Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Duke Russo vs Dario Espinosa (Movimus)
My man Duke Russo, 5'9", 179#, has made short work of all the opponents he's defeated at Movimus, which, as of this date, is all of them. A match against Dario Espinosa, 5'8", 188#, has seemed inevitable since Dario's debut just over a year ago. Both men are powerhouses with Dario holding the edge on muscle and Duke, on prowess, yet this new match falls short ... literally ... lasting just under nine minutes (with an additional four minutes of opening stretches). So is the 12.5-minute video worth the $26.99? Very nearly, yes. Just the same, to offset its latest release's brevity, Movimus offers, with purchase, your choice of a second video for 40% off. (My recommendation is take the deal and pick up one of Duke's or Dario's previous matches, too.)
Even in a truncated match, Russo and Espinosa are as spellbinding as I could have hoped for. Duke, the definition of grappling hunkitude, has owned my heart since he hit the mats late in 2015--and in 2017 he looks and fights better than ever. This is Dario's third match. Though he's short on experience and previous training, he was eminently watchable in matches against Dave Markus and Ray Mousi, but paired against Russo he's riveting as hairy chest bumps hairy chest, and beef finds itself well matched up against knowhow. Espinosa gives the thus-far undefeated Hercules a hard and wrenching fight, worth seeing. The match ends abruptly, but Duke and Dario linger in memory.
Movimus promises tag matches soon, with Russo teaming with Espinosa against Markus and Mousi. As far as I'm concerned, this cannot happen soon enough.