As always, the Abridged format is taken from cmigbear over on CSS. Read his stuff.
From Winter Park, FL.
Then, Now, Forever! GLORIOUS! ROODE: For the second year in a row, WM weekend was GLORIOUS because of Roode, and I kicked Nakamura out of NXT, and no one here deserves to be on the same show as Bobby Roode. ITAMI: Just gonna stand here and look dapper as hell. ROODE: Why don't you do some--- ITAMI slaps the taste out ROODE's face. ROODE: OH YOU DUN GOOFED I'MMA KICK YOUR--- ITAMI: GTS. ROODE: ded
Backstage HEAVY MACHINERY: Beef gon' beef. DOZOVIC: BOOM SHAKA LOO ANDRADE: Hey Drew, perro, how about we fight next week? DREW: kk. ANDRADE: Cool, gotta go off to the club. DOZOVIC: At 1 pm?!
Andrade 'Cien' Almas v Danny Burch ANDRADE: EL IDOLO is so handsome! DANNY: Not impressed. ANDRADE kicks his ass. ANDRADE: How bout now? DANNY: Ok, a little impressed. ANDRADE: Hammerlock DDT! DANNY: --- ANDRADE wins.
Video ENTIRE NXT WOMEN'S DIVISION: Asuka's tough, but one of us is gonna get her. NIKKI: Hey I thought I was also part of this division. UNIVERSE: Apparently not. ENTIRE NXT WOMEN'S DIVISION SANS NIKKI: One of us will be champ. ASUKA: lulz
Liv Morgan and Aliyah v The Iconic Duo BILLIE: Have some generic offense. LIV: Rolly polly and pin? BILLIE: No. ALIYAH: How about a legdrop? BILLIE: ok, but here's Peyton. PEYTON: Spin kick and pin? ALIYAH, REF: Break this pin up anytime now, Liv. LIV forgets to break up the pin on time. ANNOUNCERS: That was totally not a three-count. UNIVERSE: Sure. ICONIC DUO: Heel strategery! LIV: Nah. ALIYAH: #RollupOuttaNowhere! ALIYAH and LIV win.
Cage Match: Tye Dillinger v Eric Young ERIC: Hey Sanity why don't you hang back so you can interfere later? SANITY: kk. TYE: Punchykicks and Tye Breaker? ERIC: Dude it's like a minute into the match. TYE: Oh. ERIC: You need to acquaint yourself with this fine steel cage we've got here. TYE makes (un)friendly conversation with the STEEL cage. ERIC: I'mma escape. TYE: No, I'mma escape. ERIC: I think not. This goes on for some time. ERIC: Winning is not fun, have an elbow off the top of the cage instead. TYE: Probably not the best decision. ERIC: Damn. TYE: Have a TyeBreaker and goodbye. SANITY: Don't think so. KASSIUS, RODDY, and RUBY: Time to even up the numbers. DAIN: Get squished, Roddy and Kassius. KASSIUS and RODDY: Ow. DAIN heads inside the cage. TYE: Hey Dain and Eric, have a crossbody, and also, goodbye friends. TYE wins. UNIVERSE: Finagoddamnly. TYE: TEN TEN TEN UNIVERSE: Thank you Tye.
1. I'm super surprised Tye got to win on his way out. The match was fun (even though I hate settling blood feuds in a match where running away from your opponent is a win condition)_and the ending was chaotic and hot, so it worked.
2. The women's tag was really disappointing on the face side of things. Liv and Aliyah haven't shown too much development in the time they've been onscreen, and that's damning especially as Liv has been around for at least a year. The Iconic Duo are fun and they have their mean girls act down. It helps that at least Peyton is more than competent in the ring and Billie is slowly improving.
3. The Roode/Itami interaction was perfect to start the show. Bobby is very good at making you want to see someone kick his teeth down his throat, and Itami is just the man to do that. Let Bobby-san carry the microphone end of the story , and we're good for another couple of TakeOvers until Drew is ready to challenge for the throne.
4. EL IDOLO!
EDIT: Forgot the icon, again. Like an idiot. Halp.
(edited by used2bcool on 20.4.17 1016) In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours!
Man, this was a really good show, and I really, really wanted to add a full recap, but this week really got away from me. I loved loved loved that cage match. Easily the best cage match I've seen in years. I love the fact that they were really using the cage as part of the match, and not just having kind of a slow, bad match surrounded by mesh fencing. The two big dive spots were just icing on that cake.
Originally posted by used2bcooleven though I hate settling blood feuds in a match where running away from your opponent is a win condition
I'd agree, except that doing it the way they did meant that they could do the finish where all of SAnitY (minus Nikki Cross, who I assume snuck out to have a 4-star match with Ruby Riot in the parking lot) is locked up in the cage like the criminals they are, while Tye celebrates outside with his crew.
The whole episode was good, really, but everything else gets overshadowed by that cage match. Anybody who was on the fence about watching this week really needs to catch it.
Yeah I wasn't sure how to feel about Tye scrambling out of the cage rather than pinning EY...but that ending visual, with Wolfe climbing back into the cage felt like a horror movie where all the monsters are chasing behind the hero who gets on the other side of the door just in time.
I didn't feel like he ran. FOr once someone used their brain and didn't try to climb out. He beat them then kept the monsters inside the cage.
It was a good episode. But the one thing they keep doing....argh...Almas wins a match so next week he's jobbing (probably in a good showing) to McIntyre. When will they make up their mind about him? He's got a lot of potential. Works his character well into the matches. But if you know he's gonna be the whipping boy for any new guy then the crowd won't buy into it anymore.
I'm happy for Itami by the way. Last week when he was standing next to Regal when Nakamura got the big goodbye I felt kinda bad for him. So I hope he gets to show his skills soon and maybe win the title as well.
Something tells me it's not a flaming 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire. I guess in the context of a world title match, turning the other cheek isn't the ideal option. Unless you're Rikishi (rimshot) I won't say Jesus *couldn't* save a match like that.