Shinsuke Nakamura vs. TJ Perkins from WWE 2017

There were clear reasons for why this match succeeded artistically (beyond the sheer amount of talent and in-ring chemistry). It did not go all that long. It took place in front of a crowd who were invested in the performers on some level. They worked a back-and-forth match that never felt repetitive. In other words, the match was fun.

The fact that this match happens, and no one in the company doesn’t recognize why it succeeded and attempt to create its conditions is why I find WWE frustrating as a creative system. They don’t pay attention to what works and what doesn’t and then do way more of the former. They just do it their way. Nakamura will keep working absurdly long TakeOver main events while he’s there, and TJP will continue to not be over on 205. Meh. (***1/2)


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