Eddie Kingston vs. Chris Hero from Negative Balance 2005


Philadelphia, PA

This match is on the Best of 2005 DVD, which is available for purchase at Smart Mark Video.  For a more informed opinion on this match, check out Kevin Ford’s review.

Recap from TJ Hawke:

While Quack and Claudio are perfect opponents for each other, Hero and Kingston have always been awkward in the ring together in my eyes.

Hearing Quack put over Kingston’s work in CZW’s Tournament of Death is surreal. Eddie was in full control early on. Hero tried to walk out, but Leonard F. Chikarason came out and stopped him. Kingston sent him back into the ring. They brawled a bit more. Hero back body dropped him on the floor. That ending sounded rough. Hero was in control after that. Kingston was coming back, but Hero did a convoluted diving dropkick. Hero was back in control, but Eddie eventually made a comeback. He hit a tope suicida. They traded shots in the ring.  Eddie was building momentum, but Hero got the Hangman’s Clutch. Eddie made the ropes. Hero hit a big boot, but Eddie came back with a backfist and a Yakuza. The match was getting clunky. Hero hit a weak elbow and then hit Hero’s Welcome for a weaker nearfall. Hero connected on a moonsault for another nearfall. Kingston came back with a ridiculous head-dropping German. Kingston then got a nearfall on a lariat. There was a ref bump. Hero kicked Eddie low and then did a headbutt: 1…2…3

I cannot deny that I did not enjoy this too much. There were a lot of slow and clunky moments, which really undercut the “super serial” nature of the match. The crowd did not get all that hyped for it either, and the attempts at “big moments” in the match fell flat more often than not. It was a great effort by both men though.

I enjoy both of these guys a lot, but I definitely prefer them with other opponents. I’d be curious to check out their stuff in IWA-MS because I’ve heard good things about some of their matches there.

Match Rating: **1/2


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