Kendrick gets brutal
After weeks and weeks of insult after insult, Gentleman Jack Gallagher had the chance to legally get back at his tormentor when he faced The Brian Kendrick in a no disqualification match to open the show.
It was evident early on in the match that Gallagher had been repressing weeks of anger, as he wasted no time unleashing his fury on Kendrick. The former Cruiserweight Champion was instantly on the back foot for the opening part of the match, which escalated in violence until it almost resembled an Attitude Era-style hardcore match.
However, for the second week in a row, a table proved to be Gallagher’s downfall. The Gentleman spent too much time setting up a table, giving Kendrick a chance to recover to the point where he was able to arm himself with a kendo stick. After taking the stick to Gallagher, followed by a working over with the steel steps, Kendrick tied him to the ring apron, leaving him helpless and he again grabbed the kendo stick.
There was a momentary scare as ringside officials checked on Gallagher before clearing him to continue. Gallagher was not able to fully recover as Kendrick drove him face first into the ring bell with a DDT, before forcing him to submit to the Captain’s Hook with a kendo stick.
TJP sat with Corey Graves and Vic Joseph on commentary as he watched his “friend” Rich Swann take on Ariya Daivari in a rematch after Daivari defeated Swann two weeks ago. The match was similar to their previous encounter, as each imposed their unique styles of offense and defenses.
Wanting to gain an upper hand, Daivari grabbed one of TJP’s crutches to use as a weapon, but before he could deploy it on Swann, TJP grabbed the crutch back. The two stared down each other, which proved enough of a distraction for Swann to roll Daivari up for the victory.
After the match, Daivari tried to get back at TJP but to everyone’s surprise, the Duke of Dab had been feigning his injury, even hitting the Persian Lion with the Detonation Kick. It seems TJP still considers Swann a friend, but what does this mean for their “friendly competition” going forward?
As real as it gets
Enzo Amore has found some new friends in Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik as he teamed up with the two in this week’s main event. The Certified G even went as far as writing up gameplans for their six-man tag match against Tony Nese, Drew Gulak, and Noam Dar.
The match was in many ways retreading some pretty worn territory, as Alexander and Metalik have been taking on Nese and Gulak for two weeks now, and having Enzo struggle to put up a continuous array of offense is nothing new.
However, it can’t be denied that having Enzo in the match did inject the match up with some fresh excitement, with bodies flew everywhere as Alexander and Metalik made sure that Enzo wasn’t exposed by too much time in the ring. Amore was the one who put the finishing touch on the match when he reversed a pinfall attempt by Nese, using the ropes as added leverage to secure the win for his team.
Cruiserweight Champion Neville was seen scouting his potential challenger on a monitor backstage, and still can’t seem to take Enzo seriously. Will this overconfidence come back to bite the King of the Cruiserweights down the line?
The Brian Kendrick def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher in a No Disqualification Match
Rich Swann def. Ariya Daivari
Enzo Amore, Cedric Alexander & Gran Metalik def. Tony Nese, Drew Gulak & Noam Dar
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