This week I’ve not watched much, I caught up with NXT, and it was great. Then it made me think about Triple Threat matches and how tough they are to co-ordinate, plan, and actually make a good match out of.
Essentially they always boil down to the same thing, two wrestlers team up, to beat down the third person, either they come back, or are out for a few minutes, while the other two either get beaten down by the one originally getting attacked, or the other two start beating each other up.
They are formulaic, but that doesn’t mean there’s not great ones that exist. AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe vs Christopher Daniels springs to mind as the best triple threat ever done. But the recent Ricochet vs Pete Dunne vs Adam Cole was a delight, sure it wasn’t as incredible as the other one, but it still had moments where there was clear co-ordination between all three, we didn’t have one wrestler missing for a drastic proportion of the match, and it felt balanced.
Actually feeding in, the set up was important, we’ve had Ricochet as a relative newcomer obtain the title from someone who barely defended it, and Pete Dunne who has held the UK title for a long time, one of the longest reigns in WWE history. They all had legitimate claims to the title, all look like viable holders of the belt, but there could only be one winner.
It wasn’t clear who would win. It didn’t make sense that someone would hold two belts, but Pete Dunne has held the UK title for too long, him losing doesn’t make any sense given how unbeatable he’s looked. Ricochet has been a defender of his title, has been having a great run, and looks at the current time like he needs longer with the title. And Adam Cole, well he’d built his look around holding the title, even if he barely defended it, and it was clearly his thing, especially as he was the first to win it.
The match was great, I recommend checking it out if you’re into wrestling, but the ending wasn’t a surprise, but it leaves open the possibility of something we’ve seen before, and it’s not particularly interesting. Why did Pete Dunne have to take the pinfall? That didn’t make sense, he’s portayed now as weaker than the US champion, who is far more recently established, and why did Adam Cole get to be out the way? This leads to a situation where Adam Cole can claim that he wasn’t pinned, and therefore still has a legitimate claim to the title, as his rematch was muddied by the fact the match was a triple threat. A 1 on 1 between Adam Cole and Ricochet is a match we’ve seen before, and while it was great, I don’t think needs to happen imminently, given they’ve been feuding for months.
Anyway, I probably have some more thoughts, but it was a strange booking, and I’m still not certain where they’re heading with it.
Have an excellent day! You’re all my favourites!