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[2001-03-14-UPW-When Worlds Collide] The Prototype vs C.W. Anderson

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The Time is Now! Cena was around a year in and working a mechanic vs Anderson should give us a cool look at where he is at development wise. Commentating for UPW is an interesting mix of good tidbits and an offbeat delivery. It feels indie in a way but isn’t awful. Anderson hones in on the shoulder and arm of Prototype and that is the focal point of the match using armbars, punches to the arm and driving the shoulder into a chair in the corner. At least the commentators are wondering why the referee is just blatantly letting a chair hang out in the ring. Cena is able to give CW an atomic drop to the chair. Side slam with Cena flexing in the middle of it is an impressive strength feat. Cena is able to kick out of the spinebuster which surprised me. Right after that, Cena hits the Protobomb which he should still use to gain the win. Good first look at Cena. **

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Commentators won't shut the fuck up during the pre-match promo. It is. . . bizarre to see Cena like this looking back on it now. Equally funny/interesting is him doing a couple of shoulder tackles and then going for the pin instead of the five knuckle shuffle. He clearly was still working himself into smoother ring experience but he hung in here. Anderson was a nice measuring stick to put him against, worked well with him, made him look credible, and the two put together a solid match.

 

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Cena is massive here but not as massive as he looked on that TLC special. He and CW had some good chemistry after a shaky start. Seeing Cena sell after being build as the prototype is interesting. CW putting over the local guy is good business. Surprised the announcers didn't even mention ECW.

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The 9/13/00 date originally given for this is wrong and it's actually from 3/14/01 so I've moved it across.  The Prototype wrested Bad Boy Basil on that 9/13 card.

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