|August 26, 2020||Singles Division||2020|
Heading into the Singles Tournament, Mike “The Killer” Kalinowski had two options: face Andrew Ghai for the opportunity to challenge Ben “The Boss” Bateman in a #1 Contender Match or enter the Singles Tournament. Yet, the promise of potential points in tournament play became too big of a prize for The Killer. He planned to enter the tournament and put the team on his back with a deep tournament run. And, his plan would have worked if he hadn’t run into “Scary” Perri Nemiroff.
Nemiroff (1-1) pulls off the major first-round upset with a come from behind victory over Kalinowski (7-7), winning 16-13 and advancing to the next round.
Manager Coy Jandreau had faith in both Nemiroff and their plan to take on Kalinowski from the start.
“The thing I like about this match is that I’ve known Mike probably the longest of most of anyone on the Schmoedown,” Jandreau said in the lead up to the match. “I know Mike from DC Movie News. We’ve worked together a lot, and I think he’s great. But, because of that, I see some of the cracks in the armor. I think he’s certainly an incredible Schmoe. The guy knows so much in so many different divisions, and I’m always very impressed. But, we saw what happened when I unleashed Greg [Alba] on him, and it surprised a lot of people. We got a lot farther than people expected. I pushed him all the way to the end, and I think this is going to be the next evolution of that.”
He was right on the money with that assessment, but you wouldn’t know that at the end of the first round. Kalinowski jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, after nearly going perfect and missing just one question in the category of Horror. With the lead, The Killer tried to put the pressure on Nemiroff but wasn’t very successful as he was only able to pick up 4 PTS in the category of New Releases off of a 3/4 performance. To make matters worse, momentum started to swing in the opposite direction when Nemiroff secured a 1-point steal off her opponent and went 4/4 for 6 PTS in the category of Monster Movies. That seven-point swing gave tied the game at 11-11 heading into the final round.
In Round Three, both competitors held even as they hit their 2-point questions early. However, Nemiroff pulled her first lead of the game when she hit her 3-point question to put the pressure back on Kalinowski. The Killer could not close out the match, struggling with his 3- and 5-point questions, resulting in the 16-13 upset for Nemiroff.
She had nothing but gratitude for her faction following the match.
“Coy, thank you,” Nemiroff thanked her manager after the big win. “Seriously, the only reason this happened was because of your guidance and because of all the advice the Quirky Mercs gave me. Otherwise, I would have had no strategy today.”
As for Kalinowski, he was bummed to take the loss and frustrated that he didn’t take the path that was laid out for him.
“It’s what it is. Man, it’s what it is,” Kalinowski said frustrated following the loss. “I made a terrible decision going into the Singles Tournament. It didn’t play out like it played out for IG for us. So, I gotta move on and focus on other stuff.”
Perri Nemiroff picks up a much needed 3 PTS for the Mercs and advances to take on either the fan-favorite, Videodrew or the former two-time Singles Champion, Mark “Yodi” Reilly.
“I can’t believe I’m playing another match!” Nemiroff said when asked about her tournament prospects. “I love Drew. I don’t really know much about her Schmoedown skills, but knowing Mark Reilly’s history in the Schmoedown, like, my head is gonna explode if I wind up playing him in a match. But, like, I’m really excited.”