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Matt D

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Blackjack Mulligan vs Big John Studd 1/5/79?, JCP, Lights Out Match

02 November 2017 - 06:57 AM

I'm not convinced on this date (clawmaster's stuff says this was in Richmond with the opposite result). 


This is JIP after the introductions. We get a King of the Mountain control segment, a Mulligan comeback that goes to the outside, Studd taking back over after ref intervention with a cheapshot elbow, a heel control segment in the ring which culminates with a Studd bearhug,Mulligan doing what he does best by teasing the claw, that moment just being a quick second to free himself, and a cross body for the pin. Post match Studd gets his heat back with a beatdown and the prelim guys come out so he'll leave.


The crowd's amazing. There are two clear moments of comeback here, the first when Mulligan fights his way back into the ring (mainly by being stubborn and absorbing damage) and gets in a jab to Studd's stomach. The crowd comes unglued. You see this teenager in the background leap up and down, arms flailing. When Mulligan starts to get some revenge on Studd on the outside after this, the kids all run around to get a better view. The second is obviously the slow build to the claw (eyerake in this case) out of the bearhug and it's perfect, with Mulligan teasing it and teasing it and teasing it before holding his fist up in the air, stopping time and letting the crowd know that all of their cheering was about to pay off. 


I am literally the only person in the world who finds Studd fascinating as a wrestler, but I do. When he's in there against another big man, I swear that he goes out of his way to work small to draw heat. You want to see him go toe to toe with his opponent but he delays that gratification by stalling (which I bet he did at the start of the match here, which we don't have) or by working a King of the Mountain section with very little contact. When he took back over after the ref intervened, it was with the world's tinest, sneakiest back elbow jab. After that he worked bigger, with the clubbering and choking, and he was there on the post match too, but he was excellent at being huge but making it feel like his opportunities were not earned, like he wasn't playing fair or acting like a giant should. That dissonance made the fans want to see him get his comeuppance and I think is very, very interesting. 


Mulligan's act was so good and the fans bought it completely. I think a babyface could get the claw over today because it'd be so different. It's so easy to tease, so easy to cut off, so easy to build, so easy to pay off. 


So this is ultimately nothing special, but it really does show how (and to a degree why) Mulligan was so over and is just another tiny piece in the (totally meaningless, I admit) case of Studd being more than he ever got credit for.

Gino Hernandez in Houston article

11 October 2017 - 06:29 PM

A few months ago, I put together a textual analysis of the uncovered Gino Hernandez footage on NWAonDemand for Mark Coale's publication. I just had Mark post it on the website now that we're a few months down the line and with the official transfer of the NWA.


The formatting's just a bit off at the end, but it's more than readable I think.


Here it is if anyone's interested:




The Stupid Ganso Bomb Argument

19 June 2017 - 08:46 AM

I'm sorry everyone:


32 Second Mark:




I was just looking for Nick Kozak footage. I swear. (The finish of that match looks awesome by the way)


This is something else, but it's got such a cool finish too: http://media.gettyim...deo-id594666469

Dr. Cerebro vs Hechicero (Lucha Memes - Chairo 8 - 01/29/17)

30 January 2017 - 08:39 AM

I caught a blurry, single angle, fan cam on youtube where the sound cut out for two minutes at the start of the last third of the match. I don't care. It was still great for what it was, which was pretty much exactly what you'd want it to be: two of the best hybrid style luchadores (maybe the best of such of the 00s vs the best of such of the 10s) going at it with tricked out twisty submissions, solid rope running, some nasty shots, and transitions that made sense, even though it was very back and forth and evenly worked. The camera was just far back enough that you lost some of the intricacies of the matwork, but you get the broad brushstrokes. Holds were complex enough that they looked painful but allowed for openings. Those openings led not just to an escape but to the next hold. Maybe because Cerebro isn't as young as he once was, some of the rope running sequence wasn't as smooth as it could have been, but it was smooth enough that the slight roughness added a sense of struggle instead of detracting. They looped in some fun big moments, like a Hechicero Backlund deadlift out of an armbar that popped the crowd and a really well executed rolling tapitia. I thought the selling was generally appropriate. They had some pop ups in an early bomb exchange, but it was early enough that I was fine with it and they made sure to take their time and balance the explosiveness with a methodological moment to let what just happened sink in. In general, I love how good Hechicero's gotten at working the hand-motions/crowd interaction into his matches. That character mystique implanted directly into his ringwork is his biggest development as a wrestler since moving into CMLL. If you're a fan of this style, this is well worth fifteen minutes of your time.

La Fiera vs Kahoz (CMLL 7/9/1996)

27 January 2017 - 09:12 AM

Edit of my Segunda Caida review. Someone check this out (it's currently on youtube) and tell me if I'm way off in the comparison or not.
This was a poor man's Sangre Chicana vs MS-1. That said, even a poor man's Sangre Chicana vs MS-1 is still a rich man's match. 
I'm not entirely sure what the backstory was here. Kahoz had lost his mask to Shocker in 1995 (which seems very early for Shocker to pick up that sort of a win even if it was December and after he won the Gran Alternativa). I'm sure everyone knows that Kahoz was a gimmick that Pena himself had used but had given to Astro Rey in the 80s. I hadn't known that until now. Anyway, it doesn't look like there was a ton of build to this. It really doesn't matter.
This followed the beautifully minimalist Chicana vs MS-1 format, though here Fiera was a full tecnico. That meant that Kahoz took over early, spent long minutes beating Fiera to a pulp, bloodying him all around the ring and the ringside area. This was where Fiera shined, selling broadly, bleeding huge, drawing a ton of sympathy. There was little attempt to fight back but that just build up the pressure for the eventual comeback all the more. Kahoz ended the fall with three pick-up/drop downs in a row (which I'm not sure I've ever actually seen. He could have finished him but kept picking him up; more on that later), and a stepover submission. As a primera, it was just as good as MS-1 vs Chicana, I think, a bloody, brutal beating.
The segunda and tercera were still solid, even at times transcendent, but there just wasn't quite enough there to match the very best bloody one-sided brawls. In the moment, like with all Fiera tecnico performances, I kept waiting for the trademark spin-kick to signal the comeback. As a single move, it's not quite as good as Chicana's punch, but it's more stylized, flashier even if less visceral. He hit it early in the segunda, but not until countering a caught kick into an vicious enziguri. From there it was a short but utterly triumphant revenge beating, capped off with a picture perfect frog splash. The tercera was more of the same, awesome punches, blood and selling, a spot-on kick to the back of the head to send Kahoz to the floor followed by exactly the tope the match needed, all capping with a finish that called back to Kahoz arrogantly picking Fiera back up in the primera.
Like I said, if you like MS-1 vs Sangre Chicana, you'll probably like this too. Even though it's not as good, that's still as good a company as a hair match can be in.