SmartMark15 Posted April 6, 2019 Report Share Posted April 6, 2019 Went into this match expecting very, very little so really it didn't take too much to turn me around on it. It was clear from the start that the main issue this match was going to have was being mostly heatless given the lack of story so the weight of the crowd reaction really had to come from the wrestling itself. On that note, the first fall was a pretty effective feeling out fall for me. They did some good stuff, some nice exchanges that didn't feel too cooperative (though there was some of that sprinkled in), and everything generally looked pretty good. I wasn't too big a fan of all their feints and counters because in kayfabe, I don't really see the reason for these two to know each other's offense so well? This isn't Tanahashi and Okada where they've been warring for years so there's not really a backstory they could build on in terms of the action. That being said, it ended soundly enough with the Last Shot to give Cole the win. The second fall was the worst of the bunch. The only bright spot was Johnny's energy hitting the Spear on the apron but the tension and selling they brought to the exhaustion felt entirely wrong for the pace they were going out. For that, the second fall moved at a snail's pace despite having some big bumps and spots in it. Just a lot of bland exchanges and lethargic action in this fall. The third fall is where they really got to play around. They finally turned the energy up and started throwing the bombs that could get us biting. A slight dip with the classic Gargano ~~~DRAMA~~~ moment with Cole calling him a failure on the outside. But they compensated nicely with an energetic comeback from Johnny and culminating in Cole hitting a Fairy Tale Ending on the table. From there, they just went into finisher trade overdrive but the spike in energy drove the match forward. The highlight of the match for me was UE coming out for some shenanigans and Johnny just going wild and taking all of them out. Thought that was excellent and created some real tension when you thought Cole might just slip away with that distraction. To have Johnny finally get the win was a great moment and to pair it with a (seemingly) final reconciliation with Ciampa at the end was a nice way to end the show. The strength of the third fall, and the benefit of just having the right guy win did a lot to boost this match after an abysmal second fall. ****1/4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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