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Old 06-06-2012, 12:21 PM   #1131 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see Okada/Goto and Karl/Shinskay.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:38 PM   #1132 (permalink)
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Remember when most people, including myself, were wondering what the fuck Okada was doing going straight to the main event? He's really turned me around. Dude seems on his way to becoming legit in a couple years, and I genuinely look forward to his singles matches more than any other on the cards. He seems to bring out the best in people, look at Naito, I really don't think he's that good at all, but the Okada match was so great and Naito was made to look amazing, and I enjoyed the Tanahashi match more than any Tana match with the exception of Tana/MiSu since probably the Goto match last year. He seems to know how to tell a really good story in the ring. He's obviously got a lot to improve on, but he seems like a really good talent so far.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:04 AM   #1133 (permalink)
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Low Ki vs. Prince Devitt - ****1/2
A really super-awesome match, but should be longer imo. Really like this Ki, can't wait for watching him more in NJPW.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #1134 (permalink)
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Haven't watched Okada/Goto or Devitt/Ki yet, but I can vouch for the awesomeness of Shinskay/Anderson. After their G1 match last year and their New Japan Cup match this year, am I jumping the gun by saying that they're my favorite opponents in New Japan right now? Really excellent match.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:50 AM   #1135 (permalink)
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Was not as impressed with Devitt/Ki as I wanted to be, but I'm not into Devitt like most people. The match was largely his spotty formula, which is more fun in highlight form or in the finishing stretch. He's best in ten-minute matches where selling and time-filling aren't as important. Some great spots, and the second big stomp really sucked in the crowd, but not anything I'm re-watch.

Goto/Okada was something special. It followed the formula of Okada's title matches for the first half, but Goto is such a sucker in title bouts that it was excusable he'd succumb to the same things Okada's been doing, and only counter the same things everyone else counters. By the midpoint they really went after each other's necks, making it feel like a titanic struggle of heavy bombs, ala the high points of Okada/Naito. My match of the night, and best thing I've seen recently.

Nakamura/Anderson was a lot of fun. Nakamura worked his butt off and was in prime drunk-asshole-mannerism mode. Not necessarily a great match, but every minute of it was simply fun and they made Anderson look respectable. Hope to keep seeing these guys go at it for years to come.
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Old 06-07-2012, 06:14 PM   #1136 (permalink)
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Thought Ki vs Devitt and Makabe/Nagata vs Suzuki/Takayama were both ****.

Thought Ki was solid which makes it one of his better performances but Devitt was terrific working from behind. Needed a hotter crowd and more substance to the finish for me to consider it a MOTYC though.

Tag was basically perfect for what it needed to be in that position on the card. Tak's probably gonna be dead in 5 years but every now and he again he can still be on and he was awesome in this.

Really liked Nakamura/Anderson but I didn't think there was enough of it for it to be great. Thought Okada/Goto was decent but I didn't care enough about it to get into it much. Mostly due to Goto but Okada didn't help suck me into a Goto match like Tanahashi/Nakamura/Naito can and have.
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:07 PM   #1137 (permalink)
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Although Daniel Bryan/Shamus takes the cake for MOTY thus far, I can't help but say I thoroughly, THOROUGHLY enjoyed CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. The match did admittedly take a while to pick up, but the ending sequence was probably one of the best I've ever watched. Every bit about it was great. The technique of both wrestlers, the commentary and the crowd all made it amazing.

Best Ending Sequence of the Year? CM Punk/Jericho, WrestleMania 28.
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NOAH GLOBAL TAG LEAGUE 29/04
Go Shiozaki & Tamon Honda vs Kensuke Sasaki & Kento Miyahara
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Shinjiro Otani & Daichi Hashimoto vs Takeshi Morishima & Katsuhiko Nakajima
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Prince Devitt vs. Low Ki
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1. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW G1 Climax 04/08 *****
2. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada - NJPW Invasion Attack 07/04 *****
3. Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk - NO DQ Match - WWE Summerslam ****3/4
4. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto - NJPW Dominion 22/06 ****3/4
5. KENTA vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima - NOAH 05/10 ****1/2
6. John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan - WWE Summerslam ****1/2
7. Suwama vs. Go Shiozaki - 2/3 Falls Match - AJPW 14/07 ****1/2
8. Kota Ibushi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - NJPW G1 Climax 04/08 ****1/2
9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW G1 Climax 02/08 ****1/2
10. Kobashi, Akiyama, Mutoh & Sasaki vs. KENTA, Shiozaki, Kanemaru & Maybach - NOAH Final Burning 11/05 ****1/2

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Old 06-09-2012, 02:50 AM   #1139 (permalink)
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:00 AM   #1140 (permalink)
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NJPW Dontaku 3/5/12

Low Ki vs Prince Devitt
Great match here with the story being Lowki going after Devitt's injured ribs. Lowki was great at doing so, and Devitt was awesome selling the ribs. The workover was sweet and it wasn't too long so it didn't drag, and I absolutely loved the sequence that led to Devitt's comeback. The finishing stretch was really good, and even though Devitt kicked out of the double foot stomp and the Ki Crusher, it didn't seem like overkill. I honestly would have liked the workover to maybe last a little longer to get the feeling that Devitt was seriously in trouble, but it was fine the way it was I guess. Ki won over the crowd with his performance here which was cool, and I thought he was really good and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him in Japan, I think it suits him better than the US indy's. Anyway, great stuff but it was missing something to really elevate it for me. Saying that it was the most I've enjoyed either guy for quite a while. ****

Kazuchika Okada vs Hirooki Goto
This was awesome. I'm guessing I might like this more than a few people though. Started slow with some chain wrestling but ended up with Goto realising Okada's game plan to try and go after the neck so he turned the tables and Goto went after Okada's neck. It was surprising to see Okada as the heel being worked over early on but he turned it around after hitting a boot over the railing and Goto landed right on his head, that looked nasty as hell, it must have been an accident but it set up Okada's neck work perfectly. He again busted out those swanky submissions and everything he did looked great when he was in control. There was a real nice submission exchange nearer the end with both guys going after the other guys neck. I'm starting to like the way Okada uses the tombstone now. Some of the sequences were so slick, like Goto going for that run behind lariat but Okada countering it with an amazing dropkick. They really messed up one spot which was a counter and it looked pretty bad but they recovered it and from then on the finishing stretch absolutely made up for it. It was sick and probably a better finish than the Naito/Okada match. Both just throwing big moves all aimed at the neck was aewesome. I loved all the counters Goto had for the Rainmaker, and the last one especially looked so fucking smooth and well executed. The finish itself was awesome, I love the way Okada builds up the Rainmaker throughout the finishing stretch, but I kind of wish he would get rid of that Death Valley Driver he does, It's probably the only thing he does that doesn't look that great, and I think the Air Raid neckbreaker is enough of a devastating signature move to not need anything else before the Lariat. Both guys sold really well throughout too which helped a lot, I thought Goto did especially well with the selling since he was worked over longer. Great match, not on the level of the Naito/Okada match, but Okada is the truth. His entrance completely owns as well. ****1/4
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