One great thing about Rock Hard’s wrestler’s rotation policy (the fact that they intersperse the appearances of their wrestlers) is how it let us appreciate better their talent. Blake was second fiddle to both Bruce and Dash on his first two matches, while Chad was not necessarily the main reason why you watched his matches against Zack and Austin. So now that the spotlight is only on them, what is the first thing I notice? Chad’s thighs! Let me be clear here, I already wrote about the lifeguard’s thighs before, but now he’s wearing a trunk with a higher cut (that should be the maximum length permitted for any his future appearances) that gives us the best look yet to his legs. His body is impressive, but again, I just can’t take my eyes away for them and if you are a fan of full thighs, don’t even think about passing on this match.
Tall, tanned, toned, and in matching trunk colors, at first sight Blake and Chad look more like tag team partners than opponents. However, as the action starts it feels like if they were carrying a grudge. Blake shoots the first insults (“Come on, shaggy!”) and off we go. As similar as they are is just as close as the first round is. I may be wrong but I don’t remember a first round with so many reversals in RHW. Both wrestlers seem to have absorbed a bit of the meanness of their previous opponents and bring a stronger set of verbal skills than in their previous performances. In fact, by the second round the guys even get creative with some body part puns (“You must be TRAPped!”, “TRI to stop me!”) that do fill the match with a bit more personality.
Both blondes look more like faces than heels, and that is something that is part of whar I think is the best thing about the match. I love when we see good guys going bad. Blake pulling up Chad by the hair, and Chad trying to choke Blake with the ropes (while narcissistically looking at himself in the we-know-it’s-there mirror) are some of the moments in which they let their inner villain out and gives us a hint of their potential.
Both Blake and Chad could be thought of as being part of RHW’s “development league” (to put it somehow), still needing to prove themselves against the big dogs and show they have enough drive and courage to make it to the top. At least one of them now walks out of the ring with the first victory of his career and with a validated sense of progress, as he leaves his opponent out cold and with no regrets about the fact that he’ll receive no rescue.