First let me air my grievances a bit. I have to get this out or some jaws may get broken tomorrow.
When during your main event the crowd organically hijacks your show and chants “Restart the Match” and then chants your competition’s name there is a big problem Vince. More on this later.
I grade the matches 1 out of 10. Then I tally up a complete average for my final score.
Lacey vs Natty got a 1. No build equals no respect for the competitors by the great pencil of #wwe. This match could have been erased along with the 24/7 nonsense to add time to other matches. I was not emotionally invested and honestly the wrestlers involved didnt seem so either. It’s a recipe for a bathroom break.
Becky vs Sasha got a 9 from me. I loved the story telling. The risk taking was a breath of fresh air. The meteora spot against the ladder and table was definitely a deserved holy shit moment. I don’t think this fued is over and we’ll be all the better for it. It was great to see chair to face and if #wwe has any hope of touching #aew at this point, the pg era needs to be taken to the lake and drowned in the deepest part Jason Voorhees style.
Oc vs Braun and the War Raiders (I will never call them the viking raiders vince) got a 7. It was a solid match and story telling wise I loved the legitimate threat that was bestowed on the oc. Not every heel is a coward. Not every Heel needs to cheat to win. I’m glad the writers have realized the importance of believable strong heels. It only serves to strengthen the face, if it is chosen that he or she go over.
King Corbin vs Chad Gable got a 3. Slow pace killed this match for me. When a heel has near no charisma and your face is just blah, you may want to rethink your writing. Yet another bathroom break for the fan that couldn’t stop chugging the over priced beer in the arena.
Charlotte vs Bailey got an 8. I am always impressed by Bailey and in my opinion is the best pure prowrestler of all the #horsewomen. Sasha definitely creates oh shit moments, but Bailey to me is the #ArnAnderson of the group. I was intrigued by the end and how distraught Bailey was. I hope this is a sign that a reboot of her character is coming and she is allowed to embrace the dark side like Io Shirai of #nxt. Time to lose that stupid pony tail and let us see a character with some substance. Charlotte is a 10 time champ and I’m not surprised. The figure 8 is as protected a move as the Rko. I think even #BrockLesnar would tap to it at this point.
The 24/7 segments got scored a 1 because it is useless trash that should be burned in a dumpster.
Seth Rollins vs The Fiend, Bray Wyatt got a 1. Originally when I still thought Vince wasn’t completely off the deep end, and a title change was destined to occur I was gonna grade it a 10. Everything about the match screamed of something new and original. The lighting was a level of hell only experienced In children’s vivid nightmares. The unstoppable force of the fiend gripped the crowd into a blood lust frenzy for him to capture the universal title, and then a ref decides to call for the bell and end the match amidst a contest where there are no fucking rules. If there are no fucking rules and you just saw clown god eat 15 fucking curb stomps and we’ve all willingly suspended disbelief for the pure entertainment of the match, why would the ref call for the bell? Clown God should have won and the crowd sure let you hear it didn’t they Vinny. All those “#aew ” chants surely did not fall on deaf ears. All those “restart the match” war cries should keep you up tonight because Wednesday is coming and the universe is about to abandon you. This match went from a 10 to a 1. Please watch it so you can share in my pain and frustration. Perhaps we can lament togethor over too much whiskey. I can only hope.
Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs Rowan and Luke Harper scored a 9 for me. I really enjoyed this match. Of course Bryan and Luke Harper were the stars for me in this one. Their intensity and chemistry echoed in my mind and I day dreamed about what could have been were they ever allowed to have a fued for a major title.
Randy Orton vs Ali got a 4. Other than the block of the Rko nothing of note occurred. It was the third #Bathroom break of the evening.
Lastly, because I watched the matches out of order, was the Kabuki Warriors vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki cross. I graded it as a 9. The resurrection of Asuka is far from over but at least the commentary team got the ball rolling by listing her epic accomplishments. Her feats transcended both the Male and Female divisions and honestly I can’t remember the last person to do that. Kairi is growing as an entertainer besides her already impeccable wrestling acumen. The march to the corner that led to the eye poke for one had me laughing out loud. It reminded me of something Rowdy Roddy Piper would have done. I loved it. The green mist has been added to the already Godlike appeal of Asuka and honestly a big part of me wants her to unify the women’s titles like she was destined to do. Becky did it first but Asuka deserves an epic accomplishment. If anybody deserves 10 title reigns in the business its Asuka. Charlotte couldn’t lace up her boots and she is lucky her grand daddy didn’t pull out or else we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. Nepotism is a mother fucker.
The Final average for #HIAC is a 5.2 out of 10.
Let that sink in. If #WWE doesn’t get their shit togethor and soon (get the pencil away from Vince and give it to Triple H!!) This new war could end very differently than the last one.
All you had to do was let the fiend win clean…#smfh
Please check out my favorite youtube voice and mind of the #iwc , @jdfromny206, who I’m sure is about to let out a scathing review of what we all just witnessed.