Current Watch List:
- Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Mil Muerte (Lucha Underground)
- Super Fly vs. Texano (Lucha Underground)
- The Crew vs. Sexy Star, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Estrada (Lucha Underground)
- Rhyno v. Elias Sampson (WWE NXT)
- Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville (WWE NXT)
- Aramis vs. Alas de Acero vs. Black Angel vs. Black Drago vs. Voltar (IWRG)
Chavo Guerrero Jr. vs. Mil Muerte
Technically fine, but totally uninteresting. I am talking about both Chavo, Jr. and this match. Nothing offensive and the work was solid, but there was no edge to it. That was partially the booking (Mil Muerte wrestled as if he was “lost” without Catrina) but its also that Chavo (certainly currently) just comes across uninteresting. Everything he did was fine, but none of it was memorable.
Super Fly vs. Texano
Really short – like a minute+. What they did was fine, but too short to be anything. Texano looked good in his in-ring debut.
The Crew vs. Sexy Star, Mascarita Sagrada & Pimpinela Estrada
Storyline match to put Sexy Star over and give Big Ryck a measure of revenge against The Crew. Mascarita Sagrada and Pimpinela were mainly used as props to set up Sexy Star being left in a 3 on 1 situation. Matt Striker mentioned Donovan Morgan which will likely go down as the last mention of Donavan Morgan on pro wrestling television. Not much of a match.
Rhyno v. Elias Sampson
Just a squash. Not sure I totally understand the purpose of Rhyno as a veteran in NXT other than the fact that he was probably a guy who was receptive to the idea, available, and is in good enough physical condition. Otherwise, its not like has much to teach. I’d think the idea NXT veterans would be guys with a bit of name value who also have something to offer from a teaching perspective. The highlight (lowlight?) of the match was the announcers saying that we “now” cal it a spear, but first it was the gore, and Rhyno was the inventor. Wonder if that is official WWE history now or just a screw up by the announcers? Unfortunately, I am guessing its the former.
Kevin Owens vs. Adrian Neville
Eh . . . I don’t know. This suffered from a lot of what Kevin Steen indie matches suffered from, minus going overboard on moves. It just did not have much flow to it, which has always been a Steen issue. He just sort of starts the match, he does some moves, and it never feels cohesive. The chin locks feel far more out of place in a Owens match than they do in other matches, because none of his other offense works with it. He starts the match with a gut buster, then 5 minutes in he is going long chin locks? If he started with some holds or even like a knuckle lock or waist lock to start, the mid-match slow down chin locks would feel more like an actual part of the match. The offense was all executed fine but this didn’t do anything for me.
Aramis vs. Alas de Acero vs. Black Angel vs. Black Drago vs. Voltar
Billed as a “Five Fighters” match, it was an five-way match with each luchadore legal at all times. The opening was clearly heavily rehearsed which was fine because they pulled off some semi-intricate stuff rather well. The match was all action with a fair number of dives and all five trying out a bunch of different stuff. In that regard, it was like one of the (better) IWRG school vs. school cibernetico’s in that you have a bunch of young guys throwing everything they have out on the table. Some hits, some misses, but its all action and the effort is there. I didn’t like this in the sense of seeing it as a great match, but I do enjoy watching these young guys show off what (if anything) they’ve got. Definitely an easy match to get through since it really never stops at any point.