#Review: PCW Ultra Mutiny – Episode 15

This week’s episode of Mutiny features a very special matchup between Shane Strickland and Darby Allin from a year ago, at PCW ULTRA’s “Possessed” show.  If you are unfamiliar with these two competitors, and their bitter rivalry, definitely check out this episode of Mutiny. Their careers will only become greater. Strickland signed with WWE NXT earlier this year, and Darby Allin is now with All Elite Wrestling.  

Before these two were stars on national television in the two biggest American wrestling leagues, they were feuding with each other in one of the most heated cross-promotion rivalries all over the country. This included MLW on the east coast, and PCW ULTRA and DEFY on the west coast. 

Their rivalry included everything from coffin drops off balconies, the use of thumbtacks, bare knee strikes to the face, and using as much violence at their disposal to try and outperform the other.  Witness war once more between these two historical rivals on this episode of Mutiny as these two Pacific Northwest natives go head to head.

Also included in this episode is Warbeast’s tag team title defense against Impact Hall of Famer Abyss, and Freakshow Wrestling’s Sinn Bodhi.

Also, this episode of Mutiny begins promo highlights of the upcoming show of Wrestle Summit II, at Washington Hall in Seattle, Washington. Match announcements should be announced soon, perhaps starting on next week’s episode of Mutiny.  Wrestle Summit II will be a massive two-day wrestling event and cross-promotion collaboration between PCW ULTRA, DEFY Wrestling, PROGRESS Wrestling, and possibly others.

The first Wrestle Summit was held in March of this year and featured a range of championship matches from various promotions.  This included Mil Muertes defeating Shane Strickland to capture the PCW Ultra Heavyweight Championship.

Photo // PCW ULTRA

PCW Ultra Tag Team Championship
Warbeast (c) vs Abyss & Sinn Bodhi 

Abyss and Sinn Bodhi surprisingly consolidated the upper hand early in the match with some straightforward brawling. Abyss quickly brought in the steel chair and went to work on Josef. But the match quickly turned in Warbeast’s favor as it went outside the ting.  Josef nailed Abyss with a forearm off the ring apron. As Fatu and Sinn went head to head inside the ring, Josef and Abyss brawled throughout the arena and into the merchandise area of the venue. 

Abyss and Josef eventually made their way back to the ring, where a cheese grater was used on Josef’s forehead, drawing blood. Abyss then injected steel straight into Josef’s forehead with a staple gun. Abyss proceeded to pour hundreds, perhaps thousands, of thumbtacks into the ring. As the two fought for control, Abyss caught Josef coming off the turnbuckle and choke slammed him straight onto the thumbtacks.

As Sinn Bodhi was out, Fatu returned to the ring to take on Abyss, while Josef was taking his time recuperating from the pain of the thumbtacks. But Fatu was also caught off guard and took a Blackhole Slam onto some of the thumbtacks.

Sinn Bodhi returned to the ring finally, and Josef gained back his stamina and delivered a low blow to him. Fatu then came off the top rope with a moonsault and pinned Sinn Badh, while Abyss was dazed on the outside. This consolidated the victory for Warbeast by pinfall.
Winners: Warbeast

Photo // PCW ULTRA

Ultralight Championship
Shane Strickland (c) vs. Darby Allin

The match between these two Pacific Northwest natives started with some straightforward lockups, as Darby worked Strickland’s arm.  Darby then requested Strickland to slap him in the face, perhaps to get him amped up. When Strickland hesitated, Darby slapped him in order to provoke him, charging up the heat in this matchup.

When Strickland shot back in anger, Darby blocked his slap attempt and caught him in a shoulder lock on the mat. Strickland escaped to the outside, only to be caught by a suicide dive by Darby, pummeling him into the metal guard rail.

Strickland gained some much-needed control in dodging some offensive moves from Darby and caught him in a hurricanrana. Both competitors hit much of their signature move sets by the mid-match, including Darby’s beautiful springboard arm drag. Darby attempted to go for the coffin drop to the outside, but Strickland kicked him off the ropes and wrenched his arm back using his legs. 

Darby tried to catch Strickland by surprise going for the coffin drop again, but Strickland caught him and attempted to turn it into a JML driver. But Darby rolled all the way forward catching Strickland in a near pinfall.

Darby attempted to nail his finisher, but Strickland pressed Darby up in the air and slammed his knees into Darby’s gut, winding him. Outside the ring, Strickland worked Darby’s back into the guard rail multiple times. Strickland missed a Swerve stomp to the outside and Darby took matters back into the ring consolidating control. Darby hit a springboard moonsault, landing on Strickland’s shoulders, which set Darby up to nail his finisher.

But Strickland fought back delivering a clothesline out of nowhere. Strickland went to the top turnbuckle to nail his swerve stomp, but Darby got up and broke his attempt, hooking Strickland’s legs in the ropes as he hung upside down. Darby removed one of Strickland’s boots, exposing his barefoot. But Strickland grabbed Darby by the throat and launched him off the top turnbuckle.

Swerve finally nailed his Swerve stomp, but his boots missing, the pain clearly hit Strickland just as hard. Allin recovered and nailed Strickland with a Code Red. Then he began stomping on Strickland’s exposed ankle and foot. He then set up Strickland upside down on the metal guard rail on the outside and nailed him with a Coffin Drop off the ring apron. 

As Strickland lay in the middle of the ring, Allin nailed his coffin drop yet again, only from the top rope. But moments later, Strickland caught him off guard with a palm thrust to the face which downed Darby. As the two fought for control, Strickland delivered a kick to Darby’s face. Strickland prepared for the end, removing the soft padding from his knee and smashed it straight into Darby’s cheekbone.

Strickland capitalized on the situation as Darby was dazed and seeing stars, nailing him with the JML driver for the pinfall.
Winner: Shane Strickland

Catch PCW Mutiny next week on their YouTube channel as it is posted every Friday.  And stay tuned for promos, highlights, and updates regarding PCW Ultra’s big role at the Wrestle Summit II event in Seattle.  It will surely make headlines in upcoming episodes of PCW Mutiny.

Micah Shapiro, a native of Seattle, a father, and a husband, holds a Master of Science degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, and is a war and history junkie with a fascination for the dramatization and narration of human conflicts (obviously, pro wrestling fits that spectrum very well). He avidly watches independent pro wrestling as an escape from the daily anxieties of life in general, and his logistics day job. Though a typical hermit, sometimes he'll actually leave his house to go to DEFY's shows. Besides pro wrestling and global conflicts, he enjoys BBQ'ing (his specialty is Turkish Aleppo-pepper chicken kabobs), playing adventure and RPG video games, board games, painting war game miniatures, and reading science fiction, horror and fantasy novels.