#AskGSM is a weekly Q&A video where I, Graham "GSM" Matthews answer fan questions from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in regards to the world of wrestling. Nothing is off limits, and this week’s edition touches upon a variety of topics including:
Marty Scurll def. Jay White
Scurll is so damn great that I still question why Ring of Honor bothered to take the World Television Championship off of him a few months ago. Even though he's no longer the champion, he's continuing to kill it against everyone he faces and White (who is an equally exceptional talent) was no different. They put together an awesome opening match that featured plenty of back-and-forth action and kept the crowd's attention from start to finish. Scurll resorting to dirty tactics to win fits well within his "Villain" persona, but it also gives me hope we'll see a rematch from them eventually.
The Dawgs def. The Tempura Boyz
Yes, "The Dawgs" is the actual team name apparently for Rhett Titus and Will Ferrara. I've heard some dumb tag teams over the years, but that one comes close to leading the list. And no, the true "Big Dawg" Roman Reigns is not a part of it. In all seriousness, this was a nice little match to get over the new duo of Titus and Ferrara. The Tempura Boyz looked much more competitive than I have ever seen them and I hope we see more of them in the future.
Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann def. Noam Dar and Tony Nese
Alexander and Swann have made for a fun tandem over the last week considering their chemistry together and I'd love to see them get a shot at the Raw Tag Team Championship. Unfortunately, WWE will probably relegate them to the Cruiserweight division forever, which is a shame. At any rate, this was a well-wrestled match with a nice pace to it. It wasn't quite as good as the Cruiserweight tag team match from TLC, but I enjoyed it for what it was.
Drew Gulak def. Gran Metalik
As I've said before, Gulak's PowerPoint presentation shtick has (surprisingly) gotten over big with me and his pre-match promo here was entertaining as always. I assumed Akira Tozawa would interrupt him, but I'm glad that was saved until afterward and that feud was dragged out a little longer. Gulak and Metalik contested a solid match that led to a credible victory for Gulak.
Sami Zayn Confronted SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon
Apparently, Shane's logic for leading the SmackDown Live invasion on Raw was because he felt Kurt Angle bragged too much about Raw being the better show. Okay, then. He did acknowledge how Angle asked to use AJ Styles for TLC and for Raw the next night and how that literally opened the door for them to get into the building, but this entire "brand supremacy" storyline feels forced and rushed. As for Zayn, I loved his interaction with Shane and he has flourished in the heel role thus far. This also successfully hyped Zayn vs. Randy Orton for the night's main event.
Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin def. The New Day
These are the two biggest babyface tandems in the tag team division on SmackDown, so I figured it would be a while before we saw this match. They can always go back to it once Gable and Benjamin inevitably win the tag titles, and this was fun while it lasted. Benjamin and Gable winning by being opportunists was interesting and I'm glad they're gradually building momentum before they challenge The New Day.