Well, let's get right into it this week. We're starting off with Glorious 10, who make their entrances separately, which isn't encouraging news for anyone who's hoping this team sticks around. Roode's entrance is still great, but Tye Dillinger's movements during his entrance always delight me. They get in the ring and do a little bit of showing off at each other, and we're having a pretty good time here. Their opponents in this Dusty Classic contest will be the debuting SAnitY, who...
Wait, what the fuck just happened?
Okay, if this review is going up late, it's because I just rewatched SAnitY's entrance, like, a half-dozen times. First off, yes, it's totally a Purge gimmick. But there are four of them, and when they come out, the lights go out, the fog machines start up, and the camera angles get all wonky, while we get spot lighting zig-zagging its way all over the place. All four of these guys come out masked, and the two biggest ones get in the ring and rip their masks off to reveal well-trod Jobbers, Alexander Wolfe and Sawyer Fulton, who have completely new looks. This is rad as hell. These Jobbers immediately look like major threats, and to emphasize this, they jump Dillinger and start beating the shit out of him. Roode watches, almost helps out, then decides that Tye's on his own here, and bails out. Wolfe and Fulton pick up Dillinger in the Magic Killer position, but go forward into an assisted suplex slam. Dillinger is Dilli-Done. Match Rating: Holy Shit. Dillinger's done, but SAnitY - okay, that's enough of that, it's hard to type - Sanity ain't done with him. The littlest one mounts him and just starts raining down fists. No points for guessing that this one was a girl, but as she rips off her mask, she's revealed to be Nikki Cross! Finally! She looks stark-raving mad here, and dangerous as all get out. The last member of Sanity has to pick her up and pull her away from Dillinger. But Dillinger's still not safe, as he gets hoisted from a wheelbarrow into a cutter! Mask off, and it's Eric Young! The four of them stand in the ring, frothing at the camera.
Just an amazing, amazing effective way to introduce a new group. All of them seem like immediate threats. I had a feeling that Young might somehow be involved in this, but I didn't recognize him right away, even though I should have from his vest. Because he's still wearing the EY vest! It's just got the Sanity logo stitched over the EY. I even saw his Canadian flag patch, and did not put two and two together.
Whew, anyhoo, there's more stuff on this show, I guess. The Aussies are backstage, and they are just delighted to be feuding with Liv Morgan, because she sucks and they can beat her. Fair enough.
Meanwhile, Roode is still running away. He gets stopped by one of the mic stands, and decides to run down Tye Dillinger and the Dusty Classic for a minute instead. Roode claims he never wanted any part of the tournament or Dillinger. That's too bad. Maybe somebody else can play Candido here?
Back to the ring, where Billie Kay is beating up Liv Morgan here. No points for guessing the finish here, either. Royce with the trip, Kay with the boot. Match Rating: Kay's Got An Argentine Backbreaker In Her Arsenal, And Is Still Using The Boot.
We get a quick recap of Almas's heel turn last week, and catch up with him for comments. They're mostly en Espanol, but I think the meaning carries across the language barrier just fine: Who the hell is Cedric Alexander, Andrade Almas is the greatest, and now we're all going to see it. Pretty cut and dried, really.
Actually, I don't think they should ever translate him. Just let him do all his promos like that.
We've got another Dusty Classic match, as Actual Tag-Team TM61 fight Brand-New Nobodies Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss. Tino and Moss are...kinda bad. This is not news if you heard about Tino hurting Itami. We actually see the powerslam that probably did it, and it looks, well, kinda bad. Anyhoo, if you want to know the real highlights here, they are, in order, Thorne flirting with the ring announcer, Miller delivering an astoundingly hard chop, Miller again doing an amazing delay suplex - Moss is up there forever, and finally a Thunder Valley for the win. Match Rating: Actual Tag-Team TM61.
Finally, our main event is scheduled to be Buddy Murphy vs. Wesley Blake, to finally settle this once and for all. Honestly, I kind of love how this thing goes away for weeks at a time, only to crop back up in random spots. Anyhoo, I say scheduled, because although this match does get underway, it's not too long before Joe's out to murder these poor saps. There's some stairs for Murphy, and an apron urinage for Blake. Joe wants Regal! Joe wants Nakamura! Joe wants his title! He only gets one of those though - Shinsuke Nakamura is back! He's out in a cervical collar, but he makes a show of taking it off. He rushes to the ring, blows are exchanged, and security is out to break it up. Booo! The crowd wants blood here, and Nakamura wants to give it to them. He keeps slipping past to lay into Joe, and every time they get broken up, Nakamura just kills a security guy, then rushes back to Joe. Finally, they run out of security dudes, and Joe takes a powder. Nakamura turns to argue with a ref, who I assume was telling him that he's not supposed to murder the indy wrestlers they use for security, but Joe's back with a cheap shot from behind! Joe must feel like that's all the edge he needs, but he is very much incorrect. Nakamura rallies, pops him with some forearms and some knees, and as Joe is reeling, KINSHASA. The champ stands triumphant as we head out.
Not much happening in the ring this week, but it was loaded from a story perspective. From Sanity's debut (seriously, go watch it. Watch it a couple times.) to the advancement of Roode and Dillinger, to the Aussies continuing to pick on poor Liv, who's going to need somebody in her corner pretty soon, it was actually kind of a loaded show in that regard.
I have become a giant fan of the now-signature untranslated Spanish/Spanglish/Japanese promo. It really emphasizes how a good promo is about 5% what you say, 95% how you say it. I am so sad Eddie Guerrero is no longer with us, as we will never get to see the awesomeness that would have been Eddie getting asked a question by Michael Cole & then proceeding to just run him down in Spanish for the rest of the segment.
Seconded on the Sanity thing. Just a great introduction. They looked like badasses. It would work just as well as a killer intro their first time on let's say Raw, though I'm sure they would end up much like the Wyatt family where none of it means anything after a few months.
Originally posted by andy1278Seconded on the Sanity thing. Just a great introduction. They looked like badasses. It would work just as well as a killer intro their first time on let's say Raw, though I'm sure they would end up much like the Wyatt family where none of it means anything after a few months.
Bobby Roode's "oh shit..I'm outta here" thing helped too. He didn't just look like a heel, he actually seemed scared.
I was glad to see Nakamura wasn't his usual 'cool' self either but rushed Joe. Extra points for knocking down the security (oh and I -think- the ref was telling him where to stand so Joe had a good line of attack)
I am not sold yet on the way Kay and Royce do their gimmick. There's no hook to it yet. Of course it doesn't help that Liv Morgan isn't setting anything on fire either. At least she cut down on random-catch phrase attire.
Agreed. I would much rather the WWF went back to only the big 5 PPV's (WM, KOTR, Summerslam, Survivor Series, and RR) and build up great storylines and matches to each of them using their free shows, even if it meant charging a little more jack.