Chase Lundquist vs Rex Bedford, King of the Ring 5 (88Wrestling)
As long as 88Wrestling keeps Rex and Chase on the roster, I will count myself a fan. On the bases of looks and sweat alone, Bedford and Lundquist are gold. If 88 is smart, there's an exclusivity clause in these wrestlers' contracts. Let them wear masks and unitards at other promotions, if they want, but at all costs keep these faces and shiny physiques in the 88 ring. Although I think wrestlers at multiple sites can stimulate change and versatility, it's still in a promotion's best interest to keep its hottest attractions at home. Lately, the cross-pollination in underground wrestling does not exhibit the sort of ingenuity I saw, say, five or six years ago. Some talents need to stay put for a while for the sake of each promotion's creative core.
These two have never fought or looked better. In this match, Chase convinces me he's a tough guy, and by the match's midpoint it looks like Rex's hold on the championship belt is truly in peril. As much as I like Rex, I could almost accept the belt passing on to Lundquist now. That's not an easy call for me to make because Rex has been the most exciting and grittiest battler on the 88 roster. In KOTR5, though, I see a side of Chase I had not seen previously - a knack for brutality. (Besides, if underground wrestling had a prize for best treasure trail, I'd nominate Lundquist's.)
Still, Rex is dynamite and has been dynamite since he first stepped into the 88 ring. He's so good that his occasional glances up into the camera lens, breaking the proverbial fourth wall, I now find engaging, whereas I used to find them amateurish. To the contrary, though, looking right into the camera as you snap your opponent's spine is boner magic. And, oh my god, the sweat! By the video's midpoint, Rex and Chase both look like hood ornaments. The match is not without its glitches - the lighting, for instance (or else my eyesight is going) - but it was well worth the money I paid for the download. My balls and I will definitely give this one a second and third viewing.
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