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[2018-08-18-OTT-WrestleRama 2] Jordan Devlin vs WALTER


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  • GSR changed the title to [2018-08-18-OTT-Wrestlerama 2] Jordan Devlin vs WALTER

Was in the building for this and the atmosphere was electric, Devlin having only one loss in OTT over the past two years (against Walter in a tag) really helped create the feeling of two big time dominant wrestlers seeing who the better man is. Walter is vicious and has been awesome throughout 2018

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Woah. This from the off had a big match feel to it. The video package about the build and everything leading up and what this means to Jordan. The seconds with them (Starr for Devlin, Thatcher for WALTER). The entrances. The hostile atmosphere towards WALTER and the adulation for Devlin. Really added to the match which was good itself. WALTER the larger, more stronger outsider dominating Devlin with suplexes and chops. Playing up the hate he is getting with the crowd getting behind Devlin. Devlin feeding off the crowd, making his great comebacks, finds holes in WALTER's game and stepping up to the plate. The story is great with the Devlin defending OTT's and his own honour against the arrogant invader, WALTER. Surprising ending as well. Great match. 

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Jordan Devlin defends the OTT Championship against WALTER.

Devlin being so heavily protected in OTT and his reputation as the Import Killer makes him a top of the line babyface with a deep connection to the Irish audience here. Now he's up against his biggest threat yet, WALTER. And boy what a match this turns out to be. WALTER uses his power and striking ability early as Devlin doggedly tries to chop down the big man. It's a great performance and display of babyface fire and persistence against seemingly insurmountable odds. It's probably been said elsewhere on the forum but WALTER might be the best offensive wrestler going in the world today. Everything he does is executed with such power and impact that it could conceivably end the match. The OTT crowd absolutely makes this and so does commentary by the way, giving it a very organic sports-like feel. That's added on by having Starr and Thatcher at ringside as seconds. Awesome title match.

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  • paul sosnowski changed the title to [2018-08-18-OTT-WrestleRama 2] Jordan Devlin vs WALTER
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What puts this over the top as a classic is the whole Jordan Devlin character arc that the company had built. The Irish Ace hadn't been pinned for 22 months till he met WALTER in a tag match, and here w/ the whole crowd by his side, he was looking to avenge the only true pinfall defeat of his current run. It's too bad that the man he was facing was & is the ultimate monster boss of indy wrestling, and he sure delivers a beating to Devlin, all the while all of the crowd is booing the crap out of him. It's a terrific dynamic & WALTER's work on top is of course tremendous, and they timed all of Devlin's comebacks perfectly, not giving him too much, but also not making him look like a complete loser. He just ran into a man who is on that other level. The finish was absolutely perfect too - there's no fancy, shitty, generic finishing run w/ 10000 counters & dramatic nearfalls, it's just WALTER first choking Devlin out & then dumping him on his head, 123, new champ. Perfect ending for the story they told. ****1/2

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