LINCE DORADO & GRAN METALIK VS. THE BRIAN KENDRICK & JACK GALLAGHER
Gran Metalik landed hard on his tailbone on that dive to the outside. Two completely different styles in this match. The luchadors fly high and bounce around like pinballs while Kendrick and Gallagher are hard strikers and submission specialists. Lince Dorado’s backflip into a stunner was sweet. Lucha House Party gets the win after double suicide dives and a shooting star press. They are really on a roll lately. Drew Gulak was on commentary for this match, and he is so vehemently anti-high flying, so it’ll be interesting to see if he feuds with them. He already beat Kalisto last week. Fun match.
Rating: Seven Gold Medals
TONY NESE VS. KEITH CLAYBALL
This was just a showcase for Tony Nese that went a lot longer than most squash matches. Nese is a brutal striker who loves to show off, with good reason. This was entertaining for a squash.
Rating: Five Gold Medals
I’m looking forward to the Itami-Tozawa match, hoping it’ll be a longer feud.
Drew Maverick announces that the 205 Live roster will be taking on the UK division next week. That should be great.
MUSTAFA ALI VS. BUDDY MURPHY
I’m a fan of Mustafa Ali’s Glacier-inspired entrance gear. Murphy has a confidence about him that says “I WILL NOT LOSE.” It’s a Mr. Perfect-type cockiness that he pulls off very well. I really liked the running suplex he hit on the outside. I was expecting a more fast-pace match but Murphy has seemed to tone down that style since he turned heel in favor of more strikes and holds. Ali’s DDT spot through the ropes was awesome. Murphy one-upped him with an innovative DDT of his own. Haven’t seen the triple powerbomb since Chris Jericho. Did he ever do a triple? I know he did a double. I’m sure he pulled it off once or twice. It might have been somewhere in the 600’s on his list. What a superkick from Ali when Murphy jumped from the top rope to the outside. Murphy injures Ali’s arm and keeps the focus on it for a nice DDT counter, and hits Murphy’s Law for the win. This match was terrific. They got a lot of time to work but it didn’t go to long, but long enough to tell a great story, with enough high spots but not too many, and some late close pinfalls until Murphy got the win. Excellent execution of all of their moves. Match of the night.
Rating: Nine Gold Medals
Overall show rating: Eight Gold Medals