Hey, kids! It’s the Botching One with another edition of the “Pickup”! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Backstage segment – Ariya Daivari
Very quick and very scripted…and it sounded like it too. Every bit of charisma he once had has evaporated completely.
Ariya Daivari vs. Mustafa Ali
The boredom that is Ariya Daivari even followed him into the ring. He’s very good, don’t get me wrong, but his trash talk was just boring. His spine buster to Mustafa on the floor was just heinous. In fact, there was a lot of offense from Ariya – too much really given how close Mustafa got to winning the Cruiserweight championship. He should have gotten in far more offense. To just get away with winning makes little sense. The work was great; it’s the booking I’m confused by.
Backstage segment – Drake Maverick
So Saudi Arabia will now have a Cruiserweight match. The “he couldn’t cut the weight” thing was pretty interesting. It knocks Buddy out of it but we’ll see who ends up with the match. Drake’s very passionate so his segments work pretty well. Next week, we’re getting a Gauntlet Match to decide who’ll face Cedric in Saudi Arabia. Should be interesting, though I admit I’m a little “tournamen”‘d out at this point.
Jack Gallagher & The Brian Kendrick vs. Vinny Scalise & Kevin DeTibres
Vinny is an Indie guy from New York and I’m assuming Kevin works as Kevin Tibbs on the Indies as well. Here, both were fish food. It was the match it needed to be and, of course, Vinnie tapped out to the Captain’s Hook. As usual, hopefully eyes were on Scalise & DeTibres. They both did well here.
Backstage segment – Mustafa Ali
He’s come quite far on the mic. He’s very likable but self-assured and it works well for him. This was short but then again, all these segments are now.
Backstage segment – Drew Gulak
Great promo from Gulak. He called out Tony Nese’s boring gimmick and I loved it.
Lince Dorado Gran Metalik & vs. Akira Tozawa & Hideo Itami (w/ Drake Maverick on commentary)
Ah, the match of the night! Loved the double-submission work from Tozawa and Itami. I like the added layer of Itami disrespecting the Lucha aesthetic by trying to rip off the mask of whoever he’s in the ring with. Akira is heeling it up just slightly and I like it. It more or less leaves it to the audience whether or not they want to like him. The action outside of the ring late in the match was incredible. The giant sunset flip with all four of them was easily as cool as the twin dives of the top rope from the Lucha House Party. The double-counts were a bit silly but I get why they do them. They’re emphatic, darn it!
This was one episode that, on the whole, really didn’t do it for me. It picked up incredibly at the end but I kind of had to wade through the mundane to get there. I do like the added wrinkle of “if you don’t make weight, you can’t play”. Hopefully, they’ll go there even more. By the way, why are we getting an episode of “205 Live” without its champion? That makes zero sense. Oh well. See you guys next week for another “Pickup”.