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Prime Time
05-20-2018, 07:17 AM
Been a lot of debate about Sami Callihan and his work lately.

I'm not his biggest fan truth be told. I think he's better at a personality than what I've seen of his matches. I'm also not the biggest Eddie Edwards fan either. So this feud is a bit of a weird one for me. That said, the videos they are producing will sell it to someone who catches it for the first time. There's definitely an uptick in the way they're presenting stuff at Impact since the changeover.

mizfan
05-21-2018, 12:02 PM
Callihan has his moments, but overall I've got to agree I'm not a fan. He likes to make a big production in his matches, lots of face pulling and faux "vicious" attacks, but I just never buy it. Maybe he just seems like he's trying too hard or something? I have trouble putting my finger on it. He's not a channel changer as a rule but I don't ever seek him out, though he can be hard to avoid these days. I like him a bit more in Lucha Underground, having better gear and a more defined character helps him, but he's far from a favorite.

I watched his match with Edwards at Impact vs. Lucha and it was an extreme eye-roller, one of my least favorite matches I've seen this year. Trying to use a real life injury to build heat in 2018 feels pretty desperate, especially because it seems the injury only occurred because Sami (and possibly Edwards) is an idiot, doing stuff that doesn't look dangerous but actually is to minimum effect.

Prime Time
05-28-2018, 02:43 PM
Catching up on Impact right now. Oh man, this Callihan Edwards stuffy does not do it for me at all. Josh actually just said 'Eddie Edwards has lost the last of his humanity' while Eddie made a face/noise like he belonged in Jurassic Park.

mizfan
05-28-2018, 03:06 PM
But he's "The Draw", Pete! :rolleyes:

Prime Time
05-28-2018, 03:10 PM
I usually like Eddie but they're asking him to do stuff that's out of his range. Square peg, round hole.

And even liking him.... Not sure I'd ever think of him as a draw so they might want to rethink that one!

mizfan
05-28-2018, 03:12 PM
I think it's actually Sami who has christened himself "The Draw" in the wake of the injury angle.

I don't mind Edwards, never have, but asking him to do basically any kind of story driven angle seems outside his range. ;) Fun in the ring but never thought he brought much else.

Prime Time
05-28-2018, 03:15 PM
Ah I may have tuned Sami saying that out...

Generic mid card babyface tag team with Davey was about right in many ways, for me.

mizfan
05-28-2018, 03:24 PM
Probably the most I ever liked them was anchoring the tag division. Mixing it up with the Hardys, 3D, and especially the Dirty Heels was great stuff for them.

Prime Time
05-28-2018, 03:28 PM
Well look at that, we agreed again.

Prime Time
11-05-2019, 01:06 PM
I hear Impact put the belt on Callihan?

mizfan
11-05-2019, 05:11 PM
They did, and look at the buzz it created? ;)

I kid, Callihan is very much not my cup of tea but I know some have really enjoyed his work in Impact. I'm more interested in the idea that Tessa Blanchard may be the one to unseat him, though I'm not sure they're still looking in that direction.

Prime Time
01-14-2020, 12:23 PM
Turns out that they were. Makes you wonder what is next for the so-called 'Draw'.....

PEN15v2
01-14-2020, 03:25 PM
Probably a hardcore match route. Not much else he can do with the credibility he has right now.

Team Farrell
01-14-2020, 05:11 PM
"The Draw".

https://i.ibb.co/fnH9XQg/Untitled-1.jpg

In the sold-out whatever the fuck dome.

PEN15v2
01-14-2020, 05:29 PM
You should know you can't blame a single star for attendance.

He's a great character worker. He is a solid heel who's likely giving his best performance of his career in Impact. But it's hard to draw when you're booked as a transitional champ to an experiment.

Team Farrell
01-14-2020, 05:44 PM
I know you can't, but to call yourself The Draw in a company that's not drawing is laughable.

I can't stand the dude. I think he's a poor worker, I don't think that he's credible (and that was before doing his stuff with Tessa), I think that it's indy as hell to call your finish "Cactus Special '97", and I don't think he's anywhere close to the top talent that Impact has been trying for like two years to convince people that he is.

Despite knowing that this guy is a deathmatch wrestler who's been through barbed wire and glass, I still don't think he comes off as tough. He seems like a guy trying to convince the world that he's tough, without believing it himself. And he's built like a middle aged woman.

EDIT: I thought he had potential in NXT, but the more of him I see, the less I believe that.

Prime Time
01-14-2020, 06:29 PM
That's pretty much my take. I was sort of intrigued when he was... Solomon Crowe, was that the name? But since he left I can't say I have liked anything I've seen from him, really.

PEN15v2
01-15-2020, 11:00 AM
I like his character work. I think he's one of the few people who can be a true heel in 2020. And it's likely accentuated by his lack of in ring ability.