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April 20, 2013 / Reed

Josh Alexander vs. Fire Ant from Alpha-1 2013

Review by Reed Benson:

I love watching Fire Ant. He’s the epitome of “babyface fire” in a gimmick that hangs a lampshade on the concept while still celebrating it. You can see a million dudes on a million indies reel off a bunch of flippy moves, pump their fists, and shout “COME ON!”, but there’s only one I know who does it while sporting antennae and tights that make him look like he’s actually on fire. Also, only one shouts “COME ON!” in some kind of ant language.

This match is Fire Ant’s Alpha-1 debut against a guy in Alexander who’s a big deal in the indie scene (or was at the time), so I can kinda tell he’s going to lose unless shenanigans happen (they don’t). The question is, how much fight will he bring?

Answer: A ridiculous amount. Fire Ant runs wild early and fights back often, even after it looks like the much larger Alexander has all but crushed him with his suplexes and slams. He even kicks out after two of Alexander’s big moves, the rusty nail (which is a sunset flip counter driver thing) and a double-underhook piledriver before falling to the spinning tombstone. Before that, he hits a lot of offense, including a pair of consecutive dives and a splash on the apron. He also counters a suplex into a stunner, which he is wont to do, but it’s in a cooler way than usual this time.

I usually frown at wrestlers kicking out of finishers (or moves that I think should be finishers), but for some reason, Fire Ant has made it click on the two occasions I’ve seen him do it (the other being his kick out after the Young Bucks’ Indytaker at Chikara’s “High Noon”). I think it’s because he doesn’t do it all the time, and when he does, he sells it like kicking out is really all he has strength for. He doesn’t fire up and fight back, but he keeps himself in the match until he absolutely can’t go anymore. That’s what I took from this match, for sure.

So go watch this match. There’s a story, but there are also moves, and it’s not too long. That’s a trifecta I can get behind.

– Reed Benson

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