Tuesday, 30 December 2014
In setting the scene up for this match, you find Ambrose's shoulder damaged and going up against a man whose specialty is the arm bar. His finishing move at the time (Headlock driver) was also dependent upon his arms so he comes into this match at a disadvantage. However, Ambrose was never going to submit to Del Rio, and lose his chance to make the rules for his match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. He wanted more than anything to get his hands on Seth, and this match specifically was a roadblock so as much damage as Del Rio could possibly create was never going to stand up to Ambrose's desire to win this match.
The match is paced very well, and I like forgoing the usual quick victory in Clock Challenges to create a sense of drama in the match in taking too long. Ambrose even showcases this as his face gets more panicked as the clock keeps ticking. In the match the two men move around eliciting almost non stop action, countering attempts at submissions and squeaking out of position for finishers. It's characterized by moments where Ambrose is trying his best to get his hands on Del Rio, but Alberto finds a way to slip out of the ring just in time or use Dean's over-exuberance to finish the match quickly to his advantage. Dean puts himself into bad positions throughout the entire match leaving his shoulder open, and he finds himself both in arm bar submissions of various kinds, and being thrown shoulderfirst into the ring post quite often. Del Rio's gameplan was about letting Ambrose beat himself and he had enough pride that he wanted this victory despite it not pushing him forward in any significant way. The sheer force of will of wanting Rollins eventually leads Ambrose to picking up a victory as he just doesn't quit under any circumstances. He hits Dirty Deeds with his one good arm when Del Rio taunts just a little too long, and it's just enough to pick up the victory, but not before Del Rio put him through nearly sixteen minutes of action, spelling doom for Ambrose's chances of picking the stipulation at SummerSlam. That is if Rollins hadn't lost to Heath Slater after Ambrose distracted him via JBL's hat. Wrestling is kinda silly sometimes, and I love it.
You can watch the full match here
Friday, 28 November 2014
Leading into Wrestlemania X-7 Stone Cold Steve Austin would utter the words "You've got the WWF title, and I want it. I need to beat you Rock, I need it more than anything you could ever imagine." in a promo with The People's Champion. It showcased the intensity and sheer desire Austin had in winning the belt. It's literally all that mattered to him at the cost of everything else. The following match is considered to be one of the greatest in wrestling history, and in one short promo and one glare from Austin in this segment he sold the story of how badly he needed to win. Sami Zayn is showcasing that same force of will leading into his "Road to Redemption" on NXT and on last Thursday's show he had his "I need it more than anything you could ever imagine" moment and his greatest promo to date when calling out current champion Adrian Neville.
The Little Things
Stills obviously aren't the ideal way to convey the ideas of any art form that has lots of movement, but I find they highlight and clarify specific moments very well that otherwise might get lost in motion.
Be sure to watch the match, especially since seeing everything in motion will give you a better idea of what I mean.