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CHVRCHES

Member Since 12 Mar 2017
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In Topic: ThROH The Years: A ROH retrospective podcast

23 April 2017 - 07:04 PM

Shoot, I'mma need to find time to re-watch Night of Appreciation before listening to this. Good to see this back in my podcast feed for the week, though.


In Topic: Keith Lee vs. Kyle O'Reilly (EVOLVE 82 04/22/17)

23 April 2017 - 06:58 PM

Great match. O'Reilly builds on Hot Sauce's strategy of hitting Lee hard & quick, but O'Reilly sees more success because he's a bigger dude who can put more into his strikes than Hot Sauce can. He also brings more focus to the strategy as he picks apart Lee's leg & arm, as well. Lee is his usual quirky self, but he's more quick to tap into his killer instinct once O'Reilly starts bringing the pain. The whole restart deal didn't add nor hurt the match, but O'Reilly immediately stomping the shit outta Lee when the match was restarted was brutal, especially since Lee is the one who politely offered to finish the match. Lee's leg is hurting him bad, so he struggles to finish off O'Reilly even though the Spirit Bomb made for an awesome nearfall. His nonchalance, again, backfires against him as he give O'Reilly an opening to hit the Brainbuster for the pinfall. Honestly, the O'Reilly DQ should've been the finish here. Lee's momentum is cut short, and for what ... to build up a special attraction stint for O'Reilly? He does come out of this match a really strong challenger for ZSJ, but still. We all know he's WWE-bound sooner rather than later. It is what it is ... my criticisms of the booking are separate from the match. Truly a great match. Rating: ****


In Topic: Matt Riddle vs. Timothy Thatcher (EVOLVE 82 04/22/17)

23 April 2017 - 12:44 PM

Very good match. I will never tire watching these two grapple. These two are excellent, excellent matworkers. Thatcher heeling it up for the New York crowd also rules, and his control segments are really damn good. The storytelling here revolves around Thatcher having Riddle's number since he's never lost a match against Riddle. Thatcher's a great defensive wrestler and he also has Riddle scouted from all their previous encounters ... so this naturally leads to a lot of Thatcher domination with some good selling underneath by Riddle. Riddle pounces on a Thatcher slip-up and submits him with the Bromission. Great finish, and a fluke-ish victory opens the door to another match down the line. Rating: ***½


In Topic: Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

20 April 2017 - 04:22 PM

What does everyone think about the Mutoh/Kawada match from AJPW 02/24/02? I'm not the most knowledgeable Puro fan, but this just seemed so underwhelming for a match between two of Japan's biggest stars (I think).


In Topic: Genichiro Tenryu vs Satoshi Kojima (AJPW Excite Series 02/24/02)

19 April 2017 - 08:55 PM

Kojima has such a babyface look with the cheek fat & cherubic appearance. Tenryu, at this stage of his career, is a lot more mobile than I expected him to be. Anyways, this is a good match with a hot crowd. They told a fairly basic story of a young, hungry performer looking to prove himself against a grizzled legend, and they told it quite well. Tenryu being condescending & slapping/punching the crap outta Kojima is a blast to watch. Kojima is great playing underneath & his babyface fire is also great, as usual. Like everyone else, Kojima popping up for a fighting spirit spot only to immediately deflate was my favorite moment in the match. I agree with Sleaze that the biggest mark against this match is the poor flow & transitions. Rating: ***¼