Re: The 2014 MOTYC Thread
Tana/Nakamura was really good, but really was let down for me by Nakamuras apparent dislike of selling his leg. It'd elevated by some fantastic stuff though, two good control segments (Nakamuras early stuff and then Tanahashi working over the leg), awesome and unique counters and sequences, Nakamura kicking the shit out of Tanahashi and winning all of the strike exchanges fairly easily etc was all really good stuff. But yeah, the selling...just random. There was one point where Tanahashi hit a dragon screw or something and Nakamura just completely blew it off, like, it wasn;t even a fighting spirit no sell spot, it was like he just pretended the sequence they just did didn't even happen at all. Weird because when Tana first started after the leg he was great at the short term selling, writhing in pain, holding the leg etc, then when it's time for his comeback his mind must just go totally blank. He's so talented and just gold in every other aspect, and it isn't even like he can't sell because we've all seen him do it before, it just seems to be the last year he seems to be refusing to do it, and like someone said already, when it's such a focal point of the match like this one, you NEED to sell the leg.
Okada/Naito for the first half was heading towards being fucking great imo, then the second half happened and Naito started doing his stupid submission finisher that nobody even knows exists apparently and the crowd full on dies for big portions of it while Naito was making his comebacks. Still some great spots like Okada getting angry to the extent I've never seen before after Naito starts hitting headbutts, and Okada destroys him on the outside and starts kicking stuff and throwing his elbow pads. Okada had some really good stuff towards the end, the tombstone spots and the Rainmaker set ups etc. I'm going to sound like a complete bias fanboy now but I really don't see how the blame for this being disappointing can be laid on Okada when he was clearly a fuck ton better than Naito here. Wasn't Okada's finest moment, but he was really good as he usually is, came across like the champion at a lot of points and kept things logical and got the crowd back in to the match whenever he would comeback or be in control. It was Naito that didn't sell anything, killed the crowd because you could tell they wanted him to sell at least a little, throw a hand to the neck, take some time...something. Okada sold the neck really well and he only had a couple of instances of Naito even going after that body part. This also didn't have the flow or chemistry as their 2011 matches against each other. Like the main event, this had some really good stuff, but it's far too flawed to be anything more than good.