I Was There: PWS Saved By the Ring Bell

In “I Was There” 3MB provides a first hand account of a things we attend.

Even though WWE Saturday Morning Slam is the return of wrestling to Saturday Mornings (Sorry, Lucha Libre USA: didn’t count), there is something missing from that true Saturday Morning feel of the 80’s and 90’s. As much as I enjoy the trio of Justice League Unlimited, SLAM and DragonBall Z Kai, when I wake up Saturday morning, the alarm gives out a warning and something just isn’t right.
On Friday, September 14, Pro Wrestling Syndicate made it alright. They held their Saved By The Ring Bell event in Rahway, NJ. The iPPV combined today’s wrestling with memories shared over a large bowl of cereal. The first match, Demolition (Ax and Smash) facing the Powers of Pain (The Barbarian and The Warlord), was The War to Settle the Score … of 1988. The crowd was treated to seeing wrestlers only found on VHS and hearing themes in person instead of through YouTube.

The nostalgia trip picked up from there. The General Manager for the night’s festivities was Dennis Haskins aka Mr. Belding from Saved By the Bell and Saved By The Bell: The New Class. He quickly got to work settling disputes with his signature, “Hey Hey Hey Hey! WHAT is going on here?!?” turning the Rahway Rec Center seem like the Bayside Gym. The other wrestlers got into the spirit; The Big O even incorporated Zack Morris’ classic timeout move mid-match to secure a victory over QT Marshall. 

Also, Shockwave the Robot fought The Goon the Wrestler! We had Robots versus Wrestlers, utilizing the the sitcom time warp to reach the “Robots vs Wrestlers” episode of How I Met Your Mother. Yup, it’s real now.

The real star of this retro wrestling night was Starman, a wrestler based on the character from the classic NES videogame and a personal favorite of ThreeManBooth. Previously unannounced, Starman came to the ring as a as a participant in a 6-Way #1 Contender’s match for the PWS Tri-State Championship. When Starman’s music hit with that 8-bit sound, the crowd followed the lead of the 3MB section of the bleachers, cheering wildly for the Masked Marvel. But it gets better: Starman rewarded us by coming to our section of the crowd, presumably to reciprocate the support we sent his way. Instead, he climbed one of the posts of the Rec Center – the structure of the building – and leapt from it onto his opponents. 

Naturally, this led to his eventual victory and his title match at the next iPPV.

The night could’ve ended there but we were treated to even more action: Matt Hardy faced PWS Tri-State Champion Anthony Nese; there was a “Battle of the Network Stars” esque Battle Royal between PWS and the NYWC; we were treated to Freight Train, the $5 Wrestling Champion. The main event was a Falls Count Anywhere Brawl where Sami Callahan and PWS Champion Kevin Matthews battled around the Rec Center, through tables, in the stands and, even, over fans. 

Still, the icing on the top of this awesome was Mr. Belding who returned to the ring to deliver a Stone Cold Stunner – we’re dubbing it the Tardy Slip –  to an interfering member of Reality Check.

The antics from the Saturday Mornings that we remember still exists. The absurdity of Robot Wrestlers, the colorful 8-bit characters from Videogames and the ability to resolve everything with a life lesson or a Stone Cold Stunner all took place that PWS’ Saved by the Ring Bell iPPV. The difference is that its moved from Saturday Mornings at Bayside to Friday Nights in New Jersey.

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