Chad Daniels vs Tanner Hill, Total Knockout: Only One Man Exits the Ring (Rock Hard Wrestling)
The title and subtitle say it all. Daniels vs Hill ends with a hard knockout, and only one of these wrestlers walks away on his own two feet. Chad has seven Rock Hard matches under his belt, and Tanner has six. Each is disconcertingly handsome: blond, statuesque Chad, lifeguard and collegiate wrestler, has always been fiercely competitive, and gym-bunny Tanner is eager to kiss his dues-paying days goodbye. It was only a matter of time before their paths would cross. The 26-minute match runs a full three rounds, which means each man triumphs at least once, requiring a third-round tie-breaker.
"You think you can take on Chad?" Chad asks in third person as he crawls through the ropes. "Absolutely," Tanner replies with conviction, going so far as to refer to the RHW fight space as "my gym." That's about it for the introductory chitchat, as the two are in a rush to lock up and prove themselves the better man. Tanner starts strong, heaving the taller wrestler up on one shoulder and slamming him to the mat. Then he backs him into a corner and pummels his gut. His propensity for chuckling while making Daniels grunt and squirm may indicate his heel ambitions. Often heralded for his abs, Hill mostly impresses me with his legs, strong and shapely like a tennis pro's, providing a tight fit for Chad's midsection in a prolonged body-scissors.
Though it takes him five minutes to warm up, Chad turns tables like a deejay. When he does at last strike back, he aims to cripple, with a punishing stomp to Tanner's kneecap. It looks like Tanner is not the only babyface aspiring to heel status. A hobbled Tanner thrashes about in pain, prompting Chad to swoop back in and trample the other kneecap. The old rule about not kicking a man while he's down does not apply to the vicious series of throwdowns that follows. These two are gleefully predatory in their assaults on each other. As the first fall nears, Chad works every joint in his opponent's body and damn near snaps the man's spine with a reckless over-the-shoulder backbreaker.
By the second fall, Chad has broke into a shimmering sweat, some of it cold after the wringers he and Tanner put each other through against the ropes. The give and take lasts through all three rounds, but the boys take their time with it, neither one in a hurry to relinquish his grip on the other. By the end of Round Three, you'll be forgiven if you think this fight could end in a draw, but like a thunderbolt a strong right hook puts the stopper in it, leaving the loser flat on his back, seeing stars under his eyelids, arms and legs splayed like a swatted fly.
This is one of Rock Hard's strongest matches yet, with the two pretty boy-next-door types apparently dead set on ending each other's career. It's not the best wrestling I've ever seen, but it is damn compelling. Daniels and Hill have incredible chemistry. If you're already familiar with the Rock Hard product, you will find the fine technical quality you'd expect in this video--and the animosity that gradually mounts between the two adversaries, especially after the halfway point, kept me riveted to the end.