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Re: The 2014 MOTYC Thread
Naito vs. Suzuki
This was fine. Naito got his leg worked over, but ignored it in his comeback. He also whiffed badly on several strikes, including a key koppo kick. This was a really good night for Suzuki though, so the match ended up being decent.
Styles vs. Anderson
This was just there, for me. Almost had a back work story, but not really. Then some spots happened, which were ok ,but there was never a real story here.
Goto vs. Okada
I know everyone hates Goto, and usually no one hates him more than I do…but he’s been very good in this tournament. His timing is better, his moveset makes more sense, he sells better, and when he is in there with a quality worker, awesome stuff happens. And this was awesome stuff. It awesome because at first it feels like a normal Okada neckwork match, and then Goto hits Okada with a big lariat to kick off the comeback, and Okada starts selling like hes been knocked loopy. I know Okada’s selling has come in to question, but it was amazing here. He stumbles running the ropes, he falls during strike exchanges when its his turn, and he holds is jaw throughout the match. His jaw selling was absolutely incredibly, and the crowd rallied because Okada looked like he was fighting through being knocked loopy. There were some awesome, surprising counters at the end as well. Crowd was insane for this, buying into every nearfall.
In general I love the chemistry these two have. I gave their title match from February ****1/2 stars, and this was just under that.
Shibata vs. Ishii
Some really good spots, but mostly just a lamer rehash of last years match. The striking contest was great last year, this year it was just ok. The one counts were dramatic and big last year, this year they are lame. The no-selling wasn’t too problematic last year, this year it was. I did love Shibata putting one arm behind his back because of Ishii’s injury, but then Ishii ended the exchange by using his arm for a suplex, so that kinda wasted a cool visual, for me. Fun, but not amazing.
Ishii vs. Nagata
Loved this. Nagata wants to prove he can strike with Ishii, but when strikes don’t work, he goes to work on Ishii’s injured arm. This created some awesome drama, with the crowd rallying behind the clearly hurt Ishii. Nagata had an INCREDIBLE counter to the sliding lariat into the Nagata lock. Other than that, just the usual quality from Nagata’s matches. Ishii’s injury actually forces him to wrestle underdog again, which is great.
Okada vs. Suzuki
This was AMAZING! Match of the tournament for me, and I’m not even kidding. The arm work by Suzuki was glorious. And the selling….the Selling! Okada sold his arm like death. It was a sight to see. The crowd got way into a long arm submission, and then they were red hot through the finishing stretch. Excellent pace, awesome counters, and the whole match played on all their previous matches. Add in the fact that Okada needed this to make the finals, and everything was there. This was just excellent.
Credit for sig goes to: CHAMPviaDQ
Last edited by Nervosa; 08-15-2014 at 01:46 PM.