1/20/17 PCW “Fantasm” (1-Year Anniversary Show) at the ILWU Memorial Hall, Wilmington
Neither heavy rain, a stiff, cold wind, nor the boo-birds from those that were protesting against the start of the “4-Year National Business Project” for the newly minted President Trump prevented a capacity crowd from filling the ILWU Memorial Hall in Wilmington, right near the Port of Los Angeles. ICYMI, Michael Elgin was unable to make it to the show due to a late notice for an immigration hearing. Joey Ryan was a suitable replacement. Also, it turned out that 1/2 of the Keepers of the Faith, Gabriel Gallo, was M.I.A., so Dom Vitali had to find a substitute.
A very strong card overall. All of the wrestlers on the card helped provide a positive atmosphere in the wave of negativity on Inauguration Night, giving the fans in attendance plenty of positive things to talk about for awhile. In terms of the light heavyweight title picture, it will either be a Triple Threat Match between Mr. 450, Douglas James, & Hammerstone; or a singles match between D.J. & Hammerstone for the title. All of that will depend on the medical condition for Mr. 450 after the injury he suffered at WWE 205 Live. As I mentioned in the live tweets during the show, Khloe showed some strong in-ring abilities. Combine how well she held her ground against Santana Garrett, with her very appealing looks, I think a promotion like Stardom should take a good look at her, and maybe give her a chance to showcase her skills in Japan. We’ll have to wait & see where they go with RVD & Warbeast, but there’s no denying the fact that the heel stable has the in-ring skills to back up their promos, especially when it comes to Jacob Fatu. Finally, I will say this to the fans from the Gold & GA Sections that kept telling the fans in the Platinum Section to sit down after RVD & Willie Mack battled their way back to the ring. There were about 200 Platinum Seats bought for the show. Let it be your motivation to get your Platinum Seats for the next show on 3/24, which further stacks the weekend with some big wrestling shows in So Cal (IIRC, WoW will be at the Belasco Theater on 3/23, & then there’s the AWS Anniversary Show on 3/25).