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Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
MP’s Indy DVD Bonanza 2010: DGUSA Fearless
Davey Richards vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (12/6/09): ***1/2
-Liked the story of Mochizuki taking away Richards’ leg, and thus his striking ability. I’m interested to see how this compares with the stateside version. Something seemed a bit off here though. A lot less overkill from Davey, which was appreciated. He’s accompanied and helped to the back by YAMATO and Shingo, which is easily the baddest group of sons of bitches on the planet. Holy shit.
BxB Hulk vs. Susuma Yokosuka (12/6/09): ***
-This felt like a big title match. That’s probably the best thing I can say about it. I like Hulk alright, but I really don’t agree with the move of making him the top guy in the promotion. He’s better in small doses. Anyway, these extras are much more interesting than the previous releases and I really hope they continue to put important or relevant Dragon Gate matches that from more recent shows on these sets.
Moxley vs. Cannon vs. O’Reilly vs. Gargano vs. Dorado vs. Allen: ***
-And we are LIVE (on tape) from Chicago. This a great collection of fairly young talent, and Brad Allen. I quite enjoyed it. Everyone gets a chance to look good. O’Reilly continues to improve, which is all you could ever ask of him. I definitely prefer this over FRAY! as the get-everyone-on-the-card and get-the-crowd-going showcase.
Silas Young vs. Hallowicked: **1/2
-This was okay. A little disappointing since I like both guys. ‘Wicked is generally better in tag matches than in singles.
Does anyone else watch the PPV Preview, like, every single time? I don’t know why I do. It doesn’t add much, it just gives you that feel like you’re ordering a show and counting down the minutes until it starts. Anyway, this one sucked horse cock. I’ll stop there because it’s basically a free bonus.
Gran Akuma vs. TJP: ***¼
-Good match. It didn’t amount to much, but the work was great. For clarity’s sake I’m a huge sports geek that’s more inclined to favor the athletic, competitive aspects of a match than the storytelling parts, so keep that in mind when you read these. Not that I don’t care about storytelling, but I think it’s more of a bonus than an essential.
CIMA and Super Crazy vs. Mike Quackenbush and. Jigsaw: **3/4
-Wasn’t bad when Super Crazy wasn’t in there, although assaulting Jigsaw with the Thundersticks was just money. CIMA continues to be the most disappointing performer in DGUSA.
Brian Kendrick vs. Jimmy Jacobs: **
-LACEY! I came into that totally unspoiled somehow. More of an angle than a match. Kendrick has just not been fun to watch since he went back to the indies. I hear the match with Strong at 8th Anniversary is good, we’ll see.
Davey Richards vs. Masaaki Mochizuki: ****
-Enjoyed the hell out of this. The striking exchanges at the beginning and the counter wrestling towards the end were top notch. The only problem I saw was Davey’s off-and-on selling of the leg. These are the only two Mochizuki matches I’ve seen but he’s already one of my top 3 or 4 DG performers along with YAMATO, Shingo, and Doi.
Doi and Yoshino vs. Young Bucks vs. Shingo and YAMATO: ***1/2
-Basically just a collection of constant spots, which isn’t a deal-breaker for me but there’s a ceiling to how good of a match you can have with that format. Six-man sharpshooter was fucking epic though. World One just took this thing over towards the end, and it was a much better match for it. A little disappointing considering the level of talent involved.
BxB Hulk vs. Dragon Kid: ***1/2
-The Hulk Dancers get negative two stars. Holy shit. And while I thought the last match underperformed, this was better than I expected. Crisp, snug action. I still think Hulk is a lousy choice for your first champion though.
I've avoided talking about the various angles and promos cut throughout this show, but CIMA's insane promo at the end in broken English is ***** easily.
And on another random note, there's an utterly surreal moment on the highlight clip where they show the full six-man sharpshooter spot at 2x speed complete with chipmunk voices. I think it's my favorite part of the whole DVD. You see, these things are always worth watching.
Final Thoughts: here’s how it breaks down. If you’re a DGUSA fan, you need to buy this. It’s still on the same level of the previous releases. You always feel like you get your money’s worth with this company (particularly with the bonus features on this one). If you’re unfamiliar with DGUSA and want to check it out, definitely start with the first 2 shows instead. If you’re familiar with DGUSA and don’t like it, this show isn’t going to change your mind.
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Last edited by The REAL MP; 05-09-2010 at 10:52 PM.