wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 Night One Review

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Clocking in at just under two hours, the first night of this year’s 16 Carat Gold is an easy watch with a strong undercard and a great main event. This event was held on March 10.

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: Cody Rhodes vs Da Mack

This was a really enjoyable match that felt like a RAW TV match (a good one), with Cody on the offense for the majority of it. Da Mack’s attempt to make a comeback were well-timed, so it never felt dull or like it was dragging. The last five minutes were really fun. There was lots of back and forth action and surprising counters. Very compelling match and a great start to the tournament. ★★★½

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: JT Dunn vs Marius Al-Ani

This was a really fast-paced, back and forth hard-hitting contest. There was a major botch, but they did a great job of covering up. There’s not really enough substance to it and there were instances of faux fighting spirit, but for the most part it was fun while it lasted. ★★★

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: Koji Kanemoto vs Timothy Thatcher

Kanemoto is in incredible shape for his age. This match didn’t go long but it they put on a mat wrestling clinic. Timothy Thatcher injected a lot of personality to his match, which is always welcomed as his lack of crowd engagement is often one of his criticisms. A bit too short, but this was a fine shoot-style contest that could have taken place at AMBITION. ★★¾

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: Ilja Dragunov vs The Avalanche

If you’re fan of hoss battles, then this match is definitely worth checking out. These two damn near slaughtered each other with lots of clubbing blows and freakish displays of strength as they took turns tossing one another. The fighting spirit sequences were believable and it didn’t feel like they were trying too hard to make the match epic. Very good match. ★★★½

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: Donovan Dijak vs Matt Riddle

This was another really short match, but they made the most out of their limitations. This match was 50/50 throughout, but it never felt like they were just taking turns performing moves on each other. There was a flurry of strikes at the start and the finishing stretch was really hot. Awesome match for such a short amount of time. ★★★½

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: Paul London vs Bad Bones Klinger

Paul London started things off fast heavy in the opening minutes, but Klinger would eventually gain control. This was a structurally sound match, but there’s nothing particularly memorable about it. It’s fun in the moment, but the excitement quickly dissipates once it’s over. A solid match nonetheless. ★★★ 

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: Mike Bailey vs ACH

They opened with a comedic routine as both men traded dance moves, but this match quickly evolved into the high-speed flips and kicks match you’d expect from these two. There were some pretty cool sequences, but it was never really compelling enough to get you invested in it as a tournament match. It felt more like an exhibition match as there was no real sense of urgency to it.  Another fun but not so memorable match. ★★★

wXw 16 Carat Gold 2017 First Round Match: David Starr vs WALTER

Easily the match of the night. This was a great big man vs little man match. David Starr had to use his wit to lure WALTER in a vulnerable position. Starr was always aggressive on the attack, but was no match for WALTER’s size and strength. David Starr had to really work to get the big man down. This match was very compelling and it told a great story. The crowd was really into it as well. Very hot finish.  ★★★¾

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