UltraMantis vs. Mister ZERO from Pro Xcitement Wrestling 2002
Review by Reed Benson:
Hey, a pre-Black UltraMantis! There’s something you don’t see everyday (unless you own the first two seasons of CHIKARA and watch them daily, in which case I think you need a new hobby). I often forget that the great, devious, and (sadly) recently retired leader of the Spectral Envoy started as a superhero straight out of Impact Comics. How good was he in the ring back then? If this match is anything to go by…he was okay.
Mantis and ZERO spend some time doing the technical chain wrestling that commonly opened indy matches in the early 00’s. By that, I mean it looks fairly choreographed. ZERO puts Mantis in a peculiar, “Quackenbush-esque” submission hold that looks like an upside-down package piledriver on the mat. That gets a little rise out of the audience. ZERO does a bit where he reads a newspaper while Mantis is in the camel clutch. Someone, somewhere, gets it. Mantis comes back with babyface fire, and pretty soon, he yells “FINISH!” and hits his version of Angel’s Wings to get the win.
Milestone:This marks the first time I’ve ever seen a wrestler shout out “FINISH!” and actually follow up by hitting the finishing move.
There’s a hint of early CHIKARA wackiness here, but mostly, it’s a bunch of standalone moves, a babyface comeback, and a pinfall. If the crowd had cared, it might’ve been more fun. It’s not offensive, but I can’t recommend it.
– Reed Benson
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