By Darren Gutteridge
Authors of Pain vs. DIY: There were some very obvious moments of miscommunication early on, which led to some ugly spots, but the business end of this match was great. Revival costing DIY was also a smart move to set up the rematch. Should DIY win, the Authors of Pain look like huge threats to their titles following this loss and their predicted Dusty Classic win.
TM61 vs. Sanity: Although it still wasn’t great, Sanity managed to hold my attention more in this match than they did in their quarter final match against Kota Ibushi and TJ Perkins. I would bemoan the first loss of Sanity coming so soon, but the tournament brackets meant either their zero had to go, or the Authors of Pain’s had to. I think protecting the AOP and their longer undefeated streak was more important, plus reaching the final (though it would take a miracle for them to win), will hopefully help TM61 boost their credibility.
Shinsuke Nakamura and Samoa Joe contract signing: Things got off to a bright start with Joe setting up his own contract signing table at the top of the ramp, before laying into William Regal like a spoilt brat. However, the long awkward walks to and from the ring by Regal, which the commentators really should have covered for, and then the out of character beatdown on the security by Nakamura soured me. Points for creativity, but nothing else.
Ember Moon vs. Rachel Evers: Simply put, this wasn’t a good match. Not a bad one admittedly, just rather bland outside of watching Moon’s athleticism. She still has a little way to go on her transitions between moves, but I’d say Moon is by far the most naturally gifted female on the roster.
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