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Recap by Alex Torres:
This match is to determine the number one contenders to the AAW tag titles. We Are Coming are accompanied by Kevin Harvey and Nikki. Commentary by Phil Colvin and Daryck St. Holmes.
McEntyre comes out and cuts a promo about how he became a classy man in his time away. The commentary wonders if he’s gay. McEntyre says he’s the only partner pretty enough to be his partner. Okay. The three teams attack McEntyre, knocking him out the ring, and then Lyndon/Corbin and Zero Gravity attack the We Are Coming Duo. Zero Gravity isolate Phoenix. Esparza hits a twisting senton.
Corbin tags in, attacking Phoenix in the corner. Corbin tags in Esparza, but Phoenix gets a big boot, letting him tag Titan. Titan tosses Esparza into the corner, before goading Lyndon in. Lyndon hits a few elbows, before getting a two count off a sunset flip. Athleticism from Lyndon, before he knocks the big man down with kicks. Phoenix attempts to interfere, but Lyndon throws him out.
McEntyre reenters, hitting Lyndon with a back suplex. Corbin gets caught by a Spinebuster. Running sexton on Corbin’s back, before taking out Zero Gravity and We are Coming. Lyndon and Zero Gravity kick McEntyre in the face, and everyone takes a turn attacking McEntyre. Corbin and Lyndon eliminate McEntyre.
Esparza jumps in, who is caught in an airplane spin. Gakiya makes Corbin dizzy with the spin, leading to a leaping kick from Gakiya. Enziguiri on Lyndon. We are Coming attacks Zero Gravity, and then Corbin/Lyndon brawl with We are Coming. Nikki jumps on Corbin. Lyndon puts Titan in an armbar on the barricade. Corbin hits Phoenix with a double axehandle. Titan catches Corbin with a spin kick. Lyndon back in the ring, eventually overcome by the numbers game.
Lyndon hits Phoenix with a big knee, knocking him out the ring, and then manipulates Titan’s body into attacking Phoenix. Lyndon gets caught off a suicide dive, but then turns it into a double DDT. Corbin goes to run off the ropes, but Keith Walker catches him and then chokeslams him. He lays him out with a clothesline. Nikki drags Phoenix in for the pin, eliminating Lyndon and Corbin.
Esparza rolls up Phoenix for two, and then tries the same with a crucifix pin. Gakiya hits a sunset flip, also trying to pin him quickly. Titan breaks up the pin. He throws Zero Gravity into the corner, but misses an attack. Titan goes to the second rope just to have his feet knocked out from under him. Esparza holds Titan down for Gakiya to hit double knees. Zero Gravity attack Phoenix, but get tripped up by Nikki. Phoenix hits a discus clothesline on Esparza. Ryan Boz runs out and hits a Boz Driver on Phoenix. A flippy cup 2.0 gets Zero Gravity the title shot.
There was a lot going on here. I still don’t believe there’s bad blood between the Northstace Express/Lyndon and We Are Coming- they don’t seem like they hate each other. McEntyre was unnecessary, and this wasn’t the match to reintroduce him to the audience. The right team won, the feuds causing Corbin/Lyndon and We Are Coming to be eliminated, but there were a lot of run ins leading up to it. Which brings me to another thing- if there are no DQs in AAW, why does it matter if the ref sees anything? Why does the ref have to be distracted if he doesn’t have the power to DQ?
While Zero Gravity and Louis Lyndon both shone in the match, the match as a whole was cluttered, and the large feud there doesn’t seem to warrant a cage match.
Thoughts from TJ Hawke:
This match had some good action, and it was never boring. However, the stories at work are really just not interesting at all. We Are Here are just not being put in a position to succeed. The storyline has unintentionally become some bizarre meta story about AAW booking midcarders poorly. Zero Gravity aren’t the greatest tag team, but they are usually fun. I’m sure the tag title match with Irish Airborne will be solid. Corbin and Lyndon are not doing We Are Here any favors with how they have been performing in this feud. They don’t seem angry. They’re acting like it’s just another angle whereas We Are Here are desperately trying to be different. As for Jordan McEntyre, his character is theoretically interesting. However, if he’s just going to be a stereotype that gets beat up by “real men,” then I would rather AAW not use him going forward.
Match Rating: **3/4