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AJ Styles vs. Low Ki (ROH Night of Appreciation 04/27/02)

27 April 2017 - 05:16 PM

Well ... would you look at that - today is also April 27th. Huh. There's not much for me to say about this match, but it's one that ultimately disappointed me on re-watch. Everything Styles & Ki do is crisp, tight, stiff, and incredibly innovative & beyond aesthetically pleasing to watch ... but there's nothing for me to sink my teeth into & become emotionally invested in. The transitions feel random and this felt nothing more than a basic your turn-my turn type of match, which is fine, but I usually expect much more from these two. Rating: ***¼

Chris Dickinson & Jaka vs. Fred Yehi & Tracy Williams (EVOLVE 82 04/26/17)

26 April 2017 - 05:24 AM

Despite being super talented, Catch Point tags (specifically Yehi & Hot Sauce) never seem to be anything more than solid/low-level good territory. Which is fine, and I totally appreciate those contributions, but given their talents you just expect so much more. This is another low-level good match. The action is good & fast-paced. There's not much of a story, but you see some nuance here & there. Oh, I def. need to mention this: there's an absolutely insane spot half-way through the match where Jaka overshoots a tope suicida and explodes into the crowd. Shit had my eyes poppin' out of my head. Dickinson hits the Pazuzu Bomb on Hot Sauce and Dickinson & Jaka are the new champs! Rating: ***¼

Austin Theory vs. ACH (EVOLVE 82 04/22/17)

23 April 2017 - 01:20 PM

Good match. Theory is way below ACH on the totem pole & ACH reacts to him as such. He's playfully disrespectful, but when Theory starts countering his shit & getting the better of him, ACH becomes visibly more frustrated as the match progresses. Theory doesn't even lose due to the experience gap. ACH straight-up beats him because he's the better wrestler. Which, I suppose, is a feather in Theory's cap for working up to ACH's level, but a loss is still a loss. Rating: ***

Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley vs. Rob Van Dam & Edge (WWE Smackdown! 01/31/02)

21 April 2017 - 07:11 AM

These quickie television tag matches are hella fun. The Dudleyz isolate RVD and do some good damage to him. Edge has a good hot tag & cleans house. The whole match breaks down during the finishing stretch & they're all throwing big moves at each other. Edge secures the pinfall on Bubba after an Edgecution. Rating***

Kurt Angle vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWE RAW 01/28/02)

19 April 2017 - 04:18 PM

The first non-Spike/Tazz three-star match from WWF in January. Austin's pissed about Angle attacking him backstage last week at Smackdown! so he immediately runs into the ring & starts throwing hands. Angle's able to gain control after countering Austin running the ropes into a belly-to-belly suplex. Austin makes his babyface comeback & Angle starts getting super cowardly. He brings a chair into the match, they tease an Austin disqualification, shenanigans happen, ref bump, blah blah. You know, the usual. Angle hits an Angle Slam, but Austin gets a foot on the rope before the three-count. Angle doesn't notice, thinks he won, and comes off like a complete idiot celebrating & whatnot. He gets hit with a surprise Stunner & SCSA is victorious. I'm re-reading my review, and I came off a lot more negative than I intended to. The shenanigans are fairly inoffensive. (Earl Hebner is still annoying as hell, though). The work is good. Just a fun little television match. Rating***