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
Its an excellent match and up there with Judgement Day 2006 as the best match out of the Benoit/Regal/Finlay combo in WCW and WWE (I had it #6 on my WCW Ballot). Really nasty and violent match with some insane strikes but like you mentioned all fought for and with meaning instead of aimless stiffness for the sake of being stiff. Everything is well earned and not given up, and fuck finish aside the match is flawless. There's that one punch as well shortly before the finish which just looked HIDEOUS: I think it was Regal striking Finlay but I could be wrong.
Also if you want a really fun and easy to sit through match, watch Malenko/Norman Smiley from Saturday Night 1997, its on youtube and only goes 8 minutes at best. I'm as apathetic as they come towards Malenko but he's perfect in this setting, they unleash some excellent counters that look straight out of the World of Sport playbook (especially from Smiley) and everything feels like its earned and not given up too easily which is often a common complaint I have with perfunctory matwork. Absolutely kicking myself I never watched it before submitting a top 100 WCW matches ballot, as I seriously would have had it in the bottom 25.
Also WCW have some seriously underrated stuff from this time, usually Nitro or Saturday Night:
Lord Steven Regal vs Psicosis, Nitro 12/16/1996
Lord Steven Regal vs Sting, Great American Bash 1996
Arn Anderson & Vader vs Stars n Stripes, Saturday Night 04/15/1995
Vader vs Ricky Steamboat, Human Cage Match, Saturday Night 10/16/1993
Dustin Rhodes vs Bunkhouse Buck, Bunkhouse Match, Spring Stampede 1994
Eddie Guerrero vs Shinjiro Ohtani, Starrcade 1995
Ric Flair & Arn Anderson vs Randy Savage & .... ....., Nitro 01/08/1996
Ric Flair vs The Giant (Big Show), Nitro 03/25/1996
Eddie Guerrero vs Ric Flair, Nitro 1996
WARGAMES, Fawlbrawl 1994
Steven Regal vs. Dean Malenko, Nitro 12/23/1996
Vader vs The Boss, Spring Stampede 1994
Benoit v Jericho, Nitro 12/30/1996 (bossy sprint match)
Chris Benoit vs Eddie Guerrero, Saturday Night 11/18/1995
Lord Steven Regal vs Ultimo Dragon, Slamboree 1997
Lord Steven Regal vs Tony Pena, Nitro 11/25/1996
Rey Mysterio vs Lord Steven Regal, Nitro 02/10/1997
Lord Steven Regal v Larry Zbyzsko, Saturday Night 05/28/1994
All of that is stuff that doesn't usually get brought up, but each match made my WCW ballot and is awesome in its own way.
Last edited by WOOLCOCK; 08-16-2012 at 07:03 PM.