I liked the Briscoes/ReDRagon
match until the hot tag to Mark. The redneck karate gimmick is totally kayfabe breaking for me. Why, when the commentators are directly plugging O'Reilly as a well-disciplined fighter, have the hot-tag build be completely over-ridden by Mark's asinine shtick that, even in the fake world of wrestling, is not doing anything to Kyle other than being annoying?
If O'Reilly really is that well-trained, why does he not level Mark with something? It isn't as if Jay is stiffing him at all, anyway. The knee work on Jay was hampered, too, by that hot tag. It just had no purpose once he tagged his brother in. Why work on something for so long if no one is going to highlight it later on? Yeah, fine, they needed a means to debilitate him in keeping their control but many tag matches make use of something actually fitting. Throwing in a myriad of dragon screws and submissions should result in some form of restriction on Jay from there on out (OR A FUCKING SUBMISSION
), yet it didn't. No one thought wise to dropkick his knee once he had gained control, again.
And as for the to-the-floor spots, yeah... it felt as if it was there to rather pop the crowd than add any logical coherence to where the work was being taken. The first time, admittedly, was brutalishly sick but the second was just unnecessary.
Overall, though, it was good (and better than what I'd have expected) yet still not a MotYC. Same goes for the NJPW Anniversary
Elimination (losers advance) aspuestas match
Oficial 911 Vs Trauma II Vs El Angel
Trio match || Loser's Hair Match (with missing finish) || Handheld with finish
Firstly, just a clarification on how to approach the match and to understand what's going on. I've incorporated both bouts into one match, as that seems the logical progression here noting how they set things up. The stipulation dictates that the first fall will be contested under standard threeway conditions, however the winner of the match will be eliminated. The remaining two wrestlers will move into the second fall which is under a mask Vs mask stipulation. As for watching the videos go, in order, from left to right as I've laid them out here. The first two cut nicely into each other, however the ending of the mascara y mascara match was not only cut but was also over-written by the TV Channel's logo. I'm not sure why, as this match seemingly had a chance to reach the annuls of absolute greatness but no matter. The handheld does go over a few minutes that you have seen before in the official video yet watch it anyway. It offers a better angle on the crowd brawling as well as the bottle angle.
As for the match, if you can get past the first few minutes of seemingly perfunctory action, you will be rewarded in troves. Yes, Trauma's dive from the ringpost was a bit botchy. Yes, the Oficial/Angel segment was not the greatest but when this match clicked it damn well did so. I honestly cannot think of anything that comes to mind in terms of how perfectly executed a lot of the threeway action was delivered. It was completely on point and never seemingly needed much awareness of their surroundings - they were always just in the right place to take the counters or add their twist to the sequence.
I was pretty adamant in the Lucha thread in hoping Angel would rather remain on the sidelines but I'm gladly eating my words here. He certainly made the second fall if you weren't already sold on him in the first. I truly loved how Angel returned the favour to Trauma after Trauma tore his mask apart - ferociously ripping at Trauma's own mask, and gnawing into the mask and forehead of his opponent in rabid aggression.
It was perhaps an obvious win for Oficial, yet I still don't mind having had the threeway. If we're to rely on hypothetical situations then, perhaps, I'd be inclined to be in favour of only the second fall in a longer timeframe. From the goodness here it wouldn't be foolish in thinking that match could stick as one of the first go-to aspuestas matches of the 2010's. Yet, we don't live in a hypothetical world. That said, what we had here was still bordering on epic.
The beer bottle to Trauma's head was the definite highlight amongst the brawling of the second fall (I'm pretty sure it wasn't staged, too). It was also a nifty counter-response to Trauma delivering a vicious DDT moments before. Could Angel out-wrestle Trauma? No. Could Angel out-brawl Trauma, though? Yes and, effectively, that's how they came into and ended this. Trauma managing to get a lucky Fujiwara on Angel while trying to swing a second beer bottle shot and transitioning it into the finishing submission seemingly denoted the old saying that brains will always beat pure brawn. Watch this.