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Old 08-28-2012, 05:06 PM   #1571 (permalink)
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Sorry guys, I know I am behind but I just now got around to seeing Naito vs. Okada. This thing is freaking amazing. I really thought all the hype on this thread was going to ruin it, but this lives up to every bit and more. Need to rewatch but this is 4 and a half at its very lowest for me right now.
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Old 08-28-2012, 05:47 PM   #1572 (permalink)
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I agree with a ****1/2 rating for Tanahashi/Okada II. Re: the Clipping. Am I remembering incorrectly or didn't Tanahashi reverse something directly into the clover hold? I swear I remember that from the digest but not the "full" match.

Makabe/Suzuki deserves more love
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:23 AM   #1573 (permalink)
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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada
NJPW Dominion 16/06/2012

I'm not quite sure if I'd rank this above Naito/Okada but it's incredibly close none-the-less (and possibly needing a rewatch to make the call). I went in spoilered so I suppose I didn't have the unknowing suspense of action like antoniomare007 seemingly had (a few photo shots of the last few sequences gave away when the ending was coming for me, as well) but this still delivered in every way.

An absolute must-watch for anyone's taste and guaranteed a definite high-spot come end of year in many people's MOTY listings.

Rating: four and a half Okada dropkicks out of five. Incredible stuff.
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NJPW 2012/6/16:
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title, Decision Match: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs TAKA Michinoku & Taichi - ****1/2

This is what wrestling is all about. Fantastic story-telling.

I'm just finished watching this match so i may add more matches to this commont. The opener was really fun (***3/4) btw
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Old 08-29-2012, 11:37 AM   #1575 (permalink)
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NJPW Dominion 16/6

Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask vs Taichi & TAKA Michinoku
Another incredibly fun match. Taichi going after Ligers mask again, then the Liger beat down and TAKA and Taichi being amazing heels, then KISHIN F'N LIGER turns up and it's fucking mark out central. Liger is God. Great match with great a great heel/face dynamic. Last few minutes are just awesome fun. ****

Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito vs Masato Tanaka & Shinsuke Nakamura

Man this was awesome as tits! I loved every second, and it's my tag match of the year. Great opening portion and then a great workover on Naito and a great comeback. Then we got Goto and Nakamura coming in off the hot tags and they have some awesome sequences and exchanges, but then the finishing stretch with Naito and Tanaka is probably the best I'll see in a tag match all year. Just so much fun and really well strung together, and that pin breakup by Nakamura was indeed fucking amazing. Loved the finish and the crowd was great too. ****1/4

Minoru Suzuki vs Togi Makabe
This was a great stiff match up with two great performances. Loved MiSu throwing his dickish heel shtick out the window and just focusing on hurting Makabe and being a general overall badass. Makabe was great too, made Suzuki look that much better. Really liked the leg work, especially the heel hook that Suzuki locked in for ages. I also thought MiSu coming out on top of all the strike exchanges at first was great and then towards the end when Makabe starts thowing out the lariats, he has no chance. The finish was great too. Really liked this a lot. ****

IWGP Title - Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
This just fucking ruled on every level. I don't want to go in to too much detail, especially about the last 5-10 minutes, because it's just so great that you should go into this not knowing that much. Basically Tanahashi goes after the leg, Okada sells amazingly. Then Okada goes after the neck, Tanahashi sells amazingly. Then they have an absolutely balls awesome finishing stretch, and the neck and leg work both play in to the finishing stretch in some way or another. Okada once again focuses everything at the neck, and Tana uses the previous leg work as a go back to point to stop Okada gaining momentum. The crowd is amazing, Tanahashi's expressions are great, but Okada is the fucking truth. This guy might just be my new favourite wrestler right now, he just 'gets' it and is brilliant at being a pro wrestler in ever way. This match owned, and it's my number 2 of the year, just behind Okada/Naito. ****1/2

Incredible show. Everything else bar the MVP/Shelton tag was ***1/2+ too. The Jr's 6 man (***1/2), the Heavyweight tag title match (***1/2), the Jr's title match (***3/4). I didn't watch the second six man, but I've read that it's in the ***1/2 range too. Just awesome.

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[quote=Bubz;11954300][b] I loved every second, and it's my tag match of the year. QUOTE]What is your first one?
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Davey Richards vs. Sami Callihan (AAW Bound By Hate)

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This match was going beautifully well until the finishing stretch when Davey seemingly forgot about the selling of his leg. Not for nothing, though, as for the rest of the match Davey was right on the money with his selling, pacing and general approach in his control spots. His knee selling was well-executed (especially after offence) and Sami's targeting was spot on not to mention his general crazy bumping for Davey.

The finishing sequence (barring the no-selling) was also a strongly fun affair with Sami silently conceding defeat via submission being a great finishing touch to their encounter. This was 19 minutes of pure joy and the midcard match that stole the show.

Rating: 4.25-

Other matches:
Kyle O'Reilly Vs Michael Elgin (from the same show)
Rating: 4-

Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask Vs Taichi & TAKA Michinoku (NJPW Dominion)
Rating: 4

Low Ki Vs Ryusuke Taguchi (NJPW Dominion)
Rating: 3.75

Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito vs Masato Tanaka & Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW Dominion)
Rating: 4.25
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IWGP Heavyweight Title Kazuchika Okada (C) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (6/16)

Just adding my voice to the chorus of people saying this ruled. When a match can genuinely get me excited even if I already know the result, safe to say it's doing something right. Both guys showed great strategy, alleviating all the issues I have with "consistent" selling by only deviating from their respective strategies when the other guy was on offense. Just a great, great match, if not better than Okada/Naitō, then at least as good. ★★★★ from me.
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I swear I think I've died and gone to wrestling heaven with this show. I've got 3 four star matches and I'm not even at the main event yet.

About to go watch it now. I'm nervous because I have never liked a single Tanahashi match I've ever seen. Here goes nothing!

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Tanahashi vs. Okada
Yeap, that was incredible. I cannot believe I got through an entire Tanahashi main event without hating my life once. Absolutely excellent. Some very minor quibbles with how Okada's leg was sold and Tanahashi's usual repetitiveness make it so this isn't quite as good as Okada/Naito, but its either second, or at worst third in MOTY for me.
****1/2

Rest of the show:
Opening 6-man: didn't dig this, mostly because I didn't think its really showcased the 3 top talents that well. Just ended way too fast. ***1/4

Heavyweight 6 man: A little better, and funny, but just ok. ***

Jr Tag: Incredible drama. Would have loved 5 more minutes, more from Taka, and better finish, but this was so much fun. ****

MVP/Shelton vs. Tonga/Anderson I actually really liked this. I think Shelton shows down and puts together a much more logical match than he does in the states. His finisher is awful, though. ***1/2

Lowki vs. Taguchi: Taguchi is so bad...why do they ever bother putting him over. Such a bland moveset. Low-ki does make the best of it though, I wish he had wrestled a better opponent with this same structure, because it probably would have made 5 (FIVE?!?) 4 star matches in one show, but as it is, Low-Ki did the best he could with a limited opponent. ***3/4

Heavy Tag Title Match: This was fine, I guess. Crowd was into it, good personality, nothing speical though. Maybe ***1/4?

Special Tag: I just want Shinsuke to have the World Title all the time....is that too much to ask? This match was incredible, and I agree that its the best tag match of the year. All the Goto/Shinsuke interaction was just totally excellent. ****1/2 Yeah, seriously, I loved this that much.

Makabe vs. MiSu: If they would just structure every Makabe match like this one, I would have no problem with it at all. I like no-nonsense MiSu a lot. One really cool story in the match was how the lariats became the turning point. I just this this was perfectly structured for what it was. ****1/4

Just an incredible show all around. And a whole lot of legwork in, like, every match.

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Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada - **** 1/4
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