Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
I can understand your point breakerj, but I really see a lot more story in many MOTYCs, and I truly think is indeed intentional. To me, when limbwork is done, that is genuinely why: there is a purpose to everything that is being done in the match. It doesn't have to be limbwork but that is one example. For a lot of what I consider truly great recent matches, a purpose behind the moves is what tells a story. Its why not every big spotfest is necessarily a match of the year for me. You said that Pro Wrestling is a shitty storytelling medium, and I understand why you said that, but call me crazy; I honestly think Pro Wrestling is a great storytelling medium. Its just one that requires a lot of effort and creativity to pull of correctly.
I just think its interesting in what context 'just throwing bombs' is ok and in what context it isn't. So this match was for a Mania titleshot, and they wrestled each other before, so tons of counters and bombs with no buildup and/or purpose behind them is fine? Ok, well, what about MITB two years, which was a rather early encounter in their history. Still a lot of counters in that match, but pretty much the entire match was a bunch of stalling and then a bunch of counters and bombs. Did Monday's match really have all that much more 'they know each other so well' counters than Money in the bank did? I think both matches came off at a very equal level of 'familiarity' if you ignore Cole's insipid commentary about it on Monday.
I don't know, it just feels like hypocrisy to me. I see tons of indy matches, even in the past year, that crumble into 'two guys throwing bombs.' The X Division from 6 years ago also comes to mind. These matches are almost universally panned, nowadays. But then a match like this happens and people love the counters and bombs so much that they are somehow excusable here but not with other matches doing the exact same thing. And honestly I do not see the difference. Sometimes I think the spectacle of it gets in the way. I mean, if you guys just gave it that rating for big match feel, I guess it makes sense, but I have seen this formula a million times and the first ten minutes, whether its WWE or shitsplat indy, ends up coming off as completely empty, and only there to waste time until both guys can start swinging for the fences. I like a good powerful series of moves as much as the next guy, but that's all this really seemed to be. And if a good/great finishing stretch makes the early part of the match superfluous, why didn't they just start throwing bombs from the opening bell?
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