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For those of you who do not know, I grew up on NWA/WCW and I still favor the gritty, more realistic feel in my professional wrestling.
I got it here in this segment.
First with JBL. I almost missed the match because I was texting my friend all the things JBL was saying. For starters, as mentioned, his calling that six-person tag match horrible. Next, JBL did a lot to put over Wade Barrett. Comparing the Bullhammer to Stan Hanson was an amazing spot-on assessment of what this move could be for Barrett.
Also, for realism, JBL gave a long statement on what it felt like to go from being champion to not being champion. How your friends can’t call you Champ anymore and if they do, it’s hollow. It only takes that little touch of something extra to give wrestling that genuine feel.
In keeping with that, I like the backstage interviews with Matt Striker and a single wrestler. Every promo doesn’t have to be in the ring, interrupted and ended with a punchline. I like the variation.
The match between Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett started slow, and I wasn’t sure it would be anything special, but it turned into a hard-hitting back-and-forth that is worth a view.
But it wasn’t just the match. It was Wade Barrett’s backstage interview, JBL’s commentary and the actual in-ring battle (all together) that worked in harmony to give this segment a great feel.
After Wade Barrett got the win with the Bullhammer (catching Kofi Kingston, who was coming off the ropes), JBL warned everyone backstage that if they got hit with the Bullhammer, they would be knocked out.
He didn’t call it a great move. He called it a great weapon.
And I have to say, it may be the weapon that separates former Wade Barrett from future Wade Barrett.