Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Sami Callihan vs Rich Swann, CZW An Excellent Adventure (1/14/12)
BUBZ layed out the bulk of the match and summed it up very well, so I won't deviate much from his argument and will keep it short. Well structured and layed out match with Callihan playing the sadistic champion who continually has to overcome the superior agility of Swann, something he struggles greatly with until Swann's leg gives out on a dive and it becomes a focus for Callihan to exploit just when the match threatens to get away from him. Swann sold the leg hinderance perfectly, with an acceptable balance between building to and hitting his high spots whilst selling the pain and effort in executing each one, and there were a couple of really subtle moments of selling from him struggling to get back into the ring and hobbling when he was knocked off the top rope from a Callihan headbutt that felt like something you got from Masters in 2010 on Superstars. The finishing run is very good with Callihan looking to exploit the leg injury whilst Swann relies on passion and Callihan's elaborate sadistic torture to find a way back into the match. They both hit a couple of very good counters and the finish is a really perfect way to sell the story of Swann being close but ultimately unable to overcome Callihan. Very little Sami mannerisms that I could see irking anyone, bar maybe the odd facial expression. But there's enough from a structure, selling, pacing and story standpoint to let that be a minor nitpick.
Sami Callihan vs AR Fox, CZW Best of the Best (4/14/12)
A lot to like here, but there were still a couple of hinderances which irked me, namely Callihan's posing and interaction with the crowd along with the delayed setup with a few bits of his offence which just came off as un-needed imo. Still he's at his best arguably as the guy mercilessly brutalising his opponent and he's relentless here. Fox hits a dive before the bell and then goes for a second dive only for Callihan to pull the guardrail forward and let Fox take a horrifying bump headfirst into the concrete floor. Fox has a bloodied ear from an earlier match and Callihan targets it throughout including headbutts, palm strikes, forearms to a defenceless Fox and my personal favourite, a sadistic torquing of the ear when he had Fox tied up on the floor. Fox sold the ear throughout as a constant source of pain and took some really impressive/horrific bumps throughout..but I can't decide whether I liked his constant high flying offence as an acknowledgement that he had to throw everything at Callihan to win, or whether it just came off as hammy and overly elaborate.
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt since he sold the desire to win as well as he did the beating Callihan inflicted and the way Callihan controlled the majority of the match and fed Fox comebacks through his delaying and posturing was a nice subtle story that made you think Fox could win. The consecutive lariat bumps got madder with each bump and whilst I wanted to hate Fox kicking out at 1 on the third lariat I at least thought all the flashes of his desire to win at least covered up how annoying it was as well as the timing of the spot. Actual finish was really good with Callihan turning the stretch muffler into an assault on Fox's bloody ear and then transitioning into a sudden half crab with the arm trapped to force a victory. The bulk of this was really good and definitely an example that Callihan brings a lot to a match, if he could just curb the constant crowd pandering and dialogue (seriously, is he on some journalist esque pay scheme where he gets an extra $ for every word he says?) then this would have been flawless on his part.
Last edited by WOOLCOCK; 01-03-2013 at 12:21 PM.