Re: The 2011 MOTYC Thread
Dragon Gate USA - Enter The Dragon 2011
Blood Warriors (CIMA, Austin Aries, & Brodie Lee) vs. Johnny Gargano, Rich Swann, & Masato Yoshino - ****1/4
I absolutely loved this. It sucked that Chuck was hurt but Yoshino is a fine replacement. He wasn't involved in the match very heavily but his exchanges with CIMA early on were ridiculously great. Brodie looked like the ultimate big badass heel and it was definitely a shame he hurt himself because he was absolutely on fire. Crowd started a Brodie Lee chant after his elimination, so I think they liked his performance too. Late in the match CIMA went towards the camera and said: "Ronin baby? Ronin baby? I am baby!" And it was just one of those really stupid things that you had to laugh at once he put his thumb in his mouth and kept yelling baby. The final several minutes with the last two guys is what really made the match for me. They had to have been so gassed as the match went well over 30 minutes but they really busted their asses in the end and I loved it.
Open The Freedom Gate Championship
YAMATO(c) vs. PAC - ****
Another fantastic match on a fantastic show. As soon as YAMATO started working on the leg I thought to my self, "there's no way in hell PAC of all people is gonna sell that." But to my pleasant surprise, he actually did. It wasn't to the extent where he had to change his whole offense like Claudio and Generico have in PWG this year, but he'd occasionally limp, act like it buckled, or slap some life back into it. He just didn't blatantly ignore it like I expected, so that was good. The match itself had a really nice pace coming off the last match, where it just kept building and building towards the end and never got overwhelming. The crowd were just eating up the nearfalls near the end and it was cool to watch all their reactions. Really great stuff with a good performance from the pacster.