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El Generico and Kevin Steen vs. Irish Airborn - IA are such generic flippy indy guys, doing springboards into side headlocks and such. Steenerico, however, are great, and outright killed these geeks. IA gets in a little offense but never looks like a threat. Good squash. **1/4
Gauntlet - Rave genericly squashes Pelle, Delirious squashes Rave (3 in a row now), Pearce comes out gets heat, Delirious beats him, THEN the show picks up big time as Hero comes out. This made me so happy. Hero and Delirious have a great, fun, match that saves the gauntlet completely. They need a legit singles match soon, if not a feud. *** completely on the shoulders of Hero.
BJ Whitmer vs. Brent Albright - Albright, in his element of crowd brawling, and BJ, also in his element of feud based matches, had a decent match. Better than NYC for sure. Kinda slow but it was early in the card so it makes sense. Albright by countering a super backdrop through a table. ***
No Remorse Corps vs. The Resiliance - Oh did I hate this. So this super heated feud right? Stevens comes out and offers a handshake. Davey takes his hand. What happens next? Stevens pulls him into a bomb? Richards whips him? No. Davey spits in his hand, walks away, and Stevens goes, "Okay". They then proceed to do OPENING MATWORK. My christ, no wonder this feud is so dead. They then have "Just another DG Tag" that watched bell to bell out of context would be great, but this is a blood feud, it makes no sense. They do Sasuke Specials and all that crazy stuff, then it ends with a Gibson Driver. Talk about anticlimactic. ***1/4 for effort, I guess. I mean, look at Steenerico vs. Briscoes. Briscoes work big moves tags, and Generico is one of the most spectacular guys on the indies. But they switch up they're style once they fueded, and it's the hottest feud maybe in the world. NRC and Resiliance worked this like a Do or Die match, and ya, it got over, but who cared 5 minutes later?
Lacey vs. Serena Deeb - Sloppy. No one cared. I don't either. *3/4
KENTA vs. Rocky Romero - Another bad performance by Rocky. This had literally no story, just moves. At one point, KENTA puts Rocky through all sorts of brutal submissions, then Rocky just grabs him and puts him in a bow-and-arrow. Like, what the fuck? They're called transitions. USE THEM. I mean, Rocky spit on him to start, and Rocky can be great in brawls. I just saw him put on the match of his life wth Strong in another fed. But he worked this like it was an exhibition and it sucked. You had stuff like KENTA doing a superplex for the first time ever so Rocky could do his "roll into small package" deal, adn going up top for the first time ever just so Rocky could counter into his flippy-do armbar. Come on. KENTA gives him a BRUTAL combo near the end that saved it, then they trade armbars??? Rocky, if you worked yourself out of an armbar, you shouldn't have the strength to immediatly lock one in yourself. Ugh. Again, ***1/4 for effort and for getting over.
Bryan Danielson and Nigel McGuinness vs. Naomichi Marufuji and Takeshi Morishima - This was damn good. The story was Dragon and Nigel wanting to get Mori to earn a shot, and Mori killing people. There was no good Dragon-Mori exchanges, unfortunatly, but can't fault them for not giving it away. Went long, but I enjoyed it enough. Not to the level of the RiE main event. ***1/2
Briscoes vs. CLAUDIO CASTAGNOLI~! and Matt Sydal - Here comes Claudio to save the show, yay. Great match and story. Deal was, Claudio and Sydal knew how dominant Briscoes were, so they came out like a house of fire to grab the first fall quick. It was great cause it wasn't all out craziness, but really smooth and quick, kinda like a DG match. Briscoes take it. then, in a great extention of the story, Briscoes know they have it in the bag, so they slow it down to "confirm the kill", so to speak, while Claudio tries to speed it up. He fails, Briscoes win, great match, MOTN. ***3/4
OVERALL: Can't really reccomend this. Really solid but outside of the two mains, there's nothing to see. Get it over, say, Dedicated, but not that much else is worse than it this year.