In some ways 2014 was a strange year for PWG; by the end of it they’d lost Kevin Steen to obesity NXT and Adam Cole to injury; Michael Elgin was also forced to leave the promotion due to Delirious’s 1980s notions of what a champion should and shouldn’t do. It also looks like Kyle O’Reilly is off Reseda shows for the foreseeable future. However, it appears not ROH talent are verboten; ACH, Tommaso Ciampa and Cedric Alexander all take their place on the first show of the year, From Out of Nowhere.
In an attempt to retool after the 2014 departures, PWG have bought in several guys for their debuts in the promotion at From Out of Nowhere. AIW standouts Josh Alexander and Ethan Page are bought in to face The Young Bucks; while CZW’s “Speedball” Mike Bailey gets a welcome PWG opportunity against fellow Combat Zone promotion-mate Biff Busick. Slightly less welcome is the decision to bring in The Beaver Boys, aka John Silver and Alex Reynolds, who you may remember from Evolve undercards of yore. They’ll be taking on Trent Baretta and Chuck Taylor. Elsewhere, Chris Hero competes against his former trainee Drew Gulak, while fans of high-flyers will be looking forward to Ricochet facing off against Matt Sydal and AR Fox tangling with ACH respectively. Finally, Tommaso Ciampa squares off against Cedric Alexander.
The main event is probably the most intriguing match on the card, with Roderick Strong making his first title defence against Trevor Lee. The idea of Roderick Strong being a world champion in 2015 is faintly ludicrous; he’s the indie equivalent of Chris Jericho – a backhanded compliment at best. Trevor Lee was pushed to the moon in 2014 in PWG, and it would be no bad thing for him to take the belt here.
Although it didn’t go down particularly well when I aired it a month ago, I’m still of the opinion that PWG started to stagnate in 2014, with virtually no storylines and an almost total reliance on indie dream matches. While From Out of Nowhere should be an entertaining card of wrestling, from a booking standpoint it looks like business as usual from Super Dragon and co.