What a match. #BothTheseGuys
What a match. #BothTheseGuys

  • Rich Swann def Jason Lee
  • Noam Dar def Gurv Sihra
  • Jack Gallagher def Fabian Aichner
  • Johnny Gargano def Tommaso Ciampa

Rich Swann may no longer come out to Lionel Richie, but I’m glad to see him dancing out to the ring again.. Good on the Orlando audience for the sing-along, regardless! Jason Lee was no slouch, either. Loved this match.

Noam Dar and Gurv Sihra had a decent, though rather uninspired, match. Maybe I expected more, having not seen Dar and being aware of him with his presence in ICW / Progress across the pond. He’s got a second round appearance to show me some more, at least!

How about that Jack Gallagher? Heck of an entertaining match with Fabian Aichner. Great example of the Bryan / Ranallo announce team enhancing the heck out of a match.

And lastly, straight out of Reseda, Gargano vs Ciampa. I’ve got one word for this match: PAIN.

Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 30+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years.

Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us.

It's still real to me, dammit!