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[1996-08-19-WCW-Nitro] Dean Malenko vs Steven Regal


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I've got to the point where I can't watch a Dean Malenko match without thinking he's ridiculously overrated. He's just dry as hell. It works well against some great opponents who fit his character as an opposition, like Rey Jr., but against Regal or Benoit, it's just great mechanics but not much substance to me. Malenko is the prototypical worker for the jerk-off-fests "clap-clap-clap ! This is awesome !" kinda matches that would follow in the years to come (basically all based on Eddie vs Dean in ECW). So yeah, some really smooth exchanges, but I don't give a shit even though Regal is heeling up. Bring back Finley already.

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But Dean works in this setting, because here he's an undersized guy trying to fight from underneath, giving this match a "hook" that goes beyond just being a mat-based spotfest. In fact he looks outclassed on the mat here, as Regal ties him in knots and throws him all over the ring, and Dean has to sneak out a victory. Really fun match--I'm not exactly a Dean fanboy myself but I could watch him and Regal wrestle for an hour.

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