30 in 30 Reborn: PRIME’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full PRIME YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about PRIME’s Youtube channel:

Number of videos: 82

Frequency new videos are added: No new videos have been added in three months, but a while before that the folks at PRIME were adding nearly one video a week.

Frequency full shows are added: The last time a full show was uploaded to PRIME’s YouTube channel was seven months ago. When the channel was at it’s most active they added about a full show a week.

Total views of the most popular video: 6,648

The Ohio based PRIME had a great YouTube channel at it’s peak with quality full shows added about once a week. The promotion aired a weekly show called PRIME TV on Sundays at 10:00 p.m. on Sports Time Ohio. Sports Time Ohio must have been picky with the programming they let on the air because you won’t find many indies the size of PRIME that have their production value. Most of the footage on PRIME’s YouTube channel comes from PRIME TV so it’s clips tend to have the works: multiple cameras, commentators with crystal clear audio, great lighting, etc. As for the content of the footage beyond the technical aspects there is also plenty worth watching. At it’s best the PRIME locker room is a mixture of local talent like Jason Bane, Bobby Beverly and Bryan Castle with some more widely traveled indie stars like Jimmy Jacobs, Marti Belle and Johnny Gargano. According to PRIME’s official website PRIME TV is on hiatus from Sports Time Ohio so this YouTube channel’s heyday may very well have passed.

A recommended clip:

Gregory Irons vs. Benjamin Boone

Gregory Irons and Benjamin Boone have pretty good chemistry with Irons as the star of the match, but willing to make Boone look impressive as the more sizable man.

The introduction of the match is a statement by the ring announcer saying that this match is brought to us by The Blind Pig. Now I could do the right thing, do some research and tell you what he’s talking about, but I prefer that remain a mystery for my own enjoyment.

At any rate this bout brings back some memories of WCW Monday Nitro because like old Tony Schiavone, rather than calling what’s in front of them, the commentators talk about the top heel stable. You just have to swap New World Order with Dead Wrestling Society and you’re back in 1997. Actually, in all fairness to the PRIME commentary team they actually call the match quite well when the bell rings.

Irons starts the match with some chops and despite giving up a lot of weight to Boone, gets the big man retreating. From there Irons hits a suicide dive and before it is all over also does a running senton and a “Macho Man” Randy Savage-esque top rope elbow. Irons has the match won, but the problem is Boone’s buddy, N8 Mattson on the outside. Although this match isn’t shenanigan free before Mattson’s interference this bout had some good, clean action.



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