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[2018-01-01-Beyond-Heavy Lies the Crown] Joey Janela vs David Starr


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Midnight match - billed as the first (North American) match of the year.


This isn't for everyone, for sure, but I sort of feel like if you can't enjoy this in some way you might be a joyless ogre. This sort of hardcore/weapons/deathmatch-esque stuff is not really my thing, but Starr and Janela went out there and had fun and wrestling is sometimes just fun, ya damn ogres.


All kidding aside though, this really was just a bunch of fun to me and it is all about context. Its a midnight match on New Years day where the fans bring the weapons. This is exactly what you would expect, a lot of crazy, cringy spots, blood, and big mark-out moves. Both men got their asses beat. It was a lot of movement from big spot to big spot, but I actually thought they did well to bring their story the table here and - all things considered - not let it get TOO lost in the fray.


Some of this isn't my cup of tea because I am not sure into deathmatch stuff and they pull from that genre a good bit here without going full in. The sticks in the head spot does nothing for me, for example. Its just something I see and I don't enjoy, so that part was a bit of a momentum breaker for me personally. Overall though I thought it was a lot of fun. It isn't really what I want to see all the time, but in this context I thought it worked well.


These were two of my favorite wrestlers from last year and they are charging into 2018 with a ton of momentum. Should be really interesting to see what each of them does.



EDIT: Would someone with powers be willing to move this to the appropriate section. I missed that Jan 2018 already had its own section and accidentally started this in the wrong section. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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This match goes to a wonderful place that manages to be very silly at horrifying at the same time, and I really like that. These two sell the insanity on their faces in different ways, with Starr's nonstop intensity and Janela's joyful lunacy. Of course the blood dripping down their faces (and in Starr's case grossly down all sides of his head from the thumbtack wounds on top of his head) sells that insanity too. This was very fun. ****

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This was so fucking bonkers that I couldn't believe what I was watching. It was the match to have in front of a crazy drunk crowd with no guardrails at midnight on New Year's Day. I love both these guys but especially Janela. Dude goes everywhere and gets over. I'm not a deathmatch guy, outside of some exceptions (Nick Gage) and this is definitely not for everyone.

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