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UNITED WRESTLING NETWORK DEBUT PPV NOTES, LINEUP FOR EPISODE 2

By Mike Johnson on 2020-09-16 10:08:00

Last night's United Wrestling Network PPV debut was marred by streaming issues for the FITE version, which seemed to get better as the show went on.  We are told by readers who ordered the show on InDemand and other PPV providers that the PPV version did not have similar issues.  UWN President Dave Marquez addressed the issued on Twitter:

The show also ran into timing issues as several of the earlier matches ran long, leading to the Tribe vs. Wolf Zaddies and the UWN TV title bout between Dan Joseph and Levi Shapiro being extremely cut down.  It seemed the tag match competitors had zero idea they were going to a time limit draw when the bell rang.  The NWA Championship match between Nick Aldis and challenger Mike Bennett was obviously on hyperspeed as well as they rushed to make sure they could get through what was planned in the 8-9 minutes they had.   Aldis' main events usually go in the 20-25 minute range, so they were working around what time they were left with.

Aldis commented via Twitter after the PPV went off the air:

In my opinion, the promotion would be better served opening up with the main event  - or at least making sure it goes on 45 minutes into the 90 minute broadcast, so that the match that the PPV is built around has all the time it needs.  Then, they can slot the younger, athletic talents (such as last night's Will Allday vs. Jordan Clearwater bout) into the final slot of the PPV, giving them the spotlight.  After all, this isn't a traditional TV broadcast, since anyone watching has paid for it, so there's no danger in them "clicking" to the next show.  The promotion already has their money.  The PPV could not extend time or run long as they needed to be off the air by 10:29 EST on InDemand.

UWN released the following post-match promo with Mike Bennett:

Dave Marquez directed the PPV.   

Although he was mentioned on the air, NWA President Billy Corgan was not at the PPV.

Joe Galli, Todd Kenley and Alyssa Marino were absolutely excellent on commentary last night.

There were zero injuries coming out of the show.

The backstage interviews were all pre-tapes from earlier in the afternoon.

Several hours before the PPV, there was a power outage in Long Beach, CA, where Thunder Studios is located, which obviously would have been a disaster had that happened when the show was on the air, but thankfully that didn't happen.

Announced for the United Wrestling Network's Primetime Live Episode 2 for Tuesday 9/22:

*NWA Women's Champion Thunder Rosa vs. Priscilla Kelly.

*Eli Drake vs. Watts.

*The Friendship Farm, CWH Heritage Champion Ray Rosas and Karl Fredericks to appear.

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