Re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hirooki Goto (11/11/2007)-****
-I remember the absolute pimping of this match back in the day and it still hold up extremely well. Very well paced, absolute insanity with great back and forth and what’s crazy is that these guys weren’t even hitting their strides yet. Man those nearfalls still get me and a great finishing stretch + hot crowd that bought into everything to top everything off. Tanahashi was just starting to live up to his hype and of course my love for Goto goes without saying. Definitely top 10 puro MOTY from 07.
Shingo Takagi & Hulk vs. KENTA & Ishimori (3/20/2008)-****
-Despite my qualms with Dragon Gate back in 2008, this is one of my favorite matches ever from that year, if not my MOTY. Some great momentum trading, lots of crazy signature offense on both sides and they each got the opportunity to shine in their respective roles within the match all spread out through roughly 25 minutes. Hulk/Ishimori provided the lucha, Shingo/KENTA provided the stiffness. The finishing stretch was balls in true Dragon Gate fashion. Can’t go wrong with this caliber of talent, they’re all so great.