Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Downstate Illinois
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
MP's DVD Bonanza 2010
I was going to wait to start this until As the Worm Turns at least shipped, but FUCK IT, we're doing it live! I'm going in chronological order of all the promotions I follow, which are: ROH, PWG, DGUSA, Chikara, and Evolve.
Evolve 1: Ibushi vs. Richards
Bobby Fish vs. Kyle O'Reilly--***
-Good opener. I'm more and more impressed by O'Reilly every time I see him. He's got connections with Richards and has been on the HDNet show so I can imagine ROH picking him up long term for something soon.
Chuck Taylor vs. Cheech--***
-Solid. I love Chucky T. His promo at the end was a little goofed up by a screwy microphone, which would be a running theme throughout the night.
Arik Cannon vs. Ricochet--***
-More of the same solid action. It's all fairly realistic-looking and hard-hitting to this point. I'm not seeing all the MMA comparisons yet though, it's all very pro wrestling. Ricochet brings the flippy stuff and really needs to put the fucking mask back on, but Cannon keeps it grounded. I think ROH should give him a shot as well.
Dark City Fight Club vs. Aeroform--*1/2
-Extended beat down. I've seen it a million times before. Not a big DCFC fan.
Mercedes Martinez vs. Niya--N/R
-30 second squash. Indy (i.e. awkward) promo afterwards, don't even remember what Martinez said.
Silas Young vs. Brad Allen--**1/2
-Not bad, a little goofy in parts. Allen took a NASTY bump to the floor on a moonsault off the top rope. I'm sorry but they should just rename him Brad "Dead Mother" Allen because that's all he talked about every time he appeared on camera (which was half a dozen times throughout) and it started to make me really uncomfortable.
Jimmy Jacobs vs. Kenn Doane--**
-It was fine I guess. I understand psychology and all but I don't think anyone bought this show to see 3 minute headlocks. Jacobs cut a good promo on Dreamer after it was over (I'll let you see how he got involved for yourself) and it's clear to me that Jacobs is head and shoulders above the rest of the roster in the charisma department. Unfortunately I'm not sure if that's what this promotion is going to emphasize.
Johnny Gargano vs. Chris Dickinson--***
-Surprisingly good. I'm familiar with Gargano but didn't know he had a serious match in him. Dickinson was impressive, particularly with his striking and uneven temper.
Munenori Sawa vs. TJP--***3/4
-Oh yeah, this was awesome. Definitely had the "real fight" feel that some people have been talking about. I wussed out on four stars because while the work was excellent, you could drive a Mack truck through some of the logic holes and awkward moments, but otherwise this is exactly what I'm looking for in a match. Just good, believable competition.
Team Frightning vs. Akuma's Army--***1/4
-A little disappointing since I'm a big fan of Chikara's multiman showcases. This was really sloppy in the beginning, then picked it up pretty well by the end. Icarus seemed a bit shackled from doing personality-based stuff, Brodie Lee probably looked better than anyone here.
Davey Richards vs. Kota Ibushi--****
-And this was awesome. No big surprise there. I still remain unimpressed with Ibushi's striking, but he did rattle off a couple good shots on Richards. It's amazing to see how far these two have come since their ROH meeting in 2008.
Final Thoughts: I paid $12.50 for this and felt I got my money's worth by the time TJP's match was over. Everything after that was just icing on the cake. It's also definitely interesting to see a new promotion start from the ground up like this, and you have to admit that they're trying to do something that's unique to the North American wrestling scene. However, between the constant microphone fuck-ups, Lenny Leonard playing an incredibly uncomfortable Mean Gene, the bad writing in the backstage skits, or the sparse (and apparently getting much sparser) crowd, this show is incredibly indy feeling. So if that's a turn off, be warned. If it's not, and you just want to watch some good action, check out Evolve's inaugural show.
Before they go out of business.
EDIT: Coming up next is DGUSA Fearless.
"You want it to be one way. But it's the other way"--Marlo Stanfield
Last edited by The REAL MP; 05-04-2010 at 05:23 PM.