MKW: Ash Silva vs. Michael Su (April 29, 2018)

Our Story So Far…
– “Masterclass” Michael Su is the first graduate of the Middle Kingdom Wrestling school. Ash Silva was his trainer, but Su isn’t happy that Ash has joined with the rule-breaking Stable. At the last show, Ash and Uncle Money defeated Su and Gabriel Martini in a tag match.

Maybe I’m just in a good mood today, but I’m really liking the matches from this show better than the last one. Really, it should be no surprise that this one floats my boat. It’s a trainer and a trainee working to each others’ strengths like they probably did in the gym dozens of times without a camera on them. It reminds me of the Emi Sakura vs. Riho matches from the CWF and KOPW. They know each other and have good chemistry together.

It also helps that this is a grudge match and that they treat it like one. They don’t go right into a brawl, but they’re aggressive in their lock ups, their shoves, and their slaps. Ash is mean when he’s on offense. Fortunately, he’s in there with a guy small enough for him to muscle up and slam. He does some flying stuff, too, but most of that seems to be defensive. The match is pretty back and forth, though, once one factors in all of Su’s fiery comebacks.

Things come to a head after Su kicks out of a splash and Ash gets peeved at the referee. He throws Su outside and kicks his head into the barricade. He tries to get him counted out, but Su crawls back into the ring just in time. This just enrages Ash further, and he chokes Su in the ropes, shoving the referee down when he tries to break it up. This is enough for a DQ, so Su technically wins. Ash isn’t finished, though, as he takes Su outside again and DDTs him into the barricade. Then he jaws and poses for a bit before leaving. Su has to be helped out.

So, yeah, a nice, heated contest that’s obviously building to some sort of stipulation match down the line. Looking forward to it.

P.S., Sorry that I keep switching back and forth between the present and past tenses in my reviews. I was trying something different based on reviews I’ve read elsewhere, but I think I need to stick with the present tense, since it seems to be the one I’m most comfortable with.

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