Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
I'm throwing in this one. Tokyo Sports was right.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Masato Tanaka, NEVER Tournament, November 15 2012 - **** 1/2
Absolute Strong Style war. From the get go, there were strike exchanges. No holding back. Just throwing forearms, chops, headbutts, slaps, and enough fighting spirit to create another generation of Indy copycats (*cough*AmericanWolves*cough*).
However, like a good strong style fight, there was lots of selling, more from Ishii than Tanaka. There was a time when Ishii looked totally spent, and Tanaka was egging him on for a good minute or so, building up Ishii's spirit for the next half of the match. There are other fun moments like this. And it wasn't like they hate each other: they are on the same stable. Hell, they HUGGED after the match.
Yet they fought like it was for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. So awesome.
If you liked Ishii vs Goto, great. This is better.
Marking for: Asuka