jdw wrote:Even in front of his "home" fans on the last card having gotten more of them on his side than the show before, his match with Gaston got the worst heat of the night.
I wouldn't blame Joey for this. Gatson was a sack of shit that night and has been for the past 3 or 4 shows.
I'd share the blame.
Gaston: While what he did was generally solid, he didn't have much fire. He's not the most firey guy, which actually is a decent contrast to other folks. But in this one he just had little fire and did little to engage those fans in the building who wanted to see him take it to Joey.
Joey: going with the submissions gimmick would be a nice contrast to the stuff that fills up the rest of the card, but he needs to work it more to get the crowd to give a shit. He was a bit Takerific in there:
"I'll weakly work over a body part or two, lose focus on it, then slap on a submission or two late, winning with one of them, to get across my new style... Yippy~!"
The was the opportunity to work over the body part, and do it in an interesting way that engages the crowd and gives the face ways to work with it. There are lots of ways to work over, damage and focus on the body part, and lots of subs to use. I'm not saying he needs to turn into Fujiwara or Volk Han with the subs in there, or be an Anderson Brother working over the arm. But moe focus, and more build, and more enthusiam tossed into it would have drawn the fans in. And in turn fueled Brandon's comeback, which if smart they would have looked to lay out in a way that didn't blow off the damage but instead play into it.
Instead... it was flat, from both. Some solid stuff, but neither really engaged the crowd into the match in any sustained way.