Not a Mark on Him
Raptor vs Marco, Battlespace 93 (Thunder's Arena)
This weekend Thunder's Arena introduces big 'n' beefy babyface Raptor in two new releases, the first against company favorite Marco. Raptor is a great looking wrestler, with an open, disarmingly boyish smile and a bouncer's imposing physique. And based on this 21-minute dustup, in which he and Marco battle neck and neck to a knockout finish, he can play with the best of them on the mat.
One complaint, though. Thunder's needs to invest in some professional lighting. I mean, seriously, dudes. This garage duel, a fine one in almost every other respect, looks like it was lit by dashboard. I've tweaked the screen grabs above for light and contrast, and though the match is worth the inconvenience, it needs better lighting for the clarity and color we are used to seeing in the Arena's living-room and poolside battles.
That said, it's a fine fight. Marco is as able and self-assured as always, but the pow Raptor brings in his debut has to have taken him by surprise. Raptor commands attention. His sturdy build and toughness are assets that serve him well in competition against Marco, one of the best technical wrestlers on the Arena roster, if not the best. I imagine Raptor taking to the squared circle soon to face guys like Beast and Talon (please, let it be so). Launching him against Marco is inspired. This beginning promises better (and brighter, I mean, seriously) things ahead.