LIO RUSH VS. AKIRA TOZAWA
These guys are FAST. Tozawa’s suicide dive made some of the best contact on an opponent of any that I’ve ever seen. Aside from one extended sequence when Rush had Tozawa down in a sleeper hold, this has been a very back-and-forth match. Rush is able to throw Tozawa off him as they are both on the top turnbuckle, Tozawa looks to hit his face on the ropes, and Rush hits his Final Hour frog splash for the win. That splash is a thing of beauty. Excellent match.
Match Rating: Eight Gold Medals
HIDEO ITAMI VS. TRENT NEWMAN
Itami beats the hell out of the jobber but refuses to pin him, and the ref stops the match. Itami has a huge grin across his face. He knocks the dude out before leaving.
Match Rating: Six Gold Medals
Destruction Rating: Three Braun Strowmans
Tornado tag match between Lucha House Party and Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese next week. I hope that’s awesome because it certainly has the potential to be.
Noam Dar vs. TJP for the third time next week. No complaints about that.
GENTLEMAN JACK GALLAGHER VS. CEDRIC ALEXANDER
It’s the technique, grappling, and cerebral attack of Gallagher vs. the size, speed, and tenacity of Alexander. Gallagher is able to outsmart Alexander and get him into vulnerable positions in the early-middle parts of the match. Alexander is Cruiserweight Champion for a reason, he’s not a guy opponents can keep down for very long. They start playing up a neck injury to Alexander which I’m sure will play into Sunday’s title match vs. Gulak.
Excellent counter of the Lumbar Check into a Guillotine by Gallagher. If this match is any indication, he looks like a future champion. Alexander hits a Spanish Fly out of nowhere to escape with a win. Terrific match.
Match Rating: Ten Gold Medals
Brian Kendrick and Drew Gulak attack after the match with Gulak putting Cedric in the Gu-Lock. Smart booking in the last show before SummerSlam.
Overall Show Rating: Nine Gold Medals