Jump to content
DVDVR Message Board

WRESTLER OF THE DAY: MATT BENTLEY (Michael Shane)


Recommended Posts

I totally forgot Bentley (or Michael Shane for his TNA name) even existed until I was going through the TNA title histories looking for ideas. And Shane was a two time X-Division champ - including co-holding the belt with Kazarian because why not???

 

 

 

 

Oh and just to comply with Vordell Walker standards

Link to post
Share on other sites

I thought he had a great look and his work was solid enough without showing much of anything. Wasn't he HBK's nephew or something?

 

Cousin

Link to post
Share on other sites

He was a good looking kid and a solid worker, but nothing about him said "superstar."  Seemed to be a huge backlash against him everytime he was pushed in TNA. 

 

I think he was a victim of his relationship with HBK more than he was a benefactor of it.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Fuck, I need to edit my post in Most Hated Wrestler.

 

Oh god, I totally forgot about this asshole in that thread.  The "Bentley Bounce" is the worst fucking thing fucking ever.

 

Rage.  Pure, blind rage.  Fuck Michael Shane.

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

The Michael Shane backlash started in part due to the Bentley Bounce yes, but also because he was wrestling in the X Division despite not being as fast, innovative, etc. as Sabin, Williams, Kaz, Dutt, Styles, etc. Bentley was seen as the odd man out. Bentley even said he didn't like wrestling the X Division style and actually perfered going up against guys like Truth, Brown, Abyss, etc. I am not sure WHEN it happened (Hoytamania), but Bentley just became ass in the ring. Slapping his leg while missing superkicks left and right.

 

He definitely had 'future star' potential in his ROH and early TNA days, however in retrospect I'd put him in the early 2000 wrestlers that were considered good but didn't pan out. Wrestlers like Xavier and Bentley work well in a bubble and ONLY when present in that bubble. I.E. if this was 2003- Bentley would be the shit, but because its 2014 and we are reviewing 2003- not so much. He worked well within his time, but I don't think a lot of his work (espiecally post 2004) holds up.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually really liked 2003-era Bentley but yeah, as others have pointed out, it seemed the bloom was off the rose rather quickly. Somewhat irrationally now that I think about it, he was actually one of my favorite workers in the world at one point.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, I really liked Bentley during the early ROH, TNA, MLW days.

He had a good douchey charisma about him which the Young Bucks seem to have inherited.

 

The Bentley Bounce was the WORST though.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Bentley seemed like he had enough athletic ability to be capable of doing really cool shit... and then he never did anything worth remembering.  I do think being Shawn's nephew probably did eventually hurt him; it's David Flair syndrome, where it doesn't matter how much you improve, you'll always be compared to an incomparable standard.  

 

I remember getting the stinkeye from him one time at TNA, when he happened to be walking by right as I was saying "Shawn Michaels only had like five moves", missing the entire context that this was an anti-MOVEZ~! monologue about how half the greatest wrestlers ever had their own personal five moves of doom.  

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...