Both times in-season I've been struck by how strange it is, considering what we know about both guys. Dake seems in control in neutral and the one trying to create more scoring opportunities. Taylor has yet to penetrate off his own shot, though he did nearly counter a Dake shot in the first match for a TD. Meanwhile Dake has been in deep on a couple of occasions without converting either. Taylor, meanwhile, has been the more effective mat wrestler for the majority of their matches (outside of the rideouts in the first match), riding Dake for longer and reversing Dake's ride, while Dake has struggled both times to get any sort of lengthy ride on Taylor (again, until he absolutely had to).
Going into the matches, I think most presumed both guys would hold an advantage in the opposite area where they have actually held it. Is it just me?
I'm forced to wonder if Taylor is somewhat mentally beaten like he seemed to be against Jenkins. The way his match with Jenkins played out in neutral is startlingly similar to how they've played out with Dake (outside of the cradle/pin, obviously) with Taylor being noticeably hesitant compared to his normal movement-based style. I know Dake is changing some of that by forcing ties, but even when Taylor gets some space, and he has in both matches, he's not moving as much and trying to create angles.
Just some observations.