Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
I'mma watch indy stuff for the best of 2000s thing and will talk in here. I don't think I've ever made a post in here so if Indy DVD Thread means actual DVDs only then I apologise and feel free to lynch me.
Steve Corino v. Cham Pain (OMEGA 12/1/00)
Cham Pain is notable WWF jobber Marty Garner; most famously known for mistaking HHH’s pedigree for a butterfly suplex and breaking his neck on it. Here he is in the main event of the return OMEGA show, and was the last OMEGA champion before the company went down. Pre-match promo (well, actually it was at the start of the show while the match was at the end of it) has Cham Pain saying he doesn’t feel right being called the champion anymore, so he vacates it. Corino comes all heely, and is the ECW champion, so hey have a title v. title match tonight (I guess Pain isn’t really the champion, though). The match was good, but kind of disappointing, and I’m not entirely sure why. I mean I know why it was disappointing – it wasn’t as good as I thought it might be. But why did I think it would be THAT good? I don’t know. They open with some pretty average ‘duck clothesline’ shit and it doesn’t get any interesting until Corino gets control. He grabs a chair, and a few guys chanting ‘ECW’ make him not even use it to hit Pain, but use it to instead sit down and give him a headlock assist. Ain’t seen that before. Pain throws a really cool right hand and is willing to bump. Especially the final table bump. Hooooooly shit. Corino pushes him from the top rope to the outside and he pretty much does a corkscrew senton into it. We get an unconvincing ref bump (he pretty much walked into the airplane spin), a CW Anderson interference and a poor man’s NWA-80s babyface save (I think it was Venom/Joey Abs…or Mike Maverick. I haven’t watched enough OMEGA to know). This was pretty good overall.
Speaking of OMEGA, Matt Hardy’s running them again in a few days, apparently. Main event for the first (or only) show will be Hardy/Helms v. Corino/CW. That could be good.
I went to watch the other 2000 I had lined up but it turns out they’re on Schnieders that haven’t arrived to my house yet. I WANT TO KNOW WHO ORION IS DAMMIT.
American Dragon v. Spanky
American Dragon v. Reckless Youth
American Dragon v. Low Ki
^All from the ECWA Super Indy tourney on 2/24/01.
Baby Danielson v. Baby Kendrick! Spanky match was fun as hell and I enjoyed it way more than their 2005 match in ROH. Dragon works the arm and Kendrick is a good seller. Couple of counters here were really great – Danielson hitting two great-looking headbutts only for Kendrick to counter the third with a forearm to the face, and Dragon countering a crossbody attempt into a Fujiwara armbar. Adding some STIFF chops doesn’t hurt. This gets a little ‘indy’ at times, Dragon kind of forgets about working the arm and Spanky botches something on the ropes, but otherwise this was a hugely fun ten minutes.
Didn’t care about Dragon/Youth a whole bunch. I really have never seen anything from Reckless Youth that makes me think he was anything special. I care not at all to watch anything from him. I’ve seen him get some heat with a smarky CZW crowd, so that’s something, but that’s pretty much it. He does that stupid ‘ask to get hit’ thing and then falls down and doesn’t get back up anyway. This is why we can’t have nice things, Tom Carter. I stopped caring about this a few minutes in.
Ki match was good shit. Dragon works the leg after Ki sells the most FLIPPY dragon-screw leg whip of all time. Dragon forgetting about his own limb work kind of irked me again, but Ki was a really good seller. He did shockingly well given he had to sell that leg, while using stuff like jumping KARATE kicks and somersault stuff off of the top rope, in between hobbling and collapsing to the floor. He even bent his leg weirdly on the Ki crusher. Throw in more stiff chops and you have a good match.