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Re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)

NJPW Wrestling World in Tokyo Dome

Antonio Inoki vs. Vader

Yeah, this was amazing, a perfect clash of styles. Vader was a brilliant monstrous aggressor, and Inoki had the crowd going, he was a loveable punching bag. This match has probably the greatest selling of a German suplex ever, Inoki’s face told the whole story. And not just that, but overall – this piece of art is just a tremendous ode to selling, and a vivid callback to the strong style warriors of the 70s and the 80s.


NJPW Wrestle Kingdom II

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi © vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Good opening minutes. Tanahashi belittles Shinskay twice to show him who’s the Ace. Mind games are much appreciated. But Shinskay regains confidence through the matwork. Shinskay now controls the pace. But not for long, because Tana won’t let it slide, he attacks Shinskay’s legs. They go back-and-forth now, and this psychological war continues: tests of strength with stiff strikes, slaps and series of German suplexes. That’s some great selling from both. But suddenly, Shinskay fucks his arm up, and we got the turning point of the match. Tanahashi attacks it relentlessly. He’s being a dick. Shinskay selling it like a motherfucker, he has no chance in this match anymore. But wait, there’s still some fighting spirit left! He counters Tanahashi few times, finally catches him off guard, high-risk move and BAM! Shinskay wins! Fantastic match-up. Limb work in pro-wrestling can be tricky, it requires wrestlers who can make “boring” parts entertaining, and that’s where Tanahashi and Nakamura ruled, two exceptional wrestlers. Not a single dull moment, this is how you work a slow paced match.


NJPW Circuit 2009 New Japan ISM – Day 9

IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi © vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Not a classic, but still a damn good contest. The middle portions were good, the last chapter was great, but the opening stages of the match felt directionless and kind of vanilla. Sure, they were important in order to gain some advantage from a psychological standpoint, but I wasn’t particularly entertained. That’s why I enjoyed the finishing stretch immensely, Tanahashi is such a master in that department.


NJPW G1 Climax 2003 – Day 5

Block B: Yoshihiro Takayama vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Shibata thinks he can outpunch Big Tak? Well, think again, dipshit. Shibata was trying hard, but Takayama was just too damn big. When he decides he’s had enough, that’s it – grab your coat, son. Takayama was the best damn thing during Inoki’s “staged MMA wrestling” era.

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