Wednesday, December 10, 2014

4/15/1955 - 2/3 Falls - Verne Gagne vs Don Leo Jonathan

4/15/1955 - 2/3 Falls - Verne Gagne vs Don Leo Jonathan




"Somebody touch somebody:" - Announcer






Verne got the first at 14:20 with a sleeper.





Don Leo Johnathan got the 2nd fall with a bow and arrow.





Verne Gagne beat Don Leo Jonathan 2 falls to 1 with a backdrop. This was a good match. It was very simple and basic with the highspots being bodyslams and a backdrop and they still made it good. It just goes to show you that you don't need to jump off the top and all that to put on a good match. Don cheated all throughout the match and was constantly attacking with kneelifts while trying to stay clear of the sleeper. Near the end, Don worked the side headlock then got thrown backwards with the backdrop for the win. This was about 30 minutes in length and honestly was closer to a UFC bout than what you would have in current wrestling. Don could really move and flew all around the ring diving after Verne, while Verne would have small firey comebacks with punches. I don't think most people would get into this type of old wrestling as it was slow and didn't have a ton of action, but they made everything count and they put little damage on their bodies for 30 minutes of work. Rating:***






Tuesday, December 9, 2014

WWF Madison Square Garden 10/17/1983 - Bob Backlund vs The Masked Superstar

WWF Madison Square Garden 10/17/1983 - Bob Backlund vs The Masked Superstar












An odd botched spot


"He's got the hammerlock, he's got the chicken wing, but this guy's too big for him to reach across the front and really lock this hold up." - Gorilla Monsoon
"All he's gotta do is cover him and he's the champion!" - Gorilla Monsoon | "Why is he waiting? I can't believe it. I can't believe it. He is too confident." - Pat Patterson
"He's got it again and he gave it to him on the concrete floor!" - Gorilla
The Masked Superstar beat Bob Backlund at 16:13 by count out with his reverse neckbreaker. I liked the match but the ending of it stunk. The match was basically all Backlund working the arm and shoulder to set up the chickenwing. After he was ready to put it on, the Superstar hit the neckbreaker then hit it on him out on the floor, not trying to go for the pin. Maybe there is more context to it that I haven't seen, but I didn't get why he didn't even try to bring him back in the ring to win. He let Backlund get counted out then Backlund jumped right in with a fiery comeback, blowing the whole angle and spot instead of selling.

The announcers sold this match well and I was impressed by both Patterson and Gorilla. The crowd heat wasn't anything special though and the finish did stink. Everything up to the finish was very good old school wrestling.

Monday, September 22, 2014

World of Sport 6/16/1973 - Alan Sarjeant vs Clayton Thomson

 World of Sport 6/16/1973 - Alan Sarjeant vs Clayton Thomson



















Clayton Thomson beat Alan Sarjeant hen Alan Sarjeant was unable to continue. Sarjeant did his backflip counter out of the headlock and apparently hit the rope with his leg going down and hurt himself. They called off the match immediately. A shame as this was a very good technical bout with both guys looking great. Lots of nice counters and submissions here and Sarjeant's Boston Crab counter was very cool. I just wish Sarjeant wouldn't have hurt himself as this was great stuff. I was going in this expecting to be only impressed by Sarjeant but Thomson looked very good too.