My favorite match of night 1 was Dom vs Royal. Night 2 was Riddle vs Gunner.
That match had such great grappling and heel work from Royal. It's pretty cool hearing the different picks MOTN for Night 1. I thought it was Joey Janela vs Darby Allin. I came in most hyped to see Janela that night, as he's such a fun cult figure to me, and they both delivered a totally unique car crash of a match, exactly what to expect from those two. I think Zellner picked Jason Cade vs Curt Stallion, which also had great heel work from Cade. Also saw picks for Anthony Henry vs Gary Jay, which was my number two pick for Night 1, and in my top five for both nights. Some folks also picked Tank vs Matt Riddle for the emotional impact of the match.
Still can't get over how great Matt Riddle vs Gunner Miller was. It was the independent professional wrestling version of Marvin Hagler vs Tommy Hearns to me. "The Fight". These two athletic bros just killing one another, bomb after bomb. Laid out perfectly, with a wild believable nearfall in the first few seconds of the match. Ending literally had me jumping. Coming in to the SCI, I thought the right choice and the choice they were going with was Anthony Henry to win. But after seeing that Riddle match, I went up to talk to Pete about it, and was thinking that I was changing my mind to thinking maybe the right choice is Riddle, seeing how the crowd lost their shit when he beat Miller. And at the end of the night, Riddle was the right choice to win it all.
The Hierarchy vs Carnies match was also such a great, wild brawl. Great dives, chairshots, stuff on the guard rail, fireballs, balcony dives, all in a high school gym!
Anthony Henry is still someone to look out for. Brings such great intensity to his ring work, great subtle facial expressions, has been consistently excellent for three SCI's in a row. Watching live, the diversity in styles really hit you. Arik Royal and Matt Riddle are fucking great, but are so different in style. Darby Allin and Joey Janela are both cult figures known for their crazy bumping, yet are still so different as well, obviously in persona but also in what they do in the ring and how they do it. Jason Kincaid looked like a star on both nights, his shit looks so good live. Joey Lynch man, what a great, great wrestler that deserves more bookings. Shane Marx is so underrated, he was the perfect opponent for Gunner Miller, and I saw some kids pop big for Marx's great bumping, and his well timed comeback, during that match.
Both shows are strongly recommended when they get released.