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  1. This is from St Louis, and while only just under 7 mins, is an absolute blast. We all know the feud coming in and that translates perfectly to the frenzied sprint we get here. As you would expect, there isn't much 'wrestling' in this, but there is just pure energy, chaos and intensity. There is lots of brawling on the outside and the hate the two guys have translates perfectly to the type of match they are having. I say a match, but its very much a fight. There is also that sense of both occasion, but also that a regular official wouldn't be able to handle the match, by having Lou Thesz as the special referree. He doesn't do much, but adds gravitas without overshadowing the two guys in the match. When Thesz is knocked down, Piper steals his belt - a great example of a 'weapon' finding its way logically into a match without it being planted under the ring. Snuka wins by countout (you were never getting a 'decision' in this one), but that's an ending that leaves you wanting more rather than disappointed (*** 1/4).
  2. This didn't do much for me. I liked the early stalling but whenever there's stalling, a long hold etc. I try to give the workers the benefit of the doubt and see where the match goes. I didn't like where this one went. It went straight into babyface armdrag/keylock spots, which weren't particularly interesting. I like the spot where the babyface picks Rose up in the air and slams him, and generally they'll work the hold enough that watching it doesn't bore me to death but not enough where I'll got much out of it. Wonder whether the missed elbow drop is something Rose relied on as a transition. Rose is a lunatic bumper and deserves credit for that. Finish was very workrate-y with them quickly exchanging control segments in an attempt to produce excitement and, it worked for the crowd but it's not something that holds up fourty years later. Snuka's Piledriver looked pretty terrible. **1/2
  3. WWF Heavyweight Champion Bob Backlund vs Jimmy Snuka - MSG 6/28/82 Steel Cage Match Everytime, Snuka even touches a turnbuckle, MSG goes bonkers. Snuka, like a great stripper knows how to stoke those flames, first it is a middle rope knee drop and then a chop. Each tease gets more and more of a reaction. Before we discuss the climax, lets talk Superfly's style. It has been a long time since I watched this match and Snuka wrestled in a really engaging style. He was a stalking heel almost in the vein of a horror movie monster similar to early Undertaker. He is the exact opposite of Adonis with almost no bumping until the one super duper bump. At his best Backlund could only get him to one knee early. Backlund is able to throw him into the cage to bust him open. Backlund is kicking ass, but to not to the same effect he is used to as Snuka is just a monster that keeps coming. Snuka builds and builds and finally he ascends to his perch, but goes one rung higher all the way to the top of the cage. He leaps off and crashes and burns in the world's most painful belly flop. Backlund wins off the mistake. The match is totally must see because of that one spot. It still looks crazy awesome in 2015 and in 1982 that must have been face-melting, brain-frying shit. ***
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