Drago def. Sammy Guevara in a Super X Cup First Round Match
I've been a big fan of Drago's work in Lucha Underground, so it's super cool to see him competing in GFW as part of the Super X Cup. Once again, the pre-match video packages did an excellent job of getting fans familiar with the combatants and the in-ring action was incredibly entertaining. Drago emerged victorious as he should have, but I hope this isn't the last we've seen of Guevara. Additionally, I appreciated this was what kicked off the show and not the typical drawn-out talking segment.
unified GFW Knockouts Champion Sienna def. Amber Nova (Non-title)
Sienna certainly has a dominating presence about her in the ring, so this short and sweet squash match accentuated her strengths and was best kept brief. Her mic skills are gradually getting better and I thought her post-match promo was decent. Karen Jarrett might as well be the Stephanie McMahon of GFW, but I'm glad her mic work was limited in this segment. It was then announced that Sienna will defend the Unified GFW Knockouts Championship against Rosemary next week in a Last Knockout Standing match, and I assume the rest of the women (Gail Kim, Allie and Laurel Van Ness) who showed up will be involved in the title picture as well going forward.
7/20/2017 0 Comments
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Trios Champion Pindar def. Cage by Disqualification in a Cueto Cup Second Round Match
The gauntlet has caused Cage to become an unstoppable monster, or at least more unstoppable than he was before. He was pretty directionless for the second half of last season and earlier on this season, so it's cool that he's a focal point of the program again and in this tournament. It isn't often we receive fluky finishes in Lucha Underground, so Cage getting himself intentionally disqualified here worked well because it also protected him in defeat. Not to mention he came across like a total badass when he roughed up the referee afterward.
Dante Fox def. Son of Havoc in a Cueto Cup Second Round Match
You had to know Son of Madness would get involved at some point in order to further his feud with Havoc, so I loved how that was gotten out the way before the bout even started with Madness ambushing Havoc during his entrance. That put Havoc at a distinct disadvantage in this matchup, and as the ultimate underdog of Lucha Underground, the crowd was solidly behind everything he did. Fox had an incredible outing as well, resulting in a super fun match on the whole.
Ember Moon def. Ruby Riot
Moon was off to a slow start when she initially returned from injury about a month ago, but this was a much better outing from her against an equally talented competitor in Riot. Granted, both women are babyfaces, but they are top contenders to the NXT Women's Championship at the moment and I liked the story they told with Moon having to earn her upcoming shot at the strap. They were given more time than I figured they would be and they made the most of it with a good match.
Oney Lorcan def. Danny Burch
On paper, this looked like a battle of the jobbers since neither guy is known for their winning ways on NXT, but it instead turned into a hell of a war between two hard-hitting, highly physical brawlers. We've seen quite a bit of this type of wrestling on NXT as of late and it did not disappoint in being a ton of fun. I'd love to think that Lorcan winning will lead to him getting a significant push sooner rather than later, but I assume he's being built up just to lose to a bigger star.
ROH World Champion Cody Addressed the Audience
I recently saw Cody compete at an independent wrestling show and I can tell you firsthand that he's an absolute star right now. Granted, he always has been at various points over the years, but he has really settled on something special as a member of The Bullet Club and now as ROH World Champion. He could be doing more to get the fans to boo him, but at least he isn't embracing the audience like some heels do. I liked that he mentioned he remains a free agent (though I'm not sure whether that's legitimate or not) and teased a title rematch with former champ Christopher Daniels.
Punisher Martinez def. Jonathon Gresham
This likely would have been a short squash match six months ago, but now that Gresham has been signed to a full-time deal with Ring of Honor, he's getting more and more opportunities to shine. Thus, I appreciated that this was more of a competitive contest than what we usually receive from Martinez and it exceeded my expectations as a result. Martinez emerged victorious as he should have and Jay White came out afterward to attack Martinez and further their feud.
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