Random Match Roundup #2

Hello everyone and welcome to Random match Roundup #2! This is where I briefly review 5 random matches that I have watched recently. Lets begin!

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Jushin Liger vs. Daisuke Sekimoto (BJW 2009)

What a weird match. I wouldn’t have believed this match happened if I didn’t watch it. This match was solid, if unspectacular. Liger played the heel veteran well and tested Sekimoto throughout the match. Some issues I have, though, are the disregarding of Liger’s leg work early, some excessive kickouts, especially for the quality of this match, and a really bland roll up finish. There was some nice psychology and a good veteran vs. young boy story, but the general lack of pizzazz hurts this match. Still, if you are a fan of Sekimoto, this is a cool watch.

Rating: ***

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Ultimo Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio (WCW Spring Stampede 1997)

Rock solid match right here. This match was Ultimo dominating the early goings, then Rey got the comeback and back-and-forth action ensued. Rey was so good getting beaten up; he can make the crowd connect with him like no one else. Ultimo also did a great job beating down Mysterio during the heat segment. There was some excessive use of a rear chin lock early on though and cutting away from the match for a pointless interview was stupid. Other than that, great match. If you have the WWE Network there is no excuse not to watch this.

Rating: ****

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The Messiah vs. Nick Mondo – Deathmatch (EPIC WAR 2002)

            When the first spot of this match was a pop up ace crusher that didn’t even get a near fall, I knew I was in for a treat… This was absolutely abysmal. Bad technical wrestling for no reason (seriously, the Messiah couldn’t even do a lock up), rope breaks for no reason, and high impact moves for barely even 2 in the FIRST 5 MINUTES! Within 8 minutes there was some wacky leg drop with a ladder that should’ve been the finish. Instead this match went 24 minutes. It was just spot, kickout, rinse and repeat. Violence for violence sake and spots with no buildup plague this match. I’ve seen good deathmatches that had a story and built up to spots (Kasai vs. Ito) but this was not that. The only good thing was that Messiah was decent at playing the cowardly heel but that was disregarded quickly. Avoid this match at all costs.

Rating: -**

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Yoshihiro Tajiri vs. Super Crazy (ECW Guilty As Charged 1999)

            This was a fun match. There wasn’t much psychology or story but, unlike the previous match, there was a crescendo of moves and a flow to the match. Everything in this match was well executed and there was some really innovative stuff for 1999. The best spot was when Super Crazy did rolling surfboard stretches into Bryan Danielson’s leg-trap dragon sleeper. It was also pretty interesting to see Tajiri before he got “Americanized”. This match was absurdly fun and I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Rating: ***1/2           

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Shane Douglas vs. 2 Cold Scorpio (NWA World Title Tournament)

We all know the aftermath of this match. Douglas throws down the NWA belt and puts over ECW. The question I had was, is the match itself any good. The answer is yes, it was. There was some nice matwork, fast paced action, and Shane was a good heel. This match was short and fun, which is sometimes what a match needs to be. I recommend this match for historical significance and just because it’s a damn good match.

Rating: ***1/2

 

That’s the end of Random Match Roundup #2. I’m planning to put these out every Friday going forth (hopefully), so stay tuned. Check out the link https://myjourneythroughwrestling.wordpress.com/contacts/ or click the Contacts button above to follow my social media or send me emails. Thank you for reading and I will see you next time!

Best Match of the Roundup: Ultimo Dragon vs. Rey Mysterio

Worst Match of the Roundup: The Messiah vs. Nick Mondo

-Terrance Smith

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