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Old 02-15-2012, 10:49 AM   #191 (permalink)
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:30 PM   #192 (permalink)
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Kenny Omega Vs. Hiroshi Yamato - AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title Match

Finally got around to watching this. While Omega's heel disrespect feels forced in contrast to the subtler stuff from the early 90's I've been watching lately, he's godly compared to most of his contemporaries today. Even messing around with his water bottle was amusing. He leads Yamato into the best one-sided match I've seen since Ricochet Vs. Castagnoli. Like that one from PWG, this excels based on pacing and having the aggressor diligently stick to varied offense. Yamato has a great fiery comeback, but as soon as that doesn't pay off it's obvious that he's screwed. It's largely Yamato doing a great job bumping for Omega's crazy offense. The finishing stretch makes Omega look like a world-killer. He's got so much high-end offense that even with Yamato's guts, Yamato can't last. My MOTY so far. Just a super-fun bout.
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Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. SHINGO (D-Ring, 2/11/2012)

And there you go, this is your first D-Ring main event. Awesome, kick-ass match, so easy to wacth. They went back-and-forth style mostly, but we got few control segments too. SHINGO is such a great powerhouse, but he has no chance against Jima's M-16 strikes, so he works his legs, but not for long enough to be efficient. Jima still strikes like a motherfucker. The finishing stretch was very exciting, SHINGO was on the verge of victory, but Jima used his strikes as a defense this time, and after few blows won the match with German Suplex Hold. Awesome, awesome match, they really stiffed the hell out of each other, the storytelling was very simple and nice. MOTYC, easily, and great showcase for D-Ring's first main event.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:32 PM   #194 (permalink)
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Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. SHINGO (D-Ring, 2/11/2012)

And there you go, this is your first D-Ring main event. Awesome, kick-ass match, so easy to wacth. They went back-and-forth style mostly, but we got few control segments too. SHINGO is such a great powerhouse, but he has no chance against Jima's M-16 strikes, so he works his legs, but not for long enough to be efficient. Jima still strikes like a motherfucker. The finishing stretch was very exciting, SHINGO was on the verge of victory, but Jima used his strikes as a defense this time, and after few blows won the match with German Suplex Hold. Awesome, awesome match, they really stiffed the hell out of each other, the storytelling was very simple and nice. MOTYC, easily, and great showcase for D-Ring's first main event.
Rating: ****1/4
Yeah, I was just about to mention this match so everyone would make sure to check it out. I don't really care for analayzing matches too much anymore because it takes the fun out of wrestling (seen so many people sadly fall into this trap over time including myself to a degree somewhat) as I'd rather concentrate on the ring. action. wrestlers. what they're going through and escape into it so let's just say this was freaking awesome fun. Love. love. love Nakagima's kicks and work ethic. Awesome crowd and the TV production made everything feel even more alive.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:24 AM   #195 (permalink)
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Austin Aries vs Alex Shelley
TNA Against All Odds; 2012/02/12


Just barely a four star match, this was pretty good. Shelley's babyface role in this match felt forced and didn't really work for him until the finishing stretch. Aries was gold as usual. Aries working on Shelley's injured neck really put Shelley over as a good guy, as did Shelley's selling of the sick apron Death Valley Drop. The ending stretch was simply fantastic and it really had me rooting for Shelley and I'm a huge Austin Aries fan. It was back-and-forth and filled with spots, but they all had a strong meaning behind them.

Rating: ****
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Katsuhiko Nakajima vs SHINGO (D-Ring 11/02)
Awesome match. Nakajima worked Shingo's arm at first and he did a great job selling it. There was an apron spot quite early on in to the match, and at first I thought it was a bit early for a sick spot like that, but the way it played out worked great as it was a really good comeback spot for Shingo. Shingo worked the leg of Nakajima for a bit until he made his comeback which was transitioned really well. I loved the spot where Shingo keeps going for the lariat but Jima keeps kicking his arm away causing more damage to it, but Shingo is determined to hit it. Eventually he hits one with the other arm, it's less efffective because it's not his usual arm but it works because it catches Jima off guard after he runs the ropes. Loved that spot. The finishing stretch was awesome with a lot of near falls but it didn't seem like overkill at all. If Nakajima had sold his leg for a bit longer this would have been even better. It didn't really take much away though because nothing is going to stop Nakajima from throwing those kicks, and he did sell his leg the first few times until he knocks some sense back into it. Great match, my new MOTY just ahead of Sekimoto/Suwama. ****1/4 - 1/2


Also watched the tag match...

Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Kensuke Sasaki & Mitsuhiro Kitamiya (D-Ring 11/02)
I loved this. It had such a great story that was always going to be good, but when you have Akiyama and Kobashi in there to tell it, it's great. Kitamiya looked good here playing the underdog really well and getting owned by Akiyama especially. Akiyama was amazing in this match, he came off as such a boss. Akiyama/Kitamiya did most of the work since Kobashi can't do all that much these days, but we got Kobashi/Kenskay chop wars and some other cool moments that played off of their match in 2005. A great story and good action to boot. ***3/4 - ****

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Old 02-18-2012, 09:26 AM   #197 (permalink)
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Sekimoto Daisuke -vs- Suwama (AJPW; 2012-01-02)

Sekimoto enters the match with taped ribs so Sumawa starts working at them right away,even taking the fight outside and throwing Daisuke into the guard rail.Sumawa puts Diasuke into the boston crab.Great selling from Sekimoto to get the crowd hot and behind him for his comeback.Finally the match ends with a sick powerbomb.The early big man vs big man spots were very well excecuted.****

Okada Kazuchika -vs- Tanahashi Hiroshi (NJPW; 2012-02-12)

What a great performance from Tanahashi.He tried to make the match as special as possible and to an extend he succeeded..Hiroshi took a few nasty bumps outside the ring.Okada was ok,pretty much any segment he was in control fell flat,selling his knee after doing the piledriver was smart but nobody payed attention.His offence should have been better and more versatile besides a few good dropkicks nothing special.Should be noted Tanahashi actually broke his tooth in the match.Finish was fine.What can we keep from this one?Tanahash is a star and had a great match while Okada needs work.Good luck to him interested to see how long he will actually keep the belt.****

Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs Kensuke Sasaki & Mitsuhiro Kitanomiya (D-Ring 11/02)

Just finished watching this.Really good stuff here.Akiyama toying with Mitsuhiro in the beginning was great.The established him as a sympathetic rookie.Even enjoyed the Kobashi/Kensuke sequences.****
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:04 AM   #198 (permalink)
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Okada Kazuchika -vs- Tanahashi Hiroshi (NJPW; 2012-02-12)

WTF have I just watched? I went in expecting something good but not spectacular and what I got was something phenomenal. Holy **** did I ever get into this match and even added to that I realised myself to be chanting Okada on out loud towards the end which I didn't see happening at all.

I was thoroughly against Okada up until about 2/3 of the way through. He went through the motions well but he didn't add a dimension of character and emotion to them until this point. I expected cockiness to flow through his body language and, most importantly, his face but all I got was a limp corpse and a range of facial expressions that made Clive Owen seem animated. Towards the end, though, his cockiness finally came through when he saw his prize within reach and it almost made up for the lacking beforehand. Nice selling of the left knee throughout, too.

As for Tanahashi there aren't any words that can accurately describe the work he put into this match. I'm sure he (and most of NJPW staff) knew many wouldn't believe Okada to be anywhere near credible (I mean, he was Samoa Joe's perverted little camera man less than a year ago, ffs!) and because of it stepped into an extra gear in ensuring Okada's legitimacy and oh, boy, did it work. Him losing his tooth (as unfortunate as it was) just added that little cherry to the already sweet cake.

Like I said, I certainly didn't expect this but this match blew me away. After watching Blue Panther Vs Negro Casas, today, I was sure it would be my current MOTY but now - thanks to this match - that thought is null and void. Very, very highly recommended and even if you're not as much of a fan as I am the pseudo-finishers and final pin by Okada will more than make up for it.

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4.25+

Will give it a bit more thought but the Omega/Hayashi match from AJPW 03/02/2012 wasn't too bad, either.
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Okada vs Tanahashi (NJPW New Beginning 12/02)
I can only echo pretty much what has been said above and on the last few pages. Great match and it was a lot better than I expected. Like Rah said above, it wasn't until about 2/3 through the match I started thinking, wow, this is actually really good. Okada's control segment wasn't the best, I mean he threw a few elbows, dropkicks and a submission in there but it wasn't great, Tana then started making his comeback and the match got a lot better. Okadas selling of the leg was off, he would occasionaly grab it for a second and then completely forget about it which was kind of annoying, and he never sold anything like it was a hard fought match, the guy was constantly smiling. Again, annoying. Tanahashi was seriously great in this match though, his selling and his comebacks were all really well done. The finishing stretch was really great. ****
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:46 AM   #200 (permalink)
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Lynx/Niche/Johnny Ringo vs Maximos/Mr Big-1/21/12. This was a really good match. Maximos really havent lost a step in my opinion and still do a mean spanish fly. Lynx/Niche do some nice high spots early in the match. ****
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