Re: Official World Of Sport (British Wrestling 1970s-1980s) Appreciation Thread
Marty Jones is probably the guy I could see most people liking who are unfamiliar to the style. He really does feel like the 1980s version of what Regal and Finlay would go on to become. Much more violent and aggressive in his wrestling and grappling, big painful bumps and some really terrific selling.
A lot of WOS bouts will focus on intricate grappling and matwork which combined with the commentary and presentation really makes wrestling feel as legit as it can get without venturing into MMA. The likes of Steve Grey, Clive Myers, Johnny Saint, Jim Breaks etc feel more like your Norman Smileys' with their stylistic grappling dominating their bouts.
As I said though, there's comedy, character work, violent grappling to go along with pure wrestling so there is a lot more variety in the style than some might like to think. Guys like Marty Jones are far different than a Steve Grey, Ken Joyce or Alan Sarjeant for example.
Btw I'll link an Alan Sarjeant match eventually, pay attention to his counter to a boston crab. Its his staple and I'm amazed no-one has ever thought to pay hombrage to it, since its fucking awesome.