b2u pretty much nailed all the ratings for me, but I'd probably give Taylors/RockNES **** just because of all the innovation and surprising spots. Taylors have improved so much as a tag team, and Brian Cage-Taylor especially as a singles guy. I can't wait for him to break out and starting taking on the guys like Strong, Davey, Generico, Mack, Steen, etc.
I'd also give SSB/Future Shock ****1/2 because that match was just incredible. They had me going NUTS.
Spot of the night was pretty easily the "GET OVER HERE" on the apron, where Dos hit an Exploder Suplex on Generico off the apron, down onto Mack.
I was honestly surprised RockNES didn't go to the finals. I'm not complaining, because I'm not really a huge fan, but they've improved a lot, and did get a HUGE win over CIMA/Ricochet at KRR3. At least it took a super team of Generico/Mack to take them out.
Future Shock/Dynasty- ***1/4
Strong-ahan/2HBG- ***3/4 Callahan's strikes were almost all on point. Those forearms when he had Willie in the back mount were fucking BRUTAL.
RockNES/2HBG- ***1/2 Mack crushing one of the Johnny's, I think Goodtime, on his dive was so damn sad. I was on the opposite side of the ring (Hard cam), but it looked like he just fell to the ground and let Mack crush him completely. Didn't catch him so much as just absorbed him.
SSB/Future Shock- ****1/2
Callahan/Steen- ***1/2 It was a crazy brawl of a match, but live, those can be hard to follow. I loved everything I could see, but I couldn't see everything. Maybe it'll come off better on DVD.
SSB/2HBG- **** maaaaaybe ****1/4. And again, agreed about the selling with both teams putting over how much punishment they'd taken. Only problem is, Generico would be on the apron selling like his ribs are broken and then get full extension before coming down with a Cross Body, or raising up with an axe handle smash. I can appreciate the thought, but it's hard to put over that kind of selling on the indies. It's so reliant on moves, that it's hard to sell like that. But yeah, appreciate the thought.
Great show, even better than the match ratings indicate because it was just so much fun live. Can't wait to see how it comes off on DVD.