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7/20 Match of the Day: Spanky vs Alex Shelley

by on July 20, 2011

Today’s Match of the Day comes from a Zero-1 event on March 25, 2005, as Spanky (also known as Brian Kendrick) faces Alex Shelley in a preview of a match that (I think) happens on TNA Impact this Thursday night.

It’s a fun little seven-minute exhibition-style match. They don’t bust out the big moves, but the chain wrestling is really fantastic. In particular, there’s a moment that wouldn’t stand out to most but I adored, where Spanky floats out of a crucifix pin into an armbar that I thought was insanely creative and I’m surprised more guys haven’t stolen it. It’s also fun to look back and see how different both guys’ styles have become (Kendrick doesn’t really do one-tenth of the offense he showed off in this match nowadays and Shelley, unless you see him at a random indie show, is much more high-impact and has abandoned a lot of the cutesy chain wrestling that got him noticed at the beginning of his career for bigger moves and a more video game type of in-ring style).

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


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