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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Greg Valentine vs Roddy Piper, Dog Collar Chain Match, NWA Starrcade (11/24/83)
Nasty, violent encounter here with a great utilisation of the chain throughout the match and some appropriately harrowing spots. Both men bleed a fair bit with Piper blading his ear area to continue the ear injury he suffered in their last encounter and Valentine bleeds badly after a few chain shots to the face. Bunch of really nasty bumps from both men, with Valentine being wrenched back to the mat with considerable force sticking out the most, looked really nasty and Piper pulled no punches in yanking on the chain. Thought both men but especially Piper utilised the chain and its hinderaces rather well, such as tying Valentine up in the corner and leaving him a sitting duck for an attack, using the chain to the ribs to break up a suplex attempt and using the chain to counter out of a late match sleeper. Valentine was as stiff as you'd expect in this situation and layed in a few meaty chain shots. Piper isn't exactly a great babyface seller but he played a fired up face well and threw some great jabs as the match progressed and kept the crowd invested throughout. Finish is a downer though and feels anti-climatic for the work that came before it, but the post match angle is a fine way for Valentine to retain his heat.
Jim Duggan vs Buzz Sawyer, Mid South (11/11/85)
Oh man, this was beautiful and what I consider to embody pro wrestling. Just a total bloodbath of a brawl that feels like an old barfight in a western. Its like Charles Bronson meets Henry Fonda and they won't stop until there's no more blood to be spilt. Sawyer is a fucking psycho with some of the bumps he fearlessly takes into the guardrail, the speed is frightening let alone his willingness to do a few unprotected. He's also a slimy sleaze who looks like the most scummiest piece of trailer trash to enter Mid South and has this loathesome attribute that makes his beating so transcendent to watch. Duggan proves why its a crying shame people only associate him with a 2x4 and a catchphrase when you see what a surly charismatic and frightening machine he was in his prime. He's great screaming at the ref to 'get out of my fucking face' and he manages to channel the balance between elaborate performance theatrics beautifully whilst punching Sawyer square in the jaw the next. Loved how reckless, gritty, nasty and unco-operative the whole fight looked. Everything from Sawyer attemtping a rash shoot takedown, to gouging Duggan's eyes, to raking the back at any chance he got, it just came off how an authentic brawl should: violent, uncontainable and genuine. Sawyer biting the flesh of Duggan and spitting blood made for a great visual and the Mid South grainy footage added a ton of charm and filthiness to the entire match. Stick this in a bar in the south with an unlikeable drunk fuck in Sawyer and the town idol in Duggan and you basically have the perfect setting.
Post match angle is incredible and really completes the match as Sawyer gets intentionally counted out as if to say 'fuck this beating, I'll come back another day' only for his pride and spirit to force him back to the ring to cheapshot Duggan and start a pull apart brawl. Loved how this continued into the back with Sawyer making a frantic bid to jump Duggan whilst barely being able to lift his feet off the ground. Captured the hate and disdain for the others' existence perfectly and Duggan again cussing like a Scotsman whilst being pulled away really got over the angle. Sawyer screaming Duggan's name until he collapses with blood pouring down his face and his body looking spent and broken was the perfect closing visual. Masterpiece of a pro wrestling match/angle and a crying shame we won't get anything close to this ever again.