What’s going on readers, Chris GST here back with an exclusive DVD review of VWAA Best of 2011 DVD. I would like to say thank you to VWAA for providing this for us and that hopefully you readers are checking them at the following links:
Lets dive right into this. This is a Best of 2011 so while I’m not sure if the matches are presented in chronological order I will be reviewing them in the order of how they are presented on the DVD. I will be doing this in 3 parts as with 16 matches to go through it would be hard to give that all to you at once and make sure you got a true feel for the DVD.
VWAA Tag Team Championship: Nextwave (Champions) vs. Victorious Secret
The fist moments of this match were just about fun and while I am new to the product and am not generally a proponent of bringing in homosexual based stereotypes into wrestling just because of the very nature of the product I can say that the crowd was into this and Victorious Secret really knew how to weave fun into the match. If you get past that throughout the match you will find a very fun match for the VWAA Tag titles. Jordan Pryde is the one guy in this match I am semi familiar with after watching their iPPV (which you can read HERE) but even without being too familiar with the other 3 participants it was easy to just get into this and have fun. Good solid match with some interesting maneuvers that may or may not be PG but still within the context of the match was fun and easily interpreted. I may not have wanted this to be the first match someone watches on a Best of DVD but from an in ring stand point showed some good wrestling. A good match. As I said I am not sure of the events of where these matches were on the card and so perhaps this could have gotten a higher rating had I known where but as a stand alone it was a solid match. Jordan Pryde has some very good fundamentals as did both members of Victorious Secret and they gelled well in this match. Some chicanery ended this match and the champions retained.
VWAA Frontline Medal: Thomas Sinclair (Medal holder) vs. Sumo Libre
Sumo Libre is a very large man. That is pretty much all you can say about him while Sinclair is a very athletic talent who tried everything he could to knock the big man down. Some very crisp moves including what had to be a stiff running knee in the corner from Sinclair to Sumo. Sumo knew his strengths though and utilized them as well as you would think. Heck I would say that Great Khali could learn a thing or to about how to be a monster from Sumo. I would have liked to heard more from the commentary about what the medal is all about and what it does for the holder as far as his standing in the promotion but I’m sure I’ll learn more about it as I continue to watch VWAA. A very odd ending where Sumo Libre accidentally ran into the valet of Sinclair which got him counted out after he carried her to the back which doesn’t speak well when a talent doesn’t seem to care about the title he holds. But perhaps it led to a larger part of a story so I can’t judge against it too highly but still. A fair match albeit with a strange ending and not too sure why it was included if we are not really going to see what it led to.
Hardcore match: John E. Kash vs. Lamar Titan
Lamar Titan is the current VWAA Champion and I’m very impressed with this guy. He’s basically what I wish Kofi Kingston would be not only in look but in that he has a fun gimmick but he has a side to him that shows he’s serious about what he does and has a killer instinct that I wish Kofi was allowed to show more often. Kash from what I remember is a solid talent and this match showcased that well. It really showed a fun time for the fans as those in the front row got to chop Kash as he was obviously the hated man in this match and I’m sure the fans get their money and more so whenever they are at a VWAA show. Lamar even showed that he’s been watching his Necro Butcher as his body slam with a chair was straight out of Butcher’s offensive book. Lamar though also has some strikes that just remind me Low Ki and he knows when to use them. The end was kind of a schmoz with a ref blinded via spray and the attempted interference it was the spray gimmick which generally helped Kash as his undoing and the Centaur Kick/Sick Kick by Lamar follwed by his Death from Olympus splash from the top rope getting the win for Titan.
Lethal Alliance Finals: Atlas J Horn vs. Cedric Keys
I am not as familiar with either of these men but these two guys are going all out from the get go. The winner gets a shot at the VWAA Curcuit Title which I assume is their top secondary title so there are some stakes here and it was obvious they both took it seriously. A slower pace by the larger Atlas but an obviously deliberate pace while Cedric Keys was portrayed more as a rookie who wanted to prove to the fans and the rest of the talent what he can do. Short and sweet. Atlas wins with a sit out power bomb. Not too much to say about the match. Can’t say I’m sure why it was included on the Best of DVD.
Ovirload vs. Lamar Titan vs. Isaias Velazquez
This was a great match to showcase three very talented workers. Ovirload & Titan worked well together and it was mentioned that they had a great matches in the past so I was intrigued as to what they were going to bring as well as wanting to see what Isaias was going to show me as his iPPV match was impressive but didn’t show me everything he could do. I’ve been a fan of multi man matches that are done well and generally it is very important to keep the crowd excited about what is going on because there can be so many miscommunications and things that could go wrong. Some very basic psychology here but enough to show that all three men have some sort of issue with one another and that it was truly a game of one-ups-manship. Isaias really showcased his ability and heart, especially after a series of kicks from both of his opponents but he was definitely able to give back and man I think there were more kicks here than in your standard muy thai match. . This was a no holds barred match so it went all over the place and included a lot of extra curricular usage of chairs, the walls, and even YuGiOh cards. These are the kinds of matches that I find are often worth purchasing Best Of’s for and this did not disappoint. There were some very fun usages of a ladder as well and these men really were giving the fans everything they could. Lamar Titan got a huge win after a hard fought match.
Chris GST has been a wrestling fan since around 1991. He grew up enjoying most of the back stage politics as well as enjoyed all the aspects that it takes to create that perfect wrestling match. At the end of 2001 when the original ECW died it was then that Chris took an interest in indy promotions such as ECWA and others. Those made him appreciate companies like Ring of Honor, CHIKARA, PWG, JAPW and it has continued to this day. Follow him @
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