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Re: Official Indy DVD Help Thread
I thought I would give star ratings a try. Please remeber this is my first time doing this, but I feel alright with these results...wXw - 16 Carat Gold 2007 - Day 1
Adam Polak vs Big Van Walter vs Atsushu Aoki vs Tengkwa
This was a very good opener, not a long match. But a great fast paced opener where everyone got to put there spots in. Big Van Walter impressed me in this match. He didn't do a hell of a lot, but the stuff he pulled off was very crisp. Especially the lariat, it will be interesting to see some more of his stuff. He wasn't the only new face to impress me in this show
Rating - **1/4
Go Shiozaki vs Davey Richards
This match was excellent. Shiozaki impressed once again, and soldifies in my mind that he will have a very bright future indeed. He needs to be brought into ROH for a few US dates. There is no doubt that he would impress. Another interesting note is the after match 'incident'. Personally I didn't really enjoy it, but the crowd eat it up. It involves Bryce Remnsburg hitting some offense on Davey Richards....I won't give to much away.
Rating - ***1/2
Nigel McGuinnes vs Doug Williams
This match played on my mind after seeing it. This may be an old cliche to use, but it was like a rollercoaster...But wait, I'll explain this. To begin with this match started off great, lots of chain wrestling executed perfectly. The crowd were hot and loving it. As the match proceed the crowd seemed to lose interest in it, and as a result so did I to an extent. But things picked up after the slump and the finishing sequence was well worked. The wrestling was no doubt executed beautifully, but it didn't quite draw me in, which is suprising as I like both guys work. Personally I prefered Williams/Cabana from Fighting Spirit better. If you shaved off say five minutes this match could easily have gotten a higher rating.
Rating - ***
Ares vs Tommy End
This was pretty much a squash, with Ares dominating End for the majority of this short match. It was fun none the less, but nothing too great.
Rating - *1/4
El Generico vs Pac
We all know the bried history between these two. Excellent matches usually are created when these two come together, and this was no different. Personally I don't think it was as good as there original meeting together at All Star Weekend IV Night 2. I would love to have seen this match go a little bit longer, and I believe with those extra few minutes this match would be right up there with there original.
Rating - ***1/2
Sydal vs Saito
This match was quick as you would expect but it wasn't unbelievably fast like most Dragon Gate matches. They paced themselves really well in this match and had some really nice exchanges in this match. This was a pretty short match, which suprised me. I thought it would go a little longer. But with the time they had they pulled off a very entertaining match.
Rating - **3/4
Bad Bones vs Emil Sitoci
Now here is the next new face that impressed me greatly - Bad Bones. He sort of looks like a Snitsky/Kane hybrid. But is certainly more athletic than the two. All the time I was watching it I was thinking that he would certainly be someone that the WWE could scout, and potentially sign.
Rating - **1/2
Murat Bosporus vs Steve Douglas
This match was a bit hit and miss with me, because I really liked what I saw in one guy. But I really didn't like the other guy. The guy that was impressive was - Murat Bosporus. Some of his suplexes just blew me away. He will certainly be a treat for all the guys going to PWG's European Vacation 2. Steve Douglas was just meh...Nothing of note really. The match was very stop, start. When the match got going it was good. When it stopped, it just dragged everything down...
Rating - **
Claudio Castagnoli vs Chris Hero
Like Generico/Pac, when these two guys come together you are guaranteed a great match. However, Claudio and Hero have a bit more of a history and experience working together. This match was match of the night, but only just (Go/Davey was excellent, and was a close second) They went for a slow pace and gradually built to there spots. A lot of leg work, and a lot of lucha mixed into the pot. Very similar to their match at Rey de Voladores, but doesn't quite reach that level. But damn does it come close. The crowd were red hot all night long, and they absoloutely love these two guys. Hero especially. Post match is a very cool sight to see, and is well deserved.
Rating - A high ***3/4
Overall - A very enjoyable show, with nothing horrible on the card. Even the squash was fun to watch. There are no match of the years on this card, but there doesn't need to be. This is just a great night of wrestling, that I am certainly not regretting picking up
Last edited by Claymore; 08-18-2007 at 06:25 PM.