Originally Posted by DetroitRiverPhx
I really dug the show this week. Kruger vs Gabriel was a good match, the finish submission came out of nowhere though, I think Kruger will need to have a little showmanship before he locks it in to let folks know it's coming. But he's really finding his character - he's more than ready for the main roster, and I expect he'll be a post-mania call-up. He'd certainly deserve it. Gabriel was better as the Nexus heel, he just doesn't have intensity as a face. I loved it when he'd perch himself up for the 450 Splash and almost show remorse of what he was about to do, but then do it anyways.
I actually though having Gabriel as a heel was fighting the grain. He looks like a babyface, with his boyish good looks and his long hair and high flying style.
I do think Kruger will need to signal for the submission, maybe banging his head with his hands like he did earlier. He's in tune with the character, They just need some sort of proper, five minute segment to get it across.
I loved the Regal/Ohno segment. Ohno has dropped the crazier parts of his character, trimmed his beard -he was much more Chris Hero in the segment I thought. I liked his debut persona, didn't like where he was going when he was teaming with Kruger, but if he had to drop the KO gimmick because Barrett stole it that's a shame.
I thought the KO character was good initially, while he was feuding with Steamboat, but yeah, as soon as that ended and he joined with Kruger not much came of them. Kruger doesn't seem the type to have a partner and Ohno was just... boring. He had that witty, snide humour to him before but he lost that in the team.
I do like that he ditched the glasses and the long beard. From his indy promos he seems pretty good. Catchphrases and promotes himself really well. Maybe instead of the bashes and gashes heel they should make him into a sarcastic, ruthless, arrogant guy with catchphrases who cheats whenever he has the chance, literally nearly every match. Either way, they are taking steps to improve the character, which I like.
Bailey vs Paige was short, but they bring physicality that the wwe divas don't. You can tell they're both indie wrestlers because they basically work the men's style in the ring, and sell accordingly. Bailey looked good, I'm not sure I like the screaming Paige though, I liked her more as the mysterious brooding Brit. I guess she needs to be the face in the feud with Summer, but playing to the crowd is not what an anti-diva would do.
I feel the 'anti-diva' character isn't really something that makes a whole lotta sense with Paige and the roster right now. If she's going to work as a babyface then I think the screams and shouts and fiery character all work in her favour. A darker, brooding character just doesn't come across very effectively. It may work if WWE had actual barbie divas on the roster, but they don't.
So Bayley is a indy wrestler then? Good to know. Glad WWE has been signing so many capable women.
Main event was solid, if unspectacular. Crowd was sort of flat. Harper is perfect for his role. I liked Regal explaining why Neville would consider going to the top rope ie needing that extra force given the size difference in order to keep Harper down. Virtually no pop for the save - maybe needed a bit more post match beat down to sell that a little better.
I'm just glad Grey is back. Yeah, crowd was a little flat this time around, I'm guessing because Neville hasn't really broken out a lot of his high flying offence yet.