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Old 02-28-2012, 03:52 AM   #231 (permalink)
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Tajiri vs Finlay - Smash 19/02/12

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Great match, The facial expressions of both are the fucking best. This is probably the best Tajiri performance in god know how many time, he go toe to toe with Finlay on the mat and constantly try to kick the fuck out of him. Finlay is great at the selling of the leg and at being a fucking prick. Then are 2 or 3 great nearfalls and desperations spots for both men.

MOTYC for sure
Sweet Jeez this was good.

With Smash closing it's doors next month and the title being vacated immediately after the title match, Tajiri knew this was his final attempt at claiming the gold and, boy, did he sell that.

His introduction was met with hesitance yet determined focus (as opposed to Finlay's cocky personality) on the prize that lay around Finlay's waist - this was to be his proving ground, and he knew it. I love how that showed in Tajiri's approach to the match, too. He could have gone in blazing with his strikes and kicks but he took the more grounded approach and met Finlay on a mat level - in an attempt to prove that he's just as well rounded as the Irish vet and could beat him in any game the champion would throw at him.

Some may be hesitant in watching "older" workers but it's because of their lengthy careers in the ring that allow for even the slightest of subtleties to pop up and just add that much more to the match. With Finlay's face turning a shocking purple colour when Tajiri had him in a strangle-hold (meeting him back against the post until his knuckles went Sheamus white and someone at ringside had to pull him off) and Finlay's nuances in selling the leg damage he took from Tajiri's strikes by rubbing his leg down during leg submission/rest-holds helped solidify this match as the first(?) iconic meeting of two well-respected imports (in the American industry, anyway).

The added touch of the shillelagh really helped the progression of Tajiri's determination, imo. In both mat and strike-work neither man could come up trumps and no matter what Finlay tried Tajiri's determination would simply not quit - even after a vicious shot from the shillelagh. Tajiri's body did, however - succumbing to a tombstone piledriver that placed the final exclamation mark on their epic encounter. No matter how much Tajiri tried to fight the move off , like a pig at the slaughter, he knew the ending was in sight and accepted his fate in defeat.

If you're to watch this, do NOT skip the post-match theatrics - they truly add an even greater depth to the match. Finlay pleading for Tajiri to stand up so he can shake his hand with Tajiri's lifeless body sprawled across the blood-stained mat is one of the more beautiful moments in wrestling. Aside from the feel good moment of Finlay thanking all those who kept Smash going, and promising that he will always be willingly available if Tajiri ever needs him, again, the final moments truly and iconically cemented Smash's ending.

Tajiri - staring at Finlay as he left the arena, with tears beginning to appear as he caught sight of the title - fell onto his hands and knees, overcome with emotion, and began to openly weep in the centre of the ring, just below the company's logo. This should have ended their last show. Absolutely beautiful.


Finlay: "you've got to start from the beginning again, but listen to me, keep wrestling classic!" and that's exactly what these two did...

Rating: too awesome for one (a ****1/4 for the in-ring work, if I was forced to give one, though)
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I don't know if I can add anything to what Rah said, but Finlay/Tajiri was bloody awesome. The mat wrestling was godly from both men, and Tajiri going after the leg at the start was the perfect way for his comeback to work later on in the match after Finlay bossed him around for a while. He went back to the leg and Finlay sold it like the champ that he is. Tajiri's kicks looked amazing, and the way Finlay sold them only added to it. Great nearfall with the shillelagh (if thats how you spell it) and I didn't know the result so I thought that was it right there. Some of Finlays counters were immense like the kick into the spinebuster. This was definitely his best match since he started wrestling the indys and Japan imo by quite a margin. Like was said above, Tajiri NEEDED to win this match and he played the part so well, especially with the intensity on his face at the start and the stuggle to get out of the tombstone at all costs was amazing. The after match stuff was genuinely quite emotional indeed. Great match with a great story with two great performances. Probably my MOTY to this point. ****1/4
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I just found this thread, believe it or not. Very, very informative. I like it a lot and have watched 2 matches from it. Morishima vs Shiozaki, and the above mentioned Tajiri/Finlay match. I'm not sure of the protocol here, and it was a tv match, but I have to think that Jay Lethal/Davey Richards was at least a decent candidate off of a tv show. I have been trying to grasp how the ratings work, and for that match, i'd have to give it at least a *** 3/4. The brawl at the end took away from the match a bit, but with Tomasso Ciampa just sitting there concentrating on the match while a huge brawl went on all around him was a good touch. He just concentrated on Lethal due to the upcoming title match. As I say, I'm new to this thread, but I have to say that match is an early candidate.
Lethal/Richards ***3/4.
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Tajiri vs Dave Finlay-SMASH-02/19/12

"Tajiri stand up, stand up Tariji."

What a great piece of storytelling. This is pro wrestling. It's not just the in ring work which was great btw. It was...if I were to describe the entire match and post promo, I'd say "It was sort of like a movie."

Finlay's final words left Tajiri in a heap of emotion. Great ending, to a promotion that I hope returns in some entity.

"It's all starting new, you gotta start from the beginning again..."

edit: This final part..well I just liked how it looked. During the introductions of each man streamers were thrown, Tariji the man fighting for the championship in the last match the title would be defended was COVERED in streamers. The champion Finlay had streamers thrown at him too, but not a single one touched him! I loved how that looked, the streamers just fell down around him. He just walked through them! Also did anyone mention how even the ref was going for Tariji and made it completely obvious(not a flaw) that he wanted Tajiri to take home the belt!? Great touch.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:37 AM   #235 (permalink)
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I just found this thread, believe it or not. Very, very informative. I like it a lot and have watched 2 matches from it. Morishima vs Shiozaki, and the above mentioned Tajiri/Finlay match. I'm not sure of the protocol here, and it was a tv match, but I have to think that Jay Lethal/Davey Richards was at least a decent candidate off of a tv show. I have been trying to grasp how the ratings work, and for that match, i'd have to give it at least a *** 3/4. The brawl at the end took away from the match a bit, but with Tomasso Ciampa just sitting there concentrating on the match while a huge brawl went on all around him was a good touch. He just concentrated on Lethal due to the upcoming title match. As I say, I'm new to this thread, but I have to say that match is an early candidate.
Lethal/Richards ***3/4.
I'm relatively knew to this thread concept, too - having only come in towards the end of 2011, I believe.

Just from what I've learnt is that you're going to have moments where you're going to look at something and wonder why you rated it in a certain way when a newer match was heaps better and you're going to have to give it a similar rating. Reflection is always key, and continually evaluating your previously rated matches as you go along will help keep a Match of the Year list as close to your ever changing standards as possible. Like myself, for instance, I had to readjust my entire list the other week when I realised I was being too lenient with my ratings (and knocked about .25 to .5 stars off all my ratings).

I'm not sure how many matches you've watched or how great your background is in different promotions (both American Indy and International), so forgive me if I seem to make you out to be new to this, but I'm very, very new to this, as well. Accurate reflection only comes from a greater depth in match-viewing where you've watched "the classics" and can then compare and contrast newer matches with what the benchmark actually is and it's there that quite a few posters in this thread work from. It's also why my ratings are probably a lot more liberal than them, as well. That's not to say, though, that you should change your ratings to reflect theirs (where is the fun in that? ) but just to also see where you differ to them and to, perhaps, spark debate on why you found it good/bad and they didn't.

Other than that, welcome. Don't be too overwhelmed with the amount of matches that will pop-up over the course of the year, but do try and use the nominations as a basis of what to actively look for in the hopes of watching - especially the Japanese matches. 2011 was an amazing year for me, quality-wise, and it's because of threads like these that help sift through the dirt and reveal the golden nuggets that would have slipped under your radar otherwise.

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edit: This final part..well I just liked how it looked. During the introductions of each man streamers were thrown, Tariji the man fighting for the championship in the last match the title would be defended was COVERED in streamers. The champion Finlay had streamers thrown at him too, but not a single one touched him! I loved how that looked, the streamers just fell down around him. He just walked through them! Also did anyone mention how even the ref was going for Tariji and made it completely obvious(not a flaw) that he wanted Tajiri to take home the belt!? Great touch.
I'm not sure if it's a standard concept from SMASH but what was probably the greatest of the little touches was the playing of the anthems before the commencement of the match and Tajiri praying for the strength to pull out the victory.

It's always the little things that play the biggest role in creating a great atmosphere and, in turn, a great match, if you ask me.

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I had to look the spelling up just to double check, too. It looks weird, but it's right.
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Ah yes the anthems were a great touch also, I've watched some of the women's matches from SMASH it doesn't happen there. So the decision to do it in the main event was an excellent idea that played into the story.
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All Together 19/02/2012

1. Great Sasuke , Tiger Mask , Ryusuke Taguchi & Taiji Ishimori vs Jado , Gedo , Kenou & Taro Nohashi ***
2. Hiroyoshi Tenzan , Satoshi Kojima & Kentaro Shiga vs Captain NOAH (Mohammed Yone) , Captain All Japan (Ryota Hama) & Captain New Japan **
3. Yoshinobu Kanamaru , Kaz Hayashi , Shuji Kondo & Katsuhiko Nakajima vs Jushin Thunder Liger, Kotaro Suzuki , Minoru Tanaka & KAI ***3/4
4. Takashi Sugiura & Yujiro Takahashi vs Togi Makabe & Manabu Soya ***
5. Yuji Nagata, Kensuke Sasaki, Akebono & Naomichi Marufuji vs Minoru Suzuki, Yoshihiro Takayama, Masayuki Kono & Taichi ***
6. Hirooki Goto , Akitoshi Saito & Jinsei Shinzaki vs Shinsuke Nakamura , Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka ***1/4
7. Kenta Kobashi & Keiji Muto vs Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori ***1/2
8. Hiroshi Tanahashi , Takeshi Morishima & Suwama vs Go Shiozaki , Tetsuya Naito & Seiya Sanada ****

WWE:
WWE Championship: Raw Elimination Chamber: CM Punk vs Kofi Kingston vs Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler vs The Miz vs R-Truth ***1/4 19/02/2012
World Heavyweight Championship: Smackdown Elimination Chamber: Daniel Bryan vs Santino Marella vs Cody Rhodes vs Wade Barrett vs Big Show vs The Great Khali ***1/2 19/02/2012

TNA:
X-Division Championship: Austin Aries vs Alex Shelley ***1/4 12/02/2012
Kazarian vs AJ Styles *** 12/02/2012

AJPW
Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka *** 3/02/2012
Keiji Muto, Akebono & Ryota Hama vs Daisuke Sekimoto , Yoshihito Sasaki & Yuji Okabayashi ***1/4 3/02/2012
AJPW Jr Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega vs Kaz Hayashi **** 3/02/2012
AJPW Triple Crown: Jun Akiyama vs Takao Omori ****1/4 3/02/2012

DRAGON GATE
Blood WARRIORS vs. JUNCTION THREE Losing Unit Disbands Yoshida-Style Elimination Match: Akira Tozawa, BxB Hulk, Naruki Doi, Cyber Kong, Yasushi Kanda Kzy & Fake Naoki Tanizaki vs Masaaki Mochizuki, Masato Yoshino, Shingo Takagi, YAMATO, Dragon Kid, Jimmy Susumu & Rich Swann ****1/4 9/02/2012
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Nakajima vs Ishimori

I always say this about Nakajima, but I'll say it again here, he knows how to do a limb workover really well, and then use it to constantly gain the advantage later in the match. He did it here amazingly well, but ishimori's selling was quite bad throughout which took away from the great job Nakajima was doing. He sometimes would hold his leg for a second, but then was running around like a crazy person and hitting all his offense which pretty much all invovled using his knees or feet, hitting all his usual stuff like kicks, knees, lungblowers, dropkicks etc which annoyed me a bit. But that's the negative stuff out the way. Nakajima was awesome here, like I said working over the leg and then when Ishimori made his comebacks he would always go back to the leg to get the advantage back. The sequence leading to the finsih was awesome stuff and the nearfall off the 450 was great. So there was a few things that nagged me mostly to do with Ishimoris selling, but the good stuff far outweighed the bad, a lot like Nakajima/Marvin from last year, but I thought this was better. ****

Nakajima is so good imo, he's easily my favourite Junior in Japan. To me, he's like if some scientist took Davey Richards and extracted all the shit and injected some wrestling logic into his brain. If you put him in the ring with someone who can sell (like SHINGO) you will pretty much be guaranteed a MOTYC.
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Yeah, Nakajima is absolutely awesome, and the best part - he's only 23-24 years old! And it seems like he's wrestling since 80s. Plus, he's already 95kg billed, so it's obviously he's going into the Heavyweight division in few years, plus he can work any style pretty damn well. And the most important thing is that he's a very smart and strategic wrestler, you can always recognize his tactic(s) in matches.

And yeah, he's by far the best Junior in Japan, he needs to keep that GHC Jr. Hewiki at least until September-October.
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Yeah I think anyone else with the belt will be very dissapointing and he needs a long reign with it. Like you said he's only going to improve, and he's already improved a ton since '08.
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