian Slater and Marcius Pitt
As COLLISION COURSE concluded, The Untouchables celebrated with their focus shifting to their EPW Tag Team Championship match. For ‘The Big Rig’ Scotty Ryan, a determined AZ Vegara awaits with his shot at the EPW Coastal Championship. As for the EPW Champion Michael Morleone, the question still remains as to when Chris Vice will step up to the plate and meet ‘The Don’ again face-to-face.
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