This Isn’t The Biggest Loser

Hey, kids, it’s the Botching One with another edition of “The Pickup”.  We’re just a few weeks into Triple H’s new direction.  The bracket has been introduced so let’s see where this episode takes us, shall we?


Ariya Daivari

Fairly decent heel promo that gave us the title this week.  If “205 Live” had stayed on its previous header, he would have likely gotten even better.  Maybe he will anyway


Buddy Murphy weigh-in

Relatively pointless, honestly.  They’re really going all-out to make this look like a real athletic competition, aren’t they?  ‘Course, they didn’t show the numbers on the scale after he stepped on it so who knows how much he really weighs.


Ariya Daivari vs. Buddy Murphy

Buddy Murphy is a guy who did next to nothing in NXT – winning the tag team titles once with Wesley Blake back in 2015.  Since then, he’s been little more than a house show fixture.  They had nothing left for him so here he is!  As for this match, he did look impressive.  He can get it done in there for sure.  Given the way they’ve been promoting him and the way they kept putting him over in commentary, there was no way he’d lose.  Throughout the match, they gave Daivari very little love – focusing 99% of their attention on Murphy.  That annoys me to no end.  Based on how heavy he was put over, we knew who’d win.  The match was good but the incessant trumpeting of Murphy got old…fast.


Drake Maverick

This is another segment that is meant to lend legitimate competition aspects to what’s happening here.  Cedric and TJP came in to cut a promo on each other.  TJP was good (and made salient points) while Cedric was actually a little better than usual.  Let’s see if he can keep it up.


Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado vs. Evan Daniels & Corazon Delgado

Why are we throwing jobber matches into “205 Live”??  Metalik and Dorado make for a fun tag team but why was this necessary?    Rather than give us the wrestling they’ve promised, they throw in a jobber match with two guys who likely haven’t seen the inside of a gym since the Bush administration.  This made no sense.  I guess I’m glad that Daniels and Delgado got some exposure but…really???


Drew Gulak

This was brilliant.  I got quiet anger and intensity.  It was the perfect amount of both.  I only wish it had been longer.  Gulak is just…good.


Mark Andrews

He did a flip while holding his cell phone.  That’s all I can say for this promo.  Moving on…


Jack Gallagher vs. Mustafa Ali

The ring gear is definitely new so he was listening to Maverick when he was instructed to “sort himself out”.  Both of these guys can do so there was no way this wasn’t going to be a lot of fun.  I love that Gallagher’s even changed his wrestling style.  He’s more punishing and sadistic now.  He got Mustafa’s arm and tortured him a la Pete Dunne for a while and it told a great story.  To make anything look truly sadistic, both have to participate and Mustafa was more than up for it – selling like a champ and making things look far sicker than they would have on their own.  He’s also injected some humor into his work.  Gallagher did too.  Loved watching them trade waves at each other during hold releases.

The completely missed dive onto Gallagher was bizarre in a good way.  I’ve never seen anyone miss like that before.  It looked like he was intent on diving, realized that Gallagher moved, and tried to pull it back.  It looked great and furthered the story they were telling.  For once, I even enjoyed the commentating.  Usually, it’s barely sufficient but Joseph and McGuinness were good here – really selling Gallagher’s submissions on Ali.

The way Gallagher kicked Ali off the top rope looked truly ugly!  Ali is a pro and knows how to make that stuff look as ugly as possible and it did.  Still, Ali refused to give up or be pinned.  I can’t say enough good about this match and given the dross we got leading up to it, this was well worth the wait.


Thank goodness this one ended well.  I was beginning to lose hope.  I am exhausted by how good that last match was.  Join me again next week for another edition of “The Pickup”.