Zack Sabre Jr vs Noam Dar
I applaud Mauro Ranallo for discussing how these two have history with each other. That allowed for this match to carry some substance outside of the work rate. Also, both men wrestle a quick and technical style, so watching them exchange moves was extremely fun. I felt like I was watching a fast chess game at times.
For a match that moved as fast as this one did, the selling was quite strong. I loved how they both took moments to sell high impact moves, before moving to the next set of technical maneuvers.
The story between these two was that Sabre was the veteran that had taught Dar, and they did a brilliant job at showcasing this throughout the match. Dar’s attitude alone was great, as he had that look of cockiness on his face because he knew everything Zack was going to do. This story allowed for each of them to look incredibly aware. I found the finish to be pretty strong, They both had some great moments, but Sabre’s submission on Dar was a thing of beauty, and it was a great way to cap off this match.
TJ Perkins vs Rich Swann
Oddly enough, Rich Swann is one of the biggest name’s in this tournament, yet his matches have been the most forgettable. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed Rich Swann, however I believe his matches in the previous rounds may have been overshadowed.
After TJP had escaped Swann’s head scissor, I was afraid they were going to get into a dance competition. Well, these two are pros, and they know exactly when to incorporate dances moves. Somehow, they managed to use the “dab” as a catalyst to upset each other. I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like that, and that includes many of the in ring taunts from the New Day.
Once they were done taunting one another, the pacing to this match became extremely slow. Out of all the matches in this round, this was the only one that truly lacked any kind of story, and I believe that was evident many times. However, one thing this contest did have going for it was its unpredictability. I can honestly admit that I had no idea who was going to win. In fact, I believe the two took advantage of that towards the end.
Once the match came into its final few minutes, I became hooked. The two knew exactly how to work a well balanced back and forth. Since the outcome was unpredictable, I was on the edge of my seat. After the two put forth a great finishing sequence, I didn’t really care who came out as the victor, because either of them would have been a good choice. Perkins has been a crowd favourite since day one, so I don’t blame the WWE for advancing him into the semi-finals.
Once this show had finished, I couldn’t believe we only had one more episode left. This has become a weekly routine, and I have to admit, I’ll be sad to see it go. The low point was the middle of Swann vs Perkins, while the high point was the last match. Overall, I give this episode of the CWC an 8/10.