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Re: Official World Of Sport (British Wrestling 1970s-1980s) Appreciation Thread

Ok, quintessential WOS matches:

1. Jim Breaks vs Adrian Street, 2/12/72

Oh man, I only saw this in the past week but I'd already proudly call it one of the best matches I've ever seen. Street is a guy working a gay/exotico gimmick whilst Breaks is a notorious loudmouth, so its heel vs heel and that allows for a brilliant mix of slick matwork and grappling as well as some underhanded tactics. Fish hooking, biting flesh, eye gouging, wrist manipulation, finger bending, snapping an arm in the ropes etc, the match has it all.

Street leaves one of the most lasting impressions I've ever had from someone I've only seen once. The speed and precision in his grappling, takedowns and counter wrestling has to be seen to be believed, and his schtick working his exotico gimmick to rile up the crowd is also tremendously entertaining. Breaks himself works incredibly as the serious and loud-mouthed opponent who's having none of Street's antics and the entire 6 round bout does an immaculate job at building from a largely pure wrestling contest into a heated violent spectacle with Breaks gaining a crucial advantage in targeting Street's left arm, and Street resorting to desperation strikes and illegal moves to try and hold off the cunning and dangerous Breaks. There's one counter where Street positions his own leg into a figure four which bemuses Walton and everyone, only for Street's leg to break the hold he was in which literally blew me away. He also hits an insane running legbar takedown which looked straight out of MMA. The forearm strikes in this aren't relied on too much, but believe me when they're layed in neither man pulles any punches. Break's arm work is also some of the nastiest shit I've ever seen, seriously you can just believe Regal and Finlay studied some of the holds he unleashes to punish Street here.
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