by Daniel Johnson
The full Great American Wrestling Federation (GAWF) YouTube channel can be found here.
Here are the facts about GAWF’s Youtube channel:
Number of videos: 16
Frequency new videos are added: No new videos have been uploaded in three years.
Frequency full shows are added: Full shows are never added and barring a miracle never will be.
Total views of the most popular video: 1,716
On the surface GAWF’s channel does not appear to be that great. Looking below the surface…the channel is still not that great. The channel only has 16 clips, the videos are unbearably dark, there is no commentary for any matches and all matches are shot with one camera that even shoots blurry footage at times. However, there are some decent aspects of the channel. For instance, this northern Florida based promotion features independent talent who were at least moderately successful at the time and have since gone on to have much wider acclaim. Names like Chuck Taylor, Jerrelle Clark, Vordell Walker and Chase Evans all appear for the company along with some lesser known wrestlers. Also, matches are presented in full and none run over 10 minutes. They are like little pocket sized matches you can enjoy one of and then go about your day.
A recommended clip:
Dallas Riley vs. Chuck Taylor
While the folks at GAWF had the foresight to book Chuck Taylor, tragically they never booked Bo Dallas. Sorry Bo maniacs, here is a picture of him to make up for it. Instead we are given someone else with Dallas in his name, one Dallas Riley. The first notable thing to happen in this clip is one fan loudly squealing like a pig. given the dark atmosphere of this match and scarce attendance we can count ourselves lucky a reenactment of Deliverance didn’t break out.
The match begins to unfold, but the hecklers are not done yet so Taylor shouts, “shut up little boy” as he is going for what looks like an ankle lock. Riley literally hops when he gets up from this and it sets a trend of over selling that will continue throughout the match. Oh well, if Shawn Michaels/Hulk Hogan taught us anything it’s that over selling can be tremendously entertaining. Soon enough Riley is hitting Ricky Steamboat-esque arm drags and Chuck Taylor is crazily flipping around from them. Riley’s momentum is cut off by a simple eye poke and Chuck Taylor decides to take the action outside for a few seconds.
Back inside Taylor gets some two counts and hits a swell belly-to-back suplex. However, the hecklers get to Taylor and Riley catches him off guard to take back control of the match. There are some incredibly athletic moves as Riley hits a pele variation and Taylor misses a lionsault. Yet, Riley ends the match by simply planting Taylor on his face for the three count.
Categories: Smooth Runs