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In Topic: Gimmick Match of the Month: The Lumberjack Match (September 2017)

14 September 2017 - 04:16 PM

It isn't my least favourite gimmick match, but it's right down there. The gimmick engulfs the entire psychology of the match whatever the participants do. If they're in the ring then the viewer is just waiting for a wrestler to be thrown to the floor. If they're on the floor then there's a limited amount of things that can happen. The only variation you see is in the extent to which the deck is stacked against the faces. And the format lessens the rivalry because the participants are fighting against lots of random people rather than focusing on each other.

In Topic: Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs Taka Michinoku (PWFG 08/26/95)

10 September 2017 - 11:50 AM

A bit of a hidden gem and new discovery for me. Under 10m and action packed with very stiff shots. Taka was fundamentally well trained with his ground game. That meant he could fit in well with the style, although it wasn't typical PWFG. I was always a bit concerned about how Fujiwara was going to violate the young man. The underdog dynamic was expertly worked and it ran just as long as it needed to.

In Topic: Great Sasuke vs Dos Caras (Michinoku Pro Mask League 08/25/95)

10 September 2017 - 11:39 AM

A tournament that involved such legends of the squared circle as Bandit, Golden Cross, Mongolian Yuga and Jerry Lynn. There's some fun matwork from the Luchador with holds you'd rarely see in Japan. His gesturing to the crowd was grating however. Sasuke seldom does anything interesting himself on the deck. It always picks up on his end once the aerial spots begin. In the end Caras went over with surprising conviction considering Sasuke was the top dog of the promotion. A curiosity.

In Topic: Cactus Jack vs Terry Funk (IWA King of the Death Matches 08/20/95, No Rope Ba...

10 September 2017 - 11:28 AM

The first time I ever watched this I felt like I'd seen it vicariously through the book. Many years later and I can't remember either that well so let's see...

For a while this was a decent enough Death Match. They had a strong rivalry and Foley did bleed a disgusting amount. All of the skin on his face had been covered in red. Then there's this WTF run-in from Tiger Jeet Singh. Followed by a big countdown before the ring spectacularly does not explode. To round things off a horrendously botched finish. A match for its time and place.

In Topic: Eddy Guerrero vs Dean Malenko (ECW TV 08/01/95)

08 September 2017 - 12:18 PM

16m was shown. They also seemed to clip out a fair amount with shoddy editing. That made it feel a bit disjointed and hurt the viewing experience. From a technical standpoint there's some nice wrestling here. It would require a more clearly defined structure or something in the way of psychology to make this into anything meaningful. The vibe was 'We're trying to have a good match' rather than 'I don't like this guy' or 'I really want to win'. Every face vs heel match has a baseline level of psychology that this dips below. They're trying to import the Puro-esque athletic contest feel, yet it doesn't quite come across like that either.