Hey, kids. It’s the Botching One with another edition of “The Pickup”. I’m blogging this while as I’m watching it. I’m just hoping this show is more than a bunch of mundane matches and one great main event. When the format becomes as predictable as things have here, it’s hard to pay attention the way I’d like to. Let’s get started, shall we?
Lince Dorado (w/ Gran Metalik & Kalisto) vs. The Brian Kendrick (w/ Drew Gulak on commentary)
Again with this. The show has been opening with permutations of this for what seems like forever. It’s completely and utterly boring to me at this point. I mean all of them can work – I’m not blind so I know that’s true. However, it’s impossible to care when things are this repetitive. The crowd doesn’t care either.
The only thing that was fun here was Gulak on commentary. He’s an absolutely fantastic heel – easily the most captivating personality on “205 Live”. He heeled beautiful throughout and he was great. He went after the entire Lucha House Party and that was great too. Sadly, this has likely set up a tag team involving, for the 900th time, Kendrick & the Lucha House Party. Actually, we’re getting a six-man next week. Yipee…or something.
Backstage segment – Mustafa Ali
Mustafa cuts a decent promo but in this case, he sounded hyper-scripted. As a result, I didn’t believe it. It shouldn’t be so obvious but was here. Nothing to be alarmed about. A rare miss from Mustafa.
TJP vs. Brian Keith
Nice to see indie guys getting a shot in WWE. I’ve seen Brian in many promotions so it’s really cool that he’s here. “Corpus Crispy”. I have died! This was fun because it showed real personality. He ate Keith and spent more of the match on the mic than on the match itself. TJP did beautifully here and I really enjoyed the storytelling here.
Vignette – Lio Rush
I love the idea of seeing him again on TV. He’ll be a lot more fun than most on the brand and I can’t wait to see him. I’m all about this.
Mustafa Ali vs. Buddy Murphy (w/ Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy promo)
Well, the promo happened. Let’s just pretend it didn’t. Cool? Cool. On with the match…
As is usually the format, this will be the match that I’ll really enjoy. The Rib Bomb into the top turnbuckle from Buddy looked completely vicious. Wow! The back and forth between them was very nice and they even got their fair share of “this is awesome” chants. They were right – it was. It was all going so well until Hideo Itami decided to interfere and go after both of them. That was a wrinkle I didn’t count on. Guess they’re elevating Itami? We’ll see, I guess.
This was better than most recent episodes so I’m happy about that. I can’t wait for Lio Rush to show up. That’ll give me something new to watch. See you all next week for another edition of “The Pickup”.