Ladies and gentlemen, Kassius Ohno vs. William Regal. This is not something you see on your usual wrestling programming anymore.
This isn’t a 6-minute wrestling match on TV, but despite its length of around 14-minutes, this isn’t a crammed ROH-style spotfest either. This is more brutal than anything you’ve seen on the WrestleMania that had just come and gone. This is the most brutal thing you will watch that doesn’t involve foreign objects, barbed wire, light tubes, pillboxes, or any product of Japan. You will be watching two men driven by pure, unbridled hate, stoking a sort of willpower to just break the other, no matter what.
And I don’t mean that in a metaphorical sense, as you will see.
This match is William Regal showing the world that age has not dulled his diabolical edge. (Not at all. Not one bit.) This match is Kassius Ohno exhibiting his own brand of ferocity against the best of the best. This match is both men proving that they can fight through the pain, fueled by their determination to win. This match is the art of professional wrestling demonstrating that sometimes, less truly is more, and actions do speak louder than words. This is the dominance of deliberateness over flashy, frenetic wrestling, in the way that these two men traded blows and forearms and boots and knees – all that would knock out an ordinary man – with force full of purpose, not athleticism full of flair. There is a time for each.
Most importantly, this match is pro wrestling reiterating an important point by underscoring an essential characteristic: time. Time is of the essence. There are matches that need to be short, and there are matches that need to be long. Some matches are made too short, forcing the wrestlers to wrestle hastily (even if the skilled ones know how to make the most of it) and resulting in a crammed bout that unfolded faster than the audience could have digested it. Some matches are made too long, especially those of wrestlers not completely honed yet or of wrestlers who just do not engage well with each other, resulting in a boring fight. This match was in its perfect length.
As for the winner, it is up to you to determine if he was the right one for the purposes of their story as a whole. But as most wrestling fans know, it is sometimes the journey which matters more, rather than the destination. Sometimes, people will take one look at who’s up, and they’ll know to sit back and just enjoy the show. Personally, the result was slightly surprising, but that only says that this will definitely not be the last we’ll vicious brawl we’ll see between these two.
As long as WWE NXT is not as bound by the same rules which define the nature of the main TV shows, we’ll continue to see decent matches. Every once in a while, we’ll get to see some solid matches as well, such as this one. Good wrestling is everywhere, friends, you just have to know how and where to find it if you really want it.