#AskGSM is a weekly Q&A video where I, Graham "GSM" Matthews, answer fan questions from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in regards to the world of wrestling. Nothing is off limits, and this week’s edition touches upon a variety of topics including:
NWA National Champion Colt Cabana def. Mark Briscoe
Cabana's last title defense on ROH TV against James Storm went to a draw and saw The Briscoes attack Cabana afterward only for Nick Aldis to make the save. Cabana and Aldis will take on The Briscoes at Best in the World this Friday, so this was meant to be a preview of that. Briscoe and Cabana received plenty of time and had a really good match I thought with Cabana winning clean. The Briscoes proceeded to lay out Cabana and we were told that Aldis was overseas and couldn't help out Cabana this time. This was a very well executed angle all around.
Silas Young def. El Hijo del Squid Jr.
Young has been all over ROH TV for months now pretending to be a "master technician" and mocking Jonathan Gresham. He previously faced a man called The Squid, and although he faced the same guy here, Young acted as if he was Squid's son. As you'd probably expect, it was completely ridiculous, but at least it built to Young's upcoming match with Gresham at Best in the World. The only thing really worth nothing about this was that Young beat Squid with the same move he recently beat Gresham with.
Gentleman Jack Gallagher def. Mike Kanellis
I haven't seen too many exciting Mike Kanellis matches on 205 Live (and that's coming from someone who is a fan of his work), but I thought he had a real solid showing here against Gallagher. It was a pretty good match on the whole with a nice pace, culminating in a much-needed win for Gallagher. Meanwhile, I'm intrigued where this Kanellis angle will lead. I would have assumed that him and Maria were leaving a few weeks ago, but it has since been revealed that they have re-signed with WWE for the next five years, so I don't think that's the endgame here.
Humberto Carrillo def. Rob Rollenbeck
Carrillo has won a few important matches in his time on 205 Live and has always looked great in defeat whenever he's competed in number one contender matches, but he needs to be placed in another meaningful program soon in order to get to that next level. In the meantime, I'm all for him maintaining momentum with wins in enhancement matches such as this one. This was a fun little bout while it lasted.
Dolph Ziggler Interrupted The New Day
Kofi Kingston continues to cut pretty good promos, but as I've said before, he's in desperate need of a rival he can bounce off of. Ziggler is not that guy. He said the same things here that he has for the past month and I don't understand why he was even granted another opportunity to wrestle Kingston coming off his back-to-back losses at Super ShowDown and Stomping Grounds. You also don't need me to tell how formulaic these segments on SmackDown Live and Raw have become with the champion coming out to open the show every single week. It just feels so lazy.
The New Day def. SmackDown Tag Team Champions Daniel Bryan and Rowan (Non-title); Heavy Machinery and New Day def. Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Bryan and Rowan
New Day beat Bryan and Rowan on Raw this week and again here, and while it makes total sense for them to re-enter the SmackDown Tag Team Championship picture, why not have them win a number one contender's match instead of pinning the champions? WWE does that way more often than they should and it makes the titles feel meaningless as a result. Both of these bouts were entertaining and it was interesting to see Owens walk out on Zayn. I wonder if it will lead to the two going their separate ways at long last, or if it will be forgotten about by next week.
Dana Brooke def. Sarah Logan
Brooke was accidentally injured after being smashed into the turnbuckle post by Logan in their match last week on Main Event and got busted open as a result, causing the contest to be stopped abruptly by the referee. I'm glad they went back to the rematch here and even revisited that same spot to show that Brooke was smarter this time around and avoided it. The actual match was better than expected and I appreciated the intensity from Brooke early on. I never thought I'd say this, but it's been cool to see her improve over the last few months on Main Event. It's just a shame she never sniffs television time.
Cesaro, Robert Roode and EC3 def. The Lucha House Party
I was actually intrigued by this match when I saw it advertised at the start of the show. Yes, the trio of Cesaro, Roode and EC3 is incredibly random, but I was curious what kind of chemistry they'd have together. This could have been a lot of fun from an in-ring standpoint but ended up getting all of two minutes due to a commercial break halfway through. In other words, it was a complete waste of time. The finish was well done and I was glad the heels won, but I guess WWE would rather throw these guys in a meaningless six-man tag team match on Main Event than do something of note with them on Raw. Ugh.
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