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Does a match where trading finishers make it better?
Example HBK vs. Taker the 1st encounter at Mania, which is regarded as a 5 star match. Technically it wasnt anything special, but it had the audience emotionally invested one because both were faces and are legends so its hard to pick sides. The second was the suprise factor and the multiple finishing moves exchanges. What was it, like 2 or 3 SCM for Taker, and HBK took a couple chokeslams, kicked out of a tombstone and other stuff.
Taker vs. HHH at WM27 was another one, Taker kicked out of like three fucking pedigrees and a Tombstone yet in the end won the match. Did this make it better? Of course it did, the suspense factor was high up and the audience were able to legit suspend their beliefs. If Im using that term correctly.
Another example recently was NOC Cena vs. Punk. Now this is jsut taking it to the extreme, you had a heel Punk kick out of two AAs, get out of multiple STFS, and then Superman Cena kicked out of two GTS and a fucking Rock Bottom. This was a wrestlemania caliber match, just for that fact alone...the trading finishers and all the near falls.
Now lets look at a match like Punk vs. Rock. A lot of people are criticizing this match and I believe I know why. Punk did not even nail Rock with ONE GTS. I mean, seriously? The Rock hit him with the peoples elbow, and the finish was his patented spinebuster/peoples elbow combination. Even Cena kicked out of one of these at Mania. I thought it would take like two rock Bottoms and then a Peoples elbow to knock off Punk. I figured Rock would kick out of at least one GTS, get out of a few Anaconda Vises. MAJOR DISAPOINTMENT of a match.
So what is your take on this?
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