Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
NJPW The New Beginning 2013
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Karl Anderson
Karl Anderson, where you been all my life? Has Anderson also been capable of churning out a performance like this? Great seller and was awesome at handing out the desperation flying big boots. Tanahashi was also good; he looks to of found his niche in playing the seasoned veteran. His performance here was reminiscent of his first match with Okada. Let's hope Tanahashi continues to work in this position and maybe we can start seeing some great matches like this on a more consistent basis that don't fall victim to your typical Tanahashi flaws.
WWE Raw 02/25/2013
John Cena vs CM Punk
Only a slight step behind their MITB classic, this match is one of the few matches from this year that I think will give Nakamura/Sakuraba a run for their money. Basically, this felt quite similar to their Night of Champions match but executed much better and without the pointless finisher trading and crappy anti-climatic finish. The narrative remains the same; both men are equals and can see each others' signature spots coming from a mile a way and eventually they have to start pulling out some new moves out the bag in an attempt to confuse the other man. Cena really shined in this particularly; his bumping and selling was top notch. An excellent match with believable near-falls in front of an appreciative super-hot crowd.