Recap from TJ Hawke:
This was a “Gutcheck Match,” where non-contracted guys have tryout matches on television. Usually, it’s one guy havi a tryout vs. a member of the roster. In this case, Cage and Bradley are both trying out.
Bradley cut off Cage with a big boot to the face. Bradley worked Cage over after that. Bradley called for the lariat, but Cage blocked it. Cage came back with the Fucking Machine suplex and a diving elbow drop: 1…2…NO! The commentators no-sold the Fucking Machine suplex, which was lame of them. Cage went for a rolling forearm, but Bradley avoided it and came right back with his huge lariat: 1…2…3!
I feel like these could have a really fun match if they got 8-12 minutes. Instead, this was a total WWE situation where no one gets over. I enjoy both guys, and I think both could be assets to TNA (I believe Bradley is already in Aces & Eights, but he has more to offer than just that).
Match Rating: *