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Old 03-18-2013, 05:06 AM   #81 (permalink)
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I haven't featured a Kendo bout yet. Supremely crafted character and gimmick, but I am a more fond appreciator of the Steve Grey, Clive Myers, Jon Cortez, Alan Sarjeant, Marty Jones, Jim Breaks & Tibor Szakacs esque elite grapplers.

By all means, feel free to share Kendo matches you feel need greater recognition. Thread is designed for an avenue of thoughts and pimping, rather than just me telling everyone what to watch .
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:22 AM   #82 (permalink)
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Yeah the UK crowd are a good hand. For some slower more amateur grappling bouts they can be quiet and as I said waiting for a sudden increase in pace or a well timed counter/escape before giving a respectful applause. However in big title matches or indeed just having the right sort of guy (Steve Grey was forever a popular bloke) they can also react during the grappling or more specifically the rope running exchanges. Myers/Grey 11/22/75 has a really rabid crowd who become unglued the minute they take it to their feet and run the ropes with amazingly timed counters and pin attempts.

Heels in WOS are more comical and simple in their cheating. They basically play more common and regular characters but just ham it up when necessary. Jim Breaks is probably the best example. He'd audibly scream during holds, get into conversations with the referee and the crowd either during or after a hold he felt was illegal and generally just easily got under the crowd's skin with his arrogance and petulance. Because of the style you're not going to get intricate heel mannerisms for the most part, but rather just simple expressions which could anger a crowd. The way babyfaces play off of and react to heel characters is also an understated brilliance of WOS.

Walton is a very classy commentator. Really sells you on the merit of each performer and will give brief tidbits about their backstory or hometown when necessary. He knows his stuff and can really get you invested in a bout with the way he puts over the action and almost second guesses the performers and what counter they'll attempt and really manages to take a backseat to the wrestling and serve more as a gentle voice rather than making himself the focus of the viewer.

Get to the others when you next have some time mate. Just watching one match and loving it has left me satisfied I'm not bonkers in thinking the WOS style has continental crossover appeal .
Was Walton on commentary duty often if not all times during the tenure of WOS?

Gamut of heels in here sound wonderful. Depth to them - even if the ones who advert from the norm are a bit of a rarity. Sounds like more massive amounts of fun. Don't know what it is, but the whole English/UK fare behind the matches, events, atmosphere works for me. Much like how it does whenever I watch Puro. I simply love the change of scenery to a massive extent. Pardon 80's or early 90's Southern Style promotions, can't say I care much for American crowds overall.

Indeed indeed. You never posted any Regal work from here have you? Almost certain he dipped his toes in this style and have some matches.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:31 AM   #83 (permalink)
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^ 2 Regal bouts there. Take note of Terry Rudge in particular. Another precursor to the Regal/Finlay style of well worked holds, expressive performances and ruthless strikes.

Walton is pretty much the de facto commentator for WOS. Can't recall seeing a match where he wasn't on commentary. Even in the All Star Promotion days in the late 80s you'll still find him overseeing the action.

Speaking of notable heels in WOS, I might actually watch & link arguably the most famous heel act in WOS folklore: The Carribean Sunshine Boys. Now bear in mind the racism and culture of Britain back in the 70s especially in rural towns and suburbs in the bigger cities. The same way Adrian Street employing an exotico character & Finlay a proud Irishman wearing the colours during a time where the IRA and Loyalist movements in Northern Ireland sparked intense rioting and death, this gimmick was especially risque and was short-lived because of the absurd heat and reactions it provoked from UK crowds.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:43 AM   #84 (permalink)
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I haven't featured a Kendo bout yet. Supremely crafted character and gimmick, but I am a more fond appreciator of the Steve Grey, Clive Myers, Jon Cortez, Alan Sarjeant, Marty Jones, Jim Breaks & Tibor Szakacs esque elite grapplers.

By all means, feel free to share Kendo matches you feel need greater recognition. Thread is designed for an avenue of thoughts and pimping, rather than just me telling everyone what to watch .
Aww man, he was the man. His opening routine before a match he had on "cup final day" was cut from the programming as it was deemed to frightening for TV at the time.

I always liked Mick Mcmanus and Jackie Pollo too.

Just read that Big Daddy was the Hulk Hogan of British Wrestling.

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Old 03-18-2013, 05:49 AM   #85 (permalink)
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Aye as I said, from a pure character and presence standpoint there were few who could hope to have the impact Kendo did in the promotion. However I haven't seen as much quality from him in-ring compared to the aforementioned elite grapplers who transcended the style imo. McManus is a damn good shout however and a very underrated worker. He's got some interesting 70s bouts I'm stoked to eventually get around to watching.

Big Daddy was horrendous but in terms of popularity and image he was without doubt the promotion's Hogan. I doubt I'll ever watch a match of his again because of how dull and terrible he was (not helped by such a physique) but as far as legacy goes he is timeless in that regard.

Stoked about the WOS interest on WWE's part, even if it would likely be a way to acquire Owen Hart, Finlay or Regal matches as opposed to a true comp about the promotion and its best matches.
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Fit Finlay vs. Marty Jones (4/14/1984)

Would go higher on this, but the finish was anticlimatic, that's my biggest gripe. But really good match overall, watched it for the first time in 6-7 years, and to see Marty Jones and his SUAVE wrestling again is beautiful.

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That's the only downside. WOS had a lot of anticlimatic finishes that were done more to setup a future return match and since they catered more towards a British style you wouldn't get layered storytelling to make up for an abrupt finish. FWIW I'm much higher on the match than you, but I understand how an abrupt finish can deflate some.

Check out the DK & Bull Blitzer bouts Jones has however. Both have satisfying and well built to finishes that payoff the earlier work in the body of the match.
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I have watched a couple of WOS matches on the tv, one that particularly stood out in my mind was Rudge vs Jones. Very interesting and original transitions between holds and the psychology was standard (Rudge going for Jones' leg to slow him down and Jones going for Rugde's arm to decrease his power) but it was smartly worked.
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I'm so glad Hanoi directed me towards here.

Marked like fuck when i saw Rollerball Rocco on TNA British Bootcamp.
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Old 05-09-2013, 03:50 AM   #90 (permalink)
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Slightly necro, but relevant (this thread needs to return!)

Johnny Saint Vs Fit Finlay (01/05/1988)

★★★ 1/2 (I'd want to say ★★★ 3/4 without the finish)


It's funny how the screwy finish is as old as wrestling itself. This was setting up to be a good match until it just ends out of seemingly nowhere.

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So, Fit "Eddie-Misawa" Finlay is your bossy-as-fuck heel while Saint portrays the typical babyface, by the rules grappler. The first round starts with Finlay just bullying underdog Saint around, trying to be flashy in any attempt to get heat off the energetic crowd only for Saint's smoothness to cost Finlay his footing (even when Finlay thought he had him foxed - the irish whip to the turnbuckle for instance). It's here that Finlay starts enacting his frustration through his heel mannerisms, getting cheap shots in and trying to run down his opponent with trash talk during the submissions. Saint would have none of it, though, and ignored the taunts from both Finlay and his manager.

The first two rounds act as builds, though, to create the heel/face dynamic and get the crowd truly behind the challenger and livid in their anger towards Finlay. The third round makes use of a few illegal shots that leads to some truly great work on Saint's midsection by Finlay. Saint's slight comebacks help keep the crowd's hopes alive, however, and you cannot help but feel emotionally invested in him, either. Once things even up, however, things kick into a flurry of offence that moves away from the cockiness of Finlay and Saint's desperation to an entire round of each man trying, in vain, to catch the decisive win at any point (almost like Backlund in the Hart match).

Like I said, the finish was slightly off-putting and it really did come out of nowhere. But it could be said that it added to Finlay's cheating to win approach, in that he risked disqualification (having not only attacked his opponent midmatch, for the second time, but throwing him violently over the ropes) to pick up an advantageous situation as the last round starts. It was almost like a bad dessert following your meal. Still, at least the meal was wondrous.
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