Posted by Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
On The Up And Up
– The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament First Round match between #DIY (Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa) and Tian Bing/Hoho Lin was a smart way to have #DIY advance while at the same time serve Bing’s in-ring NXT debut. He was the guy who was the first signed superstar from China, so he had a chance to impress and was in the ring with the right guys for it. Lun still is on the lower half of the Cruiserweight Classic talent spectrum, but he wasn’t a prime focus thankfully. Him and Bing worked well enough together to give #DIY a tease at an upset, but when commentary revealed that the winners here would take on NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival in the second round, they might as well have given away the result right there. With #DIY-Revival as past foes, they’d be dumb not to set up another excuse for an encounter and if they beat The Revival there, it could even set up the Tag Title match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto. Maybe we’re thinking too ahead, but they got the first part of the puzzle right, as we saw #DIY win their running knee strike/superkick combo on Lun, which also protected Bing, whom they can build down the road.
Tags: Aliyah, Asuka, Billie Kay, Bobby Roode, Corey Graves, DIY, Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Tournament, Hoho Lun, Kota Ibushi, Lince Dorado, Liv Morgan, Mustafa Ali, Noah Potjes, Paul Ellering, Peyton Royce, Samoa Joe, TakeOver: Toronto, The Authors Of Pain, Thea Trinidad, Tian Bing, TJ Perkins, TM61, Tom Phillips, Tye Dillinger, William Regal