This isn’t my tardiest post, but as I had said to expect, it wasn’t going to be one of the timely Sunday posts. BOLA was amazing, but also draining.
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What I Watched
- Monday Night Raw, 8/28
- WWE Mae Young Classic Ep 1-4, 8/28
- SmackDown LIVE, 8/29
- 205 Live, 8/29
- NXT, 8/30
- Lucha Underground, 8/30
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 2017 Battle of Los Angeles – Stage One, 9/1
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 2017 Battle of Los Angeles – Stage Two, 9/2
Upcoming Watch List
- Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 2017 Battle of Los Angeles – Final Stage, 9/3
- Monday Night Raw, 9/4
- WWE Mae Young Classic Ep 5-8, 9/4
- SmackDown LIVE, 9/5
- 205 Live, 9/5
- NXT, 9/6
- Lucha Underground, 9/6
Non-WWE Segment of The Week
An Unmasked Castro Meets With Dario Cueto
Lucha Underground, 8/30
A best in-name-only, as there wasn’t much to draw from this week. Being The Elite is getting stale and WWN seems to be in an off-week for YouTube content.
I liked this interaction, between Cueto and the fomerly-undercover cop who was in hiding in his underground wrestling club. Not only was it a surprise, because you don’t expect Castro to walk right into Dario’s office, but it pushed the ball forward in the feud with Joey Ryan.
Non-WWE Match of The Week:
Flash Morgan Webster vs Marty Scurll
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla 2017 Battle of Los Angeles – Stage One, 9/1
As you’ll see in the honorable mentions, the first two nights of BOLA were (predictably) top-shelf. I could have gone with either of the Keith Lee matches from nights 1 or 2, or the insane The Elite vs The Lucha Trio (Penta El 0M, Fenix, Flamita). But I did not.
That’s because this match feels more … special. I’d never been a card carrying member of the FMW hive before, and now I own two of his shirts.
Why? He didn’t win the crowd over with perfect high spots or anything (one famous wrestling writer noted to me that’s where he needs work), but he showed everything else about how he is very damn good at this wrestling thing.
Wrestling as a babyface to Marty Scurll’s lovable villain is tough, but Flash sold everything beautifully and his buildups for comebacks were a delight. Scurll, for his part, did take to the mic to chastise the audience and get some heat to get the match starting right. And once Scurll had given Webster that starting point, the mod from a town called Malice brought thunder to begin the match.
All in all, it felt like the biggest match of Flash’s career so far.
- Brian Cage vs. Dezmond Xavier, BOLA – Stage One, 9/1
- PENTA EL 0M vs. “Reborn” Matt Sydal, BOLA – Stage One, 9/1
- The Chosen Bros (Jeff Cobb & Matthew Riddle) vs. The Monstars (Donovan Dijak & Keith Lee), BOLA – Stage One, 9/1
- Jonah Rock vs. Zack Sabre, Jr., BOLA – Stage One, 9/1
- Flamita vs. Ricochet, BOLA – Stage One, 9/1
- Sammy Guevara vs. Joey Janela, BOLA – Stage Two, 9/2
- Donovan Dijak vs. Trevor Lee, BOLA – Stage Two, 9/2
- Michael Elgin vs. Matthew Riddle, BOLA – Stage Two, 9/2
- Travis Banks vs. Mark Haskins, BOLA – Stage Two, 9/2
- Keith Lee vs. WALTER, BOLA – Stage Two, 9/2
- REY FENIX, Flamita, & PENTA EL 0M vs. The Elite (Matt & Nick Jackson, Kenny Omega), BOLA – Stage Two, 9/2
WWE Match of The Week:
Abbey Laith vs. Jazzy Gabert
WWE Mae Young Classic Ep 1, 8/28
Much like the Cruiserweight Classic, the Mae Young Classic’s early rounds aren’t all gems. Fortunately, it’s easy to find the best matches of this four episode (each is around 45 minutes) stretch, as they’re the main events. And of those four, this felt the most competitive.
Not only are their animated reactions at the start of the match a solid way to give this brawl some importance, but Laith’s underdog work from beneath during the match properly established Gabert as a force to be reckoned with. Look forward to seeing her future matches.
- Piper Niven vs. Santana Garrett, WWE Mae Young Classic Ep 3, 8/28
- Kairi Sane vs. Tessa Blanchard, WWE Mae Young Classic Ep 4, 8/28
WWE Segment of the Week:
Cena Pipebombs Reigns
Monday Night Raw, 8/28
As my friend Luis put it in a gchat, you either die a Super Cena, or live long enough to become CM Punk. As David Shoemaker said, this felt like more than a promo, but an intervention.
Nothing I can really add, but just need to give this segment praise, and hope that they can make this feud last all the way through the next half-year or further.