OPENING SEGMENT: SHAYNA BASZLER & NIKKI CROSS
Shayna threatens Nikki Cross. Nikki comes out. I get wet. Shayna threatens her again and bounces the microphone off her tits. Then it gets PHYSICAL. OH HELL YEAH! Nikki stomps a mudhole in Shayna. MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE. I’ve wanted this feud so badly. I can’t wait to see the match in Chicago.
Segment Rating: Seven Gold Medals
TM61 VS. JOBBERS
The now-full-heel TM61 easily dispatch a couple jobbers in classic heel fashion. A squash match sure, but highly effective in cementing their status as full-blown heels and showing their mean side. After the match they call out the teams they’ve beaten and the teams they are coming for. Well done.
Match Rating: Sever Gold Medals
Lars Sullivan is shown beating the piss out of trainees at the performance center. That will be a damn tough match for Aleister Black.
RODERICK STRONG VS. DANNY BURCH
Excellent mat wrestling to start the match with Burch showing his superiority in that style, followed by Roddy showing his superiority in the striking game. Burch shows he can play the striking game as well, and the pace really picks up. Roddy gets the dirty win after Adam Cole distracts Burch, then Pete Dunne attacks Roddy until Kyle O’Reilly saves him. I really enjoy Roddy stepping on Burch on his way out of the ring. Little thing leave big impressions on the audience and get more heat. Pretty exciting match and a good way to advance the feud.
Match Rating: Six Gold Medals
EC3 and Kassius Ohno get in each other’s faces backstage with Ohno challenging EC3 next week. Challenge accepted. No way Ohno wins that match. He’s become the jobber to the heels getting pushed. Not a bad role to have, he doesn’t need wins to be over with the crowd.
A video package highlights the feud between Ricochet and Velveteen Dream. They only have an hour each week and they manage to fit in segments like these, yet for some reason Raw and SmackDown rarely have them. They make a feud feel even more important and personal. No title, just two guys trying to prove they’re better than the other, and the audience is captivated by it.
LACEY EVANS VS. KAIRI SANE
Lacey has “Kairi” written on her Women’s Right. I’ve really been into this feud, both women have are such good wrestlers and keep me entertained. Lacey is such a mean bitch in the ring and has terrific psychology with her facial expressions and the little things she does like digging her vaunted right hand into Kairi’s face as part of a pin. She really showcases a lot of new offense in this match. She turns another pin attempt into a push-up. I am extremely impressed at the psychology in this match. Evans jumped from the second rope to the third rope and attempted a moonsault. That was cool as hell. Kairi Sane makes a comeback and wins with the InSane Elbow. If anyone is looking for a clinic on ring psychology, watch this match. It was tremendous. What a hell of a match.
Match Rating: Nine Gold Medals
IN-RING SEGMENT TOMMASO CIAMPA & JOHNNY GARGANO
Ciampa even calls out the people chanting “Psycho Killer” for him. He hates the crowd and the crowd hates him. Gargano breaks through security and gets to Ciampa and the crowd goes nuts. I can’t remember the last time there was a feud this personal. Ciampa uses Johnny’s own submission hold on him to hurt his already-injured neck before the refs get him out of there and the crowd spews their hate. Gargano recovers and demolishes Ciampa on the stage, busting his head wide open on the video screen. Ciampa’s blood is all over both of them as the show ends. That was awesome.
Segment Rating: Seven This Is Your Lifes
Overall Show Rating: Seven Gold Medals