MKW: Big Sam and Ash Silva vs. Buffa and Michael Su (June 17, 2018)

Since my wife and I just had a baby about a month ago, I haven’t been using my moments of free time to watch or write about a lot of wrestling. I think, if I’m going to continue with match reviews, they’re going to have to be more succinct. So here goes.

Previously, Ash lost to Michael Su by DQ and continued beating him after the match, to the point that Su had to be helped to the back. Meanwhile, Buffa is replacing Hong Wan, who had been feuding with Big Sam but is out with an injury.

I like this match. Sam and Ash are a dastardly heel team. They’ve even got two managers at ringside this time: Chairman Al and a blonde woman named Lady Marie. She’s actually really good as a ringside personality, arguing with fans and cheering her men on. She looks and acts very natural in her role as far as I can tell. Meanwhile, Michael Su is looking pretty good for his experience level, and Buffa is always a solid hand. I’m glad he’s been hanging around the Chinese scene.

After Michael Su refuses a Stable T-shirt, the faces are jumped, and it settles into a standard tag format. Buffa finally does the bit where he has trouble getting Sam up for a slam. Too many guys have been able to pick the big man up with ease, so this was refreshing to see. The match didn’t seem too long, either. The hot tag to Buffa doesn’t lead to a very long final segment, though, as he gets booted out after a few minutes and Su is finished off with a doomsday powerbomb.

Two little things I would have changed: First, I would have liked Su to have been a little more heated against Ash. He kind of treats this like a normal match, not a chance for getting back at the guy who viciously assaulted him at the last show. Second, I think it would’ve made more sense for The Stable to offer a shirt to the new guy, Buffa, since he doesn’t have a grudge against them. People might actually believed he would accept (though he shouldn’t have).

Anyway, good match with a big post-match segment. Ash and Sam continue to beat on Su, and when Buffa comes in to help, Uncle Money appears and spears him. Then the three heels get a ladder and hold it on Su so Ash can dropkick and stomp it into him. Hong Wan is shown in normal clothes, and he wants to run in, but Adrian the promoter holds him back because he’s injured. But eventually he breaks free and hits Sam in the back with the MKW title belt. Luan and Black Mamba appear to back him up, and The Stable is on the floor yelling at them while Luan shows off his nunchuck skills to end the video.

MKW: Coldray vs. Triple T (June 17, 2018)

Hey, everyone, my wife just had a baby last weekend, so my reviews are going to be fewer and shorter for the foreseeable future. But I don’t want to completely abandon my blogs. I’ll just make quicker posts and only review matches I really feel like watching.

Triple T is on a roll after his win over Uncle Money last time. Coldray hasn’t appeared since Shenzhen, but he’s back with manager Khan Spirasi. Guess he’s taking a break from calling out The Slam in KOPW. This match is for a spot in the Belt and Road Championship Tournament coming in August. That’s MKW’s new secondary singles title, and yes, they named it after a heavily-propagandized economic plan by the Chinese Communist Party. Search Google for “One Belt, One Road” and decide for yourself if it’s good for anyone besides China.

I was really into the first half of this match. Triple T was looking the best I’ve seen him (though I like his singlet better). Specifically, his Hogan leg drop was spot-on this time. Coldray’s promo skills are good, and he’s a fine hand in the ring.

Speaking of the ring, that’s my big negative. Both guys were slipped up by its size and the loose ropes, making a number of bits awkward in the second half of the match. I’m pretty sure I can blame the ring, because Coldray never seems to have these kinds of problems in KOPW. I’ve never seen Triple T anywhere else (but I’d like to), so I can’t speak to what kind of ring he’s most comfortable in.

The basic finish is Coldray accidentally bumping Khan Spirasi off the apron, setting him up to get squashed by a Swanton bomb from Triple T for the win. It’s scary to watch such a big guy do that move off of wobbly ropes, but he always manages to hit it.

Okay match that I would like to see again in a sturdier ring. I’m enjoying Triple T’s push, and I’m curious to see how far he goes in the tournament.