EPW CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
‘The Don’ Michael Morleone vs ‘Cash Money’ Carlo Cannon
WHY THE DON WILL WIN: The Don is in the middle of a historic championship run. In the beginning, his reign as champ was looking relatively ho-hum thanks to Chris Vice doing the usual Chris Vice things. When you have a number one contender who isn’t interested in taking his shot… it has a flow-on effect. Particularly, killing any momentum gained from the champ’s huge win at ReAwakening. From that initial set back, The Don has bounced back in a HUGE way. He’s defeated AZ Vegara, Marcius Pitt, and of course, the infamous Jimmy FN Havoc in an epic battle which saw thumbtacks and even glass light tubes used as weapons. He had a loss in a tag team match but backed it up by getting the win only two weeks later. The Don has been challenged time and time again and has stepped up to the plate to bring the fight every single time. If he brings the same fire to this match like he has every other match this year, he will retain his EPW Championship.
WHY CARLO WILL WIN: First of all, this is clearly not the same Carlo Cannon we have seen in Perth in the past. There is a noticeable darkness in his eyes, making him unrecognisable to the arrogant yet loveable former Cannon. I highly doubt this guy is here to muck around. If Carlo has truly added a genuine mean streak to his game, he will absolutely push The Don all the way in this one. Cannon is one of the most respected wrestlers in the Australian wrestling scene, and his school over east is legendary. Carlo has a huge chance to shock Morleone if he truly brings his best this Saturday. It’s always tough to prepare for an interstate opponent, but Carlo has known this has been coming longer than The Don. It’s because of this edge I believe Carlo can defeat Morleone and become the new EPW Champion.
ODDS: Don $1.75 / Carlo $1.95
PREDICTION: Carlo Cannon’s transformation alone makes this extremely hard to predict. Throw in The Don’s rapid growth as a Champion over the last two months and all of a sudden this becomes impossible to pick. Exactly how mean has Carlo become? Exactly how good is The Don? I think the sky’s the limit on both questions, but I’m going to tip the home crowd advantage will bring Morleone home with a wet sail when things get tough late in the game. Expect a back-and-forth encounter where nobody really ever gets the upper hand, but eventually, the EPW Champion will retain.
RESULT: The Don to pin Carlo in 20 minutes and continue his historic EPW Championship run.
Photos thanks to Pix Photography.