This post contains spoilers for the live Movie Trivia Schmoedown so if you have not yet seen it, you may want to skip this post.
Okay, the most recent Movie Trivia Schmoedown is in the record books and it was a most epic night. We had an exciting and somewhat shocking Star Wars number one contender match and a great team match up between the Shirewolves and Team Action. There was a controversial call at the end of the team match that had people talking.
However, the end of the show was what really set the Schmoedown world a buzzing. The reveal of the 4 Horsemen… or should i say… 5 Horsemen.
When the lights went out, and the four men showed up on stage in robes, slowly unveiling themselves to the sold out crowd, the energy in the room was out of sight.
Matt Knost, John “The Outlaw” Rocha, Innergeekdom Champion Jason Inman and returning from retirement Mark Reilly should have been enough. The crowd was already out of their minds. Then, the unthinkable happened. Each man, following the lead of Rocha, changed their four on their fingers to five. And we got a fifth Horseman.
“Dangerous” Dan Murrell, the G.O.A.T, joined the Horsemen. Murrell was back and the crowd lost their collective minds.
Now, I love Dan Murrell. He is my favorite Movie Trivia Schmoedown competitor of all time. But this article is not about him. His return was so dramatic and epic partially because of a single individual. And his name is Andrew Ghai, from Team Action.
Andrew Ghai has been trolling Murrell since the Free 4-All. Murrell’s music played, making everyone expect that Dan was making his return. Instead, Ghai came through the curtain in a classic pro wrestling move. The old bait and switch. Ghai then claimed to have killed Murrell, and he continued to make that claim for the next several weeks in several backstage vignettes.
It was a storyline that we believed might not ever be paid off since Dan was retired. Still, Andrew kept it up and this lead to several great moments for the Team Action member. It allowed Ghai, who previously was best known for the “Tackle” against John Rocha, to get a chance to show off his ability on the mike. He showed that he was a tremendous promo guy, knowing how to deliver a message through words. And it was more than just the “Where’s the Belt” catchphrase that Team Action uses.
Then, after his Team Action was defeated by the Shirewolves in controversial fashion, Ghai showed his ability even more. He shined in the interview with Jenn Sterger. The gimmick of always using the wrong names of people involved is a tried and true heel move, used by everyone from Y2J Chris Jericho to Kevin Owens in the WWE. This is also the first time where Andrew Ghai overshadowed his teammate, Ben Bateman, int he promo department. Taking nothing away from Bateman, but Ghai was on fire.
Yet, Team Action and, specifically Andrew Ghai, was not done yet. He started this off by cutting a tremendous heel promo on the stage, stomping around with a cane, pounding it into the stage. The inflection in his voice told the story too. He was angry, and he was going to gather some heat on himself. He called the audience “nerds,” said the audience should thank Team Action for giving them something to do on a Saturday night,
Heat is a wrestling term for getting the audience to hate you. Ghai was out there for a specific purpose. He was building heat on himself and Team Action because of what was to follow. Team Action is the cool heels and they have a pretty strong following among the fans of the Movie Trivia Schmoedown. He wanted to make sure that everyone knew the lines that were about to be drawn and which side he was on.
He called out Dan Murrell. It was at this point that he pulled yet another classic heel wrestling move, one pulled by Shawn Michaels in Canada among many others. He called out Dan Murrell, only to have a fake Dan Murrell show up (Ben Bateman in flannel shirt and Dan Murrell cap), giving Ghai a chance to make fun of the former 2-time champion. He asked him questions, to which Bateman responded with incorrect answers. He improvised a line which took a shot at one of the questions asked to the Shirewolves during their match that he thought was way too easy.
He continued to berate the pretend Dan Murrell until the music of the Horsemen started playing and we got that epic reveal. After the real Dan Murrell was shown as a member of the 5 Horsemen, he approached Andrew Ghai to challenge him for a match, one-on-one, at the Collision.
Watch Andrew Ghai during this time. He has amazing facial expressions going on. Reportedly, Ghai was not a big fan of wrestling, but, despite that, he seems to be a natural at it. He showed fear, frustration, anger, confusion, insulted, hurt, shock all on his face as Dan Murrell was challenging him. Many heels who have worked for years have trouble emoting the way Andrew Ghai did at this show. Sure, some of the emotion is real having had the controversial finish to the show and any time you can talk from the heart, your promos are better, but this part with Murrell was obviously set up prior to the show. All of the performers knew what was going to happen, and Andrew Ghai played his part perfectly.
Most people will always remember this live event because of the return of Dan Murrell and Mark Reilly from retirement and the massive reveal of the 5 Horsemen. The reveal was spectacular, with an amazing crowd reaction. But do not forget that a great heel helps create these moments and Andrew Ghai showed how valuable he is in this role. Thank you Andrew for your work here.