Posted 30 December 2017 - 03:16 AM
Posted 02 February 2018 - 01:16 AM
I didn't dig this match as much as I thought I would on first watch. I've never been all that sold on Sami Callihan. Not that I ever thought he was a bad worker, I just don't dig his look or his character all that much. Plus, five minutes in and we've got a chop battle, which get on my nerves more often than not. Then, there was that missed chop to the post that never really got followed up on.
The second time through, I dug this match. The chop battle doesn't last all that long, and Brodie Lee ain't the type of guy that's gonna work over a hand. So, I chucked that shit out the window and what we have here is a really tight, physical match. There's no real fat on this at all. Just a shade under fifteen minutes of Lee and Callihan beatin' the breaks off of each other, with a good, simple story to boot. Lee, in particular, is awesome at cutting off Callihan's offense. I liked that Sami didn't really get a sustained run of offense until a little over halfway through the match, but he got enough shots in along the way that when he finally does get his momentum, it doesn't come out of nowhere. I can say what I want about his haircut or whatever, but he's a tenacious little fucker in this match. I get the feeling Lee could work this match in his sleep, and I really wish he could get the chance to show this kind of stuff in the WWE. That Liger Bomb and Spinning Truck Stop both ruled.
The ending wasn't what I expected, but I liked the fact that they didn't drag the tap out for too long and it was also cool that they didn't beat ya over the head with legwork. There was just enough that it felt earned.
Solid match, and even though that venue looks like a cool place to watch our great sport, a bigger crowd gettin' loud really would've amped this match up.
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