Regularly Beating Up James Ellsworth
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Halifax, NS
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
So I just watched WGTT vs. Cabana/Generico from Tag Team Turmoil. Here are my thoughts:
- The opening is about as bad as you can get from a tag match. Rather than let the crowd get into it, Haas decides to do some boring power shit with Generico that nobody in the crowd cares about. This is the absolute most basic tenet of short tag match structure, to let the babyface control the first exchange, and Haas doesn't fucking get it. God damn.
- Cabana's attempt to do his Cabana schtick falls completely flat because Haas and Benjamin flat-out refuse to play along. Shame. He could have gotten the crowd to have fun rather than be completely dead silent (which they were for a good stretch). Seriously, this was a well-mic'd, hot crowd, and they were dead silent for several stretches of this match.
- Every offensive move Haas executes bar his suplexes looks awful. He catches air with just about everything, even the knees to the midsection look terrible.
- The crowd is getting behind Generico's comebacks and attempts to make the hot tag, but they go back to being silent every time Haas or Benjamin cuts it off without even looking like they were in trouble. God fucking damn.
- Haas cannot bump for shit either. Benjamin is okay, but every time Haas takes a bump you can tell exactly how choreographed it is. He looks like a 60 year old man in there.
- Benjamin should apologize to Generico for making him take that bump on that dive to the outside because Benjamin didn't stand up fast enough. Ouch.
- The finish was awful, but you already knew that.
Overall this was probably the worst non-Briscoes match Haas and Benjamin have had in ROH. They tried to do a simple STF-like structure, but because they refused to play along with Cabana's stuff, the hot tags fell flat, and because they bumped so terribly for everything Generico did, it was near impossible to buy Generico and Cabana as a legitimate threat to the belts. And then there were the botches and mistimings, and the no-selling, and Haas getting blown up ten minutes in, and the crowd not giving a fuck about WGTT, and this was embarrassing. No other word for it.
Making it ten times worse was the fact that I had just finished watching Alex Shelley and Jimmy Rave vs. Jay Lethal and Samoa Joe from Enter the Dragon, which was tons of fun and had well-executed comedy spots, an excellent workover that built well to a hot tag, a dominant face who the fans cared about and wanted to see, cowardly heels who everyone wanted to see get beat up, and a crowd that was both hot for everything and was given the opportunity to be hot for everything. Watching this after that was like eating at Taco Bell when your last meal was Chipotle.
This is the other wrestling section. It's still fake to us.