After making the monumentally stupid decision to let Piccolo forfeit a match that he won so that Vegeta could take a crack at Frost, the saiyan prince steps up to the ring.
There’s a lot of great buildup for this fight. Frost outright admits that he’ll continue to use his poison weapon, noting that it’s his greatest asset. The ref, naturally, intervenes; but in true wrestling fashion, he is rendered useless as Vegeta notes that he doesn’t care and that the fight is happening regardless.
It really amps up the tension when you think that the rules are no longer going to apply. No longer is this a professional sporting event, but the alien equivalent of a street fight. The fact that it could amount to a death match only adds to the anticipation as both parties prepare for battle.
Sadly, it ends in the most anticlimactic fashion as Vegeta knocks Frost out in one punch. It doesn’t even take all that much, he only goes super saiyan. After all the hype and talk, you’d think that Vegeta would savor it a little even if he was going to win handily.
True to underhanded form, Frost tries to sneak off and steal the stash of loot that we learn Champa had offered the fighters as incentive to win. His efforts are thwarted, however. Interestingly, it is not Vados or one of the gods, but Frost’s own teammate, named Hit who puts and end to Frost’s schemes, presumably killing him with a single attack.
While it was short, this was an interesting scene. It helps build up Hit as an opponent as he easily takes Frost out. On top of that, though, Frost’s cocky demeanor dissipates and he seems genuinely wary of Hit when the latter approaches him. While Frost was an emperor, Hit seems to be a legend in his own right. It’ll be interesting to see what his deal is.
Back at the tournament, Vegeta is about to face off against Magetta, the giant robot fighter. There’s a twist, though, as Champa institutes a new rule where the ring is encased in a cube, should one of the fighters touch it, they are disqualified.
While Beerus does call his brother out on changing the rules as he goes, this actually does end up being somewhat beneficial. It turns out that Magetta can spew lava (which is deemed acceptable as it is his equivalent of saliva and thus not a weapon.) Had the cage not been there, the spectators would have likely been in danger. Instead, it merely hits the wall with no real harm done.
The downside, however, is that it also traps in all the heat that the magma generates. Vegeta is more than capable of outmaneuvering the robot in melee, and even the spewing streams of lava don’t seem to pose too much of a problem, but the high temperature seems to.
It was a good way to give the opponent the upper hand without coming up with some ridiculous backstory. It’s true, Magetta never really lands a solid hit on the saiyan prince. On top of that, Vegeta spends most of the fight in his regular saiyan form, only going super saiyan in the final minutes of the episode. By all accounts, there shouldn’t have been a lot of tension, actually there wasn’t up until the moment where we see Vegeta sweating profusely. It does give the impression that the fight might not be as easy as you’d think given Vegeta’s divine power set.
We also learn that Goku is still an eligible fighter. It seems that since Frost won by cheating, said win is negated. True to his fair play mindset, Goku actually offers to let Monaka be allowed to fight before him, but Beerus insists that Monaka fight last. It’s peculiar, especially when it’s made clear that Monaka is currently unconscious. The whole ordeal is largely played for comic relief with mixed results. While Beerus gets annoyed, one can understand why Goku would be confused about the logic being implemented by the god.
This episode was peppered with solid moments, but it fell flat overall. The fights themselves were largely anti-climactic. It’s an especially notable problem as the episode is centered entirely on them. The comedy also didn’t work all that well. The bits with Frost were entertaining, though. It’s a shame he’s not sticking around, but Hit might prove to be a fun adversary.