The Perilous Fight
Axel vs Gabe Steel, Match 773 - Strip Match (UCW)
Despite the red, white, and blue theme of their gear, for Gabe and Axel this is less a national holiday entertainment than a rematch, a follow-up to the strip match the two fought in the fall of 2019. The goal is to strip the other guy naked, a feat Gabe accomplished in that earlier confrontation. He intends to strip Axel down to his nads again.
The superstar wrestlers are game - and, as advertised, we get the full frontal (and the full posterior) at the end - but as the match winds its way to the big reveal, I sense a slight loss in energy and pace. Nothing catastrophic, just a noticeable slump. To their credit, though, Gabe and Axel display a variety of holds and strategies, seldom hitting the same note twice.
I was about to comment on the relative lack of patriotic trimming this year. I was thinking UCW decorated for July fourth the way it decorates for Halloween and the end-of-year holidays. The last time UCW went all out to decorate for Independence Day was 2013 in the old brick and mortar fight space. Apparently Eli Black in Uncle Sam hat and beard was an impossible act to follow. Unless I missed something, Axel's and Gabe's star-spangled gear appears to be the first nod to July the fourth since then. Halloween and end-of-year celebrations remain a constant through the years, the best of which involve Axel in frocks.
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