So what is it in my opinion that makes up The Perfect Match, well in keeping with the rest of The Perfect Series I’m going to go over the main points of what is feel makes up The Perfect Match.
The Perfect Match is different to The Perfect PPV or Feud, when it comes to my first point, and that is build-up. It could be said the Perfect Match needs good build-up to show true emotion between two wrestlers, but I don’t feel that it is a necessity. Good build-up will give the fans something to think about during the match, but if there is too much history is can be distraction especially if it involves another person i.e. a tag partner or diva. Now some will say that wrestlers need a bit of history to fight each other, but I disagree.
Now I’m not a wrestler, so I’m not going to even try to describe how to story tell properly, but I do know how important it is. In this modern ages of highflying/high impact moves story telling has been lost a bit. There was a time when moves like The Immortal Leg drop, or the Savage Elbow would finish a man off at the end of a match, but if they were used now in a match lets say Savage vs HHH, it more than likely that we would see two savage Elbows and two Pedigrees before we even considered seeing a winner.
One thing I have emphasised so far in this column is the fans. A good wrestler will feed off the fans and use them to his/her advantage. The fans will help make The Perfect Match, fans are needed to boo the heel, and cheer the face, to chant and create an atmosphere. I think everyone remembers the last year or so of WCW, where you could watch a show and there would be times where you could here a pin drop. Only fans can decide whether a match is perfect, if two wrestlers get a standing ovation and cheers like never before. It is this reason why Rock/Hogan could have been the Perfect Match; the atmosphere was amazing in that match, two Icons going at it, the fans torn between who to love. There may never be an atmosphere like that again and for a fan that feeling was near to perfection.
I have touched on technical ability being needed for The Perfect Match, which it is, but it may not be vital. We watch wrestling and love to see a technically perfect match, but as I said before today’s fans want more. To be classed as perfect by everyone, The Perfect Match would need the correct combination of technicality and impact. There are people who find Benoit matches boring because of his technical based style and would rather watch Batista decimate someone for 5 minutes than watch Benoit tie them in knots for 20 minutes. So to gain perfection a medium would need to be achieved, but it would have to be one everyone agreed on which would be near impossible.
This medium would also determine the length of the match. How long should The Perfect Match be? 20 minutes, an hour? I don’t think a time limit could be set on The Perfect Match, it would end naturally. The wrestlers in the ring would know from fatigue, crowd reaction and how they have told the story of the match, when would be the right time to end it. Giving a match a time limit immediately puts pressure on the wrestlers to fit everything in. But saying you’ve got as long as you want will give them time to do everything they want to do, and will help build suspense for the end of the match.
These are my thoughts on what I feel is needed for The Perfect Match. I may have missed out vital factors that some of you think are needed in The Perfect Match, but that is expected as writing this has proved to me that there will never be The Perfect Match.
This has been my interpretation of The Perfect Match and as usual if you have any comments, feedback, questions please send them too firstname.lastname@example.org
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