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We have unearthed maybe the greatest collection of hidden gems in wrestling nerd history. 350+ French Catch Matches from the mid 50s-mid 80s.

There will be info about a Google Drive soon, but we have started reviewing them over at Segunda Caida with youtube links for what we are watching.

 

https://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2014/05/la-complete-et-exacte-french-catch.html

 

Is the link to all of the Catch we have reviewed (some stuff which had been available before and the new stuff), and we will be doing new matches every Tuesday.

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20 hours ago, The Man Known as Dan said:

Hooooly shit. I am in on this.

Excellent. Let us know what you think as you go through things. 

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Just watched Eddy Wiecz/Eddy Koparanian vs. Georges Gueret/Andre Bollet 2/23/56. What a fun match. The footage looked so crisp. I might be mixing up the faces, but everyone had distinctive feel to them.

Bollet starting the match not shaking hands and then being intimidated by Koparanian. He was such a douche. At least twice disrespectfully slapping Wiecz.   The first half of the first fall has such a pretty feel to it. Interesting submission holds, athletic rolls, it doesn’t get touch until Bollet illegally kicks Koparanian in the back. Thus giving Gueret an opportunity to forearm the hell out of him. Now the rest of the match will be filled with forearm smashes and European Uppercuts.

Gueret was so good a subtly throwing knees in the corner without the ref seeing. His upper half is straight but clearly on camera he’s getting the guy right in the kidneys.

Without spoiling the ending for those excited to watch it, the move that’s done completely caught me by surprise.

I can’t wait to dig through more of these! Your site has been very helpful in learning about which older lucha matches to watch (and fall in love with), hopefully More from France can be my next discovery.

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This week we have a proto-WAR heavyweight battle between Iska Khan and Jim Oliver, and one of the craziest matches in wrestling history between Francis Louis/Jean Claude Bordeaux and Antonio Perero/Mota Dos Santos with both teams flying into the ring on spring platforms

 

http://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2020/02/tuesday-in-french-catch-day-louis.html

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This week we have the earliest Finlay match on tape that we think exists in the wild (and that is brand new to the community like ALL this footage), a raucous, crowd-pleasing tag team match between two experts in  Guy Mercier and Alan Mitchells and a real master of stooging in Ian Gilmour with Finlay as his bruising and bumping heavy. 

and maybe my favorite match we've watched so far with Jean Bout, who we'd never heard of but is just beyond great, taking on a real scumbag in Liano Pellacani. Watch this one. @DEAN, @Goodear @OSJ @supremebve @jaedmcthat means you (and everyone else too).

Youtube links and reviews in the post:
http://segundacaida.blogspot.com/2020/02/tuesday-is-french-catch-day-finlay.html

 

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I will second Matt's recommendation as I've already watched it. It's my favorite French catch so far since the Cesca/Catanzaro match. 

A fan throws a lit cigarette at a wrestler, do I need to say any more? 

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Jetlag posted his top 10 for 1957. I'm not so great at lists but I can definitely agree that every match on this list is well worth watching and you guys should do it now if you haven't already.

 

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Le Petit Prince & Francis Louis vs Daniel Noced & Jacky Richard 2/22/71

Match review:

This is my first Petit Prince match. I often start these French videos not knowing who is who for the first portion, but the moment the Prince got tagged in it became obvious. 

Very fun match. Started off with the clear Face-Heel dynamic. In the first movement the faces were outclassing the heels for a majority of the segments. Francis Louis establishing wrist control on Daniel Noced leading to multiple head scissors. Petit Prince comes in and uses his small size to his advantage by moving around Noced. Within minutes of each other, both Louis and Prince got Daniel Noced out of the ring. Francis Louis with a drop kick sending him over the top rope and Petit with a roll to get him through the bottom one. 

The match start to even up when Jacky Richard over powers Prince, but the quick reversal gets them both to tag out. A return to Louis getting the better of Noced follows until Noced gets revenge for his embarrassment earlier and throws Francis over the top rope. What follows is a series of beatings and tearing down of the Petit Prince. Heel advantage of stepping on the hair and kicking while the ref isn’t looking. Noced and Jacky continue to go back and forth on whose knee is on Prince’s head and different forms of hammerlock pins and stretches. All while Prince is reaching towards Louis. They even pulled a ref missed the tag move to rile everyone in the crowd up. The most beautiful beatdown had to be when Noced sits Le Petit Prince on the top turn buckle and is holding onto him while he is clobbering him back and forth. A close second to grabbing Princes hair, while in the hammerlock, and slamming him up and down against the canvas. 

The villains get the pin after a full press midsection breaker. Prince is kicked after the pin and the crowd loses it. All the characters are established here. Jacky Richards is the heel that will tire the smaller face down, Daniel Noced is the heel that will do cheating moves to get the heat, Francis Louis is the strong protected Face, and Le Petit Prince is the underdog that wows everyone with his fiery grace. 

In the next movement the Heels really up their cheating. Openly reaching in the ring, in front of the ref, to pull poor little Prince’s hair. They both even double team an arm submission, but Prince uses that to his advantage and dives to make the tag. Francis proceeds to smash both Noced and Jacky with strong European Uppercuts, repeatedly. While Prince’s character has the wow factor and the lovability and an underdog, Francis Louis is the equalizer. No nonsense, the guy that will out grabble and now out pummel the bullies. 

Once we’re back to a level field it’s the Petit-Noced show. Numerous times throughout the match the gentlemen have been kicked or thrown or rolled out of the ring. Now it is coming off more personal and heated. Petit and Noced brawl for a bit to the outside and the crowd is losing it. Complete pandemonium. Noced even throws Prince into the post, cutting his forehead open. Francis is looking to tag in, but an angry, wobbling Prince is too fired up and wants Noced to himself. He is now swinging punches. A few miss but when he starts landing them Noced is getting man-handled. But Noced swings back, much stronger than Prince, getting him again out of the ring. Apron madness and flipping leads to Daniel Noced being tied up. The rage in Prince to beat a vulnerable  stuck Noced until Prince couldn’t stand was brilliant. The towel gets thrown. Bad guys win. All because of the luck of cocky jerk Noced getting stuck and the pride of the Prince to stay in the match. It’s clear at that point if Francis Louis was tagged in they would have gotten the second fall and likely the third. That just makes Prince all the more endearing. After being overpowered and cheap-shotted throughout the fight, he had to prove himself and was angry enough to do it. However, with the beating taken, Prince just couldn’t stand long enough. Noced raises his arm in victory, like a prick. Beautiful.

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I’m very behind on watching these. But I think this week and next might have a few free hours to get my France on. Which full (or at least clipped but with beginnings and endings) matched do you recommend I check out next?

On 6/9/2020 at 11:39 AM, Matt D said:

Jetlag posted his top 10 for 1957. I'm not so great at lists but I can definitely agree that every match on this list is well worth watching and you guys should do it now if you haven't already.

 

I love a good list. Are all of these he mentioned on the Segunda Caida site?

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On 7/27/2020 at 9:18 PM, Octopus said:

I love a good list. Are all of these he mentioned on the Segunda Caida site?

Every single one of them has been reviewed on SC. Every Tuesday we review 2-4 more. Some match/review links might need to be added to the page above, but that link at the top will take you to all of them. There are several that stand out as the best, but I seriously doubt you would not entertained no matter the match you picked.  

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