Match Review: Mike Bailey vs. Matt Riddle (OTT Third Anniversary Show – Oct 7 2017)

Match Review: Mike Bailey vs. Matt Riddle (OTT Third Anniversary Show – Oct 7 2017)

Match Review: Matt Riddle vs. Speedball Mike Bailey

 

October 7 2017

 

We’re in Dublin at the Tivoli Theatre for a delightful Xmas freebie from OTT.

 

 

Matt Riddle vs. Speedball Mike Bailey

I love both these guys. Speedball comes in aiming to out-strike Riddle, a former UFC fighter, and for a while it looks like he’s going to do it. And then Riddle yells “hit me you pussy” at him. Yeah, Matt can take the abuse. I’d be happy with these two just beating on each other but they use the environment too. The attempted suplex into the crowd is amazing and the triangle over the rail is excellent too. Plus they throw in wacky high spots in between the striking, just for kicks. Riddle is so devastating that Speedball becomes this wonderful underdog character just by not getting killed by him and his comeback kicks are genuinely thrilling. I also love his last gasp kick-outs, denying Riddle certain victory from moves like the Jumping Brostone.

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The back and forth down the stretch, where an overconfident Riddle starts to struggle only to find new counters, only for Speedball to keep surviving is beautiful stuff. For a match that has super reverse ranas and multiple Canadian Destroyers the real drama comes from the sheer level of abuse and how the kick-outs keep coming.

The finish comes with both guys drained and Riddle landing his big knee for the win, falling on top exhausted. Crowd reaction is amazing. This was a fucking great match up.

Final Rating: ****1/2

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