Call to Arms

Pro Wrestling Australia (PWA) - Call To Arms 2018 Review

Dan Wilson

The night celebrating the 11th anniversary of PWA kicks off with Diego coming to the ring with a huge pop and chants of “DI EH GO!” The man has a great following and it’s easy to see why if you attend an event. Diego has great charisma and comic timing and is a strong hype man. He gives us a rundown of what we have to expect this evening and makes sure we are all ready to rock before our first contest.

Mikey Broderick b Matt Diamond

Mikey Broderick drawing the ire of the crowd early, asking Diego to announce him as a “PWA Original” and taunting the crowd whenever he has the upper hand in the match commanding they “Cheer for Mikey”. Between the swift, agile Matt Diamond and the solid heel work from Mikey Broderick, we had a great way to kick off the card, that got the crowd into the event. Broderick gets a win over Matt Diamond which gives him a bounce back from the loss at the previous event (Sold our Souls for Rock and Robbie) in a fatal four way, which Matt Diamond won.

Conco and the Fudge b Luchikai

This match was built up so well, just with Fudge and Tree Hugger Luchi. Luchi interfered in Fudge’s contest with Unsocial Jordan last show, due to him littering the ring with garbage. There were some great videos done by the two men in the lead up which are on PWAs Facebook page. Prior to the commencement of the show, Luchi and Kai were demanding purchase of their organic GMO free Celery, whilst Fudge, mingling with the fans was selling his swole bars. Fudge and Luchi had a fun exchange, with Luchi being chased to the back. Luchi and Kai came to the ring in Cow Onsies and their celery, with Luchi carrying a protest sign reading “not your mother, not your milk.” This match was the most fun on the card, with Conco and the Fudge’s chemistry on full display, the pop for the use of garbage and a dick flip-butt punch combo for the win. This was my first look at Luchikai in action and I certainly enjoyed their performance as well. Conco and the Fudge were gesturing the belt around their waists, so expect a tag run from this fun team.

We then got a sweep of the ring by the ring crew, which was quickly undone by Bel Pierce’s entrance which involves the contagion known as glitter. Diego’s face after the glitter hit the canvas was priceless.

Jessica Troy b Bel Pierce

We got a good contest here with Jessica Troy and Bel Pierce going one on one following then being on the opposite sides of a Tag team bout at the last show. This was a back and forth clash which saw the use of more glitter, which became part of other wrestlers attire for the remainder of the show. Despite a strong showing from Bel Pierce, a phenomenal counter into Jessica’s devastating armbar saw Bel submit and Jessica Troy show why she is one of Australia’s top competitors.

Unsocial Jordan b Jax Jordan w/Matty Wahlberg, Adam Hoffman and Michael Spencer

This was a superb contest with a huge amount of talent on display. Matty Wahlberg was “coaching” Jax Jordan as a part of the Babes Audition process and ultimately it would be Jax’s undoing as he copped a face full of Wahlberg’s drank allowing Unsocial Jordan to take advantage of a distracted referee and nail Jax with his camera stand for a big win. Hoffman, Spencer, Jordan and Jax put on a great contest which involved plenty of outside spots, high flying, unique offence and my favourite thing; shenanigans. Wahlberg was upset after the match being heavily critical of Jax and copping a shove for his trouble. Might be a while before Jax can win Matty Wahlberg over I think.

Bea Priestley (c) b Ricky South to retain the Defiant Women’s Championship and the heart of Wil Ospreay.

This was another entertaining contest. Where Ricky South said he wasn’t leaving empty handed tonight, so he’s either taking the belt or her man. Which got a big pop from the crowd. Bea basically replied “Fuck it, let’s put them both on the line”. Ricky was clearly getting the early edge in the match taking Bea to the limits, but as good champions do, Bea found a way to win despite taking Ricky’s best. I haven’t seen a lot of inter gender wrestling myself, but I can certainly see why it’s gaining more and more popularity. I’m certainly going to check more out after that match.

Jack Bonza (c) and Mick Moretti (c) w Adam Hoffman b The Velocities (Jude The Dude London and Paris Da Silva) - And still PWA Tag Team Champions

I could watch these two tag teams wrestle each other every show and not get sick of it. An incredible performance from all concerned. The Four Nations are almighty and Awesome with Jack Bonza and Mick Moretti so experienced and technically sound. Mick and Jack's chemistry and interactions with the crowd are golden. The Velocities are ferociously fast and raw. They are on the rise in a big way and deserve the praise and recognition they get. Paris Da Silva gets a lot of love and it's easy to see why when he hits a shooting star press into a DDT on Jack Bonza! The crowd leaps into the air! The cover, 1. 2. Ohhh. Adam Hoffman had the moment of the match when he spoiled a cover which would have seen the Velocities get the win and the belts. Hoffman was sent to the back and the match continues, but the opportunity was gone and the Nations stood tall in the end using their experience to capitalise on a strange situation.

We then had intermission where Matty Wahlberg returned to play Beer Pong against a member of the audience (determined by raffle). Matty won and cut a Conor McGregor inspired “apology” promo, sharing his disdain for not being on the card, despite him being advertised on the posters as he is the best looking person in PWA. He essentially told everybody to get f@$!ed (it is a black label over 18s show after all)

Madison Eagles b Shazza McKenzie in a non title contest for qualification into Pro Wrestling Eve’s She-1

Every time these two Stars wrestle, it’s a solid contest and this was no difference. Despite being the heel, Eagles had plenty of crowd support. Eagles ended up submitting McKenzie to qualify for Eve’s She-1 and I hope she wins the whole thing. Her presence in a wrestling ring is so powerful so I always enjoy watching her wrestle. Shazza is super talented as well, bringing plenty of charisma with her skill set and she certainly would have gone deep in the She-1 as well, but this was not her night. I love watching these two wrestle each other and hope they do it for the belt soon!

After the match Michael Spencer stormed the ring and attacked Eagles, mocking her Curtsy bow and possibly not appreciating the fact that she is billed as the “Master of Wrestling” whilst he is the “Prince of All Wrestling”. Watch this space!

Robbie Eagles b Will Ospreay

What a match. I have never seen a better match live and I don’t know that I ever will. This match had everything you would expect and more. It was a wild ride with twists and turns, with Ospreay showing that he can sell very very well. The psychology on display in the match was next level and Robbie showed that he was willing to show no mercy to get the monkey off his back that was the Ospreay loss from last years show. If I had a rating system I would give this match maximum points and I encourage you to check it out on PWAs streaming service once it is available. Both these men are stars and this match would not have been out of place on NJPW major event show. Speaking of which, after the victory Robbie went to shake Ospreay’s hand and was given the Japan Flag on Ospreay’s tights, suggesting he had earned the right to go there. Robbie cut a great promo thanking everyone involved in making PWA what it is (including the fans) and said Mick Moretti may have started the “You’re gonna notice us” but if they haven’t noticed us now, then f$&- Em!

Caveman Ugg b Jonah Rock (c) inside a steel cage - And New PWA Heavyweight Champion

This was a battle of monsters and the best place to decide that was inside a steel cage. This was a brutal slobber knocker which saw Caveman Ugg busted open. Foot Stomps, cage slams and scrapings, Clubbing blows, stiff chops and powerful slams filled this match and it needed someone to take it by the scruff of the neck and that man was caveman ugg, who hit a moonsault off the top of the cage to defeat Rock and become the new PWA heavyweight champion.

The night was almost over but there was one announcement to come. Next event October 20 would be Call to Arms Coliseum which will be a tournament open to wrestler across the country to determine the best wrestler in Australia! Cant wait!

It was a fantastic night of wrestling and shows that PWA is the top promotion in NSW and one of the top organisations in Australia. In their 11 years they have gone from strength to strength and I cannot wait to see what they have in store next.

Check out the show once it is available on PWA’s pivotshare and while you’re there, check out the Sold Our Souls for Rock and Robbie event from June which was another top event.