Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW G1 Climax 8/3/12)
Brilliant match. Not quite as good as their first match, but seriously it’s not that far off it either. Great leg work to set up Naito’s cut off spots by going after the leg and amazing selling from Okada. Naito has really impressed me this year, so it’s a shame about his injury. Okada is just brilliant at everything. One thing I loved about their first match was how Naito started going after his big moves because Okada started to find ways to hit his big moves, Naito forgot about his game plan and it cost him. Well, they did that again here and it was great, only this time Naito had brand new ways to avoid the Rainmaker (which were genuinely fucking incredible by the way), and was able to hit that deadly combo he wasn’t able to in their previous match. Great, great stuff with a great story and a fantastic mark out central finishing run. ****¼
Oh yeah, and I swear these New Japan guys just have a natural ability to make the Figure Four leg lock a fucking amazing spot.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada, Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW 10/6/12)
Really fun match. Ishii and Okada were the best things in this match, closely followed by Naito. Liked the tension between Tana and Naito too. Goto kind of completely faded out after he got the hot tag which was weird. Some great exchanges between all 6 guys and a lot of fun. Definitely recommended. ***3/4 - ****