August 24, 2016
Round 2 – Part 3
(taped July 14, 2016)
City: Winter Park, FL
Venue: Full Sail University
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Daniel Bryan
Control Room: Corey Graves
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome
The winner’s trophy was revealed at Takeover: Brooklyn II, and last week Akira Tozawa, Noam Dar, and Brian Kendrick advanced.
“Take a Stand” by CFO$
Lince Dorado expected to be in the WWE, and wrestling saved Rich Swann’s life.
Rich Swann vs Lince Dorado
(referee: Jason Ayers)
Result: Rich Swann wins via pinfall after a Phoenix Splash
Very good match. There was a lot of personality in this match with both guys even dancing at one point early in the match. There were also some very good pinning combinations early on, then later there were some nice high-flying moves. The commentary put over how well these two know each other, and that played out in the match with a lot of counters. This was a lot of fun to watch.
Johnny Gargano gets his knee taped as Andrea D’Marco asks him about TJ Perkins. Gargano doesn’t want to let anyone down, so he’s going to pour his heart into the match. Tommaso Ciampa approves.
Drew Gulak was never deterred by the nay-sayers. Zack Sabre Jr. is a tactical wizard.
Zack Sabre Jr. vs Drew Gulak
(referee: Shawn Bennett)
Result: Zack Sabre Jr. wins via pinfall with a bridging pin counter to a dragon sleeper
Fantastic match. Sabre has been touted as one of the best technical wrestlers in the world, and Gulak went into this match to prove that he was better. He was fighting angry, but that anger was channeled into great counters for many of Sabre’s moves and holds. Sabre seemed thrown off a little which let Gulak dominate the match at times. This match was a combination of great counter wrestling and some heavy strikes. You never knew what was going to happen next because the counters were very unique. It felt like the match could have ended at any given second.
TJ Perkins wants to represent his generation. Johnny Gargano wants to be the top cruiserweight in the world.
Johnny Gargano vs TJ Perkins
(referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: TJ Perkins wins via submission with a knee bar
Great match. Gargano was selling a knee injury that they said happened at Takeover, but this was taped more than a month ago, so… yeah. Regardless, the knee played a huge role in the match which gave it a good focal point. There was a lot of heart in this match from both guys, and there were a few really great spots.
Another great show. What else is there really to say? This sets up the last of the quarter final matches which all look fantastic.
Match of the Night
Zack Sabre Jr. vs Drew Gulak
I thought the main event was great too, but the chains and counters in this match combined with the way Gulak forced this match to be fought in a sort of desperate way made this the most exciting match of the night for me.