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    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Live From The 205 (2/14/17): Scumbag Teddy

    Full disclosure: I have been pulling for TJ Perkins ever since before he set foot in the WWE by way of the Cruiserweight Championship. I've been pulling for him since I first saw him in a major wrestling promotion in Ring of Honor, and I've been pulling for him as Manik in TNA, especially when he just wanted to be himself. He isn't and was never perfect, but this is a guy Filipinos could truly be proud of, because he's proud of where he came from, and he's damn good.

    That said, I've also got to say that I can no longer stand Current WWE TJ.

    Nothing's changed about his wrestling. Give him a long match, like a 205 Live main event or a solid opener with a skilled hand like Tony Nese, and he'll shine. The longer the match, actually, the better he'll shine. There's nothing wrong with that. However, he's seriously in the middle of some terrible writing.

    I'd like you to watch this brief segment and tell me if this version of Teddy Joysticks is a guy you'd cheer for:

    Okay, that was really a rhetorical question because I know some of you would like to cheer on a smug dick. But that's exactly what TJ is: a smug dick. 

    Now, there technically isn't anything wrong with that. That kind of behavior promotes a mean streak, something that's a necessity for a lot of contenders in pro wrestling. The issue here is that at this point, nobody seems to know what's best for TJP's branding. If he's an innocent nerdy-ass gamer, to hear him be a total dick a little jarring. (We should all be used to it by now thanks to #GamerGate, though.) If he's this swaggadocious shit-talking dabber who declares himself as a #CruiserGreat (check his IG posts), why is this weird 8-bit gamer stuff dragging him down? Nobody knows what they're really pushing here, and if the live crowds don't like TJ, it's because there's something about him they're not buying.

    So what does that make him now? The Cruiserweight Roman Reigns, that's what. The Cruiserweight #ScumbagCena before SmackDown went and completely embraced Cena's inner scumbag veteran. As always, there's still time to fix TJ: all they have to do is wholeheartedly accept his inner douchebag. Let him be the asshole who dishes out sick burns (like that glass ankles line) so people could recognize his greatness. It's been on display ever since he won the Cruiserweight Classic, and if they're turning it up little by little on 205 Live, I have a feeling we're about to get it sooner or later. Otherwise, nobody really knows what they're doing again.

    El Rey de las Cuerdas

    Gran Metalik is finally here, and he could not have come sooner.

    He quickly reminded us why he's a top lucha prospect with a brief but satisfying match with Drew Gulak. It's unfortunate that a guy billed as the King of the Ropes suffered a terrible botch doing a simple middle-rope springboard early on in the match, even though I understand from personal experience that the high-risk lucha style leaves anyone open to botches regardless of their skill level (that's why it's called high-risk, as the commentary team smartly kept saying). 

    Despite that, though, Metalik quickly recovered and wrestled the rest of the match flawlessly. I mean, Drew Gulak is good, but if you can make a WWE match against him look really entertaining, then you know you're good. I just hope Metalik isn't stuck into a lame storyline while he waits for his turn at the Cruiserweight Championship.

    Short stops

    • Really, really bothered that Jack Gallagher doesn't show up until the end of the main event. If you want 205 Live to be known as an impactful show, run some damn in-ring promos. You can't just get by on wrestling alone, no matter how good it is.
    • But also extremely bothered that Rich Swann, the former champion from only a couple of weeks ago, doesn't even get a look in the Cruiserweight Championship scene. Yes, he got injured for a couple of weeks, but he's back already, so he doesn't get anything just because there's a new #1 contender? Neville, Swann, and Gallagher would make for a fun triple threat at Fastlane. There's drama built in. You need to work hard, but you don't need to work this hard for it.
    • I'm interested to see where Tozawa/Kendrick is going. I mean, I know I said I'd rather have anyone else than Kendrick, but if you're building a story like this, with actual backstage segments (without any ridiculous gimmicks like ALICIA FOOOXXXXXXX) I'm in.
    • Can we just take a moment to appreciate just how godly Heel Neville is? Do you hear that promo work? Have you ever heard Face Neville talk anything like that?

    Photo from WWE


    Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry and one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul.
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    Item Reviewed: Live From The 205 (2/14/17): Scumbag Teddy Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Romeo Moran
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