By: Mitchell Frantz
Well, he technically did not beat Hart, but he insured that he would leave as PPW Heavyweight Champion by causing a disqualification. While on the topic, his momentous championship win was a bit tainted, as Clutch’s friend and former tag team partner Johnny Moran grabbed A Double’s legs when Aries tried kicking out, allowing Clutch to win his first PPW Heavyweight Championship.
While he is certainly doing whatever it takes to become and stay champion, he will not be able to take any shortcuts this Saturday night when he defends his gold in a 6-person scramble. The other 5 men are “The Skyreaper” KC Navarro, “The Neon Ninja” Facade, “The Man you can Trust” Evander James, “The Prince of Camden” Desean Pratt and “The Billionaire Playboy” Charles Mason. Let’s break down the chances for each of Clutch’s competitors below.
“The Skyreaper” has recently returned from injury, and has picked up right where he left off, earning a huge victory over against one of his opponents this Saturday night, Charles Mason, in his first match back. Now, with no signs of ring rust, the Miami native gets to go after a championship he has set his sights on from the moment he arrived in Hazleton.
“The Neon Ninja” has wowed crowds with his aerial maneuvers and breathtaking offense, but has yet to capture the elusive PPW Heavyweight Championship despite numerous attempts at it. Perhaps Turning Point is his last opportunity at the gold. With the odds stacked against him, the Pittsburgh native will have to empty his bag of tricks to try and take home the gold.
Evander lost thePPW Heavyweight Championship to Austin Aries via submission. The only thing is, Evander never submitted; he instead passed out in the middle of the ring, leaving referee Jeff Carden no choice but to call for the bell. Evander has the heart of a champion, and will want to join Tommy Suede as the only men in history to be a 3 time PPW Heavyweight Champion.
Similarly to Navarro, Pratt is also recently returning from a major injury that sidelined him for months. Pratt has, like Navarro, picked up a major victory in his return over one of his opponents on Saturday night in Facade. It is ironic how these two have had such similar tracks since they’ve returned, considering they were in a hotly contested feud to begin the year. There is certainly no love lost between the two still, but “The Prince of Camden” will have to turn his aggression towards the PPW Heavyweight Championship on Saturday, and not just on Navarro.
Mason is the ultimate wild card in this contest. He is the only man in the match who has yet to compete for the PPW Heavyweight Championship, although he has certainly earned the right to do so. A win against Gory in Honesdale coupled with a highly impressive summer has launched him into championship contention.
Mason is also a 6 person match specialist, as he is currently House of Glory’s 6 Way Champion. The familiarity with these chaotic matches may be enough to elevate Mason's game all the way to becoming PPW Heavyweight Champion.
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