Did you ever post a review for TEN, Chismo? I just remember reading a post in the MOTYC thread about nothing hitting the **** mark.
Just finished watching the show and I enjoyed it.
Everything between the opener and O'Reilly/TJ was awful but the rest was super fun. Opener was full of botches, called and contrived spots as well as stupid shit but it was damn entertaining. TJ/Kyle had some fun exchanges and it came off a lot better than the trailer made it seem. Nothing exactly turned me off. The last two matches were crazy shit, though. Not as crazy as previous guerrilla warfare or three-way ladder tags but still fun as all shit. Nothing MotYC but I really, really enjoyed myself and that's something I do not get from any other major US Indy show. So there.
This was only 7 min long, but damn, such an adrenaline rush we’re talking about here. Drake is at his best when working the underdog role, and Cage is at his best when tossing smaller opponents around. Well, that happened here, very good match.
2. Quarter-Finals: Kevin Steen vs. Johnny Gargano
Great match between these two, as expected. They approached the match sooo different than Night 1, no comedy, just mayhem and violence. Very exciting, dramatic and STIFF match.
3. Quarter-Finals: Roderick Strong vs. Michael Elgin
Good match that could’ve been great without some stupid fillers and shit.
4. Quarter-Finals: ACH vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Again, good match, however there was a black hole of dullness, 6-7 min long, but there was also a pile of cool shit, very action packed match that almost went into overkill waters, but shit, two or three jawdropping counters in the climax saved it.
5. Best Friends (Chuck Taylor, Joey Ryan & Trent?) vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Willie Mack & B-Boy
Chikara, fun, grenades, etc.
6. Semi-Finals: Michael Elgin vs. Johnny Gargano
I expect some dudes giving this **** and more, also expect dudes giving this * at best. Long ass match, I’d call it "good" overall, however, they packed so many things in there, it was crazy. Would've been a bonafide classic with 7-8 min less.
7. Semi-Finals: Kyle O’Reilly vs. Drake Younger
Solid match, nothing more. Sume really stupid shit stuff, though.
8. Adam Cole & The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) vs. Candice LeRae, AR Fox & Rich Swann
Superkicks, sexual harassment, Nick Fucking Jackson, tope con hilos, suicidal tendencies, cock suplexes… Incredible match, ****1/2 because of many superkicks.
9. FINALS: Michael Elgin vs. Kyle O’Reilly
First of all, Kyle O’Reilly does THE WORST triangle chokes ever. Second of all, where the fuck did that Nigel stuff come from? Like, seriously, what the fuck is wrong with people? Anyway, thank fuck this was their 3rd match on the show. And, why is that? Well, my young padawan, you see - they were fucking EXHAUSTED, which means reduced shitbag of tricks, which means more coherent and logical structure, which means struggle and hard-earned transitions, which means BETTER MATCH, bitch. Great slugfest, a pleasant surprise. However, fucking at the miserable attempt of recreating the Shibata/Ishii magic, I wish North American wrestlers didn’t have internet.
POST-MATCH MAYHEM: Oh! My! God! One of the best PWG moments ever.
What a major improvement over Night 1, this was great.