Maybe today wasn't the day to watch this, as I'm a bit tired/sleepy, but 18 minutes in, the glacial pace of the match and the full submission/ground game with zero intensity isn't doing it for me. I will be the first to say that today's wrestling could do with more mat-based stuff, but contrasting this to the intensity of the previous match I saw is baffling. Seeing a single suplex causing a pinfall is also something that feels weird these days. Murdoch's offense looking so poor at first doesn't help at all.The forefather of pro wrestling is the collar-and-elbow wrestling brought from Ireland in the 17th century. The tie-up, the mare, hiptoss, the Irish Whip; all of that comes from collar-and-elbow. There was some bleedover from Lancashire catch-as-catch-can (especially in regards to armlocks), but the heart of what we think of now as pro wrestling started in Ireland.
The forefather of MMA was the movie Bloodsport. The Gracies can say what they like, but every time UFC has made a major rules change, it's been to get fighters up and moving like the movie fights, not to preserve the supposed 'true no-holds-barred' roots. UFC wants to be K-1 with chokeholds. The company went bankrupt trying to be 'real'.
Inoki vs Ali was a sort of strange aberration. It happened, but it's not like anything came of it. You would think if someone was going to try and cash in on that style they wouldn't have waited 25 years to do it.
And now great match tax!
The rest of the match is a bit better, with Murdoch getting a bit more offense in, and Inoki selling for him more, but I think they had already lost me by then. So yeah, I'm sad to say this match wasn't to my liking. Maybe older style wrestling just lacks some spectacle for my tastes.