1/15/2020 0 Comments
#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:
Eli Isom def. Crowbar
Yes, this is the same Crowbar of WCW and TNA fame. I had no idea he's remained active all these years and now he's made his way to Ring of Honor. I don't believe he's signed, and although he fared well for himself here, there's no reason for him to be. He and Isom had a perfectly fine match and Isom winning was the right result. ROH has been sleeping on Isom for a while now and I continue to believe he'd be better off on his own without Shinobi Shadow Squad (who have a stigma for being perennial losers).
Soldiers of Savagery def. Shinobi Shadow Squad
Soldiers of Savagery have wrestled a lot less in the last year for ROH than I thought they would, but at least they've become a regular part of Shane Taylor's act. They needed to be re-established as dominant, so I wish this would have been a bit more straightforward than it was. I don't think Shinobi Shadow Squad needed to get in as much offense as they did, but at least it was an enjoyable little sprint while it lasted.
Desi Hit Squad def. The Rascalz, Reno Scum, and TJP & Daga in a Four-Way Tag Team Match
This was one of the dark matches that took place before Hard to Kill on Sunday. It's nice to see that IMPACT's tag team division is growing, even though I'm not all that invested in any of these teams except for The Rascalz. TJP and Daga have potential to go far together, but the sole reason they teamed here was because Bahh was in action in the main event. Speaking of Daga, he competed twice in the same night as he went on to fill in for Brian Cage against Rob Van Dam on the actual pay-per-view. This was a fun four-way with very little rest time and everyone bringing the goods (yes, that includes Desi Hit Squad). They were the least compelling option to win and I sure as hell hope this doesn't mean a tag team title shot is in their future.
Joey Ryan def. Johnny Swinger
This was also filmed prior to the pay-per-view. They've been teasing a face-off for a while now and I can't say I care that it finally happened. Neither of their gimmicks do anything for me, but this wasn't too bad of a match. It was actually pretty fine for the most part, aside from the stupid penis stuff that Ryan does. I'm all for wrestling companies having comic relief, but Ryan isn't the answer. I know there's a lot of people out there who dig his shtick, but I am not one of those people.
The Memphis Legends Were Honored
These were all the legends that were shown sitting ringside at last week's Dynamite. There are going to be those that bitch and complain about these guys "taking up TV time," but the fact of the matter is, it's Dark and it doesn't really matter. The crowd was super respectful throughout and you know it had to mean the world to the guys in the ring. The Rock 'N' Roll Express, Lanny Poffo and Austin Idol, among others, were present. I can understand the argument that it went a little long, but I liked that all of them were given their moment and were made to feel important.
Darby Allin def. Brandon Cutler
Cutler is basically the babyface version of Peter Avalon except he's slightly more bearable. He's perfectly fine in the ring but comes across as extremely basic and bland. On the bright side, Allin is a real star on the rise and had a fun showing here. Even iconic announcer Dave Brown was impressed by him on commentary. He always shines, but it's high time he was given something meaningful to sink his teeth into. Right now, he's having matches for the sake of having matches.
David Marquez Interviewed NWA World Tag Team Champions The Rock 'N' Roll Express
Ricky Morton had a lot to say about how he wrestles for the people and how he's proven his worth by battling the best the business has had to offer over the course of his career. He made his case for why he deserves a shot at the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship, and while that's not something I was dying to see a month ago, the story has been built up well enough in recent weeks that I wouldn't mind it. Morton is a terrific talker and he's also shown he can still go in the ring as well.
Zicky Dice and Ricky Starks Discussed the NWA Television Championship Tournament
The NWA has done an effective job of getting viewers familiar with Dice. I had no clue who he was before he entered the TV title tourney, but he's been established nicely in recent weeks with promo segments such as this one. Dice did well, but Starks was simply that much better on the mic in bringing up how he took Nick Aldis to his limit and therefore how Dice is inferior to him. I had no interest in their match previously, but this managed to get me excited for it.
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