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7/7 Match of the Day: Arik Cannon vs Jimmy Rave

by on July 7, 2011

Today’s Match of the Day comes from the July 24, 2004 IWA Mid-South event in Lafayette, Indiana (entitled Tap-Out City), as Jimmy Rave faced Arik Cannon. Unfortunately, to this day, a DVD of the event hasn’t come out, but if you still watch VHS tapes, you can order it from Smart Mark Video at this link.

There weren’t a ton of people in the crowd and the Lafayette National Guard Armory is a cavernous place that wasn’t a good environment for crowd noise, but they still had a darned good little match. If you were a fan of the 2004 style with lots of chain wrestling to open the bout, this is for you. More than anything else in the match, the bumping is what stood out to me the most. It was like a Pat Tanaka compilation tape was playing in the locker room before they came out or something, since both guys took quick, snapping bumps like Tanaka used to. Cannon completely creamed Rave on a Northern Lights suplex into the corner that looked ridiculous in its brutality and Rave replied with an AWESOME-looking Ghanarea that looked like he folded Cannon like an accordion.  Also, pay a lot of attention towards the comeback at the end, as Jimmy Rave showed as much fire as I think he had gotten to show in a match up to this point. It was straight-up fantastic. An interesting match to look back on, seeing where both guys are now and how they’ve evolved.

To view the match in its entirety, click under the cut!


-TOM. 

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