I love 2-out-of-3 Falls matches. They are usually close, hard fought contests that involve an intriguing in-ring story.
Will the hero or villain pick up the first fall? Will the heel bash their face with a chair to sacrifice a fall, but gain an advantage? There’s so many different stories that can be told with this format.
In fact, the Daniel Bryan/Sheamus match from Extreme Rules is probably my favorite WWE match from 2012.
Jay Lethal and Tommaso Ciampa stole the show on night one of Showdown in the Sun, but there was absolutely no build for this match. It seemed like they threw this together while the Embassy’s collusion angle plays out.
Unfortunately, Ciampa tweaked his knee in the opening minutes of the match. Lethal immediately hit a Lethal Injection and Lethal Combination for the first fall.
Somewhere, Ryback got jealous.
Ciampa battled through the injury, with Lethal firmly in control of the entirety of the match. However, Ciampa surprised Lethal with a jumping knee and a one-kneed Project Ciampa to tie the series.
It looked like Ciampa was going to steal the match after a low blow. However, Prince Nana attacked R.D. Evans, allowing Lethal to return the favor to a distracted Ciampa. A Lethal Injection later, Jay Lethal won the deciding fall.
I get the feeling Ciampa’s knee changed the story of the match. I can only speculate on what the theme would have been, although I doubt the face would have been in control for the whole thing.
The match was slower and shorter than it would have been without Ciampa’s injury, but it was still engrossing. Signature moves, nineteen counts, finishers, and near falls: This was the match of night by a long shot.