Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
Battle of Los Angles 2010 Night 2
Austin Aries vs. Joey Ryan
Interesting idea to have Joey Ryan come in with his arm taped up. Aries quickly went after it and Ryan sold it pretty well. Naturally Aries picked up the mic and said that Joey Ryan should just give up because his arm was hurt too badly. Ryan responded by Super Kicking him in the face. His offensive spurt didn't last too long as Aries was able to regain control and focus all of his offense on the injured shoulder. I liked the variety of moves on the arm as we saw mat work, a few moves from the top rope, and some really stiff kicks. I can't think of a better praise than saying all the offense in this match made sense. It also served it's purpose really well as they got over the injury on Joey and set him up for the semi-finals as an underdog.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Roderick Strong
I really liked how Strong started things off and really showed that he wasn't afraid of Claudio at all. Of course Claudio would go on to kick Strong's ass early on but Strong's attitude early on made it a lot easier to get behind him as the match wore on. While the last match made Joey Ryan look like a huge underdog this match made Claudio look like a total monster. Clever booking from PWG. A very good match that showed a good effort from Strong but he wasn't able to overcome how much of a monster Claudio was.
Brandon Gatson vs. Brandon Bonham
Uhh... The Southern California locals... I like them more when they just do crazy stuff in the opening match. Watching these two have a SUPER SERIOUS and SUPER INTENSE match just doesn't do it for me. To make things worse Rick Knox fucked up what I think should have been the ending of the match. Some cool stuff (all the same stuff that we saw from them last night) to see I guess but this really wasn't very good at all. At least Bonham didn't injure the guy that went to the Semi-Finals like he did in 2008...
Akira Tozawa vs. Chris Hero
Holy shit! This is like the Claudio/Ricochet match on crack and you replace Ricochet with a Fucking Crazy Japanese man. I can't even begin to describe how fucking crazy this was. Absolutley needs to be seen to be believed. I'll put it this way I knew 100%, no doubts at all, that Chirs Hero was going to win this match yet I still found myself doubting that Hero was actually going to win. This is one of the best PWG matches that I've seen and one of the best matches from last year. David vs. Goliath done perfectly, which involves putting David on crack and being as much of a badass as Goliath.
Claudio Castagnoli vs. Joey Ryan
More arm work from Claudio as expected and he continued to look like a monster. I can see why PWG decided to put the title on him after seeing his work in BOLA. The crowd kind of bothered me in that they were really behind Joey Ryan throughout the whole match and just seemed to randomly turn on him when he won. Still a good match and continued the story of Joey overcoming all the odds in the tournament.
Brandon Gatson vs. Chris Hero
I liked this a lot. Gatson started things off by hitting Hero with a big kick and doing his really cool hand spring flip over the top rope. I liked his desperate actions to try to win the match but he still ended up getting his kicked by Hero. While Hero's match with Tozawa had a lack of elbows this had plenty of them and they were all awesome and devastating. Gatson looked good as it took a lot to put him away. Hero really looked like he was going to win the whole thing after this match.
The Fighting Taylor Boys (Chuck Taylor, Ryan Taylor, and Brian Cage-Taylor) vs. Rocky Romero, Ricochet, and Johnny Goodtime
Chuck Taylor extends his hand to Ricochet after and awesome exchange, "Shake my hand!" Ricochet knows something is up and his team tells him not to do it. Chuck Taylor responds, "It's OK. We Taylor boys don't lie!" Ricochet reluctantly shakes his hand and is quickly kicked in the gut by Chuck Taylor who exclaims, "Never trust a Taylor!" When you have hilarious stuff like this (Chuck Taylor disguising himself to sneak into the ring which failed miserably being another example) and all sorts of crazy moves thrown in you really have something that is just a blast to watch. Oh and every time Ricochet and Chucky T are in the ring it should be mandatory that Ricochet take an Awful Waffle. The definition of a fun wrestling match. All sorts of awesome.
PWG Tag Team Championship Match:
Peligro Abejas!(c) vs. The Cutler Brothers
Shouldn't it be Peligras Abejas? I really didn't like the start of the match but it really improved when they picked up the pace. Best part of the match had to be the fact that El Generico just seemed to hate the Cutlers for no real obvious reason. Chuck Taylor also saying that the Cutlers stole a move from the 2001 Back Seat Boyz (I think he meant them and not the actual Back Street Boys). It was entertaining but nothing all that amazing or worth going out of the way to see.
2010 Battle of Los Angeles Finals
Chris Hero vs. Joey Ryan
So Ryan came into the match with his arm injured and Hero had been hit in the head far too many times already and just seemed out of it. All the stiff shots in this match and Joey Ryan being busted open were the perfect ingredients for this match. What I really didn't like was that Hero didn't work the arm very much at all. Otherwise this was a really good match that captured the main event feel. The crowd enjoying the match instead of being assholes would have made things a lot better. And a note to all dumbass fans that want to turn their backs on a wrestler, you look like even more of a dumbass when you keep turning your head around to see what's going on. Even Green Lantern Fan can do that right. Oh yeah, I really liked the match a lot. They might have done a lot of finishers and big moves but I think they still told a really good story in the ring.
Overall I thought Night 2 was miles ahead of Night 1. Hero/Tozawa is worth the price of the DVD alone and there were 4 great matches on this DVD (Well I say 4, if you ask anyone else they would probably say 2...). Not the best BOLA ever (2008 is far better) but I would put it up there with some of the other ones they've had.