30 in 30 Reborn: PGP’s Channel

by Daniel Johnson

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The full Proving Ground Pro (PGP) YouTube channel can be found here.

Here are the facts about PGP’s Youtube channel:

Number of videos: 84

Frequency new videos are added: The amount of updates fluctuate wildly. At the moment there has not been a video added in four weeks, but some months around 20 videos can be added.

Frequency full shows are added: Full shows are added anywhere from every couple of months to every few months and are split up into pieces.

Total views of the most popular video: 1,641

PGP is a new promotion based out of Jacksonville, Illinois. The company’s roster includes some pretty popular young indie names like Tadarius Thomas, Matt Cage, Alex Castle and others. The promotion has held 10 shows to date that I am aware of though the Shows section of their website has not been updated since November 2013 so there may have been some I’m unaware of. The clips on this channel contain some short bits, full match and even complete events broken into parts. The in-ring product is entertaining and the PGP people capture this to some extent. Matches include commentary and there are also onscreen graphics. However, footage is shot on a single camera that can get a little fuzzy. The lighting also ranges from decent to too dark. For fans of young indie talent this is definitely a channel to take a look at in any case.

A recommended clip:

Kid Hybrid vs. Justin Reno

Kid Hybrid makes his entrance to this match through the crowd. Well, I guess that’s because there is no ramp so he doesn’t really have an option. Hybrid is the fan favorite at any rate and when Justin Reno comes out he get greeted with heckling.

In fact, heckling plays a big part of this match, which results in Hybrid and Reno taking forever to touch. There are notably fans dressed up like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the crowd and Hybrid acknowledges them by going outside the ring and raising their hands. The gear of the fans look too much like Reno’s for his liking and for some reason this upsets him and causes him to stomp the mat.

Despite being the face, Hybrid doesn’t control a ton of this match. At one point he is wearing down Reno with a combination of technical wrestling and more showy stuff, but Reno kills Hybrid’s momentum with a discus lariat. The two go back and forth some more as each struggle to gain a clear advantage over the other. The fans start chanting for Hybrid who they just call, “New guy.” Although Hybrid has the crowd behind him Reno stays focused (even despite his upset stomping from earlier) and caps off his performance with a rocker dropper and a swinging fisherman’s suplex.



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