Thank-you to D Dude for sending me this link to a great January 17th match at PWE in Indiana, featuring one of his and my favorite indy pro heels, Joe Pittman (6'6", 251#) against tough-as-nails doughboy Kyle Maverick (5'10", 180#). Joe has certainly fine-tuned his act since I first blogged all over him last spring. He may look like Clark Kent, but deep down he's Lex Luthor evil. Could this be love? Here's what the Dude had to say about the fight:
Simply put, Joe is the total package. You already know that, of course, but even for us believers this match brings out his beauty and irresistible cockiness, his unlikely vulnerability at the hands of a smaller opponent, his pain--in even more pronounced ways than we've seen before. My screen grabs mainly focus on his moments of near-defeat or humiliation. Stumbling onto the outer rail in front of a couple of kids, one of whom taunts him as only a seasoned 10-year-old roughneck can. That's about 4:55 in, and probably my favorite moment in the match, though there are so many from which to choose.While D Dude understandably favors the moments when Joe exhibits "looks of despair or anticipation--bracing for the strike," I prefer Joe's ill-tempered, nasty side: swaggering into the ring like he owns it, pleading for a timeout after he gets his first taste of blowback from Kyle, pulling hair, using the middle rope as a garrote, dancing a nimble yet dorky Milli Vanilli jig after bodyslamming his opponent and then dropping down to punch his face (7:53-7:58), and, finally, scowling ungraciously at the fans as he exits the auditorium at the end.
Though D generously offered his own wonderful screen grabs for my use, I prefer taking my own, not because there's a special art to my caps, but because finding, cropping, and touching them up for myself helps me to digest the action, even providing me with an imaginary sense of contact with the athletes. Highly fond of saturated colors, I got Joe's trunks as red as I could get them without turning them into solar flares.This is a small, modest match made large by Pittman's good looks and charisma.