Al-Ani was impressive in his first round victory over JT Dunn, but I have a hard time believing he’ll come up victorious in this one. Al-Ani goes for his dropkick early, but WALTER controls with his strikes. Al-Ani avoids some of the big slams but continues trying to lift the bag man up. Al-Ani is definitely not bringing the same amount of babyface fire like Starr. Although he’s clearly faster, the booking is designed to make him look like an inexperienced wrestler trying to do too much to the big man. Island Driver but Al-Ani smartly rolls out of the ring. Walter hits a series of gutwrench suplexes and then tells the official to count him out. Al-Ani recovers and dropkicks WALTER out of the ring. Huge cross body over the turnbuckle. Back and forth they go as WALTER continues trying to apply the rear naked choke. Al-Ani hits a DVD for two. Oklahoma roll into a submission. WALTER just makes the bottom rope. Frog splash met with knees. WALTER hits a gutbuster but only gets two. German suplexes and then the choke. Even the crowd knows it’s over.
Al-Ani came off really credible even in a loss. WALTER was able to dictate the match in a way where both and he his opponent came off well. These quarterfinal matches have all delivered, and this may have been the best one yet.
Winner (s)/Rating: WALTER/***1/2