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Recap by Alex Torres:
This match is an I Quit Dog Collar match. Commentary done by Matt Wadsworth, Denver Colorado, and Benny Boone.
Thorne uses the chain to yank Hatred off her feet. Hatred slides under Thorne’s legs and crotches Thorne on the chain. Hatred pulls Thorne to the outside with the chain. Hatred kicks Thorne’s head into the ring post. Hatred grinds the chain into Thorne’s head. Hatred grabs a chair, but Thorne pulls the chain, bringing Hatred into the chair and the ring post. Thorne attacks Hatred with the chain around the guardrail, putting Hatred’s head under the guardrail and pressing her neck up against it.
Back in the ring. Boot to Hatred’s midsection. Thorne hangs Hatred with the chain. Thorne puts Hatred in the crossfire with a chain. Hatred applies a submission of her own, but Thorne punches her with the chain to get out. Double stomp by Thorne. Hatred still doesn’t quit. Another double stomp. Thorne holds Hatred’s head up and drags scissors across her head. Colorado hands Thorne his chair, but Hatred kicks the chair into his face. Hatred lands an Exploder Suplex onto the chair. STF from Hatred with the chain makes Thorne quit.
The match is pretty brutal, and that’s something everyone should know going in- it won’t fit everyone’s fancy. On top of that, there was a fair amount of misogyny in Colorado’s commentary- which I think worked with the story. However, it showed how resilient Hatred was, most of the match consisting of her taking a beating, but refusing to quit. Thorne played his part well, and we all wanted him to get his comeuppance, his own arrogance leading to his downfall. You’re not going to leave this match knowing what kind of wrestlers Hatred and Thorne are- but you will leave thinking that Hatred is tough, and Thorne deserved to be humiliated, and for that, this match did its job well.
Thoughts from TJ Hawke:
This match ruled. While blood and gore is not my thing, when it’s used by performers as talented as Hatred and Thorne, it comes across as believable as opposed to exploitative. The emotion conveyed by these two was absolutely awesome. Check this match out for sure (this is an older AIW match, so the video quality is pretty weak).
While I’m here, a common topic I see being discussed and argued about is “violence against women” in wrestling. This is how I see it: context is everything. If a promotion was promoting man on woman violence as something good or if they were romanticizing misogyny in any way, that would be bad, and I would gladly call them out for it. However, wrestling is a platform for all sorts of stories being told. If there is a male character who is violent against women, but there is a story being told and and the character’s actions are portrayed to be “wrong,” then I don’t see what the problem with that is. It’s pretty clear (based on this match) that Thorne was being portrayed as a dick for hating on women, but then Hatred got revenge on him. What’s wrong with that story?
Match Rating: ***3/4