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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Random Post Saturday - 11/30/13

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Random Post Saturday. This week I look back at a very underrated Wrestlemania match, rant about how great the Young Bucks are, and maybe some other random tidbits I feel like you guys should check out. So sit back, grab some Thanksgiving leftovers and let out some turkey farts. Who wants some wrestling?

If you were to ask me off the top of my head could I remember an Undertaker match that delivered more than what I expected my first answer would be Undertaker vs. Batista at Wrestlemania 23. I don't know what it was but I was never a big fan of Batista. Sure he fits the mold of guys who give Vince McMahon wrestling boners and he does bring a level of intensity to his matches, I was just never really a big fan. All throughout the build up for their match at Wrestlemania 23 rumors were circulating whether or not Batista was in fact the man who would end Undertaker's Wrestlemania undefeated streak, a streak as revered as DiMaggio's 56 game hitting streak in baseball. Now at the time rumors such as this were a big deal. Taker seemed to be getting older and you wondered how much gas he had left in the tank. You can consider this "LOL dirtsheet" material but toward the tail end of the buildup more rumors started going around that Batista was walking around backstage gloating about being the man to end the streak. This apparently rubbed some people in the upper management the wrong way and if in fact this was true, plans quickly changed. Again the rumors could be just someone making stuff up for the sake of website hits. What I want you to take into consideration is Batista isn't the polished veteran that the Undertaker is. His in ring style is more heavy pounding offense, something similar to a Goldberg or Ryback. Typically I'm not a huge fan of those type of wrestlers so I wasn't expecting the match to be as good as it was. I could sit here and analyze this a million ways but why don't you guys just watch the match:

If you guys follow me on Twitter you've probably seen countless tweets from me raving about how great the Young Bucks are. I've never really to put my finger on why I really like them until recently, they are a reminder why I love wrestling. Growing up in the late 80's/ early 90's of course I was a huge Hulk Hogan fan. One of the other things that drew me into the sport were The Rockers. At the time their style was unique, flashy, and down right awe inspiring. Not only that but their move set was heavily based around tag team synchronicity, something of a lost art in wrestling. That's where the Young Bucks fall in. Everything they do seems to be intricately placed in their matches designed to prevent your eyes from blinking. Whether it be a breathtaking tope con hilo or the perfectly timed super kick the Young are no doubt in my mind the best tag team on this planet. The real life brothers have the uncanny ability to make one another better. Every single Young Bucks match literally leaves me with my jaw to the floor wondering what the f*ck did I just watch. Don't believe me? See for yourself:

Also in the second video after the match you'll see in my opinion one of the most epic turns in all of wrestling which catapulted an equally epic feud between El Generico (NXT's Sami Zayn) and Kevin Steen.
For the longest time I've been trying to familiarize myself with the wrestling in Japan. While the language barrier is making the learning a bit more difficult I must say if you're truly a wrestling fan, learn some stuff coming from Japan. I'm a huge fan of Prince Devitt, Kota Ibushi, KENTA, Okada, and someone by the name of Katsuyori Shibata. I dig this dude, a lot. If you're into strong style wrestling where the strikes and kicks could legitimately incapacitate the normal man, this is your guy. He reminds me my favorite wrestler Kyle O'Reilly. Check out this match from NJPW's Dominion, Shibata (black trunks) takes on Hirooki Goto (long black tights) pay attention to the impact of each strike in comparison to what you see on TV:

Also what fascinates me about the Japanese wrestling culture is how important it is to the spectator. A silent crowd doesn't mean they are bored, they are quiet out of respect. Listen to how loud they get when Shibata reverses and locks in a sleeper hold, A SLEEPER HOLD. Folks, if anything comes from The Wrestling Chronicle, I hope it allows me to travel to Japan to see this action live. I may need to set up a wrestling bucket list!

That's all for now, tune in next week to see first hand what wrestling goodies I stumble upon. This is purely meant to educate other wrestling fans whether die hard or casual about the different aspects of all pro wrestling. I encountered a Sami Zayn fan on twitter who didn't know how great El Generico was! Instead of degrading someone for not knowing as much as you give them something to look at. That moment when their eyes light up with fascination, at least in terms of wrestling, is a cool fan experience.

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