Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
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
Angle was perfectly acceptable in 2000-2001, largely because he was the rookie and thus it was up to the vets to call and build the matches around Angle's signature offence. The longer Angle stayed in the company the more he grew into that Veteran role and therefore by the time he was working a lot of his opponents he was the guy building the vast majority of the match which is where a lot of his problems have forever existed. He's not a student of the game and doesn't have that inside knowledge that the likes of Finlay, Funk, Flair, Regal etc have with regards to working a crowd and a character and getting the most out of very little.
The problem with a lot of his matches now is they're entirely dependant on the moves, things like the perfunctory matwork at the beginning of an Angle match feel empty and just an excuse to trade holds, rather than developing either character and building to the next sequence, as evidenced by Angle more often than not working co-operatively with wrestlers when he's billed as a wrestling machine. I think I saw someone on DVDVR talk about how during a Storm/Angle match Tenay and Taz talked up how Storm would have to utilise his brawling to combat Angle's amateur pedigre....but Storm then went on to gain the advantage in the wrestling section of the match and Angle resorted to the brawling. It just seemed ass backwards as to what should have been going on in the match, and they didn't even work to build the 'Angle is getting out wrestled' portion of the match, it was over before it even began and they then went into more of a brawling/trading signature offence spell. His matches just feel devoid of structure and simplicity like you see with people who understand the business, cool little stories that can build in a match, e.g heel being humiliated and working to try and gain an advantage never appear in Angle matches, because he feels its beneath him or he just doesn't care. Either way his style is long past the point where I care to watch a match of his unless someone with who I'm generally on point with pimps it as must see, I will say though Jarrett is by far the best opponent he can have in TNA.
Anyways, onto a guy I actually think is worth a damn:
Drew Mcintyre v Sin Cara, WWE Superstars 07/26/12
Total Drew formula match here, and the best Cara match to date as a result. Cara is slowly becoming one of the most awful guys inside a WWE ring I can remember, he just looks so slow and clunky in every movement he makes and his bumping and theatrics just look terribly out of place, like what Rey Mysterio would be if he wasn't a very smart wrestler who knew how to make the most out of his offence and build a match around his comeback. Cara actually does a half decent job at selling the workover, even if it doesn't really play into any spots bar Drew's awesome powerbomb counter to a hurricanrana. Like nearly every Drew match he busts out some incredibly creative offence, especially the hammerlock back suplex which looked really awesome. His shoulderbreaker onto the ring apron spot was also a killer transition spot that you come to associate with Mcintyre matches, and he bumps and eats all of Cara's offence tremendously and manages to ensure there are no awkward looking sequences. Finish wasn't too brilliant, more the standard face catches heel off guard spot that when executed well is a terrific finish, but if not executed all that smartly can leave you rather disappointed. Anyways its a fine match and definitely the sort of match you'd show to someone you were trying to convince Mcintyre was worth watching.
Last edited by WOOLCOCK; 08-03-2012 at 11:30 AM.