On the best message board, prowrestlingonly, we have created a weekly club called "Secret Santo". Every week we are all paired up and we exchange games to watch. For the first week, Rah gave me this game, which is pretty exciting. Cody and Goldust is one of my favorite tag teams in history. For the record, I countered with Matt Riddle against Mike Bailey of OTT in 2017.
I forgot how much of a fun act real Americans were. You have Cesaro and Jack Swagger with Dutch Mantell, it's delicious.
We establish early on that the Rhodes team are better as they win each game, until Cesaro sneaky attacks and tears Cody off the apron where he takes a bump in the face. We're heading towards the Face in Peril, unfortunately it's Cody who isn't at Goldust's level, but he's doing a good job here. Lots of quick beacons and tandem attack by the Americans.
Cody gets a Disaster Kick out of nowhere that turns into Goldust's hot tag and damn I was wrong, Goldust is a crazy hot tag here. Just a fireball! A mix of old school stuff like punches in the corner, but Goldust changes it by jumping and hitting a top rope movement. He goes on with a Canadian destroyer, then Goldust and Cody do a really cool double dive like they're Los Gringos Locos!
Things calm down and Cesaro uses his insane strength to catch Goldust on a leap and transform him into a slam. We get a second face in jeopardy with Goldust, like it's an AWA tag. Goldust is really nice here with amazing sales.
Great hope as Goldust hits a diving hurrancanrana, but he can't get the hot tag. The destruction of Goldust continues and the real Americans have a bad team attack.
Goldust's rear elbow looks like a certain hot tag, but Cesaro channels his inner Toshiaki Kawada and hits a giant boot at Cody on the apron. Cesaro gets the Giant Swing and a catapult transforms into PowerSlam by Swagger gets a two after Cody rescues. Goldust fights out of the corner, hits a huge backdrop on Swagger on the ground and Goldust is alone in the ring and FINALLY gets the hot tag. Cody has a pretty decent run on offense, including a double springboard dropkick. Cody uses the old shattered dreams and Goldust hits a magnificent powerslam. Cody's Moonsault gets two and wow I can't believe that wasn't the end.
Cody attempts a second Disaster Kick but he is transformed into Patriot Lock and Cody reaches the ropes with Cesaro pulling him further. So great, Goldust stops him. Cross Rhodes by Cody for the victory.
I was expecting a fun little tag, instead I had an AWA style tag team match of a decent length. So many highlights in this one, from the Rhodes Brothers double dive, to the incredible heat segment on Goldust with two awesome hot tag teases. Although Goldust was retreating from a senseless offensive and was extremely sympathetic, the Americans had a great offense in tandem to more than hold their end of the bargain. The finish was quite warm too.
Really do your best to see this one!
Rating: *** 3/4
“Scream” star David Arquette has an extreme volonté that almost cost him his life — professional wrestling.
Two years ago, Arquette faced off against ex-con Nick Gage in a deathmatch, the most violente style where the wrestlers swing chairs, baseball bats and the like.
With blood gushing from his neck, Arquette gets up and tries to pin Gage but can’t. He jumps out of the ring, holding his neck. Then, he climbs back in and smacks Gage with a folding peau. After a couple of minutes, though, Arquette is the one who gets pinned.
“It nearly cost me my life, ” Arquette told the Star of the match. “I was in way over my head. I was about half an inch from death…”
Arquette decided to go back into the ring after fellow pro wrestler Jack Perry, the son of late actor Luke Perry, assured him that he wasn’t bleeding to death. Perry is the one who took Arquette to the hospital.
Arquette told the Star : “I could hear Luke but I couldn’t see him, ” Arquette told the Star. “I said : ‘Luke is it pumping ? ’ because I was worried I was bleeding out and he said : ‘No it’s not pumping. ’ I knew at that point I wasn’t dying immediately, I could try to finish the match. ”
Arquette has had a lifelong love affair with wrestling, which is traced in a new documentary, “You Cannot Kill David Arquette. ” The film tells of how Arquette has spent the past two decades trying to earn back the respect of the wrestling world — after he won the 2000 World Championship Wrestling heavyweight title as a publicity stunt for his movie “Ready to Rumble. ”
In those years, the 49-year-old Arquette has battled heart problems and drug addiction. After the Gage match, Arquette’s wife, Christine, told him : “I just feel like you want to die, ” the actor recalled.
“I don’t want to die but life is painful, ” Arquette told the Star. “If you have addiction issues like I do there’s an element in the back of your head that the addict is literally trying to kill you. You have to find ways to deal with it so you don’t continue to kill yourself, either slowly or quickly. ”
For Arquette, wrestling helped him deal with the deaths of Luke Perry, a close friend who died of a stroke, and his transgender sister, Alexis, who died of a heart attack.
“Losing someone is really painful but a few things have happened to make me feel we are all much more connected, ” Arquette said. “For wrestling, you shave everything and at one point I was looking at my arms and it was like I was looking at Alexis’ arms, as being transgender she would shave them… For a second it was like I was looking through Alexis’ eyes… I think we’re a lot more connected than any of us know. ”
Through the film, Arquette has finally learned to accept himself. “I accomplished what I set out to do, ” Arquette told the Star. “I wanted to prove I could be a wrestler. And through this whole experience, I figured out – and it’s ironic – I need to stop beating myself up. I had to stop attacking myself and be kind to myself, as corny as it sounds.