I didn’t know Kansas City had a dog show.
Taped on March 4, 2017
Flex Zerba says in a backstage promo that Blaine Meeks thinks he’s a superhero, but Flex is a “Swoll-perhero.”
NWL KC Championship Tournament Round 2: Blaine Meeks vs. Flex Zerba (w/ Max Edwards)
Zerba beat Laz Kalo in an untelevised match at the last show to advance to round two. Poor Laz hasn’t appeared on TV/YouTube yet.
Fine match. Zerba gets Meeks to do push-ups and tries to drop an elbow on him, but Meeks sees it coming and gets out of the way. Meeks does his thing, but he seems slower than he did in his last match against Jay Lutz in St. Louis. Zerba takes over and Edwards gets involved, choking Meeks from the outside. Meeks comes back with some stuff, and Zerba goes for the workout powder. As the referee tries to stop him, Edwards goes after Meeks and takes a Codebreaker through the ropes. Meeks kicks the powder back into Zerba’s face and hits Comic Mischief (backstabber) to get the pin.
Winner – Blaine Meeks, advancing to the “Final Four”
Rating – OK
Once again, Dak Draper‘s music interrupts Meeks, but this time, Draper comes out with a referee. He grabs Edwards, who is still selling on the floor, and rolls him into the ring.
NWL KC Championship Tournament Round 2: Max Edwards vs. Dak Draper
Draper immediately hits a Doctor Bomb for three.
Winner – Dak Draper, advancing to the “Final Four”
Rating – N/A, but good for the character
Draper says his name because he loves the way it sounds. He says he just set the NWL record for quickest match, so he’s gonna be first in the hall of fame. His train’s gonna keep on rolling to the NWL title on April 1st, and “shame on you” if you can’t accept it. Interestingly, Blaine Meeks doesn’t stick around for an angle.
As an aside, I think I’m finally ready to say that I’m sick of Draper’s “Shame on you” catchphrase being shoehorned into every promo. I doubt it’s going away anytime soon, though, because the NWL writers seem like they like catchphrases, so I’ll just try to get over it and move on.
Major Baisden PowerPoint Presentation
Major announces that local TV station 38 the Spot will begin broadcasting NWL KC on April 1st with a six-hour marathon. He’s interrupted by the NWL STL intro music, and out comes Matt Jackson (Pierre Abernathy), the GM of NWL STL. Jackson says he doesn’t dislike Kansas City at all, but he isn’t happy that St. Louis is losing in the “I-70 Series.” He plays a clip of Dak Draper costing Jay Lutz his match with Blaine Meeks in St. Louis the week prior. He says it wasn’t fair and asks Baisden to wipe that match from the record books. The crowd boos (despite him making a good point, IMO), and Basiden passive-aggressively criticizes him for interrupting his presentation. He says he won’t wipe out the match, but he will give St. Louis a rematch…if Jackson can find a tag team to face the Royal Blood.
The Underground‘s music hits, and they come out. Adam Ryan says he used to be like everyone else, living a meaningless life that doesn’t matter, until Jackie Lee Bosch gave him a cause to fight for. Bosch says that the Royals look like “Kansas City show dogs” and wants to see what they do when they run in traffic. The Underground are there to fight by their rules, so they demand a no DQ match. Baisden allows it, saying that they might’ve bitten off more than they can chew.
KC vs. STL Series – No Disqualification: Royal Blood (Jet & Jax) vs. The Underground (Adam Ryan & Jackie Lee Bosch)
Kansas City leads the series 3-1.
If you missed my review of the first NWL STL show, the Underground are a Fight Club-inspired tag team with Bosch as Tyler Durden.
This is a long one, taking up about half of this episode. The Royal brothers dominate with so many flipping moves that I’m wondering if someone backstage said, “Hey, you guys aren’t being athletic enough out there!” There’s certainly no sign of lingering injuries from the Howletts’ attack. Jax gets to be the Ricky Morton after Bosch yanks him off the ropes when he tries a springboard. Adam Ryan does most of the work in the ring during the heat. Jet gets hot-tagged in with a lot of runtime left and hits a blockbuster that makes Ryan DDT Bosch in a contrived spot. Bosch kicks out of the Card Cutter (assisted reverse Shiranui), and the Royals copy the Dudley Boys “Get the tables!” bit. Not sure how to feel about that.
There’s a commercial break while they set up the timekeeper’s table, and when we come back, the Underground is back in control. Everyone’s given up on tag format at this point, but the referee seems to remember who’s legal because he won’t let the Royals pin Ryan after Twin Magic. Bosch takes a reverse rana! Ryan splashes Jet on the table from the top rope to the floor, but the table falls without breaking. They take too long rolling him into the ring, and Jet kicks out. Bosch says to Ryan, “I don’t know what to do with him now!”
Jax comes in with superkicks and then a tope on Ryan. Jet hits a Canadian Destroyer of Bosch. They decide he isn’t dead enough, so Jax does a 450, and then Jet hits a shooting star press to finish him.
I liked a lot of the spots. I really liked all the action at the beginning. I thought it was silly for them to stay in regular tag format as long as they did, but I liked that the referee remembered who was legal later (because no DQ doesn’t mean no rules). I’m disappointed that the table didn’t break, but it does help make it more believable that Jet could recover and kick out of the pin. I’m not quite ready to give it a full “Good” rating because they didn’t really ramp things up for a cool finishing stretch, but I would definitely say it’s on the high end of “OK.”
Winners – Royal Blood (KC 4-1 STL)
Rating – OK
Overall: Good. Blaine Meeks’s match wasn’t as good as I’d hoped, but I loved how they combined his and Dak Draper’s matches to further their simmering storyline and advance them both in the tournament. Unfortunately, they won’t be meeting each other in the next round; Draper’s got Plonk and Meeks has Red Cloud (as covered in their post-show interviews I linked at the end of the last episode). I’m curious to see what they do with both of those matches, as one is heel vs. heel and the other is face vs. face. Meanwhile, the KC vs. STL series continued, and I’m wondering what STL is going to do to turn things around. They still have, like, nine months or so before the end of the year, so who knows what could happen?