Trask: This was a fucking WAR from the get go. It didn’t stop and kept escalating like no tomorrow. The two’s styles intertwined to create magic. Even though it lasted a few minutes it gave us plenty memorable spots with Oney being rag dolled around in every viable way, but slapping the HELL out of Drew because he just wouldn’t quit. The impact on some moves made me so stoked to see wrestling unfold, just seeing Oney dive off the top rope to the floor only to be deadlift was NUTS. Oney got color towards the end of the match, putting emphasis on how important this match was to both guys. You couldn’t have had a better return match. McIntyre won after the claymore kick. My TV MOTY up to this point. I can’t wait to rewatch this. It’s said a lot, but WHAT A WAR! Oney is one of the best in the world and the best TV worker going right now.
Trask: Triple H opened his Total Extreme Wrestling 2016 save, and proceeded to book the 3/22 show with an “all out” match between these two. It’s exactly what one wants out of Almas and Lorcan. Viciousness, stiff as all hell, desperation around every corner — blue chippers in NXT grinding away to be remembered as not only great at their job, but a contender in the cloudy NXTNA influx. Oney is in my Top 5 of guys under [all] the WWE banner. He played face in peril while combining chops, high spots, and suplexes. Commentary treated the match as if it was a special sprint, reacting well. The short thrill ride is likely to be worked better than most matches on the ‘Mania TakeOver, never losing steam, and getting the crowd heavily invested. We got a callback with Almas not falling for the top rope half and half suplex, but still bumping around to set up his own comeback. Almas won after a hammerlock DDT.