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February 27, 2015 / Sam DiMascio

Chase Owens vs. Chip Day from Empire Wrestling 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

Post from Sam DiMascio:

Chip Day is someone that a major advocate of the Scenic City Invitational, Dylan Hales, has talked up as a great heel. I have seen less than a handful of Day matches so I really wanted to get a handle on some of his matches. What I do know about Day is that he has weird-looking body. I mean, he has these toned legs but this awkward “kinda” chubby kid upper body. You might know Chase Owens from his work in NJPW whether it be for the NWA Junior Heavyweight Championship or the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Chase Owens might lack some of the flash that is associated with the more talked about junior wrestlers, but he makes up for it with rock solid fundamentals. That all being said, was looking forward to watching a fella who has been talked up as well as someone I know I enjoy.

This ends up being the type of match you would expect from two decent workers on a real small southern show. That means you get a clear face/heel dynamic with the heel spending plenty of time trying to gain heat. In no way is that a bad thing here with Chip Day doing a real super job running his mouth and acting like a prima donna. His hair looked A+ so I don’t blame him. Day has some NFL linebacker level trash talk in him, too. There is legitimately two times he floored me with his yammering. In the early portion of the bout, Day knocks Owens to the mat with a shoulder block, follows it up with an “YOU JUST GOT SACKED” celebration, and finishes it off by saying “You can’t come into my house and treat me like that!” Day also follows up a noogie by yelling “That’s bush league! Champions don’t do that.” The work is rather simplistic, but I am not exactly someone who is going to be put off by that. It was spurts of junior-ish wrestling between stooging and with Day delivering in that regard it all came together nicely. The ending run was a nice, little babyface rush with Owens showing that fire. It was all pretty good looking with a swinging sideslam/backbreaker thing looking especially wonderful. The actual ending was not so clean which takes a tiny bit away with the way it was done. There was a post-match beatdown on Day that looked a bit brutal with double superkicks to a prone Owens. (GOOD)

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