Madison Square Gardens sounds like a hell of a step up in venue considering THRIVE are still in their early days of business. I'm pretty sure WWE have got some kind of vice grip on MSG so that no other wrestling promotion is allowed to run there, but w/e it's creative writing, I'll let it slide.
I was glad to see a paragraph about the charitable work that THRIVE does after it was mentioned at the promotions launch. I'm the opposite of Tig, I was much more impressed to see that noted than JTG and Bully Ray being guests of honour.
Commentary was on point throughout the night, I knew Corino wasn't gonna finish the night once the WWE movers started being targeted.
I have no doubts Pentagon Vs Silas was a first time ever match, but the other two I did check on Cagematch, thought maybe ZSJ/Cage or Cole/Cobb might have happened at a PWG show. Really unique finish for their match with Silas doing that sick bump of his own accord (i.e. Pentagon not pushing him off) and I loved Pentagon following up straight away with the sacrifice. How many times do you see guys just make it back in on the rope break, still exhausted from the effort to get back in the ring, and their opponents just stand there and let them recover and get back to their feet? I think this was the right call, Pentagon's a bigger star than Silas.
ZSJ/Cage was my pick for best semi final matches, I really popped for Sabre's shots at Cage's muscle gain and how he used his bulk against him during the match. Zack's the thinking mans wrestler and that came off here; that was excellent psychology. It should of been obvious really that the only European would make it to the final with this Havoc storyline going on.
Cobbmania bro, what happened? you killed the dream before it could take off. I get it, you had to put Cole into the final to hint at the Greater Europe/Bullet Club teases throughout the night, but fuck, that was my pick man.
Seeing as though Evie's now gone, there's no harm in asking, was she set to be a player in your women's division? I'm guessing along with Heidi and Kimber Lee going also that might have changed one or two plans for you. Alpha Female saying 'I accept'....well she is German
I was expecting the win for WarMachine, but not so much the quadruple homicide scene later in the night; as a viewer I'm led to think it's a Greater Europe at it again, and there are rumours about War Machine to WWE, but Dunn's an innocent party if that's the case. I'll let it play out.
Alberto had cuts did he It's not the greatest surprise match you could of thrown on, but it's two big names which would of popped the crowd never-the-less.
As much as I dislike them, that Bullet Club segment before the final was pretty damn good. I liked how they tied in the Wrestlekingdom matches coming up in a few days, Omega obviously with his career biggest match and Cody with......Juice, and used that as a reason why it wasn't worth the risk to them to get into some extreme battle with a greater Europe.
Pentgon's the right call for the first champion because he's not so fully involved in any of the stable warfare storylines at the moment, he can make the title and his defences his story and deepen the Thrive cards that way.
As for a final rating, shall we say 6 stars? Really great ending to the 96 tournament, I gotta say with your record of leaving projects on the table (did you ever reach Canada?) I wasn't so sure we'd ever see the first champion crowd, but kudos to you for putting in the hard work to reach that first milestone. Now lets see if Thrive can last long enough to see it's 2nd champion...
your avatar choice gets -6 stars btw