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CHVRCHES

Member Since 12 Mar 2017
Offline Last Active Jul 05 2017 08:36 AM
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Lance Storm vs. Chris Candido (ECW As Good As It Gets 09/20/97)

29 June 2017 - 11:29 AM

Solid match. Storm brings the crisp & explosive high-spots, but he's still green and is prone to derailing the match. Candido does his best holding the it together, though, and guides him to a nice little match. 

 

Rating: **¾


Lance Storm vs. Rob Van Dam (ECW Barely Legal 04/13/97)

28 June 2017 - 02:17 PM

An exceptionally mediocre match that features fun, albeit sloppy, athletic moves; one of the softest chairshots I've ever seen (not a criticism, more of an observation); and ... absolutely nothing else worth noting. Effort is unquestionable from a strictly physical perspective, but there's nothing connecting the spots together - no sense of flow or cohesion; very poor transitions; the storytelling isn't compelling. Storm can't sell for his life and his comeback rings hollow ... Van Dam brings nothing to the table besides a continuous stream of poorly strung together moves. 

 

Rating: **


Alex Shelley vs. Nigel McGuinness vs. Colt Cabana vs. Samoa Joe (ROH Stalemate 04/16/05)

17 June 2017 - 09:50 AM

This is a Four-Corner Survival match with Double Stakes ... meaning the winner of the first fall gets a Pure title match (and both the winner & loser are subsequently eliminated from the match) then it becomes a singles match between the last two competitors for a shot at the World title. Kind of a silly stipulation, and it makes the psychology of the match wonky. Why would anyone want a shot at a secondary title over the World title? Anyways. There's a lot of cool mat & limbwork here; Joe being Joe is great, as usual; continuation in the Cabana/McGuinness storyline; an interesting first time match-up between Shelley/McGuinness. Good, well-worked match with decent storytelling, but not without its flaws. Rating: ***


Vordell Walker, Bryan Danielson & Samoa Joe vs. Nigel McGuinness, Spanky & Jame...

16 June 2017 - 02:15 PM

Five good-to-great wrestlers, at worst, in the ring together and Vordell Walker. There's a lot of first time match-ups here, besides Joe/McGuinness, and Spanky/Danielson hasn't been done in so long that it's basically on that same hype-tier (if that's a word). This match had good action & psychology, but I have a couple issues: the segments where the match breaks down and everyone is in the ring together felt oddly timed ... there wasn't much of a build to those specific moments - they just go unpredictably wild, which was jarring to me; the escalation was steady, but the momentum stalled right before the finishing run & took me out of it a little; and they could've easily chopped a good five minutes off this match to tighten it up. Anyways, too much Vordell Walker, but the other five do a good enough job carrying him nonetheless. The first time interactions between Danielson/Gibson, Joe/Gibson & Danielson/McGuinness (!) ruled. McGuinness debuts the Rebound Lariat, too! Good, but flawed, match. Rating: ***


Nigel McGuinness vs. Colt Cabana (ROH Third Anniversary Celebration - Part Two 02/25/05)

16 June 2017 - 08:31 AM

This match seamlessly weaves comedy and British style chain wrestling together into something unique & entertaining. It's something that can get old real quick, but they don't overstay their welcome and the match is a breezy twelve-ish minutes or so. Rating: ***