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January 3, 2015 / dylanwaco

Gunner Miller vs. Bane from Empire Wrestling Entertainment 2015

From Dylan Hales:

On August 7th and 8th the first ever (and hopefully first annual) Scenic City Invitational tournament will be held at the Empire Arena in Rossville, Georgia. 

In an effort to get people excited for this tournament and Southern independent wrestling in general, in the weeks leading up to the event, this blog will be looking at matches from each individual participant in the tourney.  We hope you follow along, enjoy the matches, and find some new favorites along the way. 

For more information on the Scenic City Invitational check out their Facebook page

Of all the participants in the Scenic City Invitational, Gunner Miller has by far the least experience.  It’s also arguable that he has the most potential.  A trainee of fellow SCI entrant Ace Rockwell, Miller is at this point as over a babyface as I can ever remember seeing in the North Georgia/East Tennessee area (due in no small part to the fact that he was a charismatic linebacker for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team).

His opponent in this match is Bane, one of three brothers who are Empire regulars, along with the talented former junior heavyweight champion Matt Fortune, and the equally talented SCI entrant Joey Lynch (more on this interesting family dynamic in a future review).

Two other things to note about this match before we get to the particulars.  First, this is not the best camera angle or the highest quality video.  You’ll forgive me as it’s actually the best quality video of Miller available on YouTube, though there is some good footage of him available for free at the Empire website.

Secondly, Miller is very new to the business.  In fact, if I’m not mistaken this may have been one of his first ten matches.  I note this not as a way to cover for any weaknesses people may see in his game, but rather to illustrate that he is still very much a developing talent.

With that said, I thought this match was a solid (albeit basic), power versus speed bout.  You could argue that the dynamic at play here doesn’t fit  in a junior heavyweight title match, but I actually enjoyed the deviation from the standard “go, go, go” style you normally associate with the junior label.

The story of the match was simple.  Gunner would powerhouse Bane around, and Bane would try to respond with quickness or high risk moves.  Gunner would register damage, but ultimately stop Bane in his tracks and then power him down to the ground.  While you can see that Miller is still trying to connect some of the dots, I was impressed with his basing for Bane’s crossbody attempt.  I also really liked the spot with Bane trying to knee his way out of the vertical suplex, only for Gunner to brush it off.  Bane also took a nice bump for Gunner’s shoulder block here,and generally did a good job making Miller look like a beast.

No one is going to call this a great match, and some may not even enjoy it, but I am always a fan of the 619 counter leading to a finish. If you are going to end a match on a spear, having it be delivered by a former college linebacker is the way to go.

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