Date: September 10, 2019
Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Aiden English, Dio Maddin
We’re in the World’s Most Famous Arena for a show that may or may not be rather entertaining depending on how much effort they’re putting in this week. Last week saw a rather surprising addition to the upcoming Cruiserweight Title match with Lince Dorado joining the fray, meaning tonight is likely about fallout. Let’s get to it.
The opening recap looks at Humberto Carrillo and Lince Dorado earning title shots. This was followed by Tony Nese rejoining forces with Drew Gulak.
Dio Maddin (from NXT) joins the commentary team, replacing Nigel McGuinness, who is heading to NXT full time and needs to drop a show.
Akira Tozawa/Brian Kendrick vs. Jack Gallagher/???
Gallagher needs a mystery partner so here’s……Kushida, making his main roster debut. We get a Kushida chant as he and Kendrick start things off. They fight over arm control to start Kushida takes him down and rides Kendrick’s back a bit, drawing Kendrick back to his feet. The faster pace goes badly for Kendrick as well, with Kushida pulling him down into an armbar, which he fights out of in a hurry.
Gallagher comes in and takes Kendrick down so it’s a fast crawl over to Tozawa for the tag. A clothesline misses so Tozawa tries a quickly broken headlock. Tozawa bails to the floor, allowing Kendrick the chance to send Gallagher into the post and take over. Back in and it’s Tozawa dropping the backsplash for two before going after the banged up arm.
A glare from Tozawa accompanies the tag off to Kendrick and it’s a double Japanese armdrag to keep Gallagher in trouble. The assisted Sliced Bread is escaped though and Gallagher dives over for the hot tag to Kushida. A rolling DDT plants Kendrick and it’s off to an armbar with Tozawa making a save. Everything breaks down and Gallagher holds Tozawa for a running kick to the ribs.
Kendrick comes back in and grabs the Captain’s Hook on Kushida, which is broken up with a grab of the rope. Back up and Kendrick gets low bridged to the floor so Tozawa hits a cannonball off the steps to drive Gallagher into the barricade. Kushida turns Kendrick around though, meaning Tozawa’s running kick takes Kendrick down instead. A springboard flying armbar into the Hoverboard Lock makes Kendrick tap at 9:10.
Result: Jack Gallagher/Kushida b. Akira Tozawa/Brian Kendrick – Hoverboard Lock (9:10)
That’s how you debut:
Mike Kanellis rants about having nothing to do, even after beating Tony Nese last week. Now Nese is in the main event while he is sitting around, waiting to do something to impress his wife. Cue Maria, to say that win last week meant nothing, just like all of his other victories. Maybe she doesn’t need to be here.
Humberto Carrillo/Lince Dorado vs. Drew Gulak/Tony Nese
Nese and Gulak jump them from behind and the fight is on. Ariya Daivari runs in to help the villains and the brawl is on in the ring. Gran Metalik comes out as well to even things up, followed by Carrillo saying let’s make it a six man.
Humberto Carrillo/Lince Dorado/Gran Metalik vs. Drew Gulak/Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari
Nese pulls Daivari to the floor to save him from Dorado early on, only to have Dorado dive onto all three of them. Back in and Dorado’s high crossbody gets two on Daivari and it’s the good guys starting in on the arm. Gulak drives Dorado back into the corner though and Nese comes in to take over. The chinlock doesn’t last long so Nese kicks him down for two. Gulak comes back in for the stomps and a double arm crank to keep Dorado down.
Dorado gets up easily enough and hands it off to Metalik for some bouncing off the ropes to armdrag Nese down. The fans get distracted and yell at someone in the crowd as Gulak takes over on Metalik instead. That includes the required ripping at the mask but since that isn’t happening outside of a finish, Daivari comes back in for another chinlock. It’s back to Gulak, who picks Metalik up and rocks him like a baby before powerslamming him down for two.
Nese’s bodyscissors continues the onslaught, followed by Daivari whipping him into the corner. Daivari stops to glare at Carrillo but the delay lets Metalik get in a reverse Sling Blade. The hot tag brings in Carrillo for the springboard spinning crossbody to Nese, followed by the big dive to the floor onto all three. Back in and a missile dropkick gets two on Gulak, setting off a stream of springboards. Gulak Michinoku Drivers Carrillo for two and we hit the chinlock.
Everything breaks down again and the villains all load up belly to back superplexes. They’re all broken up with back elbows to the face and it’s a trio of moonsaults, all of which hit raised boots. They’re fine enough to hit a superkick each. Gulak’s helicopter bomb gets two on Dorado as everything breaks down again. Everyone else is knocked outside and it’s another superkick to Gulak. Dorado’s shooting star press is good for the pin at 18:23.
Result: Humberto Carrillo/Gran Metalik/Lince Dorado b. Tony Nese/Ariya Daivari/Drew Gulak – Shooting star press to Gulak (18:23)
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. His latest book is KB’s Complete 2004 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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