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  1. I was at the CWC live for this match and thought this was a blast. I'm not super high on El Legado del Fantasma, but I thought they were really good here and this is easily their best match so far as they were taking a nasty beating from Thatcher and Ciampa and then working stiffly when on offense instead of doing their usual Jr. heavyweight routines. Ciampa hit Raúl with a nasty running elbow in the corner and his nose just exploded which I recall going nuts for as it landed flush. Surprised it didn't KO him. There were some odd stoppages to check on Raúl, but luckily those were during commercial breaks so this could continue flowing. The only things I found kind of lame here were the double ankle lock spot and the GYV interference with the weak double team ring apron face plant.
  2. I'm a big fan of WALTER but I feel he works way to evenly with much smaller opponents at times (such as the A-Kid match from NXT UK earlier this year) but that didn't feel as the case here as Ciampa is pretty jacked and almost as tall as him. WALTER chopping the table and tearing it in half was perfectly executed, as was WALTER's selling of his injured hand moving as he added the little touches (such as not being able to put on an STF, not being able to hold onto the bridge, having to use his other hand and clutching his own head to keep on a rear naked choke, etc). Ciampa using endless lariats to chop down WALTER (who had to rely on the ropes to stay up) was great. I get why some folks may have been bugged by Ciampa kicking out of the two powerbombs but WALTER using a chop to win puts over the brutality of them even more. Great match.
  3. This was more of a brawl and much better than the Fight Pit from last year with Riddle which featured the hokey flying teeth spot. I also felt this was a notch above their match from TakeOver last year which I also dug. Not a mind blowing brawl or MOTYC or anything, but both guys worked really snug and threw some heat behind their strikes. That slingshot on the rail on the top of the cage looked pretty nasty. Maybe an unpopular opinion, but Ciampa’s running knee looks much better than Kenny Omega’s V-Trigger which he usually just flys by his opponent while slapping his thigh really hard. Dug the use of the cage as well with both guys flinging each other into it and using it as leverage to escape holds. The finishing cage assisted stretch muffler was great.
  4. ROH Winters Warriors - Dayton I really enjoyed ROH's Atlanta Winter Warriors 2015 show awhile back. (https://forums.prowrestlingonly.com/blogs/entry/567-the-2010s-roh-winter-warriors-tour-2015-atlanta/ )There's good talk about the Dayton show so, I decided to check it out. Let's see if its any good. Will Ferrara vs Romantic Touch - Good laughs to start and pretty good action for the opener. Fun Chris Dickenson vs Michael Elgin - Some people have really liked this match saying it was great or **** or whatnot but, I'm not going to agree with that. It was the 2nd match on the card and with Elgin being a former World Champ, there's no way he should have given his opponent this much offense. I think it's the case of Elgin bringing in a buddy to showcase him but, this looked like a title match rather than a try-out. It came across a very bush league. Still, it was fun but, I disagree with the way it was worked. Tommaso Ciampa vs Michael Bennett (w/ Maria and Taven): This was a very good singles match with Maria & Taven throwing all kinds of trouble Ciampa's way. Of course Ciampa is a loon and forces them to run to the back but, Hanson is blocking their way. This leads to... Bennett & Taven vs Ciampa & Hanson: And man, is this all kinds ofchaos! I love this type of stuff A simple story of the bearded babyfaces getting revenge on the shit talking, good looking heels and babe. The energy was there, the pacing was there, and everything just clicked. Great match and a fantastic segment if you count the match before. This was the right way to steal a show. Cheeseburger & Big Mac vs Jay Lethal & Diesel: Not Kevin Nash but, another guy who was in ROH at the time. I don't really care either, sorry. Anyhow, fun match that was well worked and kept the good times rolling. Louis Lyndon & Flip Kendrick vs Jimmy Jacobs & BJ Whitmer: Well, this killed the show's momentum...this looked like some undercard stuff from 2003. I couldn't sit through this. SKIP If you get this show, seriously just skip it and it won't kill your buzz. This is the definition of a popcorn match... get you snacks and pee break in before the star studded main events. Alberto El Patron vs Roderick Strong: This was a fantastic physical match between two veteran wrestlers. Alberto was going after Roddy's injured arm; hoping to secure the cross armbreaker. Roderick was trying to break down El Patron's body as only he can. The fans were psyched to see this match up and so was I. Alberto, Regal, and Danielson were two guys I would watch in the WWE so, it was great to see the former Dos Caras Jr. in a ring where he could show US fans what he's about. It was a shame they couldn't bring him in for more shows but, I'm glad we got this one. A great match, maybe a near classic that was everything it needed to be. But, that wasn't the main event! The Briscoes vs Matt Sydal & ACH: This was the action packed blast that I hoped for. It was just two top teams squaring off and going wild. Mark was a little off (under the weather in winter?) but, that did not detract from how exciting that was. This was a great match and a fantastic way to close the show. Dayton fans had to be psyched. Overall, this was great show. There were 3 amazing matches that really make this a must see B-show. I know the DVD is discounted now along with the Atlanta show (link for that post) so, I would totally recommend getting these or doing the streaming service thing. If you're watching NXT then, you should see some familiar face and this should be a no-brainer to check out. Thanks for reading!
  5. Consider this my first shot of adrenaline. I feel like with the daily grind, my love of wrestling has taken a hit in recent months and I asked around for some suggestions to pump some life back into me. This absolutely did the trick. The best tag team match I've seen since I can even remember. I liked all the neat little heel tricks we got from the beginning, but also that them working this style doesn't feel like a cutesy in-joke about an era gone by -- the stuff they wanted to get certain reactions got the desired reactions, and with a smart crowd at that. The leg stuff at the end felt a little tacked on when it wasn't really part of the match up until that point at all, but I don't see that as a huge negative, or maybe not even a negative at all. Doing it the way they did felt like it had contextual meaning that probably went over my head. I'm also not really a fan of babyfaces submitting. But I loved everything else about this -- the match was made by Dash and Dawson pulling some stuff out of mothballs that hasn't been done for years, making it fresh again. They served many masters by doing all the nearfalls that are sort of a requisite for a big WWE match but also building drama from the opening bell to the bitter end and not compromising their tag team vision in the slightest. Great match. ****1/4
  6. Very good match with great storytelling & action. The Revival/#DIY dynamic brought the psychology & kept the match together while Authors of Pain did their power/monster thing. The match was a little long in the tooth, though - and the drama dissipated once #DIY was out of the equation. The Revival did the best they can as situational faces, to be fair, but the Authors of Pain cannot work a compelling control segment for their life. Rating: ***¾
  7. This was great. The Authors of Pain looked like absolute monsters, they were really great in this one. DIY were fantastic too, it's really funny how Ciampa & Gargano went from shitty PWG performers to one of the absolutely best tag teams in the whole world - they were really great as the babyfaces working from underneath, loved their hope spots & comebacks. Fantastic stuff. ****
  8. An early WWE TV MOTYC for 2017 - The Revival & DIY showcased their excellent chemistry once again in this banger. As always, Revival's sneaky heel tactics ruled, the leg work was awesome & Johnny Gargano was at it again with that excellent selling of his. Then the ending was like cherry on top - the visual of Dash & Dawson hugging each other before getting killed by Gargano & Ciampa was pretty epic. Absolutely not on the same level as their 2 classics from 2016 - but it didn't need to be. Great match. ****
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