Fun little match. Barbarian is exactly the type of guy WCW should have been pushing hard, repackaged and as a headliner. He was a veteran who could still be fresh, he could work, he could be paired with someone who could cut promos, and he was still young enough to not be seen as old hat. He could have been a workhorse. Finlay is always reliable too. Of course, the precision of the strikes and kicks is soooo good here, and that's always a given with Finlay matches, and Barbarian does the best big boot in wrestling.
Fit Finlay vs Barbarian (WCW Worldwide 03/18/00)
Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:04 AM
Finlay in this hardcore gimmick feels like some mis casting to me. Finlay certainly can be brutal and violent but I think it works best within the confines of a closely mat worked type match ala Uncensored 1996 where the stiffness feels like an aberration. Here he comes out with Barbarian and they have a clubbing four minute match which is ok but not the intense brawl I had hoped for. I did think Barb was game and his clothesline off the top rope had the crowd going a bit that he could pull off the upset. Finlay doing the forward roll to Barb was impressive but not a great looking finisher. **
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