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PostSubject: 2005 Discussion   Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:48 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 2005 Discussion   Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:15 pm

Chris Benoit vs. William Regal (Velocity, 07/16/05)
Beautiful match. Pretty sure that every match involving someone getting chopped in the face is gonna make my list. This already had a really good chance of making it, but a re-watch confirms it. I really love the Finlay/Benoit/Regal dynamic where they know they're in there with another guy that loves to just let loose with hellish strikes, and the result is almost always a great match that features at least two moments of sweet brutality that's pretty uncharacteristic of WWE. This one already has the aforementioned chop to the face, and the second instance is the shoot headbutts that split Regal's forehead open. The way these two work in general, it always seems like a fight. Like a struggle. Nothing seems co-operative, but they're so good at it that it never seems disjointed, either. Nothing's given, everything's fought for. The mat work, the strikes, the holds and counters - all of it is stiff and loaded with intensity. Regal going for the STF and fighting Benoit's attempt at blocking it by using his forearms to club his ears is great, as is Benoit's quick thinking Sharpshooter to put a halt to Regal's barrage of submissions and quick pin attempts. The surfboard stretch variation is something you're not too likely to find elsewhere in this poll, same goes for the counter-counter-counter again standing sequence that ends in Benoit hitting a Dragon Suplex. I'm not sure if it was because Vince felt more comfortable letting Benoit bust out this stuff with guys that worked in WCW with him, but his matches with Regal and Finlay, and to a lesser extend Eddie and Rey, always struck me as more WCW-like Benoit performances, using stuff like the Dragon Suplex and tricked out mat work. The majority of his WWE run saw him leave some of his "WCW moves" in the holster, which isn't all that unusual for guys coming in to work the "WWE way", dating all the way back to the Crockett days, but at least it meant that side of his moveset seemed like a big deal on the rare occasions he was allowed to use it. I still want to watch their No Mercy 2006 match again to see which WWE Benoit/Regal match is the best, but right now this is either number one or two. Not as good as the Finlay matches from Judgment Day and 11/06 on Smackdown!, but this is about as close to a WWE-BattlArts hybrid as I've seen. Can't see this slipping too far below 50 on my ballot. Great match.
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PostSubject: Re: 2005 Discussion   Sun Dec 16, 2012 2:19 pm

Paul London vs. Akio Series
Veloctiy 11/30/04 ***1/2

Velocity 01/11/05 ***1/2

Velocity 02/05/05 ***3/4

Velocity 03/08/05 ***1/4


Tremendous little series of matches considering they’re all 10 minutes and under.
The first match is most notably known for London landing badly on his head, but he soldiered on and finished the match as if nothing had happened. There’s just an insane amount of stiff kicks and punches mixed with high-flying manoeuvres and its stuff like that which really sets these matches apart. The second match continued the trend of crazy bumps with London landing badly after a belly-to-belly into the turnbuckle. This one featured a little more action but was just as good as the first one really. The third match was special since it was actually in Japan and both guys have history with Japanese promotions. There’s yet another bad bump from London on the steps, the guy isn’t right in the head at all. The Japanese crowd are as respectful as ever and pop hard at the right times. You’d think they’d never ever heard of a 450-Splash judging by the reaction it got. It’s the best of the bunch in my eyes. The fourth match is a #1 contender’s match for the Cruiserweight Title and for some reason, I just couldn’t get into it as much as the others. Sure there’s the hard-hitting and high-flying along but something irked me. Akio was working over London’s leg for a good portion of time and London’s still able to hop up in the air and hit his usual shtick. I felt it was really just crying out for London to do something different. Even still, it contributes to this great mini-series. It was interesting to note that after one match, the next one always got more time, as if WWE were giving them a little more room to breathe and apply their craft.It’s a real shame the Cruiserweight division went to shit.
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