Ariya Daivari def. Eli Knight; Daivari def. Bobby Flaco; Daivari def. Jason Cain
These were three consecutive matches where Daivari attempted to prove his dominance, or something like that. The issue is, his opponents were three local athletes and thus none of this meant anything. If the three straights wins were supposed to be impressive, they weren't because Daivari is unbelievably boring. The only positive thing I can say is that none of the matches lasted too long, but collectively, this was one giant waste of time that didn't make me care any more about Daivari than I did before.
Tony Nese def. Danny Burch
These two previously faced off a while ago, but to be perfectly honest, I don't remember that because most matches and episodes of this show blend together. This encounter, however, was well wrestled and they utilized the time well. It feels like Nese has faced everyone in the Cruiserweight division a million times over, but at least he never ceases to deliver, and the same can said for Burch in that respect. Nese scored the victory after Daivari provided a distraction at ringside. If this is leading to an alliance between Nese and Daivari, then no thanks.
Needless to say, the heavy emphasis on Daivari throughout this entire episode earned it an easy thumbs-down from me. The dude's been a part of the brand since Day 1 almost four years ago, and although Nese has as well, Daivari in particular brings nothing to the table whatsoever and has proved in the past that he isn't worth the investment or the television time. His series of squash matches almost put me to sleep, but at least Nese vs. Burch was enjoyable. The show was technically back to a two-match format this week, but the stuff with Daivari didn't need to happen. On the bright side, I'm stoked Nigel McGuinness has returned to commentary, though if he's been in the United States the whole time, I have no clue why WWE didn't use him sooner.