You either love Danhausen or you hate him; there doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. Certainly, since his recent signing with Ring of Honor, Danhausen has divided that fandom in two with those who enjoy his very knowing brand of zaniness, and those who feel he is a contradiction to the company’s new focus on pure wrestling. I admittedly am in the former camp, while Danhausen’s opponent , Brian Johnson, is undoubtedly in the latter.
Johnson has been furious since his loss to Danhausen at last December’s Final Battle pay-per-view, a match whose result led to Danhausen being signed with the company. Johnson has cut several impassioned promos since, proclaiming how Danhausen is making a mockery of the sport and that he is taking opportunities that should rightly go to Johnson. It’s been compelling, whether you agree with Johnson or not.
In a lot of ways, this feud is the IWC argument between pure wrestling and Sports Entertainment made flesh. Johnson wanted a rematch and he got it last night, February 4th, in a YouTube-exclusive matchup.
A couple of times Johnson got on the mic and berated Danhausen, only for the very nice, very evil wrestler to embarrass him. I particularly enjoyed Danhausen doing his ‘Tequila’ bit, chanting the melody from the popular Champs instrumental and kicking Johnson in the head as he did it. There was also evidence to dispel the argument that Danhausen is all character and can’t wrestle. Ok, so he’s not Jonathan Gresham; he doesn’t need to be. He took Johnson down to the mat early on in a smooth sequence and later brought out Daniel Bryan’s ‘Cattle Mutilation’ submission finisher in a nice nod to ROH history.
For all his talk of Danhausen embarrassing the sport, it seems that Johnson is not above bending the rules, a sure slight against the celebrated Code of Honor. He unattached the top Turnbull and, whilst the ref was distracted by rearranging it, he cracked the evil one in the head with a mic and even out his feet on the ropes for the deciding cover. The swinehausen!
An entertaining match that will not convince any of Danhausen’s critics of his worth, nevertheless, if you’re part of the coverted, like I am, then you’ll agree it was very evil, very nice. What more do you want?