Originally Posted by 68wPayne
I remember when Malenko was out with an injury for several months, and Chris Jericho heeled it up on him pretty much anytime he was given a microphone. Then eventually, in one of the greatest returns in wrestling history
, he returned at Slamboree 98 to finally face Jericho. Crowd popped HUGE, Malenko beat the snot out of him for a minute, knocked him to the outside then did a plancha on him. This lasted maybe a couple of minutes.
Then....... they had a back and forth technical wrestling match. Crowd reaction generally fizzled out until he finally made Jericho tap.
This match sort of sums up Dean Malenko for me. The crowd was just begging for Malenko to kick the fucking shit out of the annoying heel Jericho, who had been making fun of him and his dead father.... it really wasn't the time or place for that sort of match at all. He's a goddamn master technician in the ring and has put on some great matches, but he rarely puts any fire into his offence when it really counts. (or persona, really - but credit to WCW for dubbing him The Iceman)
It's also this reason (in reverse) why Davey is generally awesome in title matches, and yet it makes little since to almost kill himself doing a suicide dive in an opening match with Colt Cabana. (for instance)
To me both Eddie and Roderick while great wrestlers, neither one of them really do anything for me, I enjoy watching their matches but I they don't scream World Champion to me like Davey does, or Claudio. Here's to hoping for a Davey vs. Claudio World Title feud in the future.
You'd probably love PWG. Davey's an ex-champ, and Claudio is the current champ. (Unless Joey Ryan beat him recently)