wXw 16 Carat Gold Night 2 (12/3/16) Review

Added by Dylan Justin

Picture Credit: Sarah Hollywood (@SHSnapshots)

Tyler Bate vs. Silas Young

Tyler Bate vs. a 35-year-old version of himself. This was a pretty good big man vs. small man match. It did its job. I thought Bate was clearly the better worker, but Silas did a good job of making him look good. Bate got the win, in what I guess you could consider an upset. ***

David Starr & Shane Strickland vs. Big Daddy Walter & Da Mack

Starr and Strickland have good chemistry together, as do Walter and Mack. Walter seems to be working more as a heel lately, which I enjoy. He turned on Sabre on the previous show, and he turned on Mack here once the two lost. David Starr has done real well for himself on this tour and had yet another impressive showing here. Not very noteworthy, but a fun match overall. ***

16 Carat Gold Quarter-Final Match: Axel Dieter Jr. vs. Ilja Dragunov

There was a lot of slapping in this match. Lots, and lots of slapping. It was rather short and they never really got anywhere, but both looked strong. Dieter advanced. Enjoyable match, I suppose. ***

Marty Scurll vs. Angelico vs. Mike Bailey vs. Trevor Lee 

wXw four-way are often some of the best matches on the show, and given the names involved here, you knew exactly what to expect, you knew you were in for an insanely fun match, and that’s exactly what you got. Angelico unfortunately had a pretty lackluster weekend outside of this match, which is such a shame as he’s a tremendous wrestler and could have had some phenomenal matches. Bailey, Scurll and Lee on the other hand had great weekends. If you enjoy spotty, fast paced car crash matches, which most people do, this was for you. ****

16 Carat Gold Quarter-Final Match: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay

Ospreay just cannot have a bad match no matter what he does. I challenge someone to name me a bad match of his from 2016. He may be the best wrestler in the world. He’s the star of every show he’s on. Him and Shane Strickland had an amazing match on Night 1 of 16 Carat, and this Sabre match was easily the best match of the weekend. These two have impeccable chemistry and the match was even better than expected, which is telling because I had incredibly high expectations. All the spots and reversals worked perfectly and the crowd was insanely hot. Another ****+ match under both men’s belt. ****½

Melanie Gray vs. Toni Storm

Toni Storm is very good for her age, she carried Leva Bates to a tolerable match and worked hard here, but the two never really clicked and the match ended up being very unnotable. It was short, so not too much to complain about. **

16 Carat Gold Quarter-Final Match: Sami Callihan vs. Timothy Thatcher

These two were given way too much time. Thatcher tends to bore the hell out of me when he forces people to work his style, and though they did a lot of strikes here and the crowd was hot, there were just way too many Thatcher spots and as I said the match got more time than needed. If you enjoy Thatcher, you probably enjoyed this more than I did. It was solid, that’s all. ***

wXw Unified World Wrestling Championship: Karsten Beck (c) vs. Jurn Simmons vs. John Klinger vs. Absolute Andy

Though not on the same level as the previous four-way, this was also a lot of fun. Sure 25 minutes may have been too long, but unlike Callihan and Thatcher, the time never hurt the match for me (also helps that there were four people in the ring as opposed to two). John Klinger is super underrated universally in my book and has been for a while. I expected him to win here, but Simmons winning makes sense and I look forward to seeing where he goes from here. As for Karsten Beck, he looks to be done for now, as he took his boots off and left them in the ring as he walked to the back. Very good match. ***¾

Final Thoughts: Though many in attendance said that Night 1 was the worst of the three shows, I’d have to disagree and say that this was much weaker from top to bottom, and that’s not a slight, because this was rather enjoyable. Not a bad show by any means.

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