Quick hits edition! I let this one slide waaaay too late, but I wanted to get the results and some quick thoughts up.
The Aussie Mean Girl Squad took on Ruby Riot, who was supposed to have a partner, but didn't bother. She was getting her ass kicked until Nikki Cross sauntered out of the crowd, tagged herself in, beat up the Aussies, tagged out, and wandered off. I didn't think they did enough legwork to get here, but if this is a starting point, I'm delighted to see where it goes. I've said before that Cross and Riot have the most natural chemistry I've ever seen in a wrestling ring, and I'm all-in on the two of them working together in any capacity.
NWJ will be taking on Lars Sullivan next week. You've been warned.
Johnny Gargano beat Riddick Moss with a battering ram. They did a backstage bit with Moss and Tino to set this up, and I guess the idea is that Johnny Wrestling is still looking for his identity. That carried over to the match, where none of his usual killer moves did the job, and he had to get the pin with his battering ram. Of note: Riddick Moss is unbelievably bad, and Johnny Gargano made him look so much better than he deserved to. Gargano took incredible care of him in the ring, and is a tremendous asset to the WWE. If he can carry that turd, then he can make absolutely anyone look good.
2017: A Year Where I Realize That Johnny Gargano Is One Of My Favorite Wrestlers. What a time to be alive.
Anyhoo, the Street Profits beat the Ealy Brothers. This is notable because it's the first time we've actually seen the Ealys wrestle, and not just get jumped before the bell. Also, my wife thinks that they should just replace Angelo Dawkins with Bianca Belair from the MYC. Just, straight swap her into the Street Profits with Ford. I can't really argue with the idea.
There is an absolutely dynamite package recapping Asuka's time in NXT that you should all definitely watch. If you'd somehow forgotten what she meant to the brand, this will remind you. No update on the title situation as yet.
Pete Dunne successfully defended his UK title against Wolfgang. Man, I just like Wolfgang a lot. This was a killer match, and Pete Dunne is one of those guys who really sneaks up on you with how good he is. I'm sad I don't have time to do a proper write-up of this match, because some of the spots are amazing. Wolfgang does a fucking tope con hilo to Dunne on the floor, and Dunne manages to X-plex this dude who is like twice his size. There's a bunch of solid grappling and some seriously hard shots, and the finish comes when Dunne uses a forearm counter to set up the Bitter End.
Afterwards, the CORRE are out to attack Dunne, who jumps them first because he is just the best. Wolfgang tries to help him out, but Dunne bails on his ass, faking a return to the ring just to save his title. That is like, 110% Pete Dunne. Truly, the best part is the little shrug he does afterwards. The CORRE eventually bail, and Bate and Seven come out to tend to Wolfgang. Bate, Seven, and Wolfgang vs. Cole, Fish, and O'Reilly? That's five out of six for me, which is more than good enough for me to take.
That's the show, and wow, I actually wrote a lot more than I meant to after all. It was a really good episode, especially the main event. I'll see if I can get a better write-up together for next week, but I may have to let some of these drop off due to my schedule this semester.
So the WWF product is bad...
But, is the product as bad now as it was back when WCW was good and WWF was last bad?
Sure this ain't no Austin v. Vince, or Foley v. HHH, but is it as bad as it was when we had DOA v. Los Boriquas, or Undertaker v.