Middle Kingdom Wrestling – September 30, 2015: Short And Short

Middle Kingdom Wrestling Episode 3
Date: September 30, 2015
Location: CWE Gym, Dongguan, China
Commentator: Eddie Strong

This show is kind of growing on me. I’m digging what they’re going for with the really short TV shows and simple booking. I could go for some stories and better wrestling but that’s a universal issue in wrestling, even in China. We’re on to the semi-finals tonight and it should be easier now that I have an idea who some of these people are. Let’s get to it.

These shows are getting even shorter as this is under fifteen minutes long.

The Slam vs. King Michael

This is incorrectly billed as a tournament match. Michael is a big fat guy and Slam reminds me of Gillberg. He even has similar music to Goldberg. Slam pounds away like he’s a guy twice his size and drops Michael with some forearms to the chest. A leglock sends Michael to the ropes but he clotheslines Slam down and smiles into the camera.

The required fat man splash gets two on Slam and a fat man shoulder drops him again. Michael’s chokebomb is good for two and the argument with the referee allows Slam to come back with a string of forearms, followed by a springboard clothesline for two. Something like a belly to back slam and a big stomp is enough to put the King away.

Rating: C-. This was way better than it had any right to be with Slam looking like a combination of Taz and Goldberg as he fought like a guy 100lbs heavier than he actually is. Michael was your standard fat man who couldn’t do much aside from basic power moves but Slam more than made up for it. I could go for more than big forearms but that might come against someone who can give him more back.

MKW Title Tournament Semi-Finals: Selfie King vs. Black Mamba

Da Li Sam is with Mamba again in a partnership that hasn’t been explained. Mamba isn’t interested in a picture to start so he loses a test of strength instead. So apparently King is really strong. I mean, he’s in good shape but it’s hardly great. Mamba claims his shoes are messing up and the distraction lets Sam come in with a powerbomb for the pin to advance.

Mamba and Sam take a picture over King’s unconscious body. Not bad.

Wait we’re not done as the promoter comes up and points out the shenanigans, meaning Mamba is disqualified. I’m not a fan of that sort of an ending and it feels like they went this way for a shortcut instead of a full on match. Even a short one would have been fine and it would have padded the show out a bit.

Roll credits.

Overall Rating: C-. This didn’t do it for me as well as the previous show but to be fair a show can only be so bad in fifteen minutes. The Slam was definitely the highlight of the show and it’s a good idea to take some of the focus off the tournament for a change. Good enough show here but it’s a step down from last time.

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