Tuesday, 17 August 2010

2010 MOTY List (Updated)

  1. Black Terry, Negro Navarro & Dr. Cerebro v Solar I, Zatura & Suicida (IWRG, 1/28)
  2. Dr. Cerebro v El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 1/31)
  3. Angelico, Solar I & Ultraman Jr. v Negro Navarro, Trauma I & Trauma II (IWRG, 1/7)
  4. Rey Mysterio v CM Punk (WWE, 2/12)
  5. Trauma I & Trauma II v Suicida & Zatura (IWRG, 1/14)
  6. Christian v Drew McIntyre (WWE, 7/30)
  7. Rey Mysterio v CM Punk (WWE, 3/28)
  8. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & El Hijo Del Signo v Pantera, El Hijo Del Pantera & Zatura (IWRG, 2/11)
  9. Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro v Gringo Loco & El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 2/7)
  10. Black Terry & Dr. Cerebro v Gringo Loco & El Hijo Del Diablo (IWRG, 1/24)
  11. Bryan Danielson v Kaval (FCW, 2/7)
  12. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & Trauma I v Pantera, El Hijo Del Pantera & Zatura (IWRG, 2/18)
  13. John Cena & Evan Bourne v Edge & Sheamus (WWE, 5/31)
  14. Christian v Ezekiel Jackson (WWE, 1/31)
  15. Rey Mysterio v CM Punk (WWE, 4/25)
  16. Black Terry, Dr. Cerebro & Cerebro Negro v Pantera, Suicida & Zatura (IWRG, 1/7)
  17. Christian & Kane v Ezekiel Jackson & William Regal (WWE, 1/26)
  18. Negro Navarro v Angelico (IWRG, 1/21)
  19. The Undertaker v Rey Mysterio (WWE, 1/31)

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6. Christian v Drew McIntyre (WWE, 7/30)

Pretty sure this is my first time seeing McIntyre. Well, I've seen bits and pieces of him, but the only other match involving him that I've seen in its entirety was the Money in the Bank match from that PPV there and I was wrecked at the time so that doesn't really count, does it? I'd be shocked if he's had a better singles match than this since coming to WWE, so if I were to seek out more Drew McIntyre I'd definitely set the bar lower, but shit, this was great and not far off the February Rey/Punk match as my favourite WWE match this year (I've seen, like, 15 WWE matches since the turn of the year so take that for what it's worth). It's been said plenty of times already, but Christian really has a great little TV match formula that he can plug more or less anyone into and keep it interesting. In some ways this felt like a smaller scale version of his awesome 2/09 match with Swagger in that it's built around his arm being picked apart and him selling it like a total king. Starts out with Drew taking a nasty looking bump over the top rope that splats him on his back, and then directly afterwards he's flinging himself back-first into the ring apron off a dropkick. The transition into Christian having his arm worked over is legit one of my favourite spots of the year: Drew crawls under the ring as if he's trying to get away somehow, so Christian tries to grab hold of him and Drew rips him shoulder-first into the metal frame of the ring. Drew's really great at working the arm, never content to just sit in holds, always adding little touches to keep things interesting, like grating his forearm across Christian's face while he's got him in an armbar. He even gives him a fuggin' shoulderbreaker on the STEPS. It was way cool. Christian's obviously tops at selling all of this. Final couple minutes are nice and heated and Christian's selling is good enough to make it seem like McIntyre could win this time. I was thinking a couple weeks ago that I might start watching a bunch of 2010 WWE stuff in an effort to catch up. If I can find 10 matches that I enjoy as much as this then it'll be worth it.


13. John Cena & Evan Bourne v Edge & Sheamus (WWE, 5/31)

This is the kind of match I could legit watch all day - short southern style tags in front of a crowd that gives at least half a shit. Match is a ton of fun with Bourne being a really choice face in peril and Cena working the apron like crazy. I haven't watched *that* much WWE since... I dunno, some time around Wrestlemania 23, but I'm assuming Cena's always been a really good apron guy? I mean, this was some seriously great apron work; totally animated and never content to let the heat drop. Bourne is another guy I really ought to watch more of. I dug the shit out of his exchanges with Sheamus here (who I thought looked far better than Edge, btw). There's one awesome hope spot where Bourne throws a couple nasty leg kicks - that Sheamus sells incredibly well - and then he LEAPS at Cena for the tag. Sheamus catches him, teases it for a second and throws him across the ring, but Bourne lands on his feet and tries another dash towards the corner, so Sheamus murders him with that double axe thing (which looks pretty bossy in general) and Bourne's sell is just magic. Edge hasn't looked good in ANYTHING I've seen him in this year, and I say that as someone that's way more apathetic to him as opposed to someone that actively dislikes him. Cena's still the man, though. This was tight.

2 comments:

Lucas said...

Christian & McIntyre had another match on tonights episode of Smackdown:

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QUOUFPQC

I probably prefer their 7/30 match, but that doesn't mean this isn't great. It's a match where Christian takes an apron bump and sells arm work; of course it's great. Drew immediately works the arm, and Christian fights him off and hits a cool rana, which frustrates McIntyre. I really bought his frustration here, more than I usually do. Drew trips Christian on the apron to take control, and Christian makes the apron bump look nasty, like he always does. Then there's an awesome sequence outside around where the ring announcer sits that results in an awesome spot and Drew wrecks Christian's arm around a whole bunch of metal and shit. It's great. Drew's arm work is really good and Christian's selling is better. He gets some good comeback spots-- there's an awesome moment where he attempts a to mare his way out of a hammerlock, only for Drew to drop him right on his arm. There's another awesome jumping DDT spot that results in Drew taking a great DDT bump and Christian brilliantly selling his arm AT THE SAME FUCKING TIME. Might've been better than the 7/30 match. Finish is really smart, too, and reminded me of both their last match and Christian's 8/13 match with Rhodes. The Rhodes match is really good, too, and you should track that down. Seabs has a link to it in his Best of WWE dealio. Not as good as the D Mac matches, but Cody works Christian's arm, so obviously it's good. Also, Cody does commentary, which is at times irritating because they cut to him instead of getting a close-up on Christian's great facial expressions, but if you haven't been exposed to the awesomeness of the "Dashing" Cody Rhodes gimmick, you're in for a treat. He gives Todd Grisham cotton swabs.

Andy said...

Read about this - both the match and Cody on commentary - earlier and I figured I'd try and give it a look. Now I definitely need to. Thanks for the link. I'll probably watch this pretty soon, because I'm legit interested in seeing these two work together again.