Cut the shit, Nyla!
So much like Jade Cargill vs Marina Shafir, this match served as an angle segment more than than an actual match. Nyla Rose “in action” against (already in the ring) Kayla Sparks. I’m not opposed to a reoccurring bit so long as each new bit subverts my expectations just enough to POP me and while this match did have the fun twist of Nyla hitting all of Jade Cargill’s signature moves, I would’ve liked to have seen Jade either finally get her belt back AND THEN lay a challenge for Nyla Rose at Full Gear, or (since they already announced the match) come up with a creative fun way for Jade not to get her belt back. Instead we just got the same situation of the refs all standing in the way, separating Jade and her Baddies & the Vicious Vixens who were able to escape up the ramp.
So just as a quick creative pitch, how about this: After the match, Nyla gets on the mic and says that she knows she’s not actually the TBS Champion and this was all to get the match she wanted at Full Gear and now that it’s booked, Nyla wants to give the TBS Title back to Jade Cargill.
Jade & The Baddies come out. Kiera Hogan & Leila Grey run ahead to get the belt back but Nyla insists it must be Jade who comes and gets the belt. Jade gets in the ring and grabs the belt with one hand but Nyla won’t let go so Jade grabs it with both hands and Nyla, still with the mic in her free hand, bludgeons Jade on the head and takes her down. The Baddies come in but Nyla clears them out with belt shots. Nyla then lays the title over Jade and says “Take good care of my ‘Wonderful Joanie’. I’ve grown quite attached to her.” And then drops the mic.
That’s just a bit of an old school thing like how the NWA World Title is called “Sweet Charlotte”, I just thought it’d be a nice touch for the TBS Title to be nicknamed after Chyna (Joanie Laurer) and since she was the 9th Wonder of the World, ‘Wonderful Joanie’. So, in my mind, this segment would:
- Bring this program from a comedy one to a serious one in time for Full Gear
- Indirectly positions Jade Cargill, the holder of “Wonderful Joanie”, as the modern day Chyna
- Give instant prestige to the TBS Title
And that’s… pretty cool.
FWIW, Nyla looked great doing Jade’s moves, lol. And I liked how she took the piss with Jade’s patented pinning pose to just rabidly lick her hand. Nyla truly does maximize every
minute second of TV time.
We’re definitely in diminishing returns territory at this point, it feels like the belt theft stuff peaked in Toronto on Rampage when we got to see Jade murder four security guards. This is a big match for Full Gear so I hope it can turn a corner on the go-home show to make this feel more serious rather than Nyla just trolling Jade
Note: Just because I give a match a low rating doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it for what it was nor is it necessarily a commentary on the competitors. Not all matches are meant to be 3-to-5 star matches.
Nyla Rose wins via pinfallNyla Rose wins via pinfall
- Nothing in particular
- A segment masquerading as a match