February 28, 2012

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Marshall Matters Show: Feeling Left Out edition

Here's my half of the conversation. Kind of funny to think of us each doing this at the same time in different places.

When I start talking about the Punk/Bryan matches, please imagine me adding “but not in a gay way” to the end of each sentence.

February 26, 2012

Mat Classics: Danielson vs. McGuinness, ROH Driven '07

First you saw him compete in the first season of NXT. Then you saw him defeat the Miz for the US Championship. You've seen him compete in many of the best WWE matches of the past year and a half. Now you see him with the World Heavyweight Championship every week on Smackdown and Raw, and hear him heralded on my podcast over and over. But have you ever seen a Bryan Danielson ROH match?
Between 2006 and 2009, Danielson had a series of (I believe) nine high profile pay-per-view matches against Nigel McGuinness. I've seen four of them so far, and the one I've chosen to share here is possibly my #1 favorite DBD match ever. On your mark-outs, get set, go!

February 21, 2012

February 19, 2012

Mat Classics: Bockwinkel-Hennig

I first heard of Nick Bockwinkel as being one of the greatest talkers of all time. I started watching AWA mostly to see his interviews, which were great, but what I kept going back for was the matches. AWA was run by Verne Gagne, whose reputation as a "wrestling purist" remains intact more than 20 years after AWA folded up. I had heard of him referred to as such for a long time before I started to understand what "wrestling purist" would even mean in the world of pro wrestling. For a while, I figured it just meant that the characters would be unassuming, and the action in the ring would be- as a rule- boring. It didn't take much AWA to prove that preconception false. Some of the most colorful characters in the biz cut their teeth in Gagne's territory, and some of the matches proved to be all-time classics, such as the one I've chosen to share today.
This is an hour-long bout between the AWA champion Nick Bockwinkel and his young challenger, Curt Hennig, from November 15, 1986. It's one of the finest matches I've ever seen. It's also a shining example of what a "wrestling purist" might consider a near-perfect hour of wrestling. I don't consider myself a purist, but I don't think it takes one to appreciate a match like this. Make yourself a bowl of popcorn, get a few cans of soda ready, and spend some quality time with your computer screen. Hope you enjoy.

If you watch these in a single sitting, does it count towards your 112 in 2012?

February 14, 2012

Well look at this! A new idea. We both watch a lot of extracurricular wrestling in our spare time. And often times we come across totally awesome stuff that it worth sharing. So i figured we could start posting them here under the new SCW MAT CLASSICS banner. This will also give us a reason to seek out the best matches we can find, other than just watch wrestling cuz it's fun.

The funny thing is, i have the idea but can't decide on the match to post. So i guess ill start with one that i loved when i first saw it. It's CM Punk vs Jeff Hardy in 2009. I know, it's no Savage - Steamboat or nuthin but i really like this match. This was about 2 months after i got back into wrestling and i loved these guys. Smackdown was really good then and this fueud was super hot. These guys kill each other and JR is great as always.

Ill have a more classic match for you soon. Till then enjoy a less inked CM Punk and a half sober Jeff Hardy beating each other like a government mule.
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cg-5qbg66fI
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5FCz5JLz8M&feature=related

Marshall Matters Show: 31 for 31

well, someone's gotta do it

Among the extracurriculars I indulged in this week was a match from 2004 between CM Punk and Bryan Danielson. It was for IWA-Mid South as a part of a tournament. Something about the audio didn't want to transfer, but if you want to see the whole thing (with audio), it was recently uploaded onto the tracker we use. Enjoy this highlight in the meantime:

February 07, 2012

Marshall Matters Show: Wallabies, whatever.

My pick for moment of the week:


February 01, 2012

Rusty Report 2.1.12 (parts 1 & 2)

These sound like they are recorded on dusty vinyl and played over AM radio for some reason. Kinda cool