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[2000-12-08-JAPW-Season's Beatings 2000] Low Ki vs Monsta Mack


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  • 4 months later...

Really fun stuff. Ki lands a dive cleanly that I've seen him struggle with at times. The press slam into the ceiling was very cool and a nice use of the venue. I also liked Ki countering when Monsta gives in to the crowd chanting "one more time." Monsta uses his size pretty well after being pushed around a little too much at the beginning.

 

Jersey All Pro had a lot of weak finishes this year... I assume it was related to them having only a small group of top guys and wanting to find excuses to do rematches. Normally that's a minus, but when those top guys are Ki, Homicide, and Da Hit Squad, it's hard to be too mad.

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  • 3 weeks later...

A heavy striking based match. They really took it to each other with stiff strikes and impressive power moves including Mack catching Ki going for the tidal kick with a powerslam and Ki getting Mack up for the Ki Krusher. The match ends up going to a 15 minute draw and we get respect promos to close out the show. This didn’t have the psychology of the peak Ki stuff from the year but it showed how in 2000,he was without a doubt the strongest prospect in the US. ***1/2 6.9

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Well the crowd who I was praising in the Christopher Street Connection match were pretty darn obnoxious here, constantly chanting for tables throughout.  Eventually one fan has heard enough and yells back “We don’t need a table, this is a damn good match”.  Bravo sir, and he was right.  This was two guys in a hard hitting contest, putting everything into everything as they just laid into each other.  The forearms and chops were stiff, Ki’s chest being turned bright red after one exchange.  Some standout moments include Ki’s tope suicida forearm smash, the double underhook suplex which he floats over on into a butterfly stretch, Mack pressing Ki overhead and pushing him up into the low ceiling above, a buckle bomb and a section where Mack catches Ki as he attempts the handspring kick, countering into an awesome powerslam, then whilst over his shoulder runs him into the turnbuckles and finally dishes out an almighty powerbomb.  Mack misses a diving headbutt and Ki is able to get him up for the ‘Ki Krusher’ although that takes so much out of him that he doesn’t notice that they’re right by the ropes when he makes the cover, easy therefore for Mack to get a leg over.  The ‘Ki Krusher 2000’ is blocked and Mack counters with a stomachbreaker.  Another powerbomb, he tries to lift Ki up to deliver a second, however the match has legitimately taken so much out of him that he struggles to do so, getting him no more than a foot or so off the mat.  After a ‘Rikishi Driver’ referee Sean Hanson says “one minute”, he’s either being loud on the go home or there’s just sixty seconds remaining.  It was the latter, the two trading more bombs in the centre of the ring before Mack catches Ki with a rabbit lariat just as the time limit expires.  The draw gets the Pavlovian “five more minutes” chant (what?  So they can yell for tables again?).  Mack thinks the decision is bullshit as he’s been in JAPW for three years and they’ve never had a time limit draw in that time, the two then put the other over and say  how they always give it there all for the fans in attendance.

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