by Daniel Johnson
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Here are the facts about WARs Youtube channel:
Number of videos: 138
Frequency new videos are added: The channel has not been updated since March 2013, but at one time new the folks at WAR uploaded a video about once a week.
Frequency full shows are added: No full shows have been added and since WAR’s official website is woefully out of date it is extremely unlikely this will change.
Total views of the most popular video: 36,163
When it comes to pro wrestling in Switzerland some groups like to promote themselves as traditional companies. Others like to take the more scholastic route and form academies. The latter is the case with WAR. WAR was based out of Zurich, Switzerland and had a largely homogenous wrestling population. It makes sense. Flights to Europe don’t come cheap and Swiss pro wrestling academies only have so many Euros to throw around. Despite this the channel features some North American talent like Tatanka (buffalo), Rhino and Joe E. Legend. In fact, a ridiculously reserved Rhino makes a speech on the channel casually mentioning that he ripped Alpha Female in half with a gore. Tatanka also cuts a promo in front of the Swiss Alps that looks like a travelogue at first glance. Among other things Tatanka puts over “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. It’s good to see The Million Dollar Corporation is still around in the 2010s, in a country as renowned for its financial institutions as Switzerland no less. Some lesser known talent on this channel to look out for are Brian Honor, Luke Styles and Corax. Aside from promos the channel features a slew of full matches. Clips often consists of a mixture of English and German for the spoken languages. Full matches feature great looking match graphics, pre-match promos and are filmed with multiple cameras with good lighting. There is no commentary and WAR looked kind of like a Swiss Beyond Wrestling since matches tend not to be filmed in front of any paying audience. Only instead of wrestlers cheering on the action like in Beyond, WAR just has technical staff astutely doing their jobs.
A recommended clip:
Corax vs. Brian Honor
This clip opens with the face paint wearing Corax cutting a promo only to be interrupted by the clear heel Brian Honor. After a cool match graphic the clip then cuts to the in-ring action. Honor starts the match off with his signature taunt of resting his head on a bottom turnbuckle to show his total disregard for his opponent.
Honor actually isn’t honorable at all and cheats a ton in this battle. Honor chokes Corax with the ropes, gives him a guillotine leg drop on the ropes and uses the ropes as leverage to try to get a cheap victory. In other words Honor really likes to cheat using the ropes.
As this performance progresses it looks less and less like a wrestling match and more like a semi-competitive mugging. One thing reminding viewers that this is indeed pro wrestling is that Honor spends about as much time arguing with the referee as he does kicking Corax’s ass. For his part Corax gets a few offensive moves in like a Russian legsweep, but aside from that it is a straight beating. Honor is obviously a huge Eddie Guerrero fan because he ends the encounter with a three amigos rolling suplex series and a frogsplash. Viva la raza! Wait, ignore that. Wrong country.
Categories: Smooth Runs