by Daniel Johnson
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The full Squared Circle Wrestling (2CW) YouTube channel can be found here.
Here are the facts about 2CW’s Youtube channel:
Number of videos: 119
Frequency new videos are added: About once a month these days though some months have multiple videos added and others have none.
Frequency full shows are added: No full shows have been added within the past year.
Total views of the most popular video: 123,850.
2CW’s channel is rarely updated and full matches are incredibly few and far between. However, on the positive side the channel dates back seven years ago! There are a lot of well known stars in segments, which many have probably never seen before. Wrestlers range from Terry Funk to Matt Hardy to “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan. It is not all sunshine and lollypops though as plenty of clips are just dry plugs for 2CW or for a wrestler’s upcoming appearance. Likewise, the video quality differs greatly among clips. Still, there is plenty of gold sitting around this channel.
A recommended clip:
Rob Van Dam vs. Sam Callihan
When this clip first surfaced a lot of sites similar to this one immediately linked to it and posted an analysis, review, praise or hatred for the match. It makes sense. Despite any positives or negatives one can say about this match what is undeniable is how out of left field it appeared. At least for people who weren’t following 2CW, Rob Van Dam or Sami Callihan like a hawk. RVD had come from a stint in TNA, which was at it’s nadir of being underwhelming just as he left. On the other side of the ring was Callihan, who was WWE bound. As such fans (or at least me) were putting to rest any hope of more dream matches Callihan could have on the independent scene since he wouldn’t be on it a heck of a lot longer. Then this bout happened!
As for the match itself there is plenty of brawling, stalling, and as with all RVD matches within the past 15 years, posing. The match can be summed up with one exchange. at one point Callihan attempts a sunset flip into a powerbomb from the top rope and RVD instead blocks it and starts punching Callihan in the face. From there Callihan kicks RVD hard in the leg and actually uses some psychology, focusing as Bret Hart or Ric Flair would. However, RVD doesn’t even bother to sell Callihan targeting the leg and of course it still ends with a frogsplash. As with just about any RVD performance since ECW closed the only way this clip can really be appreciated is if you enjoy RVD’s interaction with the crowd.
Editor’s Note: This post has been modified slightly as it is one of the first three installments of the 30 in 30 series. I decided to move the 30 in 30 series to the smooth runs section instead of the wrestling clips section of The Johnson Transcript since each piece focuses on more than just a clip. Also, I added a pretty banner to the first three pieces of the series, which began to be used when the fourth piece was first posted. All the text of this piece has remained the same.
Categories: Smooth Runs