Originally posted by whateverMan, I am going to miss your recaps. Thanks to you, I always remember the humble beginnings of Johnny Garbanzo and Toyota Camry. And look at them now!
It has indeed been a long, strange journey for My Favorite Wrestler, Johnny Gargano.
Originally posted by Toast JrI do have to insist that a year from now when Kyle O'Reily is your favorite wrestler you come back and do one more recap.
This one’s coming to you from the road, because I figured I could get at least one more of those in, too, before my retirement. It’s a big show tonight, with the scheduled match between Black and Ciampa. I’ve been pretty hard on them regarding the likelihood of this match going off; let’s see if I’m right TONIGHT!
In fact, we start off with a big recap package for the title feud, before heading down to the ring. Adam Cole is out to face – hey, It’s Sean Maluta! Hey Sean, how are you? Oof, not great it would appear. This is, of course, a squash for Cole. Maluta gets token offense with a backslide for two, then a neckbreaker and a running boot in the corner, but Cole dumps him and lays in some heavy offense, culminating with a superkick counter to an attempted top -rope move, and then the Last Shot. Match Rating: Ah, Perhaps I Shall Miss Recapping These Squashes.
Aferwards, Cole runs his mouth a bit about being great, and that brings out Ricochet. Naturally, Ric wants a title shot at Brooklyn, but Cole takes the coward’s way out. When Ric calls him on it, the rest of the Era come out so they can give Ricochet the old what-for. That plan goes off the rails p. quickly, though, as soon we are joined by the War (sigh) Raiders, and then Mustache Mountain, and the Era take a quick walk.
As a fun aside, Maura comes very close to calling them War Machine.
It’s not live, but we do have a contract signing between Baszler and Sane. Baszler’s got a lot of tough talk about how she’s beaten Sane since the MYC, how she’s tougher and better now, blah, blah, blah. Sane literally rolls her eyes and says, “I know it. You know it. I can beat you.” And she just repeats that every time Baszler opens her mouth. It sends Baszler through the roof, and this is a great segment that finally makes somebody look like they can hang with Baszler on the mic, even Sane didn’t really do much here. GM Regal, however, mostly just keeps his peace and signs off on the documents.
We see Ciampa gearing up for the match tonight. Meanwhle, EC3 vs. Kona Reeves is apparently going to be next week.
Lacey Evans is out to fight Some Jobber. Woman’s Right, and there you go. Match Rating: Perhaps I Shall Not Miss Them So Much After All.
Hey, it’s Bianca Belair! Bianca Belair is undefeated, and when she comes back, she’s going to get what she deserves. At least, that’s what I got out of this segment. Anybody else?
Baszler’s WALKING (TM CRZ), and she walks right into Candice LeRae. Baszler had some shit to say about her back at the contract signing, and Candice is ready to go. Somebody convinces Candice that now is not the time, but Candice plans to make time.
And now, our main event, a match that actually totally happened! Showed me, NXT! Anyhoo, this was a pretty good fight. We start with Ciampa and Black doing some mat work, before Ciampa bails out of the ring. He wants nothing to do with Black’s strikes, but Black catches him and does a number on him. There’s a pretty cool bit where Black fakes a dive, goes into his sit, and does the Ciampa wave right at him. Eventually, though, Ciampa dodges a handspring and dumps Black all the way to the floor, and Ciampa’s all over him, doing a number on his back. Ciampa locks in a cloverleaf, but Black makes it to the ropes. Eventually, they roll to the apron, and Black manages to get back in with some strikes, but there’s an exchange in the turnbuckle that Ciampa gets the better of. He winds up for the knee strike, but Black kicks him right in the knee and then nails a quebrada. Ciampa tries to beg off, but Black has No Mercy (TM WWE) for him. However, Ciampa manages to bounce Black’s back off the apron, then he nails a diving DDT for two. Black blocks another attempt at a knee strike, then hits one of his own for a two count. He goes for Black Mass, but Ciampa ducks and gets a rollup for two, but Black comes right back with a top rope meteora, followed by a big kick and a German suplex for two. Ciampa rolls out and Black chases him with a triangle moonsault, but Ciampa dodges and then shoves Black into a cameraman. While the ref checks on him, Ciampa nails Black with a crutch to the face! But it only gets two! Black is reeling, but he counters a charge with a back body drop, right into the Danger Zone. And here’s the big dive! He throws Ciampa back in, but Ciampa hits the draping DDT as Black tries to come back in. It gets two! Ciampa’s frustrated now, and he starts pulling up the protective padding at ringside. Drake tries to stop him, and Drake winds up taking a bump off the apron to the concrete! Welcome back to your roots, Drake! Black nails Ciampa with the Black Mass, but Drake’s still down on the floor, so we get no count. Black pulls up Ciampa, but Ciampa gouges away at his eye, and now he’s got the NXT title and he’s looking to waffle Black with it. But heeere’s Johnny! I knew I could count on you, Johnny! This will surely be the end – nope, Gargano accidentally pops Black with belt while taking it away from Ciampa, and now that the ref’s back up, Gargano bails. Ciampa sets up a Tiger Facebuster of some sort, and nails it, and holy shit, that’s three. New Champion, Toyota Camry! Match Rating: A Travesty Of Justice.
No, not the match, or the result. The fact that I caught this episode less than 24 hours after it’s initial airing, and as soon as I opened the WWE app, before I could even get to the network, I immediately had the result of the match spoiled for me. Don’t put title changes on your main news page, you jerks! Anyhoo, while I find this very surprising, the likelihood that we get the threeway at Brooklyn is near 100%, and that’s been the long game the whole time, so, there you go. I hope everybody else enjoyed the surprise title change.
If it hadn't been over the internet, I would NOT have expected that title change. But Goddamnit, Ciampa deserves it with his sick heel work. Black was great too in this one. I have NO clue what to expect for a triple threat.
Baszler, I don't care that much for her in the ring but I love her cockiness as she walks around as champion. She just oozes asshole-ishness and I am sure that once someone beats it the crowd will go wild (I don't think it'll be Sane)
A War Raiders vs U.Era tag match could be fun. No wait, a triple threat tag match could be fun. Loved how the UE are suddenly the hunted.
The two matches other than the main event, meh they served their storyline purpose.
I was not familiar with his work, but looking at wikipedia, it seems he wrestled quite a list of names throughout the years. Again, it's not a good day when you have to type this at all, let alone more than once. R.I.P. Brickhouse Brown (and wow..