Lacing SCOTT STEINER's boots
Join Date: Jul 2011
re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
NOAH - Mitsuharu Misawa Memorial Night
Atsushi Kotoge vs Kikutaro
I was expecting a lot more from Kikutaro (...and Kotoge to a lesser extent). He never usually fails to amuse me but this match was pretty abysmal outside the few funny moments.
Daisuke Ikeda & Takuma Sano vs Genba Hirayanagi & Kentaro Shiga
I could be mistaken but it looks like Ikeda was attempting a few comedy spots. The fact I can't tell if they were ment to be funny should give you some sort of idea on how well they came off. Ikeda should stick to what he does best; hurting people.
Mohammed Yone & Ricky Marvin vs Katsuhiko Nakajima & Satoshi Kajiwara
I enjoyed the interactions between Marvin and Nakajima, but for the most part this was just some silly juniors action featuring an unmotivated Yone.
Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Zack Sabre Jr. vs Luke Gallows, Roderick Strong & Bobby Fish
ZSJ is really growing on me. He has the ability to garner sympathy from the crowd and he can bump like Ziggler. Gallows is playing the out-of-control monster character. It's very simular to Takashi Izumida's gimmick; only Gallows does it much better. ZSJ and Gallows really compliment each other here.
Tamon Honda & Masao Inoue vs Maybach Taniguchi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Kotaro Suzuki & Atsushi Aoki © vs Naomichi Marufuji & Taiji Ishimori - GHC Jr. Heavyweight Titles
These four guys where trying to wrestle a 5 star epic but a lot of the stuff in the match feel flat on it's face. The momentum shifts in this match were very poor. It never felt like one team was ever in control and it caused the match to have a real lack of drama excluding when Aoki kept trying to lock on various armbars onto Ishimori, who sold them like death. I will give these guys credit though. I knew who was going to win going into this but that didn't stop the few odd moments when I thought the losers were going to prevail. It's just that a lot of the other near-falls went way over overkill levels. I suspect the same sort of fans that thought Richards vs Edwards from last year was a five star match will have give this match a very high rating.
Jun Akiyama, Go Shiozaki & Akitoshi Saito vs Takeshi Morishima, Kensuke Sasaki & Shiro Koshinaka
Full of plenty of pointless yet fun strike exchanges. Typical NOAH house show-styled main event. The audience popped big for Koshinaka and his butt butts.
The post-show memorial was pretty touching. Kobashi was clearly trying to hold back the man tears.
A tad disappointing to be honest. Two matches are worth checking out if you want some NOAH in your life, but avoid the rest.