Saturday, July 2, 2016
Yes! Yes! Hell Yes!
Frey vs Jake Jenkins, Mat Wars 71 (Thunders Arena)
In his debut match at Thunders Arena, Jake Jenkins faces Frey. This pairing is right in so many ways, not least of all in its sly nod towards Jenks' sterling work elsewhere. Jake brings out the best in Frey, whose task it is to initiate--literally to baptize--Jake into the Thunders fold, and Frey, in turn, puts his old friend over for a new body of potential fans. The reunion here looks unaffectedly jubilant.
Jake gives his best in every match I have seen him in. He knows wrestling, and though he often leaves the razzle-dazzle for his opponents to dish out, the quality and genius of his athletic skills are consistently the high points of every video he's been in, even when he purposefully plays his role in the lowest key possible. He knows the moves that crank up real pain, and nobody in the underground wrestling world so dependably sells other wrestlers' moves with utter conviction and realism. Jake is personally responsible for most of the best matches of his previous employers. I see no reason he won't do the same at Thunders Arena, which seems determined to make 2016 its banner year.
And need I add that both these men are now at their personal best? Frey's swelling muscle was a cause of concern for a while. I worried he might be going too far. I'm accustomed to it now, even prefer his rock-em-sock-em bulges to his early compactness. There's not only more of Frey now to love, but I cannot look at him without wanting to climb all over those heaps of pumped-up beef. I have never questioned Jake's boner fides, and if anything he looks harder and tougher now than ever before. "Bigger than ever," as he states with good reason, early on in the match. The more his skinny yellow trunks play peekaboo with his pubes, the less I want to stay inside my jeans.
Kudos too to Thunders Arena for putting these jocks outside into the bright Florida sunlight. Even when the action drifts indoors, the tight camerawork pulls me into every hold and thrust, and when Frey drags Jenks back to the pool for the splashy climax, I am so there I almost need sunblock. Mat Wars 71 is the perfect summer movie for a wrestling fan like me. Gimme more Jenks, more Frey, more Jenks and Frey together.