A Beginner's Guide to ACW Wisconsin WaterCity WrestlingCon 2019, Part 3: The Water City Championship

Grace, Schwanz, and TW3

A Beginner's Guide to ACW Wisconsin WaterCity WrestlingCon 2019, Part 3: The Water City Championship

In Part 3 of our series of articles to get newcomers to ACW Wisconsin caught up with the backstories of the matches on the ACW Wisconsin WaterCity WrestlingCon 2019 (which Nerd Dads will be at!), let’s take a look at the three combatants in the Water City Championship match:

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Boy, what a difference a year makes.  One year ago, all three men who will be vying for the Water City Championship were vastly different individuals than they are today.  One year ago, Peter Schwanz was less the life of the party and the fun-loving champion that ACW Wisconsin fans have embraced, and much more of a slimeball (goin by Pornstache Peter Schwanz) that thought he was the center of the party, but clearly wasn’t.  Adam Grace was one half of the under-appreciated tag team Art of War (who I still think is pound-for-pound the greatest tag team in ACW Wisconsin history), but is now the resilient underdog looking for his first solo championship title in ACW Wisconsin.  TW3 was once a fan favorite that was as much a performer for those in attendance as he was a competitor in the ring, but he has now turned his back on the ACW Wisconsin faithful and is focused on himself.

Peter Schwanz’s turn from sleaze to star started not too long after his victory over internationally famous independent wrestler Joey Ryan at last year’s WrestlingCon.  Soon after, he would win the ACW Wisconsin Water City Championship for the second time after cashing in his All-Star Scramble Trophy (which is similar to WWE’s Money in the Bank briefcase) by defeating Nathan Gust at ACW #25.  He has held the title ever since, and his metamorphosis quickly took place.

Adam Grace and his Art of War tag team partner Ben McCoy (who we will discuss in a future article) held the ACW Wisconsin Tag Team titles for 182 days, but ended up losing the belts at the Fifth Anniversary event in an absolutely brutal four team ladder match.  The brutality of the match was most evident in the abuse that Grace endured and put himself through, for the crimson mask he wore was so massive that he was forced to leave the match.  While he lost the Tag Team titles in the match, the level of respect that he earned that night from the ACW Wisconsin fans was immeasurable.

TW3 has been involved in a multitude of incredible matches during his tenure in ACW Wisconsin, and is also the first wrestler to hold the Water City Championship title.  One of my personal favorite matches in ACW Wisconsin history was his match against Sadist at ACW #23.  He did not win that match, but if you were in attendance that night, there was no arguing on how incredibly gifted he was in the ring.  Being a part of several phenomenal matches but always being on the losing side has hardened TW3, and someone who used to go out of his way to pump up the crowd prior to his matches has spurned the cheers (and now jeers) of those in attendance.  He is more focused on his success, and the enjoyment of the crowd is the furthest thing on his mind.

In the last event prior to WrestlingCon 2019, Adam Grace and TW3 fought each other in the main event to see who would fight Schwanz for the Water City Championship at the biggest event of the year.  It was an absolutely stellar match, but the match ended in a draw due to going the full 30 minutes of regulation.  It was then decided that both men deserved a chance to fight for the title, and on April 27th, one man will walk out of the Menominee Nation Arena with the belt.

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Come back for Part 4 of our series, where we take a look at the matchup between Adam Grace’s former tag team partner Ben McCoy and ECW legend Shane Douglas.

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Originally published on April 18, 2019