Tag Archives: Nondescript Singles

(01/18) Tommy End (c) vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Westside Xtreme Wrestling
Turbinenhalle (Oberhausen, Germany)
wXW Heavyweight Championship

I watched this match twice because I really did not know what to think of it the first time.

First time through, I really dug the opening 5 minutes of mat work and got all giddy hoping the match would build off of the early groundwork and turn into something great. The transition from holds to the true body of the match was accomplished via what I thought (and still think) was sort of a neat, if not perfectly-executed sequence. End and Sabre Jr. traded forearms and kicks at ringside before the ref told them to get in the ring. They moved to the apron, where they again traded strikes. The ref again admonished them, so they got in the ring where they continued going at it. It was played for half-comedy and half ramping up the action from holds into something more heated.

From that point on – as the match moved into near falls – it was not as good as the first few minutes, but at just about 10 minutes total match time, it never really felt apart either. I watched it again later hoping I would enjoy it more the second time, but got less out of it the second go-around. Sabre Jr.’s weak strikes (forearms and uppercuts) stuck out to me more, especially in relation to how stiff he worked in the opener. The opening mat work did less for me the second time around as well, perhaps because this time I could no longer hang my hope on the match blossoming into something even better in the second half.

These two had a fine match in the finals of the 2013 16 Carrot Gold Tournament last March would I would seek out well before this one where something – like most of the matches from this card – was just a tad off.

Nondescript Singles | Skippable | Title Match

(01/18) Chris Hero vs. “Bad Bones” John Klinger

Westside Xtreme Wrestling
Turbinenhalle (Oberhausen, Germany)

This would be Chris Hero’s triumphant return to Germany where he won the wXw Heavyweight Championship at this very same event (“Back to the Roots”) eleven years ago. John Klinger’s claim to fame is winning the online TNA Gut Check fan vote and the promotion largely just ignoring it. TNA is using him during their impending tour of Europe for a couple of shows, so there’s that.

In the write ups for Hero’s recent matches against Kevin Steen and Ricochet, I praised him for reeling those two in and providing both matches with a semblance of structure. This is the first 2014 Hero I have watched where he fell into the “going to long” problem.

The match fell apart for me a little more than halfway in when both wrestlers ended up on the outside. Up until that point the match there were slowly building with a lot of holds/counter holds and basic early-match ring work that you get in any Chris Hero match. They ended up on the outside and had a strike exchange which was out of the place given the flow up until that point. Then Hero laid out on one of the bars while Klinger took a powder outside the ring as well. It might seem nit-picky to write that a break in the action completely threw off the match, but it did here.

Once the action headed back to the ring, it was for a seven minute end stretch involving a lot of repeated moves from earlier (Hero hit at least a half dozen running kicks throughout the match) and a few too many near falls. I am being a bit harsh – this is still certainly watchable – but nothing altogether memorable.

Nondescript Singles | Watchable | Individual Performance (Hero)