Featuring the debut of “Money” Matt Cage!
This episode was taped on April 4, 2015, but didn’t air until recently.
For those just joining us, here’s the main storyline going on in Metro Pro TV these days: Commissioner Michael Strider has it in for former Metro Pro Champion Jeremy Wyatt for some reason. Ever since costing Wyatt the championship against Derek Stone by refusing to count to three for him, Strider has ruled that, the next time Wyatt loses a match, he’s fired.
Commissioner Strider Promo
Strider comes out with Lucy Mendez. After much back and forth with the jeering crowd, Strider makes two announcements: 1) Lucy Mendez is now the COO of Metro Pro, and 2) Tommy Dreamer, who was in the first Metro Pro main event, will be returning for the fifth anniversary show. Then he addresses Jeremy Wyatt, whom he says is hurt and needs to hang it up. Fans had better buy Wyatt T-shirts this month, because he’ll be gone after tonight. Wyatt comes out but doesn’t get the mic (which is a plus). Strider says he’s surprised that Wyatt got past Christopher Daniels. He’s scheduled for a tag match in the main event, but he won’t make it there because he has a match right now. If he loses, he’s gone, and his partner, “Showtime” Bradley Charles, will have to go it alone as punishment for getting involved previously.
Wyatt’s Career on the Line: Jeremy Wyatt vs. Matt Cage
This is a good match. If these guys had an extended feud with a grudge built in, they could probably do some good stuff. However, I don’t really like the booking of the finish.
Wyatt owns Cage early, but Cage takes advantage of Wyatt’s injured midsection to get the heat. Cage has a good leg lariat, good punches, and this weird move where he kicks out Wyatt’s shin so he falls into Cage’s knee. He also uses the same seated bearhug that Daniels used before, so that seems to be a running joke on me, because it seems so useless. Wyatt comes back with a frog splash crossbody and reverses the money clip into a fisherman’s buster. Rebelucha comes out to distract Wyatt, but Bradley Charles runs out and attacks him. Then Mike Sydal, who dressed as Rebelucha last time, attacks Charles, so everyone’s confused. Mark Sterling spears Wyatt while the ref is occupied with the chaos outside the ring. Cage hits a codebreaker, but Wyatt kicks out. Cage hits the money clip (fireman’s carry into a punch) for two. Wyatt reverses a top rope move into a sunset flip powerbomb and follows with a top rope elbow drop for the win.
Winner – Jeremy Wyatt
Rating – OK
Wyatt is a good wrestler, but he keeps getting booked as Kansas City’s version of John Cena. He’s always cool-headed, never flustered, rarely outsmarted, and constantly winning the title. Not only did he kick out of Matt Cage’s finishing move here, but he kicked out of Mark Sterling’s, too, and then he won with a move that isn’t even his regular finisher. He looks really strong, as usual, but his opponents, particularly the debuting Cage, look pretty useless. I guess the idea is that Wyatt’s career is on the line, so his desperation to keep his job is driving him to nearly superhuman feats, but they could have at least let Cage lose to an established move.
Strider & Bradley Charles Backstage Segment
Strider’s on the phone with Lucy while SBC waits to talk to him. Strider tells SBC that corporate restructuring requires coaching underachievers to become overachievers. When Mark Sterling and the King Brothers were beating down Wyatt (in a previous episode), that was corporate training. So why did SBC get involved? SBC defends himself with pretty much the same words he’d said at the time: Wyatt’s his friend, he went to his wedding, they went to the World Series together, etc. Strider says that SBC needs some corporate training of his own, and he tells him, “Keep your eyes open and your heart pure.” Then he walks away.
SBC has a good look and is fine in the ring, but his promo delivery really needs work. He sounds like he’s reading an audiobook for kids, not having a natural dialogue with someone.
The Commission Backstage Promo
Mr. Gelistico references his and Mr. Abernathy’s names from their other gimmick (Evan and Pierre), saying they’ve travelled the U.S. for a long time. Commissioner Strider broke Mr. Gelistico’s heart when he broke the rules as a referee, refusing to count three for Jeremy Wyatt. Abernathy talks about meeting Strider for the first time and looking up to him. After the Commission won the Metro Pro Tag Titles, Strider finally respected them. But by screwing Wyatt over, Strider has thrown away his legacy. Abernathy will do anything he has to (to combat Strider) because he still has his pride, and Strider doesn’t.
After the Commission and the American Bulldogs make their entrances, Strider comes out and accuses the Commission of being anti-Strider. He tells the Bulldogs that, if they like being booked in Metro Pro, they’ll help him root out anti-government sentiment. Then we have some technical difficulties, so Strider threatens the camera man. Finally, he leaves Lucy Mendez at ringside to make sure everything goes well.
The Commission vs. The American Bulldogs
Not a lot to this match, as it’s really just a waiting game to see how Lucy gets involved. The Bulldogs shake hands with the Commission but then shrug and attack them from behind. There are a few decent moments after that, but I don’t think these two teams have good chemistry. There’s one funny bit where Abernathy immediately falls asleep in Mad Dog McDowell’s sleeper hold, so he tries to splash him, but Abernathy moves. That spot wasn’t very organic, though. Anyway, Gelistico is isolated for a little until Abernathy makes the hot tag. The bulldogs hit a double spinebuster on Gelistico, but Abernathy low-bridges McDowell to send him outside. Lucy gets on the apron and sprays something from an aerosol can into Abernathy’s face, and Jon West rolls him up and pulls his tights to get the three count.
Winners – The American Bulldogs
Rating – OK
After the match, the Bulldogs seem annoyed with Lucy as they leave with her.
Overall: OK. Not a bad show thanks to the first match (even though I didn’t like the booking of the finish). The next episode will have Christian Rose vs. Bolt Brady and Nate Redwing vs. Kraig Keeseman. I like Rose and Redwing, and I’m curious to see Keeseman’s new “Vintage” gimmick, so I’m looking forward to it.
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