Mae Young Classic, almost no visible spoilers.
- Well, that was a bit underwhelming apart from the “main event”, where the crowd was hot and the two performers were great characters.
- They did, as in the Cruiserweight tournament, have a distinct variety of styles.
- The result of that final match was a bit surprising: having a foreign hoss cut through the field for a while is a no-brainer. But Abbey certainly sells passion to a crowd, so not unhappy with her winning.
- Xia Li has a great look and presentation, Mercedes Martinez was made to look pretty weak.
- WWE know how to do a promo package: e.g. they almost made Marti Belle interesting. However, her match with Ellering Jr was incredibly awful (blame on both sides)… you could fill an entire Botchamania with this match.
- Adelaide’s Rhea Ripley next… oh dear, an AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE chant. A young face hoss who can work a crowd against a wily small is a good match-up. Ripley wins and looks pretty good doing it: for a 20yo she’s not too green at all.
- Mia Yim main-eventing this episode, no complaints from me on that. Her hillbilly opponent, Sarah Logan, has a future.
- TONI STORM! Not a great demonstration of her skills, but she is money.
- EVIE!!! Sorry, Dakota. Her opponent says the Great Khali has taught her everything, which is a worry. Whoah, Khali never moved like that. Evie gets beaten up and then hits two moves and that’s all it takes. Yeah, visible spoiler. Obviously I didn’t rage-quit this post, so der.
- The first time I saw Evie and Storm was against each other, at an MCW show on the weekend of the 2014 (?) WWE tryouts. They destroyed a stacked card.
- Win by hair strike. Ha.
- Santana Garrett promo package fails to mention the literal dozens of titles she’s won. Crowd like both Santana and her UK superheavyweight opponent. The words UK and superheavyweight just go together really well, don’t they? Crowd liked that.
- Candice LeRae appears to be scared of running fast.
- Spoiler not spoiler: American military wins in WWE.
- No-fuss solid match as lead-in to…
- … Karai Sane. Could they be a bit more obvious in labelling her the favourite? Wait, she comes out first? Well, that’s a swerve: Blanchard gets to be the final entry. Blanchard hits some stiff shots: do that versus a Japanese girl, you’re gonna get ■■■■■■ up, even if they are the smallest waif in the tournament. Would you like an elbow drop with that?
That’s half the matches dumped in one day, and this is nowhere near the quality of the Cruiserweight tournament. Various reasons for that beyond the individual qualities of the wrestlers: for example, the commentary (Jim Ross and Lita) is a big step down, and it matters, a lot. A few too-green choices, especially when put in a physical or style mis-match, can also drag things down big-time (everyone, nearly, has to get their shine in the first round).