EPW COASTAL CHAMPIONSHIP
‘The Big Rig’ Scotty Ryan vs AZ Vegara
WHY SCOTTY WILL WIN: Scotty Ryan is fantastic and he has scored some huge wins this year, however, there hasn’t really been any real fire to anything he’s done. Scotto was at his best last year when he had someone as infuriating as Gavin to push back against. I think Scotty Ryan is a better wrestler than AZ so I would back him in to win a fair fight, but the thing is, not all fights ARE fair. I’m not convinced Ryan has the same blind rage to push through like he did in 2017. Unless he finds that 5th gear again, I think he is in danger of losing the belt. That being said, if he DOES manage to find his 5th gear, AZ will have no chance of being able to go through him.
WHY AZ WILL WIN: AZ Vegara is an underrated super talent in EPW. He has been a staple of the upper card for years, waiting for his time to strike. I get the feeling that his time may have finally arrived. Scotty Ryan is primed for a loss at the moment and I think AZ is ready, willing and able to do whatever it takes to get the win here. Expect him to overwhelm Scotto with under-handed tactics and catch him off guard. If he can keep The Big Rig grounded and hurt him early, we will have a new EPW Coastal Champion.
ODDS: Scotty Ryan $1.70 / AZ Vegara $1.90
PREDICTION: I think Scotto’s run is in serious trouble. AZ appears to be hungrier and I think it’s going to be enough to carry him over the line. The Coastal Champ has a huge win over Damian Slater under his belt, but aside from that, he hasn’t really set the world on fire so far this year. AZ Vegera is what Scotty Ryan was in 2017. He is sick of being overlooked and hungry for success. This drive is what will propel him to victory and we will have our 3rd ever owner of the EPW Coastal Championship belt.
RESULT: AZ Vegara to win by pinfall in 12 minutes
Photos thanks to Pix Photography.