Wheelman for James Ellsworth
Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: The 2014 MOTYC Thread
Cut from my review in the WK8 Thread
Fale vs. Makabe
Wowzers, where did that come from? Both guys played to their strengths to make a really captivating contest. Shocked by how over both guys were. That table powerbomb was probably a botch by Makabe, but man did it look hellacious. Really amazing stuff. Kind of a miracle
Goto vs. shibata
Crap. Utter crap. The same Crappy match I've had to sit through 4 times. Everyone's going crazy over this and I have no clue why. What made this any different than all their other crappy matches? I know some people somehow like goto, so maybe this doesn't bother them. but I know I'm not the only one who hated all their other matches, and this was no different. Sloppy Goto execution? Check. Bad, useless, One counts? Check. The same, tired, no-selling suplex exchanges that have been ruining puro matches for like 5 years? Check. Further ruining of Shibata's finisher? Check. This match had everything that made their other matches tripe...AND MORE.
If you liked their other matches, fine, I can see why you would like this....but did anyone who hated their other matches like this? If so, I am really curious as to what the difference is.
*EDIT: I assume that this year, even though I rated this low, that I can place the review here since I am reacting to it being nominated. If not, I'll gladly delete it.
Okada vs. Naito
I can see why people are disappointed with this match, but they are blaming the wrong guy. This one is all on Naito. Look at this match compared to the two awesome ones from 2011. What did Naito do in those two matches that he forgot to do here? That's right kids: he didn't sell the neck. Because Naito didn't sell, his comeback had no heat, and his nearfalls had no life. He once again struggled in the setup to his stupid, heatless submission move, as well. The crowd took that moment as an opportunity to take a nap. Also, I hope Naito never does a headbutt again....they were laughably bad. Okada's final comeback got the crowd back in it, and his counter from Naito's headlock takedown attempt ruled, but the utterly heatless Naito sucked all possible life from the match.
Nakamura vs. Tanahashi
Nakamura wins entrance of the night. Wow, that was amazing. Match itself....very disappointing. Nakamura ignored the knee work again. I don't know how Shinsuke could sell so well the first half this year, and just suddenly stop, but his inability to sell the leg is really costing his matches. Tanahashi's timing still isn't quite right. He's missing a lot of spots by a couple inches. The counters in this match were incredible, and I was legitimately shocked by some of those reversals, especially he powerbomb into the lungblower. The last Boma Ye counter, however, was very sloppy and confusing. What was even sloppier was the stupid, awful, Styles Clash, which has looked horrible every since Tanahashi started doing it. The match climaxed pretty well ,and the counters hid a lot of storytelling, timing, and execution problems, but it was, at the very least, enjoyable.
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