That Rhodes match was one of my favourite North American matches this decade. Un-fucking-real. Had me in tears with those Dustin facial reactions. Worth the price of admission alone. You guys wanted blood and...
My friend who was following along on twitter came at me with that "double blade job." Naw dawg. All Natural.
Opener was fire and Tony's attempt at recreating the Mpro Barely Legal match. First women's match wasn't good and while everybody, myself included, lost their shit for Kong, she was throwing some weak shit out there. They need to tighten their shit up and hopefully they get some of the Japanese women in with the North Americans because that was pretty bad. I watched a Britt/Kylie match that's on YT last night and it was significantly better than this. Thankfully the Japanese women brought it and I was so anxious about the crowd just taking it off but they were super into it and it warmed my heart. Those women worked their asses off to establish each character as unique while keeping the pace up the entire match. Fucking great stuff! Bucks went full on flashback to movez with not enough spacing or thought put into them. And what of the new finish they were hinting at? Was that the long list of ode to moves? Anyway, I really think they're tremendous but this wasn't their best effort and the kind of stuff that got them vilified in the first place. Penta and Fenix are wonderful and all but they are just as guilty of excess so it was four guys playing off each others' worst tendencies. Main event was going along nicely and at the "really darn good" level (not near their NJPW match level but that's okay) up until the botch. Thankfully none of that shit matters because that Moxley debut was unbelievable/perfection and will get the headlines and attention the company wants coming out of their debut. I do wonder if they'll get sued for very likely producing the Moxley video that was released right after his WWE contract expired. Production was pretty weak besides My Man Excalibur (looking sharp in the suit!) and the big ass chips (WCW!). The tunnels are way too TNA for my liking even if I thought they looked cool before TNA TNA'd themselves into TNA oblivion. So many missed camera shots, botches, JR forgetting where he was, etc. I get it, it's their first show as a crew and it will take time so I'll be forgiving but they need to improve with the next three shows before the TNT deal starts. JR in colour commentary role is actually far less offensive than I thought and he did an admirable job compared to what he's been churning out the last 3 or whatever years. Even Hebner was inoffensive. The MJEFF, Page, belt segment was fantastic too. His sell job on the Havoc punch with his eyes bulging out of his head as he spun around was fucking comedic gold, as was his promo. Instant star. Belt looks gorgeous. Big yes to that. All In 2 featuring Page/Jericho with Jericho winning to start off as the big top guy while they get going on TNT makes sense even if he's way too ambitious for what his body can do. Omega/Mox will tear the house down. They brought it in that post-match brawl and that bump was gnarly. No shitty plywood box with cables and padding on that one though of course that part of the stage would've been gimmicked to some extent.
Pre-show battle royal was fun but had too much going on and set the tone for the production miscues. Still, it did the job and was enjoyable. Janela tweeted out that he's alive. For how much longer tho? I think Sammy Guevara is pretty darn good and could be great given time but that was the Just A Matchiest of all JAMs. That other dude can do his little appeal right across the Atlantic. So bad.