Saturday, May 6, 2017
Another World of Hurt
Eli Black vs Austin Tyler, Match 530 (UCW)
A rematch of the two dynamic antagonists of January's Match 513, UCW's latest video is something to be celebrated. It rips past the benchmarks for rage, roughness, pain, and muscle-mangling body contact Austin and Eli set in the original, which I called (with uncommon foresight) "the opening salvo of all-out war."
Strongly and intriguingly different in build and temperament, Eli and Austin seem ideally paired as mortal enemies. We last saw Tyler challenging Derrick Cole for the UCW championship, a title once held by Black, who'd now like it back. Austin Tyler is cool personified, so chill he pushes rageaholic Eli to apoplectic fits time and time again. In stark contrast to his outward serenity, Tyler works an opponent's body to maximize pain, always beyond what is called for and always to satisfy some deep-seeded urge, and nobody pushes Eli's particular buttons better than he.
As in run-in number one, Eli and Austin waste no time speechifying or namecalling. Whatever they have to say to each other is best said with knuckles and kneecaps and maybe teeth. If any two wrestlers on the roster seem destined for a steel cage match, Black and Tyler are my nominees, with Cole running a tight third. I see no reason to believe that Match 530 will settle the score with these two, though we do get a clean (cleanish) three-count finish that I felt in the hairs of my balls.
If any doubt remains whether UCW, which has been batting a thousand lately, is experiencing its "age of gold" now, Tyler vs Black 2 should put the question to rest.