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Old 10-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Holy shit, that's bloody awesome mate. If you could uncover what he went by name wise that would be great. Part of the allure with WOS is that despite the usual suspects delivering on a consistent basis, there's always a guy you've never heard of who blows you away with their holds, counters and general performance.
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Old 10-08-2012, 04:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I'll ask my dad when i next see him mate! Got some old mags at my grandma's house too, i'll have a scout about for them.
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The Quintessential World of Sport match:



Steve Grey vs Clive Myers, (11/22/75)

Incredible wrestling match, right off the bat these two just have that magical chemistry you rarely find. Everything is fluid, crisp, timed to perfection, the game of human chess may not possibly be explored better than this match. Each sequence and grapple feels so hard fought for with both men constantly having to explore new avenues and give up fruitless attempts at securing a submission.

The contrast in characters also really adds to the match and takes it up another level. Myers is hardly your Ric Flair snob but he just looks like a well groomed and respectful star, despite having the humbled modesty of a Ricky Steamboat. Steve Grey however...well you just can't not love the guy. He has that scruffy everyman look to him and just looks like the punk kid nobody would give a second chance to upon first glance, and the beauty of this match is that despite taking Myers to the limit and holding his own it feels like Grey is constantly the guy you expect to come out second best in every lock up no matter how many times he outsmarts or out-manouevres Myers. There's just this everyman attribute in him that makes him the clear sympathetic babyface you can't root against.

Anyway the match has some incredible counters and submission attempts. They do a sterling job at interjecting some light hearted comedy into the match in order to keep the crowd invested and to provide some relief to the intense grappling, but when both men lock up its just pure brilliance. The lightening speed in the takedowns and transitions in the guard are staggering and Myers in particular pulls out some never before seen counters and frightening feats of athleticism. Check out how he alters his position in the first video when he has Grey's leg wrapped up, he sees Grey looking to take his right leg and effortlessly stretches his right leg back to close that escape route and add to the pain.

Grey himself is the ultimate defence and unleashes his famous 'human ball' counter a couple of times, once you get past the whackiness behind it its actually one of the more smarter escape routes and he times it wonderfully for it to come off as recongition he's in danger rather than a carny party trick. His counter out of it in the second video is also spectacular anyway you look at it. They time the rope running exchanges superbly as well, each exchange lasts under 30 seconds but between the lightening speed both men unleash as well as the timing after engaging grappling it really hooks you into each transition and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Finish is also fucking beautiful, I demand someone steal that pin in the near future.
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:34 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Excellent thread, Segunda. Good to see this is more active than the last attempt. I'm not big on WOS (the rounds system is a major turn-off for me) but I think it's something every wrestling fan should try and experience once.

Gilbert Cestra vs Billy Cantazarro (1960s)

Amazing. Some of the stuff I saw in this match blew me away and I really wonder how the crowd would reacted back then. These fuckers pulled of hurricanranas, monkey flips, powerbombs and I think even saw a Kawada Driver. One of the things I love about old-school wrestling is that how they make every hold feel like an epic struggle. This match has some of the best examples of that. They are never in one hold too long so it never gets boring and some of the escapes they do to get out of the holds are fucking amazing and make Johnny Saint look like an amateur. The uppercut trading spots was equally as awesome and it's once again a great example of this spot. One moment saw them leaning on one another after a rather brutal exchange that felt right out of a Danielson ROH epic but 40 years earlier.
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I can appreciate the rounds system isn't to everyone's cup of tea. However when utilised well I find it adds to a lot of the bigger WOS matches, especially when one wrestler secures an advantage throughout one round and there's this air of uncertainty as they go back into the corner about whether the other wrestler can regain the advantage, or whether he's a sitting duck.

Good to see you loved Cestra vs Cantazarro, it is fucking spectacular. You're not wrong btw about seeing a Ganso Bomb, that blew me away the first time I watched the match and how he didn't die is beyond me. Hopefully more people watch it after your glowing praise, because this is without doubt the most slept on match in history to me. People talk about lost territory, lucha or puro footage but at least the hardcore fans of those styles will be aware of those matches, this is from 1960 in feckin' France. If no-one put this up on youtube I doubt it would ever have been discovered. You're right as well about them getting a perfect balance between 'holy shit the matwork is amazing' whilst still retaining a sense of fight and grittiness in each exchange, it doesn't feel like an exhibition in the slightest which is remarkable given the counters and holds they're able to demonstrate.

I recommend you give Grey vs Myers a chance though if you get time, really think you'll enjoy the subtle character dynamic and fluid chemistry they possess.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:48 PM   #27 (permalink)
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That just adds to the belief Finlay can do no wrong.

Assuming you've watched some WOS Coolidge, any particular match that stands out as the best to you?
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Old 10-08-2012, 06:55 PM   #29 (permalink)
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If this is just one example of what the matches were like in France back in the 1960's, it's depressing to think what else we are also missing out on.

I'll check out Grey vs Myers tomorrow hopefully. I'm sure I can get used to WOS rounds much like I did with RING's rules. I just don't like the idea of the rounds breaking up the action.
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I admit seeing Finlay eat his opponent puts a whole new perspective on just how vicious he can be.

I've now got this desire to see Finlay on some daytime British cooking show and have him egg Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsey.
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