Dean's been posting his wrestlingnetwork reviews here. Figured I'd post mine. I'm using 7/2 as the date since that was air date both episodes showed up on wrestlingnetwork....I have no idea what actual taping date was or what actual local mid-TN air date was.
Ok Joe Wheeler is a guy I always associate with fun Indy wrestling feds. He was part of that wrestling fed with the Sandman/Raven/Corey Williams three way ...where Sandman did mike work about returning to his roots in TN and wanting to do more chain wrestling. I don't know what Wheeler's deal is or if he's that good in the interview role but for me at least, his presence brings an instant feel of respectability to any fed that uses him.
Jimmy Johnson hitting UPS guy was fun segment.
Ricky Morton represents the urban rock n roll spirit while Tracy Smothers is a wild eyed Southern boy...together they are "Town and Country".
This whole fed is worked around old veterans vs. green jobbers. That formula can work sometimes. There have been a bunch of fun Memphis studio matches against pretty untrained jobbers (sometimes jobbers who were paying for the "opportunity" to show up on televised wrestling). There is a long period in Continental (right around the time when Cactus Jack was feuding with Ron Starr) where the TV was built completely around the name talent squashing really frighteningly untrained talent. Its kind of a fun period in Continental as you got to see Adrian Street carny shooting, where every monkey flip caused a dangerous headdrop, to build matches with untrained masked guys. They also had a ton of really good mic workers (Street, Ron Fuller, Dixie Dynamite, Brickhouse Brown Johnny Rich, etc) sit in on commentary so that you didn't want to fast forward because you wanted to hear everything they had to say. I dug all the matches here but really felt like Pritchard was the guy who could work green jobber the best. I look forward to seeing Tracey Smothers competitive squashes as he's really great at veteran vs. youngster. Eddie Golden is normally good at that formula while working heel but he seemed to have problems working face.
I dug both Pritchard vs. jobber matches. The Pritchard neckbreaker followed by elbowdrop is really nice finisher. Pritchard vs. Rich Kavana was the better of the two matches. I don't get anyone working a worked Kavana relative gimmick. I mean Flex himself didn't make any money until he dropped that gimmick. I also think I buy Cash Flo as a Wall Street trader more than I buy Kavana as wealthy Miami socialite. Rich had some nice arm reversals...the reversal section that ended with Pritchard raking his face was just a choice segment. His seated dropkick didn't look good and there is no reason for a face to do the "point to head because I'm so smart" taunt. But it looked like Kavana might have some potential. Him and Shane Williams were the only two jobbers on the show that I felt that about. Shane Williams ate stuff well and had a ridiculously great perm but needs to work on his offense.
The Turbinators and Thorn vs. Jimmy Golden, Eddie Golden and Robert Golden was a fine lil match that did nice job of getting over the pop for Jimmy Golden's son doing the Fuller leg lock finish. Tony Prescillio (the commentator who looks facially like a combination of Randy Hales and Henry Rollins) blew the match story as he called it a roll up. I'm not sure if Robert Golden is as tall as Chad Fuller but he looked less awkward. He had a nice kick to the midsection (which is a spot most every new school wrestler doesn't seem to know how to do) and smooth Fuller leg lock. Outside of that he looked extremely green. Eddie Golden spent too much of this match and his singles match against Thorn allowing his opponent to control the offense. One of the things that always admired about Jimmy Golden is his ability to work both face and heel....watching Eddie here felt that he is really hurt by not working heel as he has his opponent control too much and his opponent (Thorn in both matches ) really isn't good. All that said match was successful.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK
I love the MX but both of their matches were underwhelming... including them blowing a high five. Wrestling smarks tend to overrate heels sometimes and have really underrated the Rock N roll Express...going so far as to pretend that they were merely a MX creation. Those idiot Philly/San Jose smarks fail to understand how dependent the MX are on having strong faces to take the formula to the next level. The MX are really limited at this point and really need better jobbers who either know how to work face or know how to eat things dramatically to make the formula work.
Just watched episode one and ya has to love Dennis Condrey. The "passing of the racket" bit was pretty good, too.
Dr. Tom and the Texas belt - good stuff, and a fine bit of mike work.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 As of 6/28/05: 144 pounds "I've lost a welterweight"
I couldn't care less if Killswitch Engage or AFI dropped off the face of the planet tomorrow, but at least Punk's music stands out. As far as entrance themes, besides him and three or four others, ECW is starting to remind me of WCW.