Originally Posted by Spartanlax
You really feel that strongly about the match? I thought it was an awesome tag match (****1/4), but it made them and stuff and saying wrestling fans MUST own this? Meh. But yeah, for the price, definitely buy that DVD, tag match is worth it alone.
Marafuji and Rikio sloppy and botched stuff? WHAT?! Find me some examples, because I just watched that match numerous times and everyone was spot on. You don't have 1/2 the guys suck in a tag match and get a ****1/4 rating, it just doesn't happen.
I honestly believe that Spartan. Just look, individually, at what it did for everyone. Let's preface this by noting the match was over like a motherfucker, and all 4 men got a HUGE standing ovation and pop post match.
1) Marufuji - The most obvious. Maru was on a streak of great matches at Budokan, with great matches vs. Taue and Kobashi. But, he had a hard test coming up, with a title match vs. Akiyama. To make it worse, he would have to be really over to get the notoriously hard to please Budokan crowd behind him, as he was replacing Kobashi in what should have been one of the hugest matches in NOAH history. I honestly believe that without this match, had Marufuji been in an average NOAH 6-man, the crowd would have crapped all over him as a sub par replacement. Rather, the match drew, Maru was over like hell, the crowd popped huge for his win, it drew, and signaled a passing of the torch in NOAH. I'm not convinced that happens without this match getting over so well, Misawa may not have had the confidence to give him the belt. Marufuji went on to have the MOTY in a low drawing Budokan, but he did something that needed to be done: show and educate the NOAH crowds on what the future was. He would go on to have a great drawing defense vs. Misawa, where Misawa let him kick out of the Emerald Frosion, Tiger Driver '91, and a super Tiger Suplex '85, showing much respect.
2) KENTA - KENTA proved he could hang with bigger guys, proving his match with Kobashi was not a fluke as he had the best exchanges of the match with Morishima that was over like gangbusters. Had KENTA not looked believable here, and had the match not gotten over like it did, Misawa may not have had the balls to book KENTA vs. Marufuji on a Budokan main event, another very important match.
3) Takeshi Morishima - Morishima was amazing in this contest, the standout. he gained much credibility by killing people dead, and much confidence from management by not only looking amazing, but making KENTA and Marufuji look incredibly credible and like giant killers. Showed that a junior vs. heavyweight, something not often seen prior to 06 in NOAH, could work without Kobashi to lead it along. KENTA vs. morishima is now drawing as one of the main events for the next Budokan, largely due to exchanges in this match.
4) Takeshi Rikio - Much simpler than the others. Budokan HATED Rikio. In this match, he looked like a killer lariating the hell out of MaruKENTA. Also, got over by association with Morishima. Definatly went a long way towards re-establishing himself for a potential title run in the future.
So ya, typed a lot more than I meant to, but thats my opinion towards it. Thats what happens when I decide not to get AAO though.