Heading into round two, the matches are becoming much more serious. I for one wasn’t expecting the brilliance that was put forth.
Tajiri vs Gran Metalikch
Both Bryan and Ranallo did an amazing job at hyping up this second round. The small video package was telling, and it helped with creating tension in this match.
Both of these competitors had an amazing opening round, so I was extremely excited to see what they could together. As a wrestler, Gran Metalik was easily the highlight. It was obvious how he adapted to Tajiri’s style, and made it work.
I actually liked how Tajiri controlled most of the match, as it showcased his veteran status. Along with that, it also gave Metalik a strong comeback story. Overall, I thought the two had great chemistry, and the winner was wisely chosen.
Cedric Alexander vs Kota Ibushi
As a fan, I didn’t know who to cheer for, because I enjoyed both performers. I’m assuming most fans felt the same. Based on their in ring style, I’d consider this to be somewhat of a dream match. Both men are extremely fluid in the ring, and know how to put forth a strong show.
While the two began slow, they created the right amount of tension. Believe it or not, I actually enjoyed their chain wrestling, because it showed how competitive both of them were. As much as I love Kota, Cedric was the obvious highlight of this match. Not only did he deliver the best spots, he carried the whole contest. At the same time, Kota perfectly delivered the spots he needed to. I’d say his springboard moonsault was easily the highlight of the show.
The finishing sequence was one of the best I’ve ever seen. Cedric had some amazing moments, and I was pulling my hair when he couldn’t pick up the full three count. I couldn’t believe Kota kicked out of the brain buster and kick to the head. I’m sure I wasn’t the only fan that thought it was over in that moment.
Ciampa and Gargano easily set the bar for this tournament, however this was close to topping that match.
With the second round beginning, I can’t say either of these matches were a weak spot. I love how these competitors are continuously trying to top each other. Overall, I give this episode of CWC an 8.5/10.