Mattie D v. Donnie Dollars was a fine junior v. heavyweight match. It probably went a bit too long, as they really had too many changes of momentum, for an undercardish match. Donnie Dollars is still pretty green, but he looked alot better then he did last time I saw him. I especially liked the opening move they showed, which was Mattie D springboarding into a yakuza kick. That actually probably should have been the finish, instead of something leading to a bunch more spots. I hope Donnie Dollars missed second rope knee drop isn't a regular spot, because he is going to end up with paper mache knees in a year.
Scotty Blaze v. Preston Quinn was damn near as beautiful as I remember it being. It is still probably in my top ten for matches of the year, although I think live you got a better sense of the violence of the whole thing. Blaze takes over early, and runs through his fun early face offense, the curb stomp, gangster lean, claw and kona crush. Quinn is able to take control with some of the best eye rakes I have ever seen, and the get in his really awesome offensive run. Quinn has the best punches in wrestling, and the great thing is, it isn't just one punch. He has a great straight right, a right hook, a left hook a nice jab, a downward punch to the side of the head, downward punch to the jaw, fast body blow combos, and all of them look beautiful. I watched Bill Dundee v. Jerry Lawler from 1979 last week, and Quinn's punches are as good as either Dundee or Lawler. I could also probably write a long paragraph on the greatness of his stomps. Blaze is really great at selling a punch too, as he doesn't drop for everyone, sometimes he staggers, some times he drops and pops dizzly up. They have a big hot finish with Blaze getting back on offense, when Quinn takes the Psicosis top of the neck corner bump, Blaze also wastes him with a spinebuster, which he should really make his finisher. Quinn is able to hit a cobra clutch, which he eventually does a bridge on, Blaze is able to force himself up and hit his spinning face buster for the pin.
Man alive was four way OSE beat down awesome. Parker, Wayne and Booth run in and Quinn and Blaze come off opposite corners with a double Demolition Decapitation, which is a spot that everyone should have as their avatar.
Both slow motion highlight packages were great, all the moves they chose looked even better as slow mows, and the NWA Worldwide music is sweet.
What Didn't Work
Comparing the two, I actually think I prefer solo O'Brian to O'Brian and Nunnaly. O'Brian at least shuts the fuck up every once in a while, and has stopped shrieking when he is excited. While Nunnaly just babbles nonsense constantly.
Man are the stupid pasty marks in the Peanut gallery irritating. Stone silent unless they have a chance to flash a sign or do their stupid "TWO" yell, and then you can see their little self satisfied smiles like babies sitting in their own shit. Rick really needs to book Damien Wayne jobbing the little league coach, so those tools will boycott NWA-VA shows too.
Well the issue of crowd reaction is usually one of geography. Where were they last night? New England? Because outside of Boston and New York, the New England crowds are usually non responsive to all but the biggest names.