Chris Hero vs Fred Yehi
Eddie Deen’s Ranch, Dallas, Texas, United States
(reviewed 01/18/2017) Now THIS is probably the most exciting and enticing matchup from this entire weekend, and I hope it delivers. Yehi’s got the silliest pants I’ve ever seen on for his entrance and Hero’s out here in some fly-ass Toronto Raptors gear, so already I’m entertained. Yehi slaps away Hero’s hand when the veteran goes in to shake the young man’s hand, which I’m sure won’t come back to bite him in the ass. They end up having a pretty basic match, adhering to the Hero Bully Formula quite closely, and some awkwardness (clearly due to unfamiliarity) and a shitty crowd means that it doesn’t live up to its potential. What’s more, there’s an interesting dynamic between these two that is touched on early in the match but quickly forgotten, in that Yehi is probably the closest thing to a young Hero on the scene today. With his particular brand of domination and control, especially based around focused striking, Yehi feels like the Bully Hero with a dozen less years of experience. They toy with that idea in the opening minutes, with Yehi eager to take it to the veteran, but sadly it’s tossed aside before long. Despite these shortcomings, this is a good match, as it’d be hard for these two to have anything less than that, though the inklings of something greater leave me wanting more.