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re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Giant Bernard (NJPW, 7/18/2011)
Man, I see people talking about Tana/Nagatas, Tana/Kojimas and Tana/Gotos, but no one talks about this match. And this is my New Japan MOTY for 2011, and #2 in Puro overall, right behind SUWAMA/Akiyama. This match was perfectly structured and perfectly executed. The storytelling was smashing, especially the callbacks on their 2006 IWGP match. The drama and suspense were great, because this is Giant F'N Bernard we're talking about, and he damaged Tanahashi strong enough to make everyone believe he's walking away with that title. Of course, it made Tanahashi's comebacks much more significant. Great selling from both guys too, it's very appreciated. To sum up, this match is brilliant, both of them are on top of the game, and played their characters to perfection.