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Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Some quickie live star ratings/recaps from AAW's EPIC event.
Prince Ali vs. Juntai Miller
Recap: Not a MOTYC but I'm including it anyway, since that's the way I do things. Solid 14-minute contest between these two relative no-names. Crowd was dead but these guys poured out their hearts and souls for them anyway. Ali's offense is dangerous-but-crisp in a way the Briscoes are when they're on, and some of the stuff he attempts falls into borderline Teddy Hart territory. My heart stopped twice in this one (figuratively, of course) -- once when Ali went for a reverse 450 and missed it, again when he attempted a reverse hurricanrana to the apron, botched it (obviously, how could he not), and ended up tossing Miller to the floor hard. Won't spoil the winner, for those who even care, but it's a neat little sleeper for those who do.
Shane Hollister vs. Jimmy Jacobs
Recap: Some are calling this Jacobs' (and Shane's) best match of 2013, some of his career. Can't really argue with some of those claims, though I dispute others. In either respect, this is Jimmy's match, and it's one structured around the Undertaker/Michaels match at WrestleMania 25. With Jimmy playing Taker, strange as it sounds. This particular match also featured a gruesome dive to the outside, although this one busted the man open. The two played off Jacobs' bleeding and head trauma, and there were several suplexes from Shane that looked too brutal not to have been done out of spite. They laid waste to each other for over 20 minutes, and this will long be remembered as the match where Jacobs made Hollister, at least for AAW. Oh, and SUPER BONUS? Scarlett's outfit. HOLY SHIT indeed. Google it. Match of the night, surprisingly.
Davey Richards vs. ACH
Recap: These two mesh up well, and with Davey playing the ultimate cocky shithead heel, the dynamic here is clear-cut and fantastic. It plays like a new vet/old rookie kind of thing, with Richards at first not respecting ACH and just taking liberties with him during his control segment(s). Seriously, watching Davey stretch the kid into bodily positions I never imagined possible, going a little stiff with him, playing up the fact that he's the real Best in the World and his title match with Elgin next month, it was great. He did the Davey Thrust. My favorite spot of the match, no joke, was when he had ACH on the outside and hunched over a little. Boom, kicks him hard as fuck in the chest, ACH flies backward into the steel guard rail at a hundred miles an hour, nearly breaks the rail and a fan or two (the same fans he incidentally posed with earlier)... that was tight. But then my section, the camera side, starts chanting "over here." Davey hears us, he obliges. "Over there?" Big pop. He brings over ACH, jibes with the fans a little more, then says nope. Smiles. Rolls back into the ring. Fans go nuts. Won't spoil who wins, though the results are out there. It's a good half-hour of ACH's selling being put on display. Davey's offense + ACH's selling = gravy train a mile long, partner. But the finishing stretch was long, leading to what I thought was an obvious finish. Still good to great action and incredible drama in between, hoooly balls.