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Jack Swagger Vs Christian - ECW Title Match - ECW 24/04/2009
HERE WE GO!
I honestly don't think I can write anything to truly do this match justice, or truly get across my adoration of this incredible contest. I loved it when it happened. I've watched it multiple times since... and it continues to only get BETTER in my eyes. This watch was no different. It is just an INCREDIBLE match.
Swagger is the young, confident champion with a great amateur background and a large frame allowing him to overpower most opponents. Christian is the wise veteran and perhaps the faster of the two, and their contrast in styles plays out BEAUTIFULLY here. Christian uses his speed to avoid certain situations, Swagger uses his power to bring himself back in control. We see some good old VETERAN INSTINCTS from the challenger sprinkled throughout the match as Christian will take advantage of ANY opportunity, no matter how small, and capitalise on it to the fullest extent.
Jack Swagger is known for working over the arm of his opponents, and never has he done it as well as he did here. It also helps that you have babyface Christian selling the arm to absolute perfection, and the great commentary from Matt Striker who really adds to the match with his explanation to things like Christian squeezing his fingers together to get the feeling back in his arm.
We see a couple of callback spots in the finishing stretch based on some things done earlier on, just another of the many things I love about this match. And of course it's Christian doing them, using those VETERAN INSTINCTS that I mentioned earlier to counter offence from Swagger that did damage to him earlier in the contest.
The arm work, the main focus of the match from Swagger, plays a huge part in the finish and that makes me giddy as fuck. Swagger retains the title, and I reach for a cigarette. Amazing how this just gets better and better every time. Few matches do that for me. HIAC does it. Flair/Windham BOTB II does it. And this does it. Also, its only around 13 minutes long. And yet it achieves more than most matches could dream of with 20+ minutes.
ECW MOTY, and I don't think anything is going to dethrone it. 2nd MOTY overall for WWE too. Also, the single greatest ECW match ever. New and old ECW.
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