Originally Posted by bigbuxxx
That last part reminds me of one of my favorite all time matches when KENTA tries to destroy his arm at GBH. I just saw that Hero defense for the first time a few days ago and I wasn't expecting much* and it was incredible. ****1/4+
*because their match in '09 in PWG sucked imo. One rare instance of trying to make epic happen and it not happening.
Ah, forgot the KENTA matches. Yes the first encounter (Glory By Honor V Night II I think) is tremendous and a lot of that is down to one of Danielson's finest performances. I'm generally not a huge fan of KENTA bar when he works against the heavyweights as I find his offence far more engrossing and think he's underrated in shining in that environment, though stick him with someone closer to his size and I generally struggle to like much bar the great SUWA match from NOAH in '05. Still, he was perfect as the international sensation picking apart a broken and fragile champion but Danielson's herculean effort in wrestling back control of the match marked a defining moment in his title reign. The fact he was still able to work afterwards as a cocky heel is exemplary and testament to his ability to portray a true champion here but not evoke a necessary face turn.
Haven't seen the Hero '09 match for some time (Guerre Sans Frontieres?) but I really dug their BOLA 11/2/08 match. 15 minutes and sees Danielson coming in with a damaged leg. Hero is great in respectfully choosing to stay away from the leg before immediately seizing upon it once Danielson gets the better of him. From there you get Hero as the vicious, methodical and brutal dissector and Danielson working underneath and trying to find a way to overcome certain defeat. Even the Danielson dive spot works through its timing as Danielson having to use everything to try and put Hero down, even at the expense of the leg.
Danielson/Low Ki from JAPW '02 is also an overlooked but wonderful Danielson match. Its a submission match and the camera angle is right underneath the action and you get to see the intricacies of every escape and counter. Unlike your typical indy mat wrestling though there's a real sense of bite and struggle in every transition (think Benoit/Finlay esque) and as a result it becomes highly engrossing and not a choreographed exhibition. If you haven't seen it I'd highly recommend it if you could obtain a link since its seemingly hard to track down.