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March 30, 2014 / TJ Hawke

Grado vs. Mad Man Manson from PROGRESS 2014

March 30, 2014
London, England

Originally reviewed here.

This match is officially/unofficially a unification match between Grado’s fanny pack and Manson’s balls.

They worked a very serious, “strong style” match. These are the jokes. Gaga gaga gaga. They did a chain-wrestling parody sequence that I appreciated. They did the Jack/Rose “King of the World” spot, and “My Heart Will Go On” came on the speakers. The referee Germaned them both off the turnbuckle. Manson hit Grado with the fanny pack. Grado then ripped open ketchup packets and smeared them on his forehead. That is legit the first time I have ever seen that comedy spot done. Grado showed fighting spirit and a hit a Rock Bottom, Stone Cold Stunner, and Pedigree: 1…2…3!

The match did not go too long, and it kept the crowd engaged the entire time (are those two compliments essentially the same thing?). The ketchup gag was especially inspired. The whole match though really did a great job of parodying all sorts of tropes in pro wrestling. I liked this quite a bit. (***1/2)




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