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March 17, 2006 / Reed

Ricochet vs. Chuck Taylor from IWA Mid-South’s “St. Patrick Loves a Good Fight” 2006

Review by Reed Benson:

This is both men’s debut for IWA Mid-South, and Ricochet looks a whole lot different than the guy currently under the Prince Puma mask (screw kayfabe). He’s got long hair, baggy shorts, and zero visible tattoos. Chuck Taylor, meanwhile, looks like Chuck Taylor, but he doesn’t quite have that way with the crowd that he develops later.

The match does what it needs to as an opener that’s introducing two new guys. Ricochet does lots of flips and Taylor kicks him, grounds him, and knocks him around when he can. They keep the crowd’s attention, and even though the finish is a school boy, the way it comes about is pretty creative; Ricochet is tripped on the top rope, but he flips back as he hit the rope and rolls Taylor up before he can figure out what’s happening.

There are plenty of smooth moves throughout. No Awful Waffle or sole food, and no Benadryller or 630 splash, but Ricochet does go for the double rotation moonsault. If you want to see what it looks like when someone misses it but manages not to injure himself, here you go. There’s also a springboard twisting dive that lands as a kick, which is probably not what he was going for.

I’ll give it a thumbs up and a recommendation if you like “Before They Were Stars”-type matches.

– Reed Benson

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