Hey, kids! It’s the Baron of all things Botch with another edition of “The Pickup”. The Cedric Alexander/Drew Gulak feud is now in full swing and we’re getting some storylines here as well. We’d get another one this week. Let’s have a look!
Kalisto & Lince Dorado (w/ Gran Metalik) vs. Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy
The Lucha House Party again. They should be over and they would be if they weren’t so overexposed and overused. Nigel is right. I don’t get it either. There still worlds better than the eternally-boring Tony Nese. He’s decent in the ring but he contributes nothing otherwise. Thankfully, he’s not alone here so he doesn’t have to be endured solo.
Kalisto is pure, unadulterated speed. Moves went by so fast that I couldn’t keep up. When they went to slow-mo to show it again, it looked like normal speed for anyone else. Wanna know what I hate. When a worker almost gets to the tag and the fresh member of the opposing team goes to the others side and pulls down from the apron the fresh member that the worker is trying to tag. That means it’s a good device. I was into it and it was done really well here. Good timing on the part of everyone involved as it couldn’t have been any closer. Not a bad match at all.
Backstage segment – Mustafa Ali & Drake Maverick
Really good segment. I sensed Maverick’s concern and Mustafa trying to allay his fears. I’m into this story.
Backstage segment – Hideo Itami
This was good too. It was shorter but it had to be. He spoke most of it in Japanese which made him sound even more menacing. Add the way it was shot and we have ourselves a winner.
Cinéma de Dar – Noam Dar
I always liked him and I’m glad he’s back. His ring work is stellar and I liked his stuff with ALICIA FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOX. They’re restarting on him now that he’s back and that makes me happy.
Noam Dar vs. Sean Maluta
Sean Maluta has bounced around within the WWE machinery without really landing anywhere. He was in the Cruiserweight classic, he’s been on matches in “NXT” and in “205 Live”. Dar’s offense is just wonderfully weird. I dig his strikes. The Nova Roller is a cool finisher too. Nice, short match. I only wish it could have been longer as both of them can go.
Cinéma de iPhone – Cedric Alexander
I mentioned something on my Twitter account and it seemed to get some reaction thankfully. Why is it that the Cruiserweight Champion has no t-shirt for sale? All you’ll find is a plaque. Bizarre. Hopefully, that’ll change before his reign ends. As for his promo, it wasn’t bad. That’s pretty good for him. I felt a little something there too from him. Nice.
Backstage segment – Drew Gulak, The Brian Kendrick, & Jack Gallagher
Drew is just dripping with charisma. He did beautifully here. Challenge accepted. Cedric vs. Jack next week. I can go for that.
UGH! Flo Rida has the theme song for SummerSlam. What? Was Kid Rock busy? The public has moved on from him. Maybe WWE should too. Okay, back to the show…
Mustafa Ali vs. Hideo Itami
The story they’re telling here with Mustafa is an interesting one. It’s the story of a guy who gives it all he has when he’s out there and is beginning to show the signs of going too hard. Hideo kicked Mustafa hard into the ring post and it looked absolutely gruesome. There was even a nice-size welt on his back from it so it may have been a bit stiff. The commentators have sold the entire story of this really well. Hideo’s repeated attacks to Mustafa’s back were just vicious too. Hideo’s constant screams of “respect me!!!” are extremely tired and I wish he’d stop doing them.
Mustafa’s hesitation on the 054 at the end of the match was just perfectly done. That enabled Hideo to launch one last salvo that got him the win. This, kids, is how you tell stories. I’m excited to see where this goes from here as the win isn’t the story; it’s Mustafa’s iron will and failing body. Maverick sold his concern extremely well and the refs did too.