Backstage segment – Kalisto
This was actually pretty good! He just might be getting the hang of this. Good for him.
Backstage segment – Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak
Enzo never runs out of material and he was really good here. Drew reacted well too. They have a definite chemistry even though their promo styles couldn’t be more different.
Segment: The Brian Kendrick & “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher
I have to speak about the little promo Brian & Jack did as they were coming out. It was DELIGHTFUL! (oops, sorry, wrong show) Gallagher was slimy and Kendrick was the icy-est I’ve ever seen him. The look on his face could have melted titanium! It was short but it was really impactful!
Entrance chatter: Rich Swann & Cedric Alexander
Rich, on the other hand, sounded like he always sounds: forced and overdone. He’s just got to fix this. Either he does too much or he doesn’t do enough. He knows no balance and listening to him talk is like fingernails on a chalkboard. How he could have been so busy on the indies and talk so poorly confounds me.
The Brian Kendrick & “Gentleman” Jack Gallagher vs. Rich Swann & Cedric Alexander
What we don’t get from Rich on the mic definitely shows up in the ring. He’s always been fun to watch. Even more impressive, though, is Cedric. Cedric’s crispness in the ring is a thing of beauty. He’s beyond graceful and it’s so much fun to watch. He also shows so much on his face when he’s working in there. If that’s not enough, he sells extremely well. He’s been inspiring to watch lately. This was a very nice match. Rich being caught in both the Captain’s Hook and the arm submission was pretty cool to watch. The Super Biel from Gallagher and Kendrick that took Swann off the top rope looks nasty! These incredibly talented men worked HARD! They left it all out there and I loved every second of this. This, kids, is what “205 Live” at it’s best can really do!
Entrance chatter: Ariya Daivari
It’s so sad. Daivari spoke pretty well but the crowd couldn’t have cared less. He even broke into Farsi and he still couldn’t really generate heat. This was better than the crowd gave it credit for. Likely, the previous match wore them out.
Entrance chatter: Mustafa Ali
I get the feeling there’s a great talker in Mustafa. This wasn’t bad and he’ll get better if he keeps doing it. He’s improving all the time so I look forward to the time when he really starts nailing it.
Ariya Daivari vs. Mustafa Ali
Mustafa’s got a really good sense of humor and he’s showing it. I like it! He’s also one heck of a worker and he showed that too. I love that Ariya kept breaking into Farsi to troll the crowd. It eventually worked a bit and the crowd came around and got involved. We’ve seen a million frog splashes but Daivari’s was particularly pretty here. Yet another very well-worked match but we always get those with “205 Live”.
In-ring segment: Enzo Amore & Drew Gulak
“How are YOOOOU doing”??? I am DEAD! Poor Gabba Gulak. NO respect. Of course, Enzo went on and on but this time, he was quite listenable. He leaves no room for Gulak to talk but Gulak’s reactions are more than enough. I love them together. Of course, they brought CAKE! It’s quite clear that cake is gonna catch damage before the match ends.
Drew Gulak vs. Kalisto
It’s hard to comment on these matches because none of them are bad. I enjoyed this one too. Of course, Enzo talked a lot through the match and even got involved by taking the legs out from under Kalisto on the ring apron. That left a serious mark. Drew jumping from the bottom rope to deliver a sledge to the back was a riot! He didn’t violate his rule! Kalisto’s finisher came out of nowhere and it was very cool. Of course, when the match ended, Enzo went on the attack. I loved the “we want cake” from the crowd. Hey, they were at least into it. So who caught the cake? They teased it a few times and I was really hoping someone was gonna get worked but no one did.
Backstage – Dasha & Enzo
YES!!! The cake got worked! Kalisto came in from behind and made Enzo kiss cake. I certainly waited long enough or the destruction of the cake and I finally got it. Why no grade? When a Enzo is made to become one with cake, the beauty of the moment defies grading structure. It just…is.
…and with that symphony of unbleached flour, eggs, sugar, baking powder, confectioner’s sugar, milk, and butter, I bid you all adieu from “The Pickup”. Botch…OUT!