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  1. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Adrian Adonis - MSG 1/18/82 In the stodgy, lumbering early 80s World Wreslting Federation, Bob Backlund brings a dynamism more akin to Mid-Atlantic. I don't want to say that is overlooked by his proponents, but I don't think his critics give him enough credit for working the cutting edge style of movement in an area where everyone was accustomed to a slower pace. Yes, Backlund works holds, but he is always working the headlock or arm and peppering in spots in between. Adonis is a perfect opponent for Backlund in this regard because he excels at bumping and moving. Even though the majority of the match revolves around a long heel in peril sequence, it never drags too much because Backlund is always working the arm and Adonis working ways to get out, but ends up thwarted in a most entertaining fashion. The story was Backlund using Adonis' desperation against him by countering at every turn from the get go. This is a Backlund staple: you go running at him with a fist and he will single leg pick up you to make you foolish. So a similar effect he was always reapplying his wristlock. Adonis rolls up on the armstretcher-rowing spot. In doing so, Adonis does manage to bloody Backlund with by rubbing his palm in Bob's face, which I was surprised caused that to happen. The hardway blood definitely helps as it feels as though the playing field is level. Adonis even busts out a proto-Sling Blade. With his newfound advantage, Adonis starts throwing bombs to win the match (neckbreaker, slams, suplexes) and Backlund is getting crazy awesome kickouts. Adonis hits a piledriver, but it is only a decent one. Backlund knocks him off the top and Adonis crotches himself in most epic fashion. Backlund gets a receipt for the the stomp to the groin with his own stomp to the groin. Backlund then shows him how you muthafuckin piledrive someone. I like how Backlund threw back these moves in Adonis' face It is a shame he used that as a transition move. Good Night Irene! Backlund dives to the outside to break the hold, but shakes himself up in the process. Adonis rams Backlund's head into the turnbuckle and taps a gusher. They tease the countout, but Backlund makes it back in. I bit on the countout finish hard. A great, great boxing match breaks out; the ref loses control and awards the match to Adonis on cuts to set up the rematch, which was on an untelevised MSG card. BBBBBOOOOOOOOOOO!!! For Backlund critics, I am sure the talking point was that he dominated the match with the wristlock forever, but I thought they worked it an entertaining fashion. The home stretch was strong and the finish fantastic. This match is a great war of attrition. Adonis throws everything he has at Backlund, but Backlund is resilient. Look at that massive kickout by Backlund after the groin shot. They both are exhausted and battered. Then Good Night Irene, the countout finish tease and the bloody boxing match at the end. Definitely one of the best Backlund title defenses. ****1/2
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  4. Wahoos Leg

    2019-01-18-PWG-Hand of Doom

    Pro Wrestling Guerrilla Hand of Doom January 18, 2019 Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, CA Brody King vs Jungleboy DJ Z vs Puma King Laredo Kid & Rey Horus vs Latin American Exchange (Ortiz & Santana) Jonathan Gresham vs Robbie Eagles PWG World Tag Titles: The Rascalz (Dezmond Xavier & Zachary Wentz) (c) vs Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent) ACH vs Bandido PWG World Title: Jeff Cobb (c) vs Trevor Lee Bold matches are PWO recommended.
  5. Most overlooked match between two big names in japanese wrestling history? I never even knew this one happened. It was a pretty fun match, altough far in the shadow of their 2000 encounter. You get those two smacking and punching eachother a lot, so that is really fun of course, and also some of Crazy Tenryu with him throwing chairs and making use of the Spider Suplex etc. Unfortunately Lazy Kawada was in effect here with him ignoring some fun legwork Tenryu was doing and no selling his way back on offense later, he also seemed to have a lot of light on his enzuigiris. On the other hand, him coughing after getting chopped in the throat was a nice touch. Perfectly good match otherwise.
  6. This was better than it had any right to be. The stooges are great in their roles and actually some of my favorite minor characters in the Attitude Era. Comedy ensues when Gerry tries to mat-wrestle Chyna only to be tied up by her. More stooge antics ensue until Chyna takes a tumble to the outside. Sable comes out and has one of the most pointless run-ins ever. Before she's even off the ramp, she gets blinded-sided by Luna and that's the last we see of both of them during this match. The Stooges start groping Chyna in a spot that's not even the most offensive moment on this show, let alone the entire Attitude Era. The Stooges use classic wrestling tropes such as the airplane spin and throwing powder in Chyna's eyes to try and secure the win, it's a nice touch. Anyway, Chyna eventually gets the win after Patterson tries to Low Blow her and forgets what she's packing. Chyna beats them both down for the win after a couple of DDTs. Man, the thought of someone like Bruno Sammartino or Lou Thesz channel-surfing and coming across a Brisco brother sexually assaulting Chyna is too much to bear. It's no wonder wrestling purists hated this period of American wrestling.
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