Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Not Through With You Yet








For three weeks in the fall of 2006 Devon Driscoll was the Ohio Valley Wrestling Television Champion. The 6'4" (or 6'5", depending on the source) fitness trainer caught the WWE's eye the previous summer and set him up at OVW for training, back when it was a developmental promotion for WWE. He made an impression early on, as in this match against British bear-heel Paul Burchill. His short reign as TV champ precipitated his early retirement from pro wrestling in February 2007. A couple of years ago, Devin (the actual spelling of his name) launched his own promotion, Next Level Wrestling, in Knoxville.

His early match against Burchill (from the commentators' banter I gather Devon was making his television debut at this time) is a good example of one of the wrestling angles or plot points I particularly enjoy, in which a big brute, in this case Burchill, 6'4", 245#, has one or more clear shots at pinning his hapless opponent for an easy victory but insists on rolling the guy over or lifting his shoulders from the mat because he wants to drag out the jobber's painful demolition. It's a sadistic form of showing off, so naturally I'd be impressed. Often, the arrogance of such a strategy proves to be the heel's undoing because the underdog rallies and gives the bully the beatdown he so richly deserves. Just as often, though, as here, the heel gets in a few more humiliating licks--like a cat toying with its victim--to ensure that his finisher literally does finish the guy.

2 comments:

  1. Some of my favorites growing up involved this exact scenario. I love it, too. I love the two-count pull-up, the dramatic warning from the ref, the jeering from the audience and the heel ignoring it all as he inflicts more punishment with a smile on his face.

    I know it's politically incorrect to mention Chris Benoit these days, but when I was a kid growing up in Canada, Stampede Wrestling was on TSN (Canada's ESPN). Chris Benoit was a cute, beefy 18-year old (he already had those amazing pecs) and I remember Lethal Larry Cameron, the heavyweight champ doing this to him. It's one of my earliest wrestling memories. Thanks for the reminder.

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  2. I love that scenario, too. You always EXPECT it to backfire, so when it doesn't, it's extra hot, and you're all, "Where's the justice in THAT?"

    Speaking of extra hot, I hadn't known about Devin before. Yeowch! :)

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