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re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
I rambled incoherently on that match earlier in the week, actually. Again, if you're not a fan of cursing, work the scroll bar yesterday:
Y’know, I think this might actually be better than the final. Granted, it’s been a long ass time since I saw Pegasus/Sasuke, but this baby holds up better than most New Japan junior heavyweight matches of the era. Sasuke’s technically fine and everything here – minus a few selling issues – hitting all of his stuff nicely and at the right time, but Liger’s just 100% grade-A awesome. He’s in pissed off Liger mode so he spends the first half of the match torturing Sasuke like the Japanese indy scrub that he is, stretching him to shit for fun. Sasuke’s not the best seller in the world, but Liger’s smart enough to know this and not focus entirely on one body part, instead choosing to make Sasuke squeal by ripping at any limb that might be available at the time. He’ll also take the time to let him up so he can kick him in the fucking head. At one point I think he actually knocks him the fuck out legit with a Koppo kick. It was TOO fucking MANLY!
They transition into the extended finishing stretch with a Sasuke Quebrada and this is where Sasuke gets to show everyone that he is INSANE. Crowd are fucking amped for all of it. Sasuke hits a somersault plancha from the top to the floor and then tries to kill Liger with a RIDICULOUS powerbomb that lands him right on the back of his head. It’s a Razor’s Edge style powerbomb so it’s all high-angled and shit. Nasty. Commentator’s reaction is priceless, I’ll tell ya. Sasuke tries to get freaky with a senton, but Liger moves and breaks his face with a Shotei. I love how Liger always sells the hand after he’s just used it to Shotei someone’s teeth down their throat. Then he gives him a nice receipt for the powerbomb with a Ligerbomb, and I’m convinced Sasuke straight up refuses to take a powerbomb of any variation if it doesn’t land him on his head. GREAT nearfall for that, then an even GREATER nearfall for a Liger top rope Hurricanrana and then an EVEN GREATER nearfall for Sasuke hooking Liger’s legs and trying a quick cradle.
Crowd are legit out of their minds at this point, and I’m surprised they can take any more after Sasuke kicks out of a release German that lands him – yet again – on the back of his noggin. When Sasuke kicks out of a fisherman buster you can just FEEL Liger’s frustration – he’s spent all this time dropping the fool on his head and torturing him on the mat and he’s STILL kicking out of everything he throws at him. He even borrows a page from Sasuke's playbook and takes to the air with a plancha from the top out to the floor. He put Sasuke there with a suplex from inside the ring, btw. Just trying to give you an idea of how much shit this poor Sasuke fella’s been hit with.
End seems almost inevitable for the future senator when Liger fucking CRUSHES his skull with a Koppo kick that was just TOO rewind-worthy for any sane man to handle. Sasuke practically popping right up is a little annoying, but it leads to the finish which is perhaps the best example of why Liger’s such a fucking KING as Sasuke goes for his springboard Hurricanrana and ends up slipping on the rope and falling flat on his fuggin’ face. A lesser man in Liger’s position would’ve buckled, but Liger mocks him by APPLAUDING the son of a bitch for managing to wipe himself out. Of course, his cockiness comes back to bite him in the ass as Sasuke catches him off guard with a regular Hurricanrana and hooks the legs for the huge upset.
Golly this was fucking great. You’re probably sick of me riding Liger’s cock every time I review one of his matches, but the guy really does rule it hefty in this. Like I said, Sasuke’s technically fine and everything, and he should be given credit for not caving after botching his finisher the way he did too, but there just aren’t too many guys that could beat the everloving shit out of someone and have that person come back and pin them without making either guy look weak in the slightest. Crowd are suitably THUNDEROUS afterwards. Liger even goes ahead and gives Sasuke a pat on the back for his troubles. They have a fucking superduper rematch in July of ’94 that is even better than this, and it features even more Liger-killing-some-poor-dummy spots than this. I’ll ramble about that next time. Oh yeah, GET ALL THIS! ****1/2