El Generico vs Big Van Walter – wXw Back to the Roots IX

El Generico vs Big Van Walter

01/16/2010

Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany

(reviewed 09/08/2018) Generico vs A Big Man is basically a foolproof formula and lo and behold this is a pretty good match. It’s not the most inspired version of Generico’s touring bout since Walter is still lacking the unyielding intensity that would make him so popular later in the decade, but there’s more than enough heat here to keep this simple opener fun. Keep an eye out for a bit of surprising mask ripping from the young Austrian.

HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO SHAWN VS TAKER FROM WM25: I appreciate the direct simplicity of (most) undercard wrestling and for that reason I’m quite tempted to let this one through, but sadly I must admit that there’s nothing here as rousing or lasting as the best moments of Shawn/Taker. Hoping the 2012 rematch gets us there.

VERDICT: Worse than Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker from WrestleMania 25

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