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Re: Adrian Neville vs. Rick Victor and Kassius Ohno vs. Bray Wyatt Matches
Thanks for uploading these!
Both matches were very good for being in the 8 minute range. Few things I took away from these matches:
1. Mainstream wrestling fans have been conditioned to the point where a heel locking in a submission almost immediately makes them lose interest. In the Victor/Neville match, when Victor was controlling Neville on the ground you can hear a guy chant "Boooooring." In the Ohno/Wyatt match, one of the kids near the camera says "You're boring me to death!" when Wyatt has Ohno grounded too. This is what 4 minute TV matches have done to the casual wrestling fan, sadly.
2. I'm not sure how common it is, but seeing Ohno work as a face on a house show while he works heel on TV is somewhat odd to me. Considering there's been a lot of discussion about Ohno's less than stellar showings on TV, this might be one of the reasons if he's not being consistent with his character. I could be reading into it more than needed, but he clearly works much better as a face in shorter matches so hopefully we'll see a face turn after his feud with Regal.
3. Wyatt is ready for TV right now in all facets of the profession - we know his promos are extremely good and he showed here that he can work a good match longer than a squash. There's zero reason for him to be in developmental after Wrestlemania, so hopefully we start seeing vignettes in the coming weeks.