Rock Hard Wrestling has discovered a new species of sexy! It’s the Twitchsaurus rex: a ridiculously photogenic lean-and-ripped specimen of muscles and handsomeness that could knock you out at first sight! There he is in his natural habitat, practicing his MMA skills on a punching bag as he’s about to make his RHW’s debut, but beware: he is on to invade much harsher territory.
And that territory is the new RHW ring which Ethan Andrews quickly claims as his own as soon as he enters the scene. In typical RHW modus operandi, you can tell the rookie wasn’t even given a clue about how his first opponent is a man who destroy bodybuilders double his size for a living. Last time we saw Ethan he gave Bruce Ballard the beating of his life, making him join the long list of names who have been broken down by the “Street Punk”. So is he ready to tame the newest addition to the RHW roster? You bet he is!
Ethan, who is looking bigger and hotter than ever, welcomes the rookie with a lesson in confidence. While his ripped body and cauliflower ear let us know Rex may have what it takes to take someone down, you can tell he is visibly nervous on his debut. That change of habitat sort of throws him off for the beginning of the first round, leading Ethan to insert his claws deep into his new prey. His intentions appear to be clear from the begging. Those ripped muscles need a lot of oxygen and by the time we are six minutes into the match, Ethan has tried to choke Rex in about 5 different moves.
Just when I started to think this was going to be a full-on squash job, Rex finally reverses and traps Ethan briefly in an armbar and then returns the favor by choking Ethan with almost all of his own bodyweight! You see, RHW named this “The Knockout Games” for a reason and the thought of watching one of the men go out in the others’ arms is already making me feeling lightheaded! Rex goes on to work Ethan some more but ultimately experience prevails as Rex finds himself trapped by Ethan’s legs in a figure-4 sleeper so tight that is bound to put an end to Round 1. It’s then when we find that Rex is a ‘twitcher’ as his body involuntarily jerks when he goes out thanks to Ethan unmerciful punishment. It’s a vision to watch Ethan standing over Rex’s sweaty torso proclaiming victory while the MMA fighter’s body continues to twitch on the floor. And if you think it is not possible to top all of that sexiness, wait until you watch how Round 2 ends!
While I can expect a rookie to be nervous on his debut, Rex will probably need to shake his nerves off in order to make it in RHW. I’m one to enjoy interviewing nervous employee prospects at work, so I throughly enjoyed watching cute Rex find his way in the RHW ring for the first time. However, I know this is not something everybody would like to see moving on. Rex was certainly outmatched here, particularly in performance experience, but his skills and looks hold a lot of promise for what could be another RHW star. You can feel him holding back, both when giving punishment and receiving it, as he doesn’t seem sure of how much force and energy bring in to the ring. This is understandable on a debut, yet I feel that it will just be a matter of time before we see him improve and become a real contender.
That aside, I loved how RHW has been integrating different finishes, especially knockouts, to their matches. To me they are 100x times sexier than a submission and it provide matches with a more definitive endings as well as a stronger sense of domination. Of course I don’t expect every round and match to end like this, but I’d love to keep watching RHW trying different endings, from submissions to knockouts, and from pinfalls to countouts, in order to avoid repetition.
All in all, I’d give ‘The Knockout Games’ a thumbs-up, both for challenging RHW’s usual match structure and by giving us new meat to salivate for as well as a known face who is now bigger and sexier than ever before.