Sorry I've missed a couple here. Hey, it's a passion project.
We get a recap of the main feud (Aires vs Neville/TJP). TJP seems to have permanently lost his last name. Aires basically does a straight heel shtick with Dasha after referring to himself as a "former broadcast journal expert" but is somehow still a face. This can't last.
First match is Dar w/Alicia Fox. Recap is showing Alicia's win vs. Sasha Banks. Never a good sign when your on-again, off-again girlfriend steals your recap. I'm ok with it though, Alicia Fox rules & Dar sucks. I think Dar's tights say "Darlactico" which does not help his case.
Ooooh, Dar is up against a returning Mascara Dorada! Let's check this out. Metalik is wearing an AWESOME blue & gold outfit with light pink cape. Match is really sloppy but Metalik has a few good spots. What? Dar wins with his weird step-up enzigui? That's ridiculous. Maybe they'll be some more drama with Fox & Dar? No, that appears to be the segment. This is a strange push.
First shot of the announcers: Graves is wearing a purple gingham shirt & looks like a picnic. Phillips isn't much better with a generic-but-garish blue & yellow getup, looking like your Dad going to his University of Michigan homecoming.
Recap of The Greatest Angle Ever Told & now Kendrick has an interview with Dasha. Dasha's wearing a weird rose choker that she must have borrowed from Alicia Fox. We're getting a Tozawa/Kendrick street fight on 205 Live next week, which would be the main event of Backlash if I were booking this.
Oooooh, Cedric Alexander returns next week! Please let him just have great matches & don't put him back into the Dar/Fox nonsense.
Ugh, it's Tony Nese vs Mustafa Ali. Wait! Drew Gulak (w/ collar stays) attacks Ali coming up the ramp so we don't have to watch him wrestle! That's a face turn in my book. Gulak holds Ali in place for the Running Nese & gloats with his "No Fly Zone" sign.
Dasha runs into Rich Swann backstage, who's rocking a serious pair of 70s sunglasses. Some guy comes up with a package for Richard T. Swann. Swann's too smart to fall for that, so he sends it over to Ariyah Daivari down the hall, who is rocking an absolutely magnificent purple & gold theme. Daivari's kafiyyeh bears a striking resemblance to Graves' shirt. Daivari realizes it's not his $2500 platinum sunglasses (please please please let Daivari have those on next episode) so he leaves the package on the table for........... Gentleman Jackie G! Gallagher is wearing 4 slightly different shades of blue-grey for his jacket, vest, shirt & tie and it's looks juuuuuuuuuust this side of awesome. Daivari decides he wants the package back. It's a powder bomb. Graves & Phillips proceed to crack each other up over the ridiculousness of this segment.
Time for our main event &, yup, Perkins has been officially de-last-named as his Chyron now reads "TJP." Aires comes out & the announcers are already selling the knee.
Yup, the knee's the angle for the whole match, which they use to do some kinda innovative spots (outside the ring tree of woe w/knee wrench, for instance). Ending comes when Theodore James uses the ropes to assist the kneebar, ref makes him break it, he goes for the detonation kick but Aires escapes & reverses into the last chancery for the tap. As you might expect, Neville comes out to assist the postmatch beatdown to the knee. Jackie G & William III to the rescue! Heel/Face staredown & that's a wrap.
No Tozawa, so show get an automatic thumbs down from me. Also only two matches, both of which were pretty "eh." Looking forward to the Tozawa/Kendrick street fight next week in a big way though.
They'd have even worse crowds if they did that. Out on the Best Coast, it'd start at 4 pm and nobody would get there. I walked into the arena right when the preshow dark match was starting at about 445 or so and it was still pretty sparse. The only most people hung around through 205 was to see Nakamura (and it was worth the nap).
I get this image of HHH, Flair, and Batista explaining who the Beatles were & they're impact on music, only to have Orton look confused & blurt out "I'm Randy Orton!" ala Tracy Morgan's Brian Fellows character.