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#1 Phil Schneider

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 11:45 PM

Figure we should have a catch all thread for folks who got this and are up late watching it all.



#2 Phil Schneider

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 11:51 PM

Watched three matches and wrote up a review for Segunda Caida.

 

24/7 Review

 

Going to be assigning every match a dollar value to see if it is worth the ten bucks.



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Posted 03 July 2015 - 11:52 PM

Just watched Al Perez vs. Dick Murdoch and it was a fun little short match. I'm too tired to watch anything longer right now but the JYD, Duggan, Tito Santana vs. Butch Reed, Volkoff & Darsow 6 man tag is going to be the first thing I watch tomorrow.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 12:01 AM

It looks like the really old stuff on here, the Waldo Von Erich match and the Danny McShane match are just narrated still photos rather then actually video footage, which is a bummer.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 12:15 AM

There is a lot of amazing stuff on here for month 1. I wish there was dates, not just generic year dates (or none at all), but the footage is amazing.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 12:49 AM

I sent a tweet to Zellner that I was going to need help on dates. Anyone have a link to Houston wrestling results?

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 01:01 AM

Here's a workaround for people noy able to get Harley vs Andre to play.

 

Ackerman  click on Flair vs Wahoo let it start playing. Hit the discover tag it will give you about 5 matches including another Flair/Wahoo not listed but their is another thumbnail 4 Andre/Race click on it and it plays



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:37 AM

If you hover over the "July 2015 - Matches" button at the top of the page when you're viewing a video, it will give a drop down menu of all the matches that are up. Same thing with the Interviews button.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 09:03 AM

Quick and dirty thoughts from what I've seen:

 

- Andre vs. Tank Patton is a fun little bout centering around Patton's loaded cast. Andre doesn't do much that's new, but he's still mobile and works smart, and the big payback spot at the end is cringe-worthy.

 

- I have new respect for Gino Hernandez as an in-ring worker. I didn't really like him at all on the World Class set, but he actually managed to drag a decent match out of Ox Baker through bumping, selling, running, and sheer willpower. If he can do the same to Ivan Putski he'll be a true miracle man.

 

- Want to see others' thoughts on Lothario & Mascaras vs. the Funks. It's 2/3 falls and 25+ minutes. It's not one of the true high-end Funk tags but I still thought it was really good. Jose's already past his prime in 1979 but he does throw awesome punches and knows how to sell. Mascaras actually works a short FIP segment, which is amazing in and of itself. 



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 04:57 PM

I loved the Andre/Race match. It was so smartly worked, and told a basic story. Both guys were real good here. The finishes and big moments throughout the match were built to really well. Even the little things like Andre leaning on Race was just good storytelling. In the 4 1/4*



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 04:59 PM

Awesome to hear. Can't wait to see it.

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:01 PM

How much of this is previously rare footage that hasn't made significant rounds? 



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:07 PM

Of the 40 matches I say at least 10 matches have never been seen.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 05:50 PM

I have no idea if Landell/Ito vs. RNR Express was already available but it was a pretty fun little match. I really kind of liked Landell & Ito as a team.



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Posted 04 July 2015 - 11:34 PM

Pretty sure Landel/Ito-R&R is new/

 

Thoughts so far:

 

Gino Hernandez vs. Jose Lothario (Fence Match/Texas Death Cage Match/Whatever): I'd seen this before (it aired on Boesch's Best of Texas Wrestling show on SPN/Tempo in the early '80s so it was in circulation but not widely seen or pimped) and remembered really enjoying it but not quite as much as I loved it this time. It's a really good use of Lothario as he's clearly past his prime but the match is one where he can get by with what he's still great at: Punches, selling, and shining. Makes me want to see more actual Texas Death Matches from Texas because I feel like something was lost in translation in other territories There are multiple spots where Gino looks close like a valiant babyface for beating the count and while it works in context, I feel like it would be a little less disconcerting if I was more familiar with what these fans expected of a Texas Death Match. Awesome finish with Lothario getting too greedy neck cranking Gino from a front headlock and getting crotched on the top turnbuckle. It was the one spot where it looked like no human man could have answered the count for the next fall. Go watch this.

 

Terry Funk & Dory Funk Jr. vs. Jose Lothario & Mil Mascaras: So this popped up in the suggested matches, I had been looking forward to it anyway, and I was in the mood for more Lothario, so I watched it next. I'm not at all with Pete on this one as this is super disappointing and not just relative to how great it looked on paper. This was just super listless except for the occasional brief exchange like Terry and Lothario brawling. The Mil-Funks matwork was much, much lazier than you'd expect even though Mil isn't working AJPW.  You'd think Mil would let the Funks have more than he gives them. At least I saw Lothario wrestling with hair for the first time in my life, but this was not the best use of half an hour.

 

"Terry Funk vs. Wahoo McDaniel" (Actually Terry Funk vs. Wahoo McDaniel and Wahoo McDaniel vs. Gino Hernandez): So the match does actually happen, but it's about three minutes long. Great while it lasted with an awesome pre-match and finish, but still, this was maybe the most exciting match on paper so I was annoyed, even if it wasn't at Bruce Tharpe or anything like that. So then Gino Hernandez comes out and this is either a triangle match of some kind or we went from the semis to the finals of a tournament, and it's for a shot at Harley Race's NWA title. And good lord, Wahoo-Gino was fantastic. Amazing intensity, great heat, super selling, brutal chops from Wahoo, great use of blood for drama...this is just a tremendous hidden gem. Gino is my new favorite wrestler, I want to see a lot more, and I'm angry he had a rep for not being very good.

 

Ric Flair vs. Wahoo McDaniel (the one that's not the rematch): It's been so long since I've watched Monsters of the Mat or the Mid-South set that I can't remember which of these I've seen (this one also has new commentary since ostensibly it didn't air at the time, can't remember if the Monsters of the Mat match had any). But anyway, this is tremendous. Really super fast paced and non-formulaic for a Flair touring title match, exactly the type of violent battle you want from these two. Will get to the rematch soon enough but I loved this. Wish we had these two beating the hell out of each other in the Carolinas.

 

Harley Race vs. Andre the Giant: Of the new matches we knew about in advance, this has been getting the most attention by far. We knew it would be at least a fun, interesting spectacle but how good it would actually be we had no idea. Well, it's awesome. All of the best Andre matches by reputation are with him as a heel (usually in Japan, but also the twilight stuff where he carries his end with facials and mannerisms), but this is a great match with babyface Andre. He actually works holds better than anyone did in that disappointing tag match and the match is never remotely boring even though it's Andre going half an hour.

 

Tons of cool memorable spots.

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Finish was lame but it's not like we had any reason to expect a real finish in this match. Considerably better than I even hoped for, it's a crazy dream match and you come for the star power but the work was great, too.

 

I've gotten my ~$10 worth already.



#16 Phil Schneider

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Posted 04 July 2015 - 11:45 PM

Looks like by looking at the DVDVR Mid-South set, the 7/12 match was the match on Monsters of the Mat, so I guess the rematch was previously unavailable



#17 Phil Schneider

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 12:00 AM

Put up my review of Harley v. Andre and the Bandaleros on a poll Guerreros v. DiBiase/Dr. Death match

 

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#18 Phil Schneider

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Posted 05 July 2015 - 12:04 AM

Of the 40 matches I say at least 10 matches have never been seen.

 

I think it is more then that, I have watched five matches so far, pretty sure

 

Harley Race v. Andre

Wahoo McDaniel v. Terry Funk/Gino Hernandez

Bull Ramos v. Nick Kozak

Guerreros v. Dr. Death/DiBiase Bandelleros Death Match

 

Are all new, lots more stuff on there which I am pretty sure is previously unavailable, I am guessing it is closer to 50/50 new stuff and previously out there stuff.



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 12:16 AM

I didn't want to overexaggerate so I low balled.50/50 is pretty mindblowing.



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Posted 05 July 2015 - 12:20 AM

Looks like by looking at the DVDVR Mid-South set, the 7/12 match was the match on Monsters of the Mat, so I guess the rematch was previously unavailable

The 2nd one is what we have on the set. So either Tharpe has his dates wrong or the Mid-South set date is wrong.






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