If Koslov was stuck doing that, he might have faired better during his tenure. Festus/Gallows/D.O.C. speaks for himself. Always liked the guy. More walloping in matches please.
If I were to go into the realm of Japanese stars to go toe to toe with Necro then wow. I did get a dream match for me in Necro vs Morishima back in 2008. Think it was good, but can't remember how much I loved it tbhayley. I think I was one of the few who marked for it. Necro vs Big Tak. Jesus christ the thought of it. Beauty is, that one could still happen. Hashimoto would have been bliss too. Always makes me laugh how Hashimoto and Ogawa had their bouts, then when HUSTLE came around their alliance was well in tact. Speaking of HUSTLE - Necro vs KAWADA. It's a drop in the bucket here. Kawada can make anything great.
I can help but stem back to the Necro in territory days mentality. I see him teaming (or even feuding) vs Terry Funk at the time. Those two wild men as a team. Sounds brilliant to me. What if Funk had Necro as his running buddy during the '89 program vs Flair? When Flair got the upper hand at GAB, Necro could have debuted and DESTROYED Flair. I know the way things ended with Muta and subsequently leading in with Sting joining the Horsemen was good. I can't help but get the juices flowing in knowing Flair's uphill struggle against Gary Hart's wicked alliance would have been very stellar if Necro was in the mix.
Yeah sad to see he had the potential for those sorts of violent spurts and was instead saddled with padding out his offence for longer matches. An example that sometime straying from the cliche formula can be to the benefit of a worker. Gallows is tremendous, people who watch his work should notice that by know. Overlooked brawler and big man.
Yeah Necro is a guy who realistically could work with anyone. Lunatic bumper, no regard for his well being and has that Foley desire to eat as many stiff strikes as the body can withstand. Hashimoto and Takayama have the height and weight advantage to make for a great underdog dynamic with Necro being a smaller than his adversaries. Sort of like a Dustin Rhodes setting where he's big enough to cause some damage but still has the size difference to look overmatched and helpless. Don't even want to consider the beating Necro would take in the ring against either of them. Both look horrificly violent even when they're likely lessening the actual damage, put that against someone like Necro who does not give a fuck and I imagine the lawyers and doctors would be taking substantial overtime.
Necro in the territory days would have been something. Could have worked as the hired mercenery in a long running angle, such as being payed by a Jimmy Hart to take out Lawler. Could have been almost Abdullah like in roaming from territory to territory, staying long enough to create a buzz and lasting impression whilst his stay was short enough to feel fresh and with room to return. Imagine him working Lawler, Dundee, Duggan, Murdoch, Dibiase, Reed, Sawyer, Morton, Valentine, Arn, Magnum etc. Just can't even comprehend what we could have gotten with his style in those grungy and autentic settings.