Working Dark Matches
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: University Of Saint Thomas (St. Paul, Minnesota)
Re: Official Indy DVD Thread
There are only two KENTA matches worth watching so far this year; Aoki+Ibushi vs. KENTA+Ishimori and KENTA vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima. Both were at ****3/4 by my watch, and in both matches KENTA was carried by other workers.
Every other KENTA match I have at ****1/4 tops, including against Davey and Nigel.
This isn't about star ratings and how our views of a good match differ though. This is about KENTA not caring.
This year KENTA has been working at half speed, clearly going through the motions. Nearly all of the matches look the exact same. We all have heard of the KENTA title defense formula, well it goes beyond title matches, You see one of his 2009 matches you see them all. No innovation. No suspense. No excitement.
Moreso though, no emotion. Look at Old KENTA, against SUWA and Marufuji, even a bit against Kotaro earlier this year. He showed emotion. It looked like it mattered to him who would win. Hell, it looked like he may lose. To be honest, KENTA always is better in losing efforts because in these matches he looks like he could lose. His face shows fear, rather than the blank mug we get in 2009.
I could go on about my distastes with modern KENTA, but it is not necessary. Sure I have enjoyed some stuff of his this year, I loved his Kotaro work, but it was nothing special on his part. Against Davey, Go, Suzuki, even Marvin, they worked their asses off to carry his. That is why he has done nothing of note.
A wrestling match is like a balanced diet. The basics are carbs, keeping you going. Armdrags may not be the highlight, but they're key to the development. Dairy is emotion and crowd interaction, like bones, they strengthen the match, and in there absense, the it will fall apart. Meat is moves like suplexes and finishers. They’re cool, but if you rely on them you’d be unhealthy, and the matches unwatchable. Mat work is fruits and vegetables. We may not like them, but some is sweet chain wrestling. Last is spots and indy MoVEz~!, your sugars and fats. You can't just eat chocolate, and thus you need to do more than flips and head drops to get above ****.