Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
1. wXw Live in Hamburg 2012
Big van Walter vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
Great match, Walter is a beast, so naturally Zack has to work from behind. His timing in picking comeback spots is tremendous. He’s a natural babyface, and I love fire and intensity he displays, reminds me on Yoshihito Sasaki. Walter is such a good big guy, so compelling in setting up his own pace, which is slow but never dull, he comes across as a merciless machine, hopefully he gets more international exposure in 2013. He reminds me on Andre the Giant in his prime.
2. AIW Straight Outta Compton
30 min IRONMAN: AR Fox vs. ACH
Well, this was fantastic, probably the best non-Styles/Daniels Ironman out there. It’s incredible how smart this match was. You have two insane high-flyers doing their thing while they’re fresh, but then everything comes to the “oh shit, this is an Ironman” point, and the struggle is on. It’s so fucking nice to see two flippy dudes selling it like a war, struggling for life, desperation… Insanely good match, very exciting and dramatic. AR Fox’s 2012 was fantastic.
3. EVOLVE 6
RELAXED RULES: Homicide vs. Jon Moxley
Meh… Solid match, yet disappointing considering the names involved. Normally, Moxley is good in displaying his methodical style of brawling, but this is where he failed. Didn’t like his performance at all, up until the final 2-3 minutes where he was trying to finish Homicide off with all those submissions. The TKO finish was very nice. Homicide wasn’t great either, but he was still better than Moxley. Lenny Leonard sucked donkey ass on commentary. Was he Tenay’s student, maybe?
4. JAPW Halloween Hell 2004
Samoa Joe vs. Super Dragon
Joe and Dragon always deliverd in their matches, and this one was no exception. 10ish minutes of awesome grappling, stiff strikes, and cool flying. Man, those were the days…
5. IWA MS Something to Prove
Samoa Joe vs. Necro Butcher
Now, this is where words are futile. I could watch this match every day. #JESUSCHRIST!
6. IWA MS The 500th Show
“I QUIT” MATCH: Jimmy Jacobs vs. BJ Whitmer
An excellent old school hardcore match, where they beat the piss out of each other in steady pace, using bags full of whacky tricks. BJ has always been a solid aggressor, but Jimmy’s character work is just a thing of beauty.
7. IWA MS April Bloodshowers 2008
NO ROPE BARBED WIRE DEATHMATCH: Jimmy Jacobs vs. BJ Whitmer
This was a true epic blow-off between two extremely heated rivals, great, brutal and very well structured and paced deathmatch. Clear story with BJ having experience in barbed wire matches, and Jimmy’s character babyface work was captivating.
8. wXw 16 Carat Gold 2012: Day 3
Team Walter (Big van Walter, Daisuke Sekimoto, Kim Ray & 2Face) vs. Team Axeman (Axeman, Yoshihito Sasaki, Robert Dreissker & Karsten Beck)
Excellent match contested under elimination rules. The main story was about Walter and Daiskay one-upping each other, and it was great, but there were many other stories and feuds incorporated into this match too. A long, but great multi-man exhibition.
9. wXw 16 Carat Gold 2012: Day 2
Quarter-Finals: Fit Finlay vs. Johnny Moss
This was a tactical, exhausting psychological battle, full of careful defensive wrestling, and that’s something I appreciate when done right, and it’s never boring watching Finlay in action. Moss might not be an interesting, charismatic character, but he did his heel job very well in this match, he didn’t let Finlay own him like a fool. Good match.
10. wXw 16 Carat Gold 2012: Day 3
Semi-Finals: Johnny Moss vs. El Generico
Simple match with heel Moss dominating Generico, which builds to an energetic babyface comeback.
11. IWA MS Quote the Raven
2/3 FALLS: Alex Shelley vs. Jimmy Jacobs
12. IWA MS Winter Wars 2003
Best of 7 Series (#3) for the wXw World Heavyweight Championship – SUBMISSION MATCH: Alex Shelley © vs. Jimmy Jacobs
13. IWA MS Winter Wars 2003
Best of 7 Series (#4) for the for the wXw World Heavyweight Championship – LUMBERJACK MATCH: Jimmy Jacobs © vs. Alex Shelley
14. IWA MS Winter Wars 2003
Best of 7 Series (#5) for the wXw World Heavyweight Championship – TEXAS DEATHMATCH: Alex Shelley © vs. Jimmy Jacobs
15. IWC 11/17/2002
STREET FIGHT: CM Punk vs. Christopher Daniels
16. wXw 16 Carat Gold 2008: Day 3
Semi-Finals: Bryan Danielson vs. Chris Hero
Okay, this was decent, but not good. I really appreciated the hard-fought tactical war they were working, Danielson’s heel psychology was great, Hero was a good babyface, it was a power struggle, the crowd HATED Dragon, etc etc. But the match was boring. It doesn’t matter what they did, how they did it, how they constructed it, it was still boring. Shit, you have movies where everything is done right, except they’re boring. The same thing happened here. Wrestling is entertainment, and I wasn’t entertained by this match. I was just waiting for this 36 minutes long “technical” jerkfest to end. Chris Hero is so hit or miss, it’s not even funny.