The Bull Elephant vs The Python
(Monday, September 03, 2007)
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This match was very much like watching a bull elephant doing battle with a python. The bull elephant, in this case, Radim,
had a major size and weight advantage over Petra. During the first part of the match Radim, obviously a skilled wrestler, was able to very effectively deflect most of Petra's attacks. Petra's trademark attack format is to first thow a vice like headlock on her victim, throw him off balance and drag him to the mat, and then pull him into her notorious 'death grip' - a fierce headlock and deep thigh scissors combination from which I've never ever seen anyone manage escape. Once caught in Petra's grip it is simply a matter of how long her opponent can endure the agony. Some are better than others. Some hang on for minutes, but most capitulate in seconds. This time, though, Petra met her match. Radim was visibly larger and far more muscular than she was, but despite this Petra did manage to throw her deathgrip on him a couple of times. Sure, she struggled enormously to hold him in her headlock but her thighs were firmly around his torso, every muscle bulging and straining, squeezing him closer to submission. Petra's phenomenal struggle to squeeze Radim into submission were the definite highights of this match. Most interestingly, strong as Radim was, once Petra had him in her python hold it was over for him. Despite his physique, his size, his musculature, his weight - none of this mattered. It meant that Petra had to work tremendously hard to keep him scissored, but once she had him, all of these great physical attributed were for nothing. And she broke him in seconds. The key for Petra was to overcome his ability to dodge her grip. For the first half of the match he did this extremely well, with Petra visibly frustrated at not being able to bring her usual crushing power to bear on him. On those occasions where Petra was able to break through his defences, despite Radim's superior weight and musculature, once Petra had him headlocked and scissored he collapsed. And after seeing Petra take such an onslaught during the first part of the match, it was really good to see her score against Radim. Because Petra spent the first part of the match 'spinning her wheels', unable to seize Radim, once she did manage to get a lock on him her thighs went to work instantly. No delay at all. Like they'd been starved of a victim for too long, they strained and bulged to their limit, her face red and contorted as she poured every ounce of her power into submitting him. Once trapped like this Radim fought like hell, alternately reaching behind himself to try to pry loose her deadly scissors, and then trying to pull his head out of her headlock - which simply allowed Petra to bear down with her thighs even harder. Caught like this Radim managed to sustain the agony for a surprisingly short time - only a few seconds - before capitulating. On one occasion, about 3 seconds. Petra had a HUGE challenge in this match. It truly was like watching a python take on an elephant. Truly amazing to see Petra tightening her thighs with all her might around such a large opponent and submitting him. What this match clearly shows is that once Petra has a male opponent caught in her death squeeze, NOBODY escapes. Radim sure did try to escape, and he almost made it. Almost. But not quite. He just could not summon the power needed to break out of her powerful scissors, especially when she had him an vice like headlock combination. Deadly. And he went down. Fast. It was kind of like because he was so much bigger than her, her victory in submitting him was all the better because of it. In interviews after other mixed matches male opponents have said that being scissored by Petra is like being crushed between two large trees. Scary. The reason Radim did as well as he did in this match is that he was able to deflect most of Petra's attacks and he was able, for the most part, stay clear of her legs. Had he not been able to do that it would have been a rout. Another classic in this match was the demonstration of Petra's phenomenal strength. On several occasions, fully pinned by Radim, Petra was able to summon the strength to arch her back and literally throw Radim off. Unbelievable display of brute strength. Petra is a tower of muscle, strength, and determination. In other matches this, combined with her ferocity, tenacity, and determination makes her one of the most formibable female wrestlers ever. Any male coming up against Petra faces the psychological disadvantage of her tremendous determination and ferocity, and this coupled with her unbelievable strength and determination to win makes her just about unbeatable. Petra lost this match, BUT NOT BY VERY MUCH. In watching the contest again it is clear that toward the latter part of the bout she had figured out Radim's technique, allowing her to adjust to it and scissor him. That is where most of the submissions she got against Radim were found. A rematch between these two is a definite must! Biggest challenge I've ever seen Petra take on. Truly a python vs the elephant.