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Old 12-14-2012, 04:18 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I know there's a Finlay comp (12-13 discs IIRC) which covers his career, so therefore a lot of his European work in CWA is included. I can't recall much every showing up online on the usual sites sadly, but if you're willing to pay for the comp you'll certainly get the most complete and accurate collection of his Germany work. Pretty sure KingCal (FuckChristmas atm) on here has the Finlay comp and he's incredibly price efficient compared to other traders.
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Finlay comp is 14 discs. About 9 of those are Euro work, and there are a good chunk of matches from Hanover and Bremen on there.
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Well, I wish I could say this thing falling off the radar was unexpected but that would be a lie. A couple of early Regal matches turned up on Youtube this week, so thought it would be a good chance to demonstrate his '88 work for those unfamiliar with him prior to WCW and WWE as well as showcasing a couple of unfamiliar opponents in the process.

Steve Regal vs Terry Rudge, CWA (10/7/88)



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Very good match and a real fun look at Regal's potential this early into his career as well as being a great demonstration for the super Terry Rudge. Rudge is sporting an almost Charles Bronson look here thanks to the unclear video quality and he's an absolutely vicious bastard throughout. Loved his constant opportunistic and sadistc stomps of Regal's hands everytime he was on the mat and between the short headbutts and excellent uppercuts Regal really had quite the ass kicking. Dug the progressive structure from Rudge controlling the bout into Regal making a comeback and getting the better of Rudge in the holds department. Rudge really did feel like a prelude to Finlay with how cunning and violent he was. Loved how he sold Regal's flurry of offence leading to him collapsing into the corner when re-entering the ring and teasing a TKO only to shoot in with a headbutt to the sternum and seize control again.

Spot of the match was hands down Rudge working a hammerlock, trapping Regal's left arm behind his back and then unloading with rib crushing punches with no remorse. Regal sold the finishing sequence really well with a bad landing over the ropes injuring his knee leading into the experienced and ruthless Rudge immediately locking on a half crab for the submission win. Great viewing for Regal this early into his career, a reminder of his underrated work as a babyface and a nice exhibition for people unfamiliar to the work of Terry Rudge.

Steve Regal vs Robbie Brookside, Gillingham House Show (1/8/88)



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Oh man Regal looked absolutely tremendous in this match. Everything he did was incredible for this point in his career. Match is really well structured and features a seamless and logical progression from a tightly contested matwork affair into more of a strike and physical war. Regal controls the early opening with some consistent and slick arm work including a great extended sequence with Brookside trying to find creative and imaginative ways out of the arm lock only for Regal to have a counter at each time of asking. Loved how Brookside was totally outmatched throughout this section of the match as it made his ever constant escapes and counters more interesting with Regal constantly being able to maintain control, and the subsequent transition with Brookside targeting the leg of Regal felt like a victory and comeback earned and the next section of the match.

Regal's selling is on point throughout the legwork and I particularly enjoyed Brookside constantly looking for holds and wasting no opportunity. Felt like a suitable revenge sequence from him as well as highlighting him wanting to give Regal no opportunity to dictate the pace again. Regal's ordeal forcing him into a desperation strike flurry felt like a logical way to shift the tempo of the match away from matwork and again was timed nicely after an extended Brookside spell of dominance. Next ten minutes largely see both men fighting for position and taking tough bumps and engaging in a series of uppercuts and rough strikes to weaken the other. I particularly loved Regal applying a front chancery not long after the legwork and stretching his left leg out of reach from Brookside's grasp during the hold.

Regal's selling from here on out until the finish is also exceptional. He sells it after every little flurry and onslaught and constantly looks in agony through the limping and jarring his body into uneven stances. Brookside was a fine foil and took some nice bumps throughout but this felt more like a Regal showcase performance compared to the Terry Rudge match. Regal taking a rough back suplex was a particularly noteworthy spot given the style of British wrestling at the time.

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World of Sport? Classic Regal & Finlay?

I think I'll hang my hat here.
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Cody if you're looking for early Finlay this would be the first match I'd recommend:

vs Marty Jones (4/14/84) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x9b...t#.UR4qDGdzH4w
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I'll be sure to make time for that tomorrow. I'd check it out right now, but this was more of a "final stop" sort of deal as I really do need to crash out atm. Useless facts that I didn't even need to fill the thread with. Oh well.

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No problems mate. I'd suggest you watch the Jones matches first since he's the prelude to Regal and Finlay, i.e the chain wrestling is more top wristlocks and counters you see Regal in particular use in America, whereas traditional WOS grappling from the 70s was far more niche and akin to British tastes. Jones trained Regal and is legit an amazing worker. He's a really great babyface and might be one of the best babyfaces ever at getting pissed and angry without becoming a heel, just looks like a violent man who'll hurt you if you start to piss him off as Dynamite Kid does in their match.

As far as the classic WOS style goes, I really think you'd dig Steve Grey/Clive Myers and Jim Breaks/Adrian Street. Grey/Myers is really the WOS equivalent of Flair/Steamboat. Grey is a brilliant babyface and Myers whilst not being a heel is billed as the West Indian superstar and it feels like a huge title match with a plucky Brit trying to overcome the international sensation. Breaks/Street is just testament that there was character work in WOS. Street plays an exotico/effeminate male whilst Breaks is famous for being a crybaby and both of them slowly piss the other off and the match breaks down into a niggly and violent affair with some great looking submissions.
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I posted this somewhere the other day but in case Finlay fans didnt see it (and its relevant to thread). They finally finished the Finlay doc that had a trailer floating around for a few years. The footage and stories of his early years are especially good, getting into the family business a 14, wrestling all over a fucking grim country, then going to the england in the 80s as a N.Irish man in green and getting dat political heat. Fit comes across a real stand up guy in the whole doc, defo worth a watch



love when this thread makes a reappearance, gonna check out that Regal stuff now
been on a WOS kick lately, mainly just watching a bunch of Les Kellett stuff and a few Rollerball Rocco matches thrown in, I tried to watch some Mick McManus stuff but cant stop staring at his bizarre hair paint-job, it can be seen here, cool little Les Kellett clip
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I watched about half of the Finlay doc the other night after I stumbled upon it on Youtube. Need to finish it. Digging it so far. Apparently he got mad over in Wales b/c he was Irish. Aka the ultimate way to earn heat at the time. Amazing tidbit there.

I've lazed on watching these matches right now. I'll admit that. Been so pre-occupied with current stuff (good stuff, Japan to be specific) that I haven't focused on anything here. I need to. Well, I want to to be more accurate. I got plenty of time to kill for today having to avoid Elimination Chamber news till it becomes available for download. Some WoS goodies might fit the bill to kill quite a bit of time.
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I'll continue to recommend the Jones trilogy vs Dynamite, Finlay & Bull Blitzer Cody. All on Page 1 with links provided. Far more of an accesible form of WOS through Jones' style which feels more like how a European style would be wrestled in America instead of a true British matchup like you'll get in more traditional bouts. Whenever you get around to watching them, if you dig them I'll happily throw some more traditional WOS your way with it being amongst the best that style has to offer.

Hanoi, will check out the Finlay doc tonight I imagine. Appreciate the link .
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