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CHVRCHES

Member Since 12 Mar 2017
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In Topic: AJ Styles vs. Luke Harper (WWE SmackDown 02/28/17)

Yesterday, 12:53 PM

After months of building up this Wyatt Family feud between Orton and Wyatt, Harper unintentionally becomes the most over constituent of the storyline and logically should be primed for a major push ... but he's subsequently fed to Styles -- getting pinned twice in a matter of minutes, mind you -- and his momentum is completely killed off. Ugh. This match is good, but the bullshit left a bad taste in my mouth. Styles gives Harper a ton of shine & the big man/little man dynamic between these two was terrific, but then the match ends abruptly with Harper pinned (referee missed the foot on the ropes, though) -- and it ends again, after a restart, with Harper pinned. What a mess. Rating: ***


In Topic: Roman Reigns vs Braun Strowman (WWE 3/5/17)

22 March 2017 - 09:51 PM

This was a good match. Strowman’s work on top was a bore when he was slapping chinlocks and nerve holds, but it’s awesome when he’s manhandling Reigns. Luckily, most of the match was the latter. Reigns does a good job selling & bumping underneath. Braun’s high spot off the top rope had a high chance of being a complete disaster, but he pulled it off. Good for him. All in all, this was a fairly standard top babyface meets indestructible monster style match. It had effective storytelling & both guys worked hard. Braun was so dominant here (added layer of the injured knee + knocked loopy from that ring-shaking super splash, as the other mentioned) that he lost little to nothing by getting pinned clean, but it’s tough to see him fed to Reigns on a throwaway PPV. Snowflakes: ***½


In Topic: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher (WWE Fastlane 03/05/17)

22 March 2017 - 03:18 PM

Very good match. Neville’s reinvention as a heel is truly something else. He’s vicious & methodical in his beating of Gallagher. He peppers all his moves with an added ‘oomph’ to make it look really painful & destructive. Great stuff, but there are certain parts of his control segments that feel too methodical and could use a little extra juice. Gallagher’s awesome as the plucky babyface who can also pack a punch. His headbutts are killer, and I loved how he sold the repercussions of using one’s skull as a weapon. Just an overall excellent job selling & bumping underneath. Snowflakes: ***½


In Topic: Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe (WWE Fastlane 03/05/17)

22 March 2017 - 02:39 PM

Pretty standard big man - little man match with both guys outfitted perfectly for their respective roles. There’s no better person on the roster to put over Joe as a brute than Zayn. And there’s very few on the roster better than Zayn at playing the underdog & drawing sympathy. They have a better match on RAW a couple weeks later by virtue of not being an extended squash & Zayn getting more babyface shine. Snowflakes: ***


In Topic: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tiger Mask W (NJPW 45th Anniversary Show 03/06/17)

22 March 2017 - 02:12 PM

The first half of this match is mediocre. Okada’s heat segments are excessively long. The exchanges are pretty, but sterile. (Okada’s dropkick & crossbody over the railing are truly things of beauty). It’s nothing but filler … just biding time until they get to the finishing stretch. This starts to take-off once Okada & Tiger Mask W get pissy with each other and start exchanging stiff, disrespectful stomps, slaps & punches. Tiger Mask W is throwing hard closed-fist punches and the referee has to play peacemaker and restrain both performers to prevent this from escalating into a full-on fight. Okada’s sorely missed cocky prick routine is terrific. From there, they crescendo into the finishing stretch -- busting out big spots, slick sequences & dramatic nearfalls. Okada’s been taking some nutty bumps this year, and that Tiger Bomb off the top rope is up there, if not slightly below, the top-rope Dragon Suplex he took against Omega. Good match. Could’ve been much better if New Japan showed some restraint with the match times. Snowflakes: ***¼