Rex Bedford looks at his two shirtless buddies and says with a smirk, "I've always kinda wanted to be in a three-way." Now, before you let your imaginations get the better of you, remember that I run a family-friendly blog here, not a porn site. That's not the kind of "three-way" we're talking about. Rather, 88Wrestling brings us a three-way wrestling match featuring Rex Bedford, Chase Lundquist, and Ethan Andrews (which is much, much better than porn in my book).
The three-man match has been a standard feature in pro-style wrestling for a long time. It can take different forms. In one scenario, you get two guys who team up together and dish out punishment on the third (like we saw before with Brad Barnes and Austin Cooper beating up on Ethan). Another scenario has the single guy (usually a big dude) instead beating up on the other two wrestlers who try to gang up on him (a la Braden Charron against Cameron Matthews and Chris Richards). And then you get the three-way match in its purest form where all three dudes are figthing against each other.
This match from 88Wrestling falls into the last category with Rex, Chase, and Ethan battling it out to prove who the top dawg is. But you still get a taste of the other scenarios, too. As the match progresses, we eventually see Rex and Chase form an alliance to take Ethan out. What then follows is a temporary two on one battle. Two of my favorite wrestlers beating up on Ethan? I can watch that all day. Then, with punk Ethan thoroughly defeated and out of the way, the combat turns to a contest between Rex and Chase. Two of my favorite wrestlers battling it out in the ring? I can watch that all day, too. This is one of several matches that 88Wrestling filmed where the conditions obviously are hot in the ring. I don't know if that's intentional, or maybe the air contitioning was broken. As a consequence, you get a lot of sweat from the wrestlers, which adds to the appeal of their combat. But you also get a slippery ring, which probably makes the wrestlers hold back a little bit on the action. I really like to see power wrestling moves, with lifts and carries and slams, yet we don't get as much of that in this match as I would like because the mat surface quickly turns into a slip-and-slide with all the sweat. But that's my only critique, because overall it's another fun and entertaining production by 88Wrestling. As the fight continues, the contest transitions into a boxing match. Eventually this leads to the conclusion where one stud flexes his sweat covered body in triumph over the knocked-out cold body of his opponent, leaving no dispute in the end who the top dawg is in this three man fight.
It's a "Three-Way" . . . 88Wrestling-style.
For more photos and commentary about this match, check out Joe's Ringside blog.