Marty Scurll vs. Kris Travis from PCW 2012
Post by Liam Byrne:
With Kris Travis’ return to the ring after defeating cancer due to be on the 7th of August, what better time to spend looking back to 2012 and his match against ‘Party’ Marty Scurll in PCW? Both men are wrestlers I hold in high esteem due to their ability, and more importantly, how entertaining I find them. With that said, I’m looking forward to a good match.
After some stalling, with Scurll doing his best Ric Flair impression for the fans enjoyment, the match finally gets under way. Unhappy after being shown up in the initial trading of holds, Scurll slaps Travis square in the face to show he means business, only for the most meaningful moves in the first altercation to be hit by Travis: an armdrag followed by a boot to the spine. He even manages to block a Scurll dive attempt with a kick to the head for a two count.
A misjudged charge into the corner sends Travis to the ringside floor, allowing Scurll to finally land his tope through the middle ropes before indulging in a lap of honour and a ‘YES’ chant. Scurll maintains control, but is almost caught in a small package after too many attempts to lock in a figure four. Not content with the move being blocked, Scurll eventually does lock in the figure four, with Travis shuffling slowly and painfully into the ropes for the break.
There is a sudden full moon in Preston as Scurll drops his tights after the constant barracking of the fans, though this fascination with what the fans think allows Travis back in the match as he nails a knee in the corner and a bulldog for a two count. A spinning neckbreaker with Scurll suspended feet first on the top rope gets the closest count so far, but an attempted crossbody is blocked by a Scurll lungblower. A superplex gets Scurll a near fall and the pace is building as we head towards the finish.
They tease a double countout after Travis no-sells a tornado DDT long enough to take Scurll’s head off with a superkick. There is a trading of forearms and clotheslines that perhaps goes a bit too long, only to be redeemed by a yakuza-style kick from Travis that dumps Scurll down to the canvas. The finish to the match sees a frustrated Scurll, following Travis kicking out of roaring elbow to the back of the head, distracted once again by the fans, leaving Travis in a position to hit a falcon arrow and a double underhook piledriver for the victory.
The match was solid, if unspectacular. Realistically, it took too long to hit into full gear, and some of the trading of strikes spots are just a little contrived. Travis, I feel, does work better in a tag team with someone to play off of, but he is game enough in this match to make it watchable. I’m interested to see the long term story of Scurll’s new ‘Villain’ gimmick, as I do feel it has more potential than ‘Party’.
Watch for the interactions with the fans and for some solid action – just don’t expect much more than that.
My name is Liam, and if you like British wrestling, check out www.tvtimelimitremaining.co.uk for reviews of both PROGRESS Wrestling and Revolution Pro’s new TV show. If that isn’t enough, I also cover the glory days of wrestling, looking at the NWA and especially Mid-South.