Tag Teaming With James Ellsworth
Join Date: Dec 2011
Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
I only watched the first and final matches of Mystery Vortex, and I have to say I was fairly impressed. I dug the tag opener between the Dojo Bros and the Bucks, and the final few minutes made the match for me. Fun stuff, and nice to see Edwards and Strong teaming after feuding for a long time in ROH over their world title. So probably ***3/4 for that one. I also somewhat enjoyed the Guerrilla Warfare main event, though after so much violence and brutality, my ability to suspend disbelief wears a little thin. I don't know why but to me, the violence wasn't parsed out too well; it was one heavy hit after another, and by the time I hit the 15-minute mark or so, I began to lose interest. Little things like Steen going around to all four ring posts and slamming Cole into them bugged me, and then when he did it AGAIN with the four consecutive power bombs? Come on, that's overdoing it. It was cartoonish and illogical and it came off more like a video game than what I personally consider pro-wrestling. Don't get me wrong, I dig a good gimmick match as much as the next guy, but when these guys are selling the attacks at minute 20 the same they're doing it at minute two, I take issue.
I don't know. Even though there is little comparing the two, I do compare something like Steen/Cole to, say, Taker/HBK inside Hell in a Cell. In the case of the latter, you had two guys who were so physically and mentally exhausted that they could barely support themselves. The usually jovial Michaels looked like death warmed over, and the usually stoic Undertaker looked spent in every sense. It looked like they just put each other through war, even though they did to each other maybe half of what Steen and Cole did, and in 10 more minutes. It's all about pacing and placement, in my opinion. How fast or slow the action is, and where you choose to place your spots. At the end of a match this violent, I wouldn't expect Steen to be able to walk to the announcer's table and grab a pitcher of thumb tacks, especially when he was just head-dropped AND back-dropped onto two ladders not even five minutes ago.
PWG, great as it is, is like a good drug. They do a good job on one show, so they feel they have to do an even better job the next one. After years upon years of holding to that philosophy, they've almost reached a point where the audiences are expecting too much, which is the reason overkill-heavy matches like Steen vs. Cole exist. As it stands, I'd say maybe ***1/4-3/4 for that match. I know a lot of people like it, but I'm sorry, it's just not for me.