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  1. Jimmy Redman

    Elimination Chamber 2013

    That is the other thing, what to do with Brock? Hunter coming back now for another match seems as weird and unnecessary as ever.
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    Elimination Chamber 2013

    It really feels like anything they do with Punk from here except the three way will be a huge, huge step down. There isn't even anything else remotely set up or logical with anyone else on the roster.
  3. Jimmy Redman

    Current WWE

    Nobody was supposed to be the heel, it was a babyface match. Bryan is a face who's deal is that he gets angry at the crowd and yells "NO!", but in a very loveable way. And there are probably a surprising number of clean pins on TV if you're not used to it. Everybody jobs to everybody on TV these days.
  4. Good Lord. He says, as Punk works underneath as champion, turns away viewers and is the lowest-rated champion in Raw history. The parallel between him and Bruno's run on top drawing out the ass as a babyface is plain as day. Because wrestling is real and Punk really feels disrespected. Vomit at this garbage.
  5. Jimmy Redman

    Rob. Van. Dam.

    To add to the "better on defense" theory, the match where he dropped the ECW Title to Big Show is a hell of a lot of fun. Show is back to being a monster heel and RVD bumps his ass off.
  6. Jimmy Redman

    The Best Match of this Wrestler......

    Terry Funk vs Ric Flair, GAB 1989, and we have a winner. I shall throw up Stan Hansen, and Hansen vs Andre, NJ 23/9/81.
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    Steamboat and Youngblood

    Ah cheers. I was too young and relatively ignorant going in to be up with those details.
  8. Jimmy Redman

    Steamboat and Youngblood

    I'm definitely on the pro side in regards to Final Conflict. I loved it and the way it was worked made perfect sense to me. My thoughts from watching it a few months ago, "The first half of this match was one of the best examples I've seen yet of the babyfaces simply outwrestling the heels to perfection. There is a moment in the first 10 minutes when Kernodle is already desperate for a tag, and he finally gets over to his corner only to find that Slaughter has walked away to talk sh*t to the fans and inadvertently missed him. I laughed forever, and that might be the single smartest spot in a match I have seen during this project. That is about as light hearted as it gets though, because this is some serious business. I like that the cage didnt force the babyfaces to suddenly change into wild brawlers off the bat - these guys are wrestlers and all they wanted was a place to finally, definitively out-wrestle them for the belts. But the heels have come with taped fists, and the first thing they do when they get the chance is start ramming heads into the cage, and the babyfaces have to respond in kind and they end up in a war. The old cliche about a match "descending into a brawl" really applies here. Everyone is bleeding (and both heels do hilariously, hilariously blatant blade jobs, for the lulz) and everyone is throwing really hard shots, with some nasty lariats in particular. Slaughter, God love him, typically bumps around like a lunatic, and even misses a huge ass dive off the top of the cage, to which whoever announcer it is literally screaming "NOOOOOOOOO!" in horror is the new best call of a spot of all time."
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    Tropes in pro-wrestling that you loathe

    One of the things I love about Sheamus is that his arm never healed properly after being taken apart by Bryan during their feud. Alberto kept working on it after that for his own purposes, and now anytime in a match, no matter who he is facing, if Sheamus takes a posting or otherwise hurts his arm, the old injury flares up and it is a weakness to be exploited by the other guy. So it does happen if you look closely. But yeah I agree with your point that the body of a match should matter more to storyline and everything else out of the ring, and vice versa.
  10. Jimmy Redman

    Mark Henry

    Mark Henry vs Undertaker, Smackdown 10/2/06 Another great TV match from 2006. Who would have thought. Henry's selling in this was phenomenally good. He was a brick wall, of course, but when he got hit (and Taker NAILED him with some of these shots) he was rocked and looked amazingly great staggering and stumbling and losing his legs from underneath him, while still being able to recover with a single blow. He took the stairs like a motherf*cker as well. The struggle to take Henry off his feet was, as always, a highlight. Great f*cking TV match.
  11. Jimmy Redman

    Mark Henry

    Oh no doubt, I didn't mean that to say I didn't like the cage match, it was great. I remember just enjoying the 4th November match that little bit more. The whole bit with Show at ringside, half cheering him on, half wondering what he had got him into, as well as the escalation that led to Bryan making that comeback and hitting the head kick and everyone going nuts, I loved it. The Lumberjack match is far more about Bryan than Henry, since it was part of his heel turn, but it had an awesome vibe with Henry being Henry, Bryan getting the shit beat out of him, but at the same time working the lumberjacks into a frenzy until they exploded into a brawl, allowing him to crawl away with the title again. I loved the hell out of all three matches he had in January, with Show twice and then Henry. On another note, Mark Henry vs Rey Mysterio, Smackdown 27/1/06 I have always loved the 20/1 match the best, but Holy Moses this might be just as good. So much great shit in this. Rey tries to get the jump on him before the bell and earns Henry's awesome "You must have a deathwish motherfucker" look. There's a fantastic cat and mouse spot involving Rey going under the ring. Rey is typically great fighting from underneath. Henry sells the 619 unbelievably well. Finish rules. This was awesome TV. I think I still have the first one ahead of it, if anything just for the out of this world finish, but this is right up there and a definite contender for a Top 10.
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    Mark Henry

    I'm going to have to have a think about this, not to mention revisit almost everything before 2011 since my memory is so hazy. But I think Rey on SD 20/1/06, the Orton HIAC, Big Show at Vengeance and Punk on Raw 2/4/12 are definites and his best matches. On first watch I actually preferred the other matches he had with Bryan to the cage match - the first one on Smackdown 4/11/11, and the Lumberjack match they had last January as part of Bryan's heel turn.
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    A thread in which Dylan compares various wrestlers to HHH

    Well throw in the caveat that he has the least amount for someone touted as a great worker after working on TV as long as he has.
  14. Jimmy Redman

    A thread in which Dylan compares various wrestlers to HHH

    That is quite a good point. One TV match of his I absolutely love is the first Shelton one, Raw 29/3/04. It was a great performance by everyone involved - Hunter, Shelton, JR, King - and was pretty much the main reason why everyone waited around for years for Shelton Benjamin to become somebody. Apart from his vertical leap I guess. But it was a great TV match and a good example of Hunter working on a "smaller" scale, for want of a better word, than his usual main event epic ambitions. To also add to the above list: vs Cena (Wrestlemania 22) vs Batista Hell in a Cell (Vengeance 2005) vs Orton (No Mercy 2007) vs Shawn Michaels (Summerslam 2002) (Dont know how that is received here but I love it) The best match from the DX comebacks was probably vs Rated RKO at NYR. Despite the finish falling apart due to Hunter's Quad it was a really good tag.
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    Carlos Colon

    He worked the Royal Rumble as a young rookie.
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    Carlos Colon

    I'm not in a position to argue about HOF candidacy, but I do have to say that having watched the Hansen/Colon feud, I also came away mightily impressed with him as a worker. He's a great babyface. I know nothing about how he is perceived by people as a wrestler, but I've certainly never heard anyone else talking about him in that way, and he really should be more appreciated as a babyface worker. Assuming, of course, that the Hansen feud isnt some sort of anomaly, but from your PR reviews that doesnt seem to be the case.
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    Sting vs. Lex Luger

    I have no emotional attachment to either guy particularly, but I'm going with Sting simply because the Vader series. Plus he's my kind of babyface, although there are other guys who do it far, far better. But late 80s Luger was pretty good.
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    Top Ten U.S. All Time

    To restore my credibility a little, I've been following the AWA Set talk from afar and have enjoyed virtually everything I've sampled from there - Rockers/Rose & Somers feud, Bock/Hennig, High Flyers/Sheiks cage, Hogan/Bock, Guerreros/Badd Company, etc.
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    Top Ten U.S. All Time

    I dont think I have seen an El Dandy match yet (dont shoot), so I am willing to check him out and see what I think. (Probably a stupid question, but quick recs would be awesome.)
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    Top Ten U.S. All Time

    I know what you mean and it is true for me to a large extent generally speaking, although not in regards to puro so much since I'm usually not that familiar with backstories for the Japanese matches I see. But after all this time I think my favourite lucha match is still the When Worlds Collide tag, which is helped immeasurably by being familiar with Eddie and knowing the backstory in great detail, not to mention Tenay explaining things as well. It has to be admitted that I am quite the lucha novice and it is entirely possible that I will grow to appreciate it more as I see more of it. But it isnt something that jumps out and grabs me. For example I've seen maybe half a dozen WoS matches in my life and I found those easier to get into than lucha, and I've seen dozens more lucha matches by this point. Its just one of those things. Horses for courses and all that.
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    Top Ten U.S. All Time

    I really just mean lucha in general, as distinguished from other major subsets of wrestling like puro, British Wrestling, WWE, joshi, etc. If calling all lucha a "style" is too broad then fair play. But I don't mean to describe it by style as much as by the output. 'The matches I see from Mexican promotions' can be substituted and my point remains the same. The way that lucha is worked and presented is strange to me. Strange probably isn't a good word to use either, but I'm not sure what a good one would be. But the way the matches are structured and develop, the manner in which they move and connect and bump, all of that stuff, it just doesn't appeal to me as much and I can't get into it on the same level as I can do other "styles" that are unfamiliar to me, like puro.
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    Top Ten U.S. All Time

    I am another newbie here and also another one who finds it hard to get next to lucha. I would never call it bad or be dismissive, it is simply a matter of taste, the style is just not for me and I do not enjoy lucha matches on the same level as most other styles of wrestling. The funny thing is that like the rvd guy I do really love elements of lucha in U.S. wrestling - WCW cruisers, flippydo matches, Rey Mysterio and other crossover workers. It is hard to pinpoint why, but there is just something about lucha itself that doesn't do it for me.
  23. Jimmy Redman

    John Cena

    I see things like this said all the time, and it makes me wonder if anyone has actually watched the match. Cena didnt blow off the concrete DDT. He didnt "simply get up and continue at regular pace". He sold it as a knockout and was deadlifted back into the ring. He rolled out of the way of the 450 and rolled Gabriel up, then collapsed dead. Then he tripped Barrett from the ground and yanked on the STF long enough for Barrett to submit, then collapsed dead again. Then he struggled to his feet and did the loopy "Oh, did I win the match?" sell. He used the last gasps of energy he had to do three things from his back. I have zero problem with people thinking a concrete DDT should be a stretcher job death move, however without further evidence of other concrete DDTs in WWE in recent memory to point to the contrary, the concrete DDT in WWE is obviously not a stretcher job death move. It was a big move for Cena to overcome to put heat on the finish. And I have zero problem with people disliking that, although that is more a problem of the layout of the match rather than Cena's selling technique or decision making. But claiming that Cena blew off the concrete DDT or that he didnt sell it just to fit the narrative that Cena blows off offense is patently untrue. There are enough examples to point to of Cena shrugging off damage (not that I think the vast majority of those are bad either, he's Superman) to make the argument without making stuff up, just because "he blew off the concrete DDT" is a nice soundbite that everyone has accepted as fact.
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    Stan Hansen

    I am a long time lurker of this board, and finally felt compelled to join just to say that I am so, so glad other people are enjoying the Hansen/Colon feud as much as I did. I came across the cage match a few months ago entirely by accident when I was educating myself on 80s wrestling and I was completely blown away. Basically everything Dylan said - the heat, the selling, Colon's headbutt, Hansen taking his boot off, Colon walking out and winning accidentally - every second rules. The whole feud rules. There's a moment in the bullrope match where they are on the floor and Hansen is desperately trying to cling to something and ends up grabbing the feet of the referee standing in the ring. Then while he's still holding on Colon grabs his head and rams it into the ref's now conveniently placed boot. I loved that and thought it was one of the coolest little pieces of offense I've seen.
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