Low Ki vs. Sami Callihan from AAW 2017

This was for Sami Callihan’s AAW Heavyweight Championship.

I still am a believer. I still believe in Low Ki. That often leads me to being disappointed in his modern matches and to feel naive, but this battle reminded me so much of why I still believe.

It also sadly reminded me why he can still be such a disappointment. This match gave us both Low Ki and his dreaded alter-ego, Lol Ki.

There were sequences and moments in this one where Ki was absolutely on fire and looked like the best wrestler in world once again. He was just moving and working with such a sense of danger that you truly felt like someone was going to perish. It was amazing.

While they were not able to maintain that high level of work throughout, the match really went off a cliff in the final minutes. When it came time for Ki to do his duty, he unsurprisingly did not go down easily. Abyss had to show up to help Sami. Sami threw powder in Ki’s face. Abyss gave him a chokeslam from the top rope. That was how Sami beat Lol Ki on this night.

Blargh blargh blargh blargh. Low Ki. You just seem to be nearly impossible to integrate into a promotion in 2017 (and the last ten years unless the promotion had all of the leverage). You just are so fucking extra about everything. Get over yourself. (**1/2

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