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In Topic: Corporal Robinson vs Dino Bambino (MAW Bed of Nails Death Match 09/01/00)

Yesterday, 12:44 PM

Not much to say about this work.  Mostly standard fare brawling only kind of harder to follow due to the video guy.  Robinson impressed me with his punches and I liked his presence here a lot.  I didn't really get much into it but it was completely fine and wasn't bad at all.  The nail bump looks really painful and Robinson seemed to be in some pain as Bambino gets the win.



In Topic: CM Punk vs Bobby Bambino (MAW 09/01/00)

15 March 2018 - 09:04 PM

This was proficient and fine but lacking in any kind of strong substance to really make it interesting.  Punk is a good heel and does a nice job of utilizing little cutoff moments and selling well but this kind of starts with a whimper of a transition from shine to heat and from there is just kind of goes without becoming anything whole.  Sloppiness is not a huge deal in many ways but you get the sense that maybe Punk's mind is ahead of what he can actually put together coherently in the ring at this point.  Best part of this is the ref getting bumped and then Punk just casually and unceremoniously dropping Bambino onto the mat.  Good simple heel finish.



In Topic: Proposal for 2018: Match Review Trades

12 March 2018 - 08:03 PM

So I still owed dkookypunk43 a review from forever ago.  I went ahead and wrote a review of Kobashi vs. Omori from the 2000 Champions Carnival and the link is below.



In Topic: Kenta Kobashi vs Takao Omori (AJPW Championship Carnival 04/15/00)

12 March 2018 - 07:58 PM

I didn't quite know what to make of a few things in this match.  I'm going to start with Omori, who I thought had a really strong performance in this, in some ways stronger than Kobashi.  From the dropkick to the knee to his first big nearfall, Omori was all over the leg with varied offense, intensity, focus.  It was just great.  It's not like the legwork meant a ton ultimately and it wasn't the most overly exciting but it was interesting enough and the build is the important part here too.  Kobashi begins to mount his comeback with the chops and in comes the moment where Omori ducks the lariat and uses two consecutive dragon suplexes for a really hot nearfall.  This was just perfectly timed and a great splash of cold water after the leg work that had preceded it.


So then Kobashi kind of takes over for most of the stretch and starts throwing Omori all over the place.  This is not a criticism -- but it occurred to me here just how much more Omori got out of that dragon suplex than Kobashi did with a german suplex, a diving lariat, and a half nelson in quick succession.  Even after this point Omori does a great job pulling down the knee pad and making his diving knee drop as big a deal as possible.  I get the difference between the two status-wise.  Kobashi has more ammunition, he can kill Omori with any number of things.  I am just not sure I appreciated all that after the gradual build to the Kobashi comeback.  Still, the finishing stretch is really good and I loved Omori lunging for a weak lariat and being just destroyed by the lariat that ends it. 



In Topic: Steve Corino vs Jerry Lynn vs Justin Credible (ECW on TNN 09/29/00)

08 March 2018 - 11:47 PM

The whole thing just felt pedestrian to me.  Could be personal bias but Lynn felt passed by as the hot hand so to speak, and Corino seemed ready for the main event spot.  I know with Minnesota coming up that Lynn made sense, and they ended up going to Corino soon after anyway but Lynn feels like sort of a placeholder during this time period.  The action is fine and Lynn does a pretty nice bladejob before getting eliminated.  The Corino and Credible stuff didn't come off as organically as their singles match earlier in the month.  There it felt chaotic in a good way.  Here it felt like a trainwreck of way too much going on and it just couldn't be convincing enough to matter.  Still a solid match but didn't hit all the right notes.