Hey, kids. It’s the Baron of all things Botch with another Pickup! As they always do, this one started off with the customary Drake Maverick recap so that, in case you’ve missed anything lately, this will catch you right up. I like the addition of these segments myself. Okay, on with the rest of the show!
Cinéma de Stage – The Brian Kendrick & Gentleman Jack Gallagher
Kendrick and Gallagher make fun heels and this was well done. They stated their case and did it in a confident and charismatic way. Someone in the audience said “I thought you were taller in person” as both were on the way to the ring. I couldn’t tell who that was directed to (likely Gallagher) but the WWE audience has no chill and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The Brian Kendrick vs. Akira Tozawa
Tozawa showed a nice bit of viciousness here. Very heelish and I liked it! His bicycle kick just looks amazing. There wasn’t a tremendous amount of offense from Kendrick which was kind of surprising. They had to sell his new-found viciousness and they really did. Really nice work from both of them.
Backstage segment – Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy
Buddy did well here but the wireless mic didn’t. It cut out on him twice while he was speaking. I work in sound for a living and that must have been nightmarish for the crew. I totally sympathize. What an awful time for to happen. Still, the point got across and Murphy did well. Tony Nese was there too.
Cinéma de iPhone – Hideo Itami
Why are they having people talk who can’t do it. I honestly couldn’t figure out what he was saying through too much of it. I was able to figure out the gist of it and he did look heartless so I’ll give him that.
Hideo Itami vs. Michael Blaise
This was completely one-sided. We always get one of those. This was done to sell Hideo’s viciousness and this worked too. Mustafa Ali came out to make the save when Blaise was being victimized. Nice story and I’m into it. Michael Blaise actually goes by that name. There’s a fun match between Samoa Joe and him in PWG from 2015 that I saw not too long ago. Nice to see him get a WWE look.
Cinéma de iPhone – Cedric Alexander
This was very scripted but when isn’t it? For what it was, it was good. I just wish he was consistently good. If he were, he’d have the whole package. No one can argue with his ring work. Ever.
Buddy Murphy vs. Kalisto
The DIVE tho! He went over the refs head and hit him a little while going over. No one got hurt or anything; I just thought it was interesting. I’m pretty tired of seeing Lucha House Party week after week while others sit on the shelf but they absolutely give us great work. Kalisto’s dive to Murphy who turned it right into a suplex was just unreal. Very odd catch and you’ve really got to have some strength to pull it off. During the match, Tony Nese and the rest of the Lucha House Party were ejected from ring side. Kalisto did a couple of INCREDIBLE hurricanranas – one reverse and one regular – that just looked amazing!
That last match left me exhausted! Very nice episode of “205 Live”. These are kept short for maximum impact and to that end, it works. I love that they’re making Tozawa more vicious than he was. previously. It works for his character and makes him more fun. The only bad thing is that we got another week with zero Lio Rush. He has more charisma in his pinkie finger than anyone else there has in their entire body. They appear to be rationing him but I don’t think I’d wear out on him, personally. Heck, get him into a meaningful feud and I think he’d elevate the guy he was feuding with (yes, you Cedric). Anyway, see you all next week for another “Pickup”!