SoCalAndy wrote:There is some stuff I'm worried about. One is how Daniels would be willing to take Dragon and Davey's offense and if he's going to step up his game. He's been in cruise control lately and doesn't seem to take much high impact moves. Two is Dragon and Daniels wrestling eachother. Their previous matches with eachother where underwelming, and Daniels and Dragon's styles don't seem to mesh up well. I'm sure AJ will do great with Dragon and Davey as he always seems willing to take some stiff offense in PWG.
I'm sure Dragon and Davey will look great, AJ could step up his game but Daniels is the only element of this match I'm not excited about. Dragon and Davey do well as dickheads who enjoy punishing their opponents, but with two TNA guys who always seem to get booked strongly in other promotions and rarely lose cleanly it seems that the match is going to be different. I enjoy matches where Dragon seems to be the mastermind behind the match and seems to be the one putting together matches, and I hope he will be putting this together as opposed to Daniels or Styles who probably don't know how to work with Davey.
SoCalAndy wrote:There is some stuff I'm worried about. One is how Daniels would be willing to take Dragon and Davey's offense and if he's going to step up his game. He's been in cruise control lately and doesn't seem to take much high impact moves.
I don't think Daniels is bad in PWG exactly -- he's actually very entertaining. But he's getting by mainly with character shtick instead of high-intensity work.
Plus I really have a hard time getting into his character as there's no real definition of what he's trying to be in my mind.
SoCalAndy wrote:Honestly, I'm not buying the Daniels comedy act. He's had plenty of fine matches in PWG with guys like Quance, Hero, the Joe/Reyes/Dragon tag from the one year show, but aside from that he's done nothing for me. Sure, he can do some funny stuff but I really don't think he's worth bringing in just for comedy stories and average matches. If he was brought in once in awhile and put effort into his matches I'd most likely enjoy watching his stuff again insted of dreading his matches.
onlxn wrote:Fair enough. I think from PWG's perspective, he's worth booking no matter the quality of his performance, as he's a big name that they (usually) don't have to fly in. But I can understand you as a fan not wanting a half-speed wacky Daniels. I think he's good at the wackiness, but even so, I'll admit to sometimes being disappointed that he doesn't give it his all athletically.
You mentioned some good matches there. Yeah, it seems like he turned a corner after the Styles draw -- essentially the first thirty minutes of that match were all Daniels shtick, and he was able to keep the crowd into it. It's almost as if he realized in that match that he could get by on shtick and stop risking injury in PWG, and his workrate plummeted.
SoCalAndy wrote:Plus I really have a hard time getting into his character as there's no real definition of what he's trying to be in my mind.
He has the whole Fallen Angel gimmick but doesn't work any of it into his matches.
[/quote]onlxn wrote:He has the whole Fallen Angel gimmick but doesn't work any of it into his matches.
Yeah, that's always been an odd thing about Daniels. He has a very specific, cool-sounding gimmick, and a good sinister entrance to match... and then he wrestles a slick, technical style with no allusions to being a Fallen Angel. He has never -- in PWG, in TNA, even in Prophecy-era ROH -- gotten any real mileage out of the gimmick or even explained what it's supposed to mean. It's a weird mismatch.
SoCalAndy wrote:Saying Daniels' character lost it's impact after leaving XPW is stupid for two reasons.
1. Daniels in XPW wasn't a major event in XPW's history or in Daniels' career.
2. His gimmick in ROH when he first arrived was well done and still had some effect on his character in 2002 through 2003.
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