Hey, kids. It’s the Botching One with another edition of “The Pickup”. Okay, first things first. The WWE Cruiserweight Championship tournament ended just a bit too quickly. We’ve now got two weeks of television that, for storyline purposes, basically don’t matter. Vic, Nigel, and Drake are doing their best to sell us on this Fatal Four-Way this evening and I know the match’ll be great.
Mark Andrews vs. Tony Nese (w/ Drake Maverick on commentary)
Honestly, I have zero reason to care about either Andrews or Nese. Andrews hasn’t been around long enough and Nese is just flat-out boring. Throughout the match, Maverick continued to sell his passion and excitement not only for the WrestleMania match, but for everything “205 Live”-related. He really did well here. He also got me interested in the motivation for this match to some degree. Maverick was a very good move for “2o5 Live” as he has proven capable of carrying its personality quite well.
Andrews was fun too. Loved his homage to Rey Mystery with his “619”-esque kick to Nese’s abdomen. Nese is a very hard hitter and he looked good here – repeatedly hitting power moves on Andrews designed to put him away. They both worked really hard and Andrews took it. I think it would have been more fun for Nese to have a shot at Gulak but Andrews really is one heck of an athlete. That match will be fun.
Backstage segment – Drew Gulak
So now he’s going to be a “submission specialist”. Cool! I also like his meaner attitude. The PowerPoint presentations are gone now and I like what they’ve been replaced with. I’ll miss his sense of humor but this is a worthy replacement.
Backstage segment – Cedric Alexander & Mustafa Ali (as interviewed by Drake Maverick)
In short, Mustafa is better on the mic than Cedric is. Cedric is just too stiff. He said the words and they sounded good…but I didn’t feel the passion that I wanted to feel. He’s been wildly inconsistent with that. Mustafa, I felt. He was very good. Cedric wasn’t a disaster by any means but it wasn’t what it could have been. Given that it was recorded previously, I’m not sure why it wasn’t done again.
Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. TJP vs. Mitchell Adams (err…Buddy Murphy)
Oh, c’mon. You know you see it. All of these guys can work their faces off so there’s no way this wasn’t going to be a lot of fun. The double move (standing Indian Deathlock and abdominal stretch) that TJP had applied on Kalisto and Akira Tozawa) was just brilliant. In fact, TJP did several moves while holding the Indian Deathlock on Akira.
The Gory stretch and the reverse hangman crab on Kalisto and Akira was another fantastic move from TJP. What else can he come up with? Just spectacular work! We also got dives (of course) and Kalisto’s twisted side-winding dive to take out two guys was, by far, the best. Buddy’s was overshot and he very nearly really hurt himself. We can’t leave out the TJP’s Bow and Arrow while Akira waited on the top. Buddy came in to pin TJP on the bottom and Akira leapt from the top rope…you just had to see it.
An absolutely stunning display from all four extremely talented men. Just an incredible match!
I was afraid this would be an episode I wouldn’t care about. I was wrong. That last match was made this whole episode for me. Join me next week for another (more timely) “Pickup”!