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Vinnie B

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Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio (Smackdown 2/10/2005)

13 June 2017 - 02:59 PM

Taped in Japan so an unusual crowd for a WWE match. Really great stuff that doesn't need to go overboard to make a fun and compelling match. Angle dominated the first half with Rey getting hope spots in by outsmarting Kurt. Then makes a comeback so he can fly around, before one big dive too many sees him submitting to an ankle lock. Just a very watchable match with suplexs from Angle and flying from Mysterio. As a means of making me think back more positively about WWE TV in 2005, it was a big achievement. ****


Elimination Chamber (New Year's Revolution 1/9/2005)

06 June 2017 - 11:16 AM

Brief thoughts:

 

-Wow was the Puerto Rico crowd hot for the this in the best way - they popped for nearly every spot, big or small.

-Benoit and Jericho's chops were insanely stiff throughout this match. 

 

-You can say what you want about HHH, but he certainly was willing to take a bunch of brutal bumps in this match.

 

-The chamber seems to be, quality wise, the best gimmick match of the 21st Century (although I personally prefer many ladder matches). It's a fairly difficult match to get wrong, and these guys don't. Hard-hitting, big spots and an interesting story in Batista and HHH's teased split to carry us through. It's a really good match, but I don't think it's in the upper echelon of chambers matches for me.

 

****


AJ Styles vs Chris Sabin vs Petey Williams (Ultimate X, TNA Final Resolution 1/16/2005)

04 June 2017 - 11:42 AM

I was expecting this to be replete with overly convoluted and choreographed sequences. Whilst there were a few, by 2017 standards they were very basic, and they spent a good portion of the time wrestling a standard match, which is definitely to this matches' advantage. A few cool spots, with AJ's massive flipping back bump being the best. Terrible finish, as Williams and Sabin have a tug of war with the belt at the top of the structure, only for AJ to springboard in a steal it away, but drops it mid-air and therefore just knocking it on the ground.

 

All around, a a good match showing the range of what these guys can do. Also I forgot how much I loved AJ's theme when I was 12. Like said theme, I would probably have enjoyed this match more in 2005 but it holds up pretty well. *** 3/4


Team Canada vs America's Most Wanted (TNA Final Resolution 1/16/2005)

03 June 2017 - 11:43 AM

This felt like fairly typical TNA fare for the time, from what I recall. Bland brawl to start, although Young gets a nasty bump to the head that swells up to the size of an egg on his forehead. Match improves a lot when they get into the ring. Beautiful elbow drop from Young, same for Harris' spinebuster. You can't say these guys aren't trying their hardest to both get themselves over and get TNA noticed. Usual interference and weapon shots at the finish. Interesting that fans boo and chant bullshit after numerous finisher-based nearfalls. Definitely a fun match, with lots of really good to outweigh its shortcomings. *** 1/2 


Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Tatsuhito Takaiwa (NOAH Great Voyage 1/8/05)

03 June 2017 - 11:07 AM

Pretty sure I've never seen Takaiwa before. These guys don't mess around at all. Four main segments each controlled by one wrestler then a brief finish. Takaiwa looked really good. His transition into control was cool - essentially just saying 'absolutely not' to any Kanemaru high-flying stuff, dropping him with a superplex and falcon arrow. His 6 powerbombs in a row looked awesome as well. Lots of high impact offence. I probably would have enjoyed this more in 2005, but I still liked it a fair bit. ****