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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Pt. 2 of the Guerrero/Malenko...I'll review one more ECW match and then 2 of their WCW matches (I believe I have at least 2 in my library)
-Hardcore TV *** 1/4:
A little faster paced that the HCS match but you will see many of the same maneuvers. Malenko had this one pretty well in hand for the most part, working the midsection of Eddie but as usual Eddie snaps some quickfire offense here and there to keep the faith alive.
I particularly like the quick finish, it was so sudden it was almost like it was a fluke. Malenko lost nothing in being pinned by Guerrero in a counter-hold. The sequence was crisp, a hurricanrana by Eddie into a pin, Malenko reverses and Guerrero counters the reversal and gets the pinfall. The booking of this match was Malenko heavy, unlike the other matches that were booked to be more even, I suppose that was done due to Eddie going over in such sudden fashion. It wasn't a decisive win for Eddie but the entire ECW feud was based on them being considered equals.
Now on to their WCW matches...let's start:
US Title, No DQ match; Uncensored 1997 *** 1/2:
A major difference from their ECW title matches already....striking! A lot of strikes to start the match off. Malenko seems really intense, when you add that to his offense. A somewhat different style considering the past contests in ECW. The pace started out fast, then Malenko went into his traditional submission based offense but not for long.
The intensity level of this match is much higher than their respectful competition matches in ECW. Eddie worked Malenko's knee with some ferocity mixing up a springboard with some submission holds...specifically an STF that looks legitimately painful. A dropkick on the knee into the ring post was pretty cool looking as well.
Its almost as if Malenko started the match as the heel but the crowd forced Eddie into working heel. Its a pretty interesting dynamic. Both guys were taunting their opponent and heeling it up. Malenko breaks out Eddie's Frog Splash (which was terrible but funny at the same time) and actually breaks the nearfall himself. Eddie uses Malenko's Texas Cloverleaf (not that bad looking). Malenko's offense a little more explosive here than usual, its a welcome surprise.
This was a fun match, well until Syxx interfered for reasons unknown to me causing Eddie to be smashed in the face with a video camera and pinned. It was a good match, but the finish was a bit unsatisfying, with all the aggression between the two, you expected a more decisive finish with one man coming out on top but I feel robbed of that because of the interference.
Cruiserweight Title match, Starrcade 1997 *** 3/4:
Eddie working full blown heel here. As the aggression of their Uncensored match is still intact in this one. Malenko pulled off some high impact offense early before Eddie begged off and came back attacking the legs of Malenko momentarily.
Eddie's heel antics are hilarious, running on away his knees, kissing Malenko's foot, constant begging off before coming back to re-engage is entertaining. Malenko's no-nonsense face character plays off well. He punishes Eddie's foolishness instead of playing into it.
Later Eddie really opens up on Malenko's knee with various attacks, including a dropkick of the steel steps into his knee and then follows up with submission holds.
Which works perfectly into the finishing sequence where Eddie lands a huge top rope missile dropkick into the leg of Malenko and follows up with a Frog Splash on the knee for the pin.
Some good mat work but no chain wrestling, some pretty good high impact offense consisting of powerbombs and various slams. I think its one of the better matches, they had, certainly the best WCW match I've seen them have perhaps but just a shade below their ECW work despite the review score.
It was interesting watching all these matches at one time. From the grimy, slow paced, mat struggles of ECW to the intense, faster paced, higher impact matches in WCW. I really enjoy all the matches they had, their styles mesh very well together. The ECW matches seemed to favor Malenko more, they were mostly mat based with Eddie playing underdog even if they were trying to play up them being equals. The WCW matches were more even, both guys got in a fair amount of offense and both looked good even in losses.