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cactus

Member Since 12 Dec 2015
Offline Last Active Sep 07 2017 12:32 PM
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Los Boricuas vs Head Bangers (WWF One Night Only 09/20/97)

06 September 2017 - 01:59 PM

The Head Bangers were so ridiculously over here.

 

Miguel Perez might be one of the hairiest wrestlers I've ever seen, it's like he's wearing a sweater. He hits a neat seaton/standing moonsault combination onto one of the Head Bangers and nobody pops what so ever. The Los Boricuas work an extended control segment on Thrasher, it's nothing fancy but the crowd being so behind The Head Bangers creates a lot of atmosphere and drama.

 

Mosh finally gets the tag and it's not too long before he picks up the win, with the crowd reaching Bulldog/Bret Summerslam '92 levels of excitement. I wish I was joking.

 

★★¾


(WWF One Night Only 09/20/97)

06 September 2017 - 01:41 PM

What a train wreck this was. Tiger Ali Singh debuts with his father in his corner and no-one cares. He picks up the win after a top rope bulldog on proto-Al Snow. An utter waste of 5 minutes.

 

Not even Sunny could save this one. Come to think of it, this is probably the least I've enjoyed a wrestling match. Nothing memorable nor historical, nothing 'so bad, it's good', just utterly dull and lifeless wrestling.

 

DUD


Dude Love vs Hunter Hearst Helmsley (WWF One Night Only 09/20/97)

06 September 2017 - 01:36 PM

Simple stuff done rather well. Both guys throw a decent punch and the crowd is hot throughout. Hunter looks like a million bucks in how he carries himself. Chyna keeps interfering and eventually costs Dude the match.

 

This doesn't particularly stand out from their other 1997 PPV matches, but this is still enjoyable. You can't think to wonder how this could of been leagues better if Foley was working as Cactus Jack or Mankind or if this was a stipulation match of sorts, it's just missing that ruthlessness that could of made this a great match.

 

★★¾


Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada (NJPW 01/31)

18 August 2017 - 02:13 PM

This is Okada's last match before being sent off to TNA. He is still a young lion, still dressed in plain black trunks and coming down to the ring to awful theme music.

 

They start of with some slowish matwork, which Tana gets the better off. Tanahashi is in control for the majority of the match as one can expect, but Okada manages to sneak in a few big moves in. He shows a lot of fire and potential in these brief comebacks. One spot I love is Okada doing Tanahashi's somersault senton spot, not something you would expect a young lion to do.

 

Tanahashi finally puts Okada away with the High Fly Flow. Looking at the rest of this card, this show looked to be televised house show which allowed Tanahashi to show a lot of arse for Okada. Okada does manage to get a few nearfalls on the Ace.

 

Not a classic by any means, but very interesting to see. Just two years later, Okada would be one of the hottest things in pro wrestling.

 

★★★¼


El Generico vs PAC (PWG All Star Weekend 4 11/18)

04 July 2017 - 03:14 PM

This starts off with both guys feeling each other out with some technically sound yet rather dry grappling. PAC is the main offender here, he's a far cry from becoming the King Of The Cruiserweights that we all love today. Luckily, he more than makes up for this with his insane athleticism.

 

The match's finishing stretch is very back and forth and a lot of the spots still hold up today as impressive. It's cool to see how a 2006 crowd reacted to a top rope reverse frankensteiner, something that we have become desensitizes to nowadays.

 

A great showcase of what to expect from a PWG match.

 

★★★★