Notes In Observance – AML Wrestling LIVE! 6/2/16: You Have To Do What You Have To Do
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
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You Have To Do What You Have To Do
– Filmed back in March at America’s Most Liked Wrestling’s “Never Enough” event from Yadkinville, North Carolina, AML fans were in for a treat – the first-ever match between “The Exclamation Point” Steve Anthony and Damien Wayne. A big episode highlight was Anthony’s heel charisma, who practically had it out of his pores. Decent separate promo exchanges before the match – Anthony overconfidently bragged about his recent New Japan Pro-Wrestling stint and how he was better than Wayne, while Wayne was fixated on his two losses to Zane Dawson, but wouldn’t let it deter him from Anthony. Anthony reminds us of Greek God Papadon in a good way. It’d be awesome to see them team up one day. On the other side, Wayne comes off as a mix between Stone Cold Steve Austin and “American Badass” Undertaker. Anthony’s heel tactics were great, whether it was how he trolled the Referee with the ring ropes multiple times or even chopped him on the chest when he grew frustrated. There was also some solid in-ring storytelling as Anthony dominated the bout from the point where he hit a stun gun on Wayne to knock him to the outside. That said, some bad botches by Anthony soured this one a bit from perfection, namely the huracanrana/springboard moonsault attempts, but his charisma and personality covered it up enough where it wasn’t a complete distraction. A cool moment where Anthony hit a running lariat on Wayne who sat upon a chair on the outside floor. Decent exchanges of near-falls down the stretch, but the finish sort of took us by surprise. Wayne attempted a German Suplex and in the midst of pulling on the Referee, Anthony used his leg to hit a backwards low-blow to steal the contest. Branded as a possible signature win, we’re certainly behind the idea of Anthony getting a Title shot soon. On the other side, Wayne had a little out for the loss with Dawson on his mind. Good post-match promo by Anthony as he made use of the vocal ammo the win provided and Wayne sold the low-blow excellently with the way he staggered. Needless to say, this was Anthony’s best AML effort to date.
- “The Exclamation Point” Steve Anthony def. Damien Wayne via pinfall