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Full Impact Pro Friday - Fallout 2008

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G. Badger

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Sorry for the delay! No real reason other than I've been watching WCW stuff from the Rise and Fall of WCW, Brian Pillman DVDs and a couple YouTube videos. This is my final Full Impact Pro DVD review and its been a really fun trip. Let's get on to it and then I'll have some closing remarks.

Erick Stevens vs. Tyler Black (#1 Contender's Match) : This started with chain wrestling but this wasn't really their forte. It wasn't bad but it was uninspired. And ya know that's what the match felt like. NOW I'm nitpicking because they could have killed it. The final third proves my point. This part was great stuff. But given that this wasn't at the top part of the card, it did its job. Very good match though. 

MsChif vs. Rain (SHIMMER Title Match): This was a good match but ended when it started to pick up. 

Go Shiozaki vs. Roderick Strong (FIP World Heavyweight Title Match): This should be the main event so no idea why it's here on the card. Its for the damn main title with Mr. FIP Roderick Strong and the foreign heel. I'll be honest, this was my main event as I watched it last. OK that aside, this was a very well built match. The level of intensity & complexity escalated as it went on, selling along the way. Just about hold or throw was fought over. Their struggle felt real. Things weren't polished or rehearsed. I've been watching NWA/WCW from 87-90 and this felt a lot like that. There were some shenanigans but again that harkens back to that 80's stuff as well. I will call this a classic.

Kenny King & Jason Blade vs. Jay & Mark Briscoe (FIP Tag Team Title Match) : This was a rematch from the best match of Unstoppable 2007...one of the best at least. Its been so long! But not only that but its been awhile since we've seen Jay & Mark together. And man! Its a really good one. This is more of a traditional tag match yet full of action when it counts. Again more shenanigans though.

Sal Rinauro vs. Chris Jones (FIP Florida Heritage Title Match): No clue why this was the main event. Yeah they build it all up the whole show. But neither guy is main event material...I had this inkling ahead of time. It was a nice story but not top billing.

So that's it! Now it went out with a bang since I watched Shiozaki vs Strong last and not Rinauro vs Jones...sorry dudes.

Anyhow parting remarks - Watching this has been fun and is full of lost classics if you're a fan of ROH style. Seriously there are a few shows that are diamond in the rough ROH B-shows...especially 2007 & 2008. Stuff earlier than that is worth checking out but if you just want to get the most bang for your buck..get the 2007 & '08 shows that interest you. But also get Strong vs Evans...I think that might still be my top match of FIP. Read the different show reviews since I probably won't do some matches or shows justice now.

Plainly, if you are a Roderick Strong fan then you would be a fool not to get a few of these DVDs. Strong vs Evans,  New Year's Classic 2007, this show Fallout 2008, and Dangerous Intentions 2008 are no brainers. Heatstroke 2007 Night 1 also...stay safe folks!

THANK YOU! I really appreciate you reading and keep watching old wrestling :)

 

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I wanted to go on a little bit more about my FIP experience but I was pretty tired when I was finished with what I already had. So I'll just put some ideas down below. Hopefully they are helpful or interesting to you.

Roderick Strong is the big reason why you want to be checking out these DVDs but Erick.Stevens growth as the heart and soul of FIP should not be ignored. He gets better with each show.

There's a ton of Japanese talent on just about every show. I mean if you want to see early Shingo Takagi (like I did) then you've got to check out some of these shows. New Year's Classic 2007 for instance. I actually have his 2 matches vs Davey which I'll cover down the road. But you've got Go Shiozaki in 2008 which to me is his most consistent. I've liked what I've seen in his brief AJPW stuff. But you've got YAMATO & BxB Hulk there too.

And this won't be the last time I talk about FIP so don't be bummed out. I've got ROH stuff from the same time that has some familiar faces especially Stevens and Kenny King.

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