I have been talking about how great the handicap match between Preston Quinn/Damien Wayne and Scotty Blaze was for weeks. The match itself pretty much lived up to memory, although the violence of it was more evident live then on tape. Especially the punch Dean has as an avatar now, it looks great on tape, but live it was the sickest strike I have seen, and I have seen both Shinya Hashimoto and Necro Butcher live. When I was at the show the brutality washed over you and it was hard to concentrate on anything else, on tape the match was a little more flawed. For one OSE beat on Blaze for a long time, with nasty stuff, and I think taking 25+ minutes of two on one beating and still being competitive made the OSE look kind of weak. Two top guys in the promotion can't put Blaze down, how can you buy either guy in a singles against him. The Hulk Hogan thing really didn't work either, as it was way late in the match to do what was basically a comedy spot. Would have worked fine earlier, but Blaze had been pounded for a long time before doing it. I did like Dramin coming in for the Ricky Morton save, and the finish was great, just think it needed to be done sooner. The post match promo by Sharkey and the OSE was awesome, Quinn may be as good on the mike as he is the ring. If he was 15 years older, he would have owned Mid-Atlantic. Despite the flaws, I loved this match, their stuff looks so great and all three guys give off such a legitimate ass kicker vibe. Still I think the blowaway match that this combo has in them, hasn't happened yet.
Goddam was that Kiley McClain NWA Woman's champion varsity jacket bad ass. I dug the shit out of that whole segment, and I am excited about where that leads. OSE v. EOD could be fun stuff. Especially if you stick Brandon Day in the EOD.
The first ten minutes of the main event, best job of commentary O'Brian has ever done.
What Didn't Work
I assume the beat down on Jon Jon at the beginning of the show is his excuse to leave the promotion. Not even close to the level of a beating you need to send a guy out. A couple of punches and slamming a guy into a car, shouldn't send a guy out of a promotion, especially considering the back stage jumping of Dramin was way nastier.
This was probably the most egregious example of Rick O'Brian wrestling starring Rick O'Brian. The long nonsensical set up of the match, where the authority of the promotion would switch back and forth every 30 seconds. Then you have O'Brian snatching the mike from Damien Wayne and taunting him. His tough guy act is just awful, you bought when Bill Watts did it, but Rick O'Brian is not Bill Watts. The pair of referee's are really great at acting feckless and incompetent, and then you have O'Brian doing a really shitty Vince McMahon bad ass act. It is an ego fuck, and it makes the promotion look like shit.
Then the commentary for the main event, was excruciating, just 15 minutes of non stop shrieking in long island sorority girl fake orgasim voice. You have this realistic brutal wrestling match, and then on the commentary it sounds like a guy doing a MST32K parody of a wrestling announcer. Rick does a great job of setting up shows, and the fact that NWA-VA is still around after all the shit he has gotten from the commission is a credit to his hard work. He needs to realize that his strengths are not as a on-screen figure, his presence doesn't fit with the style of the promotion at all and he needs to step behind the scenes for good.
+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_ My response to his post: Scotty Blaze's selling of the ass-beating is what makes it work from the psychology standpoint. The killing of the babyface- especially the Horseman/RocknRoll Express quotation they are making here- makes the psychology sound. OSE doesn't want to pin Blaze, they want to DESTROY Blaze and by the end, they have. All Blaze has left after the ass-beating is to cover Drabin- not having the ability to make any kind of save. The other flaws of the match I'll give you but this match was so fucking solid gold to me that you could have had Kevin Nash come and chokeslam everybody and it still would have been the best fucking match I've seen live in 5 years. Everything I love about wrestling- horrendous stiffness, selling, storytelling- was all there. For every hulk-up, you have Blaze's expression in the corner when he goes for a tag and nobody is there. For every time the ass-beating seems overlong, Blaze reverses the outside battle of chops where Wayne sits on the chair and nurses the wounds to his chest before kicking Blaze in the face. And fuck, this match is fucking great just for Preston Quinn punching Blaze in the face and THEN at the end giving the Old School Southern Promo that NOONE can do anymore. Yeah, fuck it. You can say that Drabin/Wayne was more psychologically sound and I could counter that Quinn/Brandon Day was more psychologically sound, but fuck, there is no way there has been a better match in the state of Virginia in the last twenty years. And I do hope that they surpass this match and I hope to God I am there to watch it.
And Rick wasn't that bad the first twelve minutes of the match. And couldn't kill this match if he played guitar solos over it.
And the beatdown on Jon Jon was lame- especially compared to fabulous stompings of punks by the OSE the weeks before.
Please tell me this is a joke. And by that I mean either the notion of LaBute ghostwritng Raw or not liking LaBute's writing. Both of these thoughts make me unhappy, albeit for vastly different reasons.