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  1. It's crazy to think these two had pretty much perfected the US Indy style so early in the game. This was like a distillate of their 2002 work, and while it wasn't as smartly worked as their epic match in November, it has all the cool matwork, stiffness and crazy bombdropping you can ask for. Super Dragon came across as this menacing asskicker during the opening exchanges, punishing Quance with double stomps when he attempted basic moves and kicking him hard while applying leglocks. He also hit this awesome past the turnbuckle dive. Quance is able to hold his own, countering the usual armbars and hitting a stiff dropkick. After Dragon rams into the turnbuckle (taking his signature bump where he basically suicide dives into nothing) Quance hits this shooting star press to the outside nuking both Dragon and Excalibur which is a pretty insane spot for 2002. After that that it's basically them trading big nearfulls while still maintaining a sense of competitiveness and working a few reversals/cutoffs. While there are lot of big moves it wasn't just a series of trading back and forth. Dragon once again looked great mixing up his stuff and I loved him cranking back at a basic facelock between all the powerbombs and suplexes. They also laced into eachother with hard strikes at one point. Epic finish which feels like a perfect example of how to use a crazy complicated death move like that.
  2. Not as epic as their match 2 weeks later but still tightly worked, smart professional wrestling. It was a pretty different match from their later match which shows these guys aren't one trick ponies. Once again the match had lots of cool matwork. Quance dominated more here and looked good doing that but obviously it wasn't as exciting as Super Dragon crushing a dude. The match was a 20 minute ironman and they do a nice job going 20 minutes without a fall. In total it feels like a setup for the postmatch angle altough not in a bad way.
  3. Another good match between these two. Man the folks going to this garage got to see a lot of great wrestling. This had a bit more traditional layout with Quance dominating early on the mat and hitting armdrags before Dragon takes out his legs with nasty dropkicks to the knee. Quance looked good again working snug nelson holds and leg trips on the ground. His limping leg selling was also pretty good. Super Dragon did a nice job saving 1 or 2 sloppy moments of his technico opponent, smacked him around while applying leglocks and hit a brutal double stomp to the leg. This did not have as many nearfalls as their other matches which is probably a good thing. Instead of your-turn-my-turn stuff Quance tried to comeback and failed, then Dragon finished him off catching a rollup attempt and hitting a Dragon Suplex into a Psycho Driver for the badass finish.
  4. Really fun indy tag. I liked the opening exchanges, lucharesu armdrags and nice fireman carry takeovers, and Quance & Frantz sticking to working a basic hammerlock control segment while the crowd amused themselves heckling Disco Machine was a nice change of pace. They also hit some great flip dives. Super Dragon was obviously the best guy in the match as he was crushing dudes anytime he stepped in the ring. B-Boy was fine hitting random big moves and he had one pretty great dropkick and submission nearfall. They go pretty overboard for the finishing run and I thought Frantzs comeback looked too easy but there were also plenty of crushing big moves such as a pretty great Doomsday Device variation with Super Dragon hitting a UFO to the back of the guys head. Also lots of guys flying into the ring to break up pinfalls.
  5. This was a serious contender for the greatest US indy match I've ever seen. Virtually flawlessly worked 30 minute junior epic which had everything – matwork, storytelling, selling, devastating moves and guys slapping eachother in the mouth. We start with 10 minutes of nearly uninterrupted matwork which was ultra tightly worked, smooth stuff. Quance is someone nobody really talks about anymore, but he was a great talent and just mindlbowingly good for a dude in his 2nd year of wrestling. The matwork they did here was much better than the wristlocky WoS imitation stuff you usually get in US indies and closer to lucha matwork with a bit of japanese influence sprinkled in. Quance would shoot for double leg takedowns and judo legtrips, while Dragon just pounces on him like a snake, in between working ultra tight pin attempts and slapping eachother. Quances tiger feint rana may be the single coolest move a skinny US junior has ever invented. This is 2/3 falls and both the first 2 falls have really smart finishes that pay off in the long run of the match. Dragon was incredibly vicious here, modifying his signature offense to work Quances arm, but he also did a great job selling a big head kick. Quances arm selling was pretty much flawless as he was struggling to hit his offense for the rest of the match and he looked quite sympathetic trying to take down his bigger, more vicious opponent. There were also numerous great counters from Super Dragon, ranging from Fujiwara armbars to turning a DDT into a powerbomb mid-air. He also had this amazing flying armbar. Match also had all the usual brutal offense, neck-compressing suplexes, huge double stomps and lariats etc. The finish is fucking infuriating, but please don't let that detract from the amazing work these two did here.
  6. I've recently began to change of opinion on Super Dragon and have actually started to appreciate him as this bully Jr. heavyweight indy heel. Here he's wearing some weird blue gear which is different from his usual black gear. This was an extremely spotty showcase of these masked SoCal Jr.'s in XPW. This is of course as spotty as you'd think and the XPW crowd is as horrible as ever, but its quite fun. These guys worked together for ever since before this, so they of course knew each others stuff well, namely TARO had already been put through several brutal beatings at the hand of Super Dragon already at this point his career. The fans were mocking fun of these guys attires, but halfway through they changed their minds. This was a PWG match years before Excalibur and Super Dragon had made a name for themselves and worked outside of California. If you're a fan of the PWG style, then I highly recommend you give this a watch.
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