Acknowledged by SCOTT STEINER
Join Date: Dec 2010
Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Well, finally watched Naito Vs. Okada.
One of the best matches I've seen all year and, despite the hype, one of the most surprising. Okada Vs. Tanahashi didn't do much for me, and whenever Naito has wrestled someone other than Nakamura he hasn't seemed very special either. Somehow these two made each other seem like the biggest stars of a generation. I loved the leg work, I loved Okada getting spurts of offense back but then returning to weakness in the leg, and all the damage he did on Naito's head/neck was great. All the technical wrestling and counters were way above average for a non-Nagata NJPW match. I'm still having trouble buying that Rainmaker Clothesline as a finisher, but all of Naito's evasions and the parallels to his German Suplex attempts really elevated its feeling. What an awesome match.