PWA Black Label Presents: Wahlberg vs Ugg - Recap and Review - Saturday 23rd March 2019, Max Watts

Even in the line to get into the venue on a wet night in Sydney, there was something special in the air, a buzz, an anticipation for the events that were about to unfold. Everywhere I looked I could see members of a tribe of wrestling fans whom were hungry to see their man successfully challenge and dethrone the current reigning and defending PWA champion on this night. Matty Wahlberg and BABES have taken PWA and its fanbase by storm and this was clear by the custom BABES jerseys and the “King of Pong Style” tees that were everywhere and anywhere in the SOLD OUT Max Watts. A banner reading “Wahlberg Era” complete with Red Solo Cup was hanging over the mezzanine rafters advertised the popular view of the crowd as they roared with any mention of Matty Wahlberg and booed for Caveman Ugg. Weeks of phenomenal content from PWA via the “Matty Wahlberg 21st Century Success Story Series” certainly helped to build this incredible anticipation to the night’s main event and lead more fans into the corner of the Natural Born Athlete with a candid look behind the scenes observing an incredibly confident and driven individual who wears his heart on sleeve. Could Matty Wahlberg with all his technique and skill defeat the freakishly tough and brutally strong Caveman Ugg? Let’s take a look at the results and recap a fantastic evening of professional wrestling once again by the best promotion in Australia, Pro Wrestling Australia 


Quick Results:


Mick Moretti def Marcus Kool

Jax Jordan def Michael Spencer, Adam Hoffman and Tyler Payne

Matt Rogers def Mat Diamond

Steph De Lander def Indi Hartwell

Jessica Troy and Jack J Bonza def Shazza McKenzie and Robbie Eagles

Unsocial Jordan def Ricky South

Tree Hugger Luchi def Big Fudge

PWA Championship Caveman Ugg (c) def Matty Wahlberg to retain the PWA Championship



Mick Moretti def Marcus Kool


The first contest of the night was a thing of beauty when Marcus Kool travelled from NZ over to Sydney to challenge the winner of the colosseum tournament and recipient of the black metal sword, Mick Moretti. Marcus was not here to make friends and was every bit the aggressive Hooligan. There were some fantastic comedic moments in this match as Marcus went for his football boots and was met with black metal and a question of whether he’d like to be circumcised, or when Marcus Kool offered beers and got a Stone Cold Stunner for his trouble, but I have no doubt the Marcus saw this as a massive opportunity to get one over the man who holds the title of “Australia’s best grappler” and vault himself into potential title contention. The Rapscallion however would not be denied and the man who’s wrestling is even better than his fantastic character work picked up the win over the SPW’s best and current SPWNZ Heavyweight champion Marcus Kool. Moretti’s celebrations would be short lived as Jack J Bonza’s music hit and he made his way into the ring to a chorus of boos. The leader of the red nation was not here however to bicker or blue with the Rapscallion however, he was here to point out a problem they have. As while they were battling each other, a force has made it’s way into PWA and has claimed to be the best tag team in Australia, that being “The Mighty Don’t Kneel” or TMDK. The two men stared down the barrel of the camera’s filming the event and laid out the challenge to TMDK. This means war and oh boy, we are in for a treat when this match/series of matches happen/s.


Jax Jordan def Michael Spencer, Adam Hoffman and Tyler Payne


The Black Shirt Cool Group made their debut at the last show with Concrete Davidson teaming up with the Party Boy Jax Jordan to defeat BABES (with a little help from Caveman Ugg). However a bigger test awaited Jax Jordan at this show as he was thrown into the shark tank with three great whites in the head of the beast and leader of the Blue Nation Adam Hoffman, the prince of all wrestling Michael Spencer and Fale Dojo graduate and Nobody, Tyler Payne. All of these men have been involved in multi man matches over the past twelve months and would be well versed in how they can play out without their involvement in the finish. Michael Spencer was every bit a prince in his Dragonball universe inspired Brody attire, complete with amulet and his athleticism and vicious knee strikes were missed at the last show. Hoffman was at his damaging best delivering some devastating power moves including his fan favourite spine buster. Tyler Payne was anything but a nobody, looking like every chance to claim this match himself, however an opportunistic Jax Jordan got the sneaky pitfall victory and his winning streak since joining BSCG continues! The Black Shirt Cool Group has certainly arrived and the defiant rule breakers are looking to change the PWA landscape and so far they are certainly doing that! 


NB- Concrete Davidson’s black shirt cool group entrance is a highlight and did it on this show and the fight for Black Metal show, so check it out.


Matt Rogers def Mat Diamond


When this match was first announced, many of the comments that followed were that it was going to lead to a funeral for Mat Diamond.  This was not the case and whilst it was certainly a display of the brutal and devastating power of full force Matt Rogers, this match also displayed the determination and the heart of Mat Diamond that complements his incredible athleticism. It took far more than Matt Rogers anticipated to defeat Mat Diamond with him looking frustrated at times. Mat Diamond did have his moments of offence, fighting valiantly throughout. But he did fall eventually to Matt Roger’s pump handle bomb. Mat Diamond was still trying to stand after the final bell and this determination appeared to strike a chord with Rogers, who nodded at Diamond as he made his way to the back. Respect from the big man is hard to earn, but it appears Mat Diamond may have done it. 


Following this match we got an announcement for Once Upon a Time at Max Watts, the next show on May 10 for PWA Black Label. Two international talents will be making their way to Max Watts for the next show and they are Session Moth Martina who will probably fit in very well with BABES and the incredibly gifted Millie McKenzie, who may already have her opponent for May 10 (more on that later). 


Steph De Lander def Indi Hartwell


Steph De Lander had her first outing in PWA after shedding her Facebrooke persona taking on a massive challenge in the always impressive Indi Hartwell. Indi did not come to Sydney to lose and her mean streak was on full display with one particular moment seeing her bend Steph around the ring post stretching her in an excruciating manner before yelling “Who needs a Chiropractor?” Steph however survived this mean streak and fought hard delivering her powerful TKO to put Indi Hartwell away and send a big message to the roster. Despite shedding her mask, De Lander is still very much a powerhouse who will cause grief for anyone who comes across her path. 


Jessica Troy and Jack J Bonza def Shazza McKenzie and Robbie Eagles 


These four superstars put on one of the matches of the evening just prior to intermission with all four performing strongly in a match that saw bandanas being desecrated, in addition to high level wrestling. The Shazza McKenzie and Robbie Eagles team performed very well despite taking on a cohesive unit in the Four Nations, looking like taking the match several times, but the Jesstroyer and leader of the Purple Nation submitted the PWWA champion McKenzie with her arm snapping arm bar. It is a huge win for Jessica Troy who cemented herself as the number one contender for the PWWA championship in her last outing so to actually defeat the champion shows just how big a threat she truly is to the 650+ day reign of Shazza McKenzie. Heartcore will not be at the next show as she will be on excursion in the USA, but Jessica Troy has stated that after knocking off this McKenzie she will take out the more talented McKenzie at the next show. Ouch.


Unsocial Jordan def Ricky South - Ricky South must join Social Media Squad (SMS)


Unsocial Jordan and Tyler Payne interrupted a strip Beer Pong match between Matty Wahlberg and a Birthday Girl who was also celebrating a hens I believe. Ricky South stepped in to strip on her behalf and had already stripped off his gown and shirt when Unsocial Jordan’s iconic dial up music hit. We had a match between Unsocial Jordan and Tuff Stuff Ricky South with the internet explorer agreeing to a rematch after his victory at “Fight for Black Metal” on this one condition: If Ricky South loses the match then he must join SMS. If you are a fan of Ricky South this was a frustrating match to watch. Overtime he got any level of ascendancy, the crafty Unsocial Jordan would preoccupy the referee and allow Tyler Payne to deliver damage to South. Payne also saved Jordan from a countout loss, lifting him and placing him under the rope just after a count of 9. Ricky South could not overcome the numbers despite the crowd willing Ricky South on. Tuff Stuff fell to Jordan and was humiliated handed a baby wipe to remove his lipstick and forced to put on an SMS T Shirt. The crowd were stunned by this result. 


Tree Hugger Luchi def Big Fudge


During their commissioner debate live streamed on Twitch on Thursday night, Tree Hugger Luchi and Big Fudge were told by host Frankie B that they would be in action on Saturday night against each other, one on one. Big Fudge once again brought in the garbage bag full of collected garbage, but one piece of “garbage” would prove to play a pivotal role in the match: an egg. There were some great comedic moments in this one and these two men work really well together as the hero and the villain (you could see either man in either role depending on your opinion). The egg tribute to eggboi came into play after a bit of a duel with Fudge throwing rubbish at Luchi while the tree hugger collected it and put it in his own garbage bag. Fudge threatened to smash the egg on Luchi, while Luchi grabbed the egg and threatened to smash it on Fudge. A struggle ensued and the referee took the egg and placed it in the corner. Luchi was able to take advantage of a distracted referee and pinned Fudge for the big win in his campaign to become the new PWA sanitation commissioner. 


MAIN EVENT for the PWA CHAMPIONSHIP: Caveman Ugg (c) def Matty Wahlberg to retain the PWA Championship.


Matty Wahlberg presented the PWA fanbase with the best entrance I have seen live in Australian wrestling. It contained elements of Goldberg, Okada and Apollo Creed (Or Rocky Balboa). 100 dollar Matty Wahlberg bills rained from the sky which said “In Matty We Trust” similar to JBL’s entrance at WM 21, The character in the solo cup outfit was here once again as was BABES teammate Carter Deams. Matty looked confident and ready and the crowd would have elevated that feeling. They were well and truly behind the 21st century success story and Caveman Ugg knew that too. It would have been a very unfamiliar sound that would have echoed around Max Watts for Caveman Ugg who did appear confused by the chorus of boos. What we got was an incredible contest between two of the top performers on the PWA roster, with Wahlberg throwing everything he could at Ugg and Ugg doing the same in return. They battled outside the ring, up onto the stage and we even saw Ugg go through the announce table in a special moment for this show. Carter Deams seemed to question his alliance with Wahlberg but stuck with his man and got ejected helping him. Matty’s MMA techniques really put him in a position to put Ugg away and submit him, but every time he did, Ugg would not quit and would find a way to power out every time.  The fans in attendance were on the edge of their seats, reacting to every slam, every hold, every pinball and submission attempt. But in the end Matty was spent. He had given everything and Ugg found one more move in the form of a top rope crucifix power bomb after two regular ones failed to put Wahlberg away. This time though Matty Wahlberg would not kick out. The crowd was disappointed and booed Caveman Ugg even after his victory, they came to see Matty triumph and he did not, but it was clear that nobody was more disappointed than the natural born athlete who had given it all and came up short. After announcer JT Robinson had asked the fans to put their hands together for Wahlberg, but Wahlberg said he did not want their applause as he did not win: but he said he will; one day. 


PWA Black Label: Wahlberg vs Ugg was another outstanding offering from PWA that once again is a must watch as soon as it is available on PWA Play.  I had a fantastic time watching all the stories play out and as sung in Billy Joel’s Piano Man, “forget about life for a while”. It’s a show that actually inspires me to want to write previews, recaps, reviews and record podcasts. The characters, the stories and the wrestling is all top notch and it can only be geography that has stopped a number of these wonderful talents from being signed. Tickets for their May 10 show are on sale now with the front row sold out already, so get out to the next show because if you are like me, I can’t wait to see what happens next.


NB- Massive shoutout to JT Robinson who has taken the ring announcer role and on has really improved in his two recent efforts.  Diego’s shoes were always going to be incredibly difficult to fill and JT has put in a fantastic effort.


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