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Negro Casas, Emilio Charles Jr. & Tarzan Boy vs Blue Panther, Black Warrior & D...

31 October 2017 - 09:24 PM

This was far better than I expected - not because the talent involved isn't awesome, but just because this wasn't given much time. But they certainly overdelivered with the 10-ish minutes they had. Emilio, Panther, and Wagner owned this, I thought. I am literally dozing off as I'm writing this, so I'm about to go to bed, but it's worth your time. ***1/2

Atlantis, Perro Aguayo & Rayo de Jalisco Jr. vs Villano III, Shocker & Bestia S...

31 October 2017 - 09:08 PM

The first televised meeting of Atlantis and Villano III after 3/17. There isn't really much for them to settle at this point, as they left it all in the ring one week earlier, so they wrestle some nice mat exchanges to start us off. It's the rest of the match that's a bit more spirited, particularly when Perro is in with Salvaje. This is also when Villano's turn was first teased, as he was hesistant to join in the beatdown on Perro. This was kind of a rebuilding match, but the match came together pretty well. ***1/4

Mike Awesome vs Spike Dudley (ECW on TNN 01/28/00)

30 October 2017 - 08:41 PM

This feud seems to have produced a lot of disappointing matches even while being fun as an idea. But this particular match rocked and is easily the best of their series by a pretty big margin. I think that's because it's unique. They close out the feud by letting Spike get lots of shots in, which in turn makes Awesome look even better than by dominating him because of all the kickouts after taking so much punishment. Spike also comes out looking better for going toe-to-toe with Awesome as much as he did. He used a chair as a big neutralizer here, which didn't bother me in the least because it's pretty much the only way this would hold up as a credible fight I think. And I think this resembles the best FMW matches in that it's not so much about the plunder as it is the cadence of the match - look past the weapons and you see a strong and psychologically sound performance from two guys where the live crowd really gets into the babyface comebacks because the work in the ring is set up to generate specific reactions. This was the final chapter of their series and I guess the best match of it as well. ***1/2


The post-match angle with RVD has genuine excitement because it looks like Van Dam is finally feuding with the world champ. I understand Heyman's mindset in not rushing RVD's big moment and agree that it wasn't a magic bullet, but it's a shame they were never able to deliver the obvious coronation.

Tajiri vs Little Guido (ECW on TNN 01/28/00)

30 October 2017 - 08:24 PM

Like Guido's match with Crazy two weeks earlier, this only got about 7 minutes, but wow, did they make the most of it. The commercial break after the intros and then again after a minute or so of action is more than a little frustrating, but at least we get to see a fully realized match that's far more violent than their usual fare. It's amazing how these guys were truly able to create something different almost every time out. Tajiri was mostly the showcased guy in this case, but Guido wrestled like a guy pissed off with something to prove. I thought this was pretty awesome and I liked the extra emphasis on hate. ***1/2

The Heartbreakers vs The Bodies (WXO 01/23/00)

30 October 2017 - 07:52 PM

I have no clue who any of these guys are. My main takeaway was that maybe that bizarro tag from the previous week wasn't canned heat after all, because this was just faint noise, which between that and Chris Cruise announcing made it feel like a random episode of WCW Pro. Perfectly fine representation of the tag formula, but nothing special. Another testament to how effectively that formula can help matches along. Weird post-match angle I don't care about enough to recap. Skippable.