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re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Okada looked *absolutely* awful in his match. He stunk it up anytime he was in the ring, looked weak, and his strikes have gotten worse. WTF? He couldn't even do hold the bridge on his German Suplex. Sugabayashi's comment on that he had a long way to go and that he was gonna go back to the states probably was to threaten him to get better.
Absolute highlight of that match was Takayama hitting his best Everest German in like 6-7 years, which was embarrassing because Okada totally gaffed his. The bridge and execution was absolutely picture perfect.
Other than that...
Strong Man/Nakanishi owned in the opening match and their interactions with Bad Intentions were great. Beer Money's participation in the match felt out of place, but I think their job was to bump so Strong Man could recover. Anderson: Beer Money, Nakanishi, Strong Man, Tokyo Sports, FUCKKK YOUUUUUUU!!!!!!1 Fun stuff.
CMLL + Liger match was okay. It had all the trademark spots, but it felt disjointed. The side turnbuckle pads threw off the CMLL guys and so did the lack of crowd interaction.
Tenzan/Iizuka was nothing special, just okay. Iizuka going wild during his entrance is always fun to watch though.
RVD/Yano wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, weapons covered up a lot of its flaws. Yano's extremely stiff umbrella shot to RVD's chest was hilariously funny.
Nagata/Suzuki was all sorts of great fun. Very cool opening video package on top of that.
Devitt/Ibushi went longer than I thought it would, but it ended up being a very good and enjoyable match.
Goto/Okada vs. Takayama/Sugiura. Well I already made the comment on Okada, but the rest of the match was okay. Unfortunately, Okada was in the match a lot so yeah... Goto and Sugiura's exchanges were absolutely great and Takayama kicked all sorts of ass.
I hope no one is forced to watch Hardy vs. Naito. Hardy botched a leapfrog and he was so slow and terrible in the match. At one point, it looked like he had a pocketknife in his pants and it was uncomfortable enough that he had to throw out.
Nakamura/Go was disappointing, but it was alright and what I expected it to be.
Makabe/Tanaka was intense and the ramp table spot was cringeworthy. I don't think Makabe is going to be wrestling at the ME/UpMC level for more than 2 years.
Kojima/Tanahashi was a good match. I was surprised and very happy with the amount of effort Koji put into it.
They had Borash announce for almost all the matches and it was huge error. He announced the Junior Heavyweight match as the Heavyweight title match, which caused Devitt to facepalm and he totally mispronounced Nakamura's name. He's such an amateur. Ughh....
Okada probably ended up looking worse than Hardy, honestly.
Meltzer said that there were 18,000 fans in attendance and watching the opening dark matches, the card, + Tanahashi celebration seems to confirm it. Eagle shot makes the attendance look better than it is.