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Monday, February 11, 2013

Regal From the Ice-Age to the Dole-Age

Steve Regal v. Terry Rudge CWA 10/7/88-EPIC

Total hidden gem, sort of a dream match you didn't know you dreamt about. Rudge is a gritty British veteran very much in the vein of Finlay, Taylor and Regal. I imagine he could have been an awesome 3rd Blue Blood. Opening part of the match is Rudge working a nasty headlock which Regal works his way out and puts on a top wrist lock. That doesn't sound that exciting, but these are a pair of guys who know how to put on a headlock and wrist lock. Rudge gets more and more brutal laying in a beating worthy of Regal himself, he absolutely root canals Regal with some uppercuts, along with short headbutts and thumbs to the eyes. There was this amazing moment where Rudge puts on a hammerlock and with Regal's arm trapped, Rudge unloads on his rib cage. Regal fires back too, although he was more of an overwhelmed babyface showing grit and fire. It is a role I haven't seen much of and one he is great at. A hell of a match and something pretty awesome to show up in my youtube feed.


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Blogger Mark said...

Rudge was quite a well known worker here in Britain during the 70's and 80's. I remember seeing a couple of great matches he had with a guy called Tiger Dalibar Singh (who's also worth looking up). Spmewhere there's apparently even footage of a match he had with NJPW's Takayuki Iizuka in the Welsh promotion RESLO that's thought of as something of an unknown classic.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Yeah I went on a bit of a Rudge bender last couple of days. Those Singh matches are great and on youtube. There is a Les Thornton match and Tom Tyrone match on youtube too.

2:17 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

Singh also had a couple of great matches with Bret Hart in England in 1981. At least one of them is on YouTube.

10:31 AM  

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