TEAM NAME: Above The Line
COMPETITORS: “The Godfather” Drew McWeeny & “The Inglorious One” Samm Levine
OVERALL RECORD: 0-0
FORM (Most recent first): N/A
By Linus Babcock
While the break-up of the Four Horsemen and the controversy regarding Kristian Harloff’s victory over Jeff Sneider may have dominated the aftermath of the inaugural Collider Collision, time will tell whether the biggest decision made was in fact that of Samm Levine to team up with Drew McWeeny and form Above the Line.Two individuals who have shown flashes of brilliance in their singles careers to date, quite how they will blend together as a team is anyone’s guess. But given their performances in the Schmoedown ring as individuals, there is certainly scope for them to go and challenge for the belts.
Victories over Matt Knost and Mike Kalinowski saw McWeeny crowned as a potential new contender, and though defeat to Jeff Sneider saw his path to the belt blocked at the first time of asking, a rebound victory over Josh Macuga has got him back on track. Answering at 74 per cent in his four outings to date with two knockouts, it is surprising there was not more of a queue to team up with “The Godfather” when he put himself forward to join the team league.
Levine, meanwhile, had been on the lookout for a new partner for the whole of 2017. Both Rachel Cushing and Jay Washington were touted as potential team-mates before taking their own very different paths, and after cashing in his Free 4 All victory by taking on Dan Murrell at Collision, “The Inglorious One” is now set to embark on a new chapter in his eventful Schmoedown career.
Forever at odds with the wheel and seemingly unable to avoid animated films whenever he takes to the ring, Levine’s singles record of three victories and four defeats does not reflect a competitor who has answered correctly 69% of the questions he has been asked in singles competition to date.
Before crowning the pair as the champions in waiting, however, it would be wise to consider the early struggles of Wolves of Steel. Like Above the Line, two strong established competitors were thrown together, but as yet Clarke Wolfe and Mark Reilly have rarely hit the heights that many expected when they were first teamed together.
Levine’s previous experience in the team league as part of Double Jeopardy, who were knocked out despite being heavy favourites against Tuff Beats, will act as a further warning to those backing them to all the way in the Ultimate Schmoedown tournament, but there is no doubting there is potential there to produce something special.