Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
wXw - Kreuzzug ZXI: Union City
Kyle O'Reilly vs. Marty Scurll - ***1/4
My first reaction to the size of Ace Arena (I think that's what it's called) and the size of the crowd was just, wow. It's a tiny building and there couln't have more than 60 or 70 people there. The match itself was very technical and scientific for the most part. But as you'd expect they started kicking each other and it was the same as any other match from O'Reilly. I felt towards the end they started rushing things and it would've came off better if they slowed the pace. I also had a problem with the amount of kicks to the head. When you wind up and kick someone square in the head or directly in the face, they shouldn't just be fine. It should either end the match or it should really damn close to ending. It made me angry after a while when they just kept kicking eahc other in the face and it didn't really go anywhere. But other than that and the small crowd who weren't exactly loud, a good opener for sure.
Karsten Beck vs. Chris Dickinson - **
To my complete surprise, I actually enjoyed this match. It was pretty stiff and felt like an actual fight at times, but then Dickinson blew his knee out and quickly tapped to an armbar. There goes that.
Bad Bones & Necro Butcher vs. Drake Younger & Big van Walter - **3/4
Fairly good match. It was clear that Necro was pretty hurt from his match earlier in the day with Kasai, so that didn't really help. He came out to the ring bleeding a bit and holding his neck. I think I would've rather had seen Bones/Walter in a singles match because those were the only exchanges that really stood out and I don't care for Younger at all.
Jun Kasai vs. Sami Callihan - **3/4
First off, I wanna say if I was a wrestler I'd be completely imtimdated by the Crazy Monkey and in no way would I wanna wrestle him. His back is so fucking gross to look at, it looks worse than a Georgia slave in the 1860s. But it was definitely a change to see Callihan wrestle someone that was arguably crazier than he was. The match itself was prety fun, Kasai did a lot of yelling at the crowd and used some guy's shoe. Callihan had these Davey Richards like moments where he kicked out of everything near the end, so I can't say I liked that much. Overall though a pretty fun match, another one of those "i guess it was pretty good" ones. There were several on the show.
Adam Cole vs. Emil Sitoci - **3/4
I'm just gonna sum this up in one big sentence. Sitoci pretty much dominates him most of the match, Cole kicks out of several of his finishing moves, gets a little offense going, and wins with a weak looking finisher, the Corona Crash.
Chris Hero vs. Zack Sabre Jr. - ****
Suddenly out of nowhere the crowd comes alive and 10-15 more people show up. Dug the hell out of this match. Everything was basically perfect. Wonderful chain wrestling throughout with some fantastic transitions and crazy submissions. Yeah you know that was a cool sentence. Hero had Sabre wrapped up like a pretzel several times and he would keep fighting out to magically hook an armbar. Psychology was great, Sabre went after not just one arm, but both, and Hero sold them like a champ. When it came time for strikes, and you knew it would, Hero instinctly threw elbows, but continued to sell them and decided to throw kicks instead. The finish came off extremely well and played right into the whole story the match was telling. This is one of those Hero matches when you say to yourself, if he didn't throw so many elbows and wrestled like this every match, there'd be no doubt that everyone would consider him THE best in the world. Fantastic match.
The Briscoes vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Johnny Moss - ***1/2
Kinda hard to follow that if you ask me, but this was the main event on paper. Not much to say really, your usual goodness from the Briscoes. Seki and Johnny looked like two random dudes who were paired together, as they were. Pretty good main event, but it won't blow you away.
Match quality is consistently good at least, but if you take away the Hero/Sabre match it's a fairly average card. Significantly smaller crowd than the Philly show, but a decent 2 hours of wrestling.