Akira Tozawa vs Jack Gallagher
Since we last saw Jack Gallagher, he’s been the talk of the tournament, and rightfully so. He made a great impression in the first round, and I’m certain most fans were hoping to see him advance. I know I was. At the same time, it would be a shame to not see Tozawa’s hard hitting style in the third round of the tournament. Either way, we were in for a treat, as both men wrestle completely opposite styles.
Right off the bat, Gallagher found a way to get this crowd going, as he added some flare to his indian death lock. That would have been the highlight of the match, but then Gallagher tied Tozawa into a ball. We haven’t seen any comedic spots like that in the tournament, so it was fresh, and entertaining in a different way. By no means was Akira boring in this match, in fact most of his moves looked magnificent. However, in terms of crowd pleasing, his style was no match for Jack’s. The Englishman knew how to entertain this crowd in every way.
Up to this point, I haven’t disagreed with a booking decision in the CWC, but I did with this match. I believe Gallagher would have been a better choice to advance simply because he’s a fan favourite who doesn’t fail to entertain.
Ho Ho Lun vs Noam Dar
With my review over WCPW Built to Destroy, I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of Noam Dar. I’m not complaining, because I enjoy him as a wrestler. The only unfortunate thing about this match is that it was difficult to invest in either man. Ho Ho had the underdog story going for him, and so did Dar, but neither could fulfil that role in this contest.
Going into this match, I was expecting a faster pace, but to my surprise it moved extremely slow. Oddly enough, the action didn’t pick up until the momentum swung in Lun’s favour. By the time the match ended, I was just happy it was over. This just goes to show that not all competitors can mesh well.
Tony Nese vs Brian Kendrick
The size difference between these two was incredible, and that’s why I believe this was the perfect match for both competitors. It was smart for them to show the size difference immediately, as Nese drilled Kendrick with a knee. That one move set the tone for the rest of the match, and at no point did the pace die down. Brian had no business trying to go move for move with Nese, so I was glad that he worked a more clever and scrappy style. Kendrick showed how his experience can play a role, which was great in terms of detail. At the same time, Nese evading most of Brian’s actual wrestling moves was a nice touch.
Out of all the matches we’ve seen in the tournament, this one came the closest to hitting the 20 minute time limit. I honestly didn’t notice that, because this match just flew by. I’m pretty sure that’s because the two were able to tell such a great story. As the action moved on, the story progressed well. The best part about the last five minutes was Nese’s moves looking so devastating that the crowd was shocked when Kendrick kicked out. Overall, this turned out to be one of the best matches we’ve seen in the tournament, and having Brian win was a great way to top of this show. With that being said, I hope this wasn’t the last we see of Tony Nese.
I found this particular episode of the CWC to be quite the rollercoaster ride. The low point was easily Dar vs Lun, while the high point was the main event Overall, I give this show a 7.8/10.