Beast vs Fang, Mat Rats 84; Slash vs Fang, No Holds Barred 84; and Marco vs Fang, No Holds Barred 86 (Thunder's Arena)
I checked out new hire Fang this week, and I'm very very impressed. He gets the customary initiation, which means we get to see how well the man suffers--and he's a pro, with an A-level grimace and a resilient Stretch Armstrong physique. The gear shrinks and the punishment intensifies with each successive trial--pro-warrior Beast breaks him in (note to Mr. Mike: I'd love to see Fang as Beast's cub partner in an in-ring tag event), returning veteran Slash goes for his crotch (somebody had to), and my man Marco all but finishes him off with a barrage of body punches, piledrivers, and sleeperholds. We get to see Fang push back in the first two matches, and he's a credible and resourceful scrapper. I'm not surprised that Marco doesn't give him an inch in what is a 100% squash job. Marco gives nobody an inch if he can help it.
I feel an affinity for Fang because I, too, am a University of Miami man. (He has the logo tattooed in garnet and gold across his shoulders.) I graduated before he was born so we would have no memories to share, but an alma mater in common is a substantive bond. According to the Thunder's web site, Fang is wrestling to earn money for college--so now I feel better about missing the sale and paying full price for the downloads. At 5'11" and 175#, the Florida boy has the build of a fitness coach. I find his Mennonite-meets-Camorra stylings intriguing and attractive, and in my youth his would have been the kind of body I'd want to test myself against. He's a good sport, too, and carries himself with a grace that would befit a babyface hero, should that be the direction he'd like to take. I'd like to see him in charge in upcoming matches. Fang giving Blayne a whipping would be nice to watch, but a long, grueling give and take against somebody like Finn McCool would be a surefire wet dream.