FROM THE VAULT: The FTV series presents some of your favorite W4H wrestlers early in their underground career, or early matches filmed that formed the foundation of the W4H empire. One of the earliest stalwarts of the W4H stable was Austin Cooper. The muscular stud appeared in too many videos to count, and took on any and all comers. Here he faces a well toned Ronnie Pearl, no slouch in the squared circle. From the onset however, what seems to be Austin helping Ronnie with some strength exercises quickly turns into Austin putting Ronnie through his paces.
Austin delivers multiple blows to Ronnie's back as he attempts to "help" him with the pain in his lower back. When Austin tries to correct with a couple of well placed knees to Ronnie's back, Pearl finds that the discomfort has only intensified rather than subside. The pain moves to Ronnie's knee as a result of Austin's figure four leglock. The thing is - Austin is willing to stop the lesson if Ronnie can just do a single pushup. Try as he might (and he is often prevented by Cooper), Pearl just can't seem to complete a single pushup.
And so the punishment continues. Pain in Pearl's knees move to his shoulders and then once again to his back and finally to his head as Austin applies a suplex followed by a vicious headlock on the prone Pearl. The focus of Austin becomes a virtual anatomy lesson as Cooper targets one body part after another in a effort to weaken th whole. It is perhaps a foreshadowing of what was in Austin's future, and a dark omen over what Ronnie Pearl could expect within the world of W4H.
TOTAL RUN-TIME: 29 minutes, 47 seconds