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[1991-07-06-WWC-Anniversario] Ron Garvin vs Invader I


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Garvin looks great here! No reason he still couldn't have been an upper midcard good hand in WCW. He's the heel in this one. I'm not crazy about one-sided matches with the other guy getting a fluke roll-up, but I do really enjoy watching Garvin do his thing.

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Garvin did appear to have plenty left in the tank. I thought it was ridiculous that he kicked Invader's ass for 95 percent of the match and then went down to a so-so "heart punch." I'm not opposed to an occasional flash knockout but at least make the shot look devastating. I guess it was something of a PR staple for the local babyface to eat a major beating and then pull out a victory with a late flurry. But Colon was a lot better at the formula from the little I've seen.

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This was a nice showcase for Ronnie, who showed that he still was a very good worker who could have had a job anywhere in the world. Excellent psychology involving him working over Gonzales' hand in order to weaken the heart punch; he even stomps the other hand a few times just to be safe. In the end, of course, the heart punch gets him anyway, and he sells it like he was killed, capping off a first-rate performance in an unexpected setting. He would have been a nice addition to the Dangerous Alliance as a kind of mentor/grizzled veteran type had he chosen to return to WCW a little later in the year, though I have no idea who he would have replaced.

 

What belt did Gonzales wear into the ring? Was it the Universal belt or the WWC heavyweight belt?

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Garvin was still going really strong in 1991! He looked more energetic and in slightly better shape than his 88 match with Colon to me. Invader 1 is really good at selling and gaining sympathy through that and this match plays to that strength a lot. I just wish he'd had more time on offense before the heart punch.

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