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Go Shiozaki & Akitoshi Saito vs. Takashi Sugiura & Naomichi Marufuji (GHC Tag Team Titles, 12-9)

I give very few fucks about NOAH nowadays, but I was excited when I heard that Maruguira won the tag titles (I loved their all-too-brief run as a team in '07-'08), so I decided to check this out. Actually quite good; best GHC heavyweight tag match in quite a while. I've been saddened by Marufuji's seeming to not have "it" anymore in singles matches since returning from his latest injury, but he can still deliver in tags, and did so here in spades. Not a classic, but I'm comfortable calling it a low-end MOTYC. ★★★˝
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Finlay vs Sami Callihan III, EVOLVE 11 (4/13/12)

Excellent match, though hard to say if I preferred it to the 2011 encounter. Thought the way they worked a more even and closely contested contest was a nice change of pace and there was enough struggle and fight for every bit of control that it came off like an authentic scrap instead of a plodding encounter with no decisive advantage being displayed. Opening few minutes are insane with Finlay hitting a disgusting headbutt which floors Sami & draws blood immediately on impact, then proceeding to beat the piss out of him on the floor including a nasty apron shot and a turnbuckle bump that sounded horribly painful. Loved how a Sami headbutt which momentarily caught Finlay off guard led to his takedown and attempt to ground Sami and keep control from that position, and I liked the way Sami fought to prevent Finlay getting a hold of the leg and slowly transitioning into his forearm smash to a tied up Finlay. Finlay's immediate selling after this was really subtle but still excellent, shaking the cobwebs loose and looking flustered even though he was able to catch an unsuspecting Callihan with a forearm and regain slight control.

Thought Callihan bumped and sold really well throughout and always made himelf look helpless and in complete agony which really added to his plight and consistent flurries of little shots trying to create an opening. This was typified in the setup for his dive with him eating a few bumps before managing to catch Finlay off guard and transition to the dive which Finlay took a dangerous looking bump off of by falling directing back into the seats. The setup to the spot and resulting dive was the first bit of control Sami had managed after being largely on the defensive so it was great to see his extended selling of the prior beating play into Finlay being able to throw him to the floor as he tried to climb the turnbuckle to once again force Callihan back into working from beneath Finlay. The match really takes off here with Finlay punting a helpless Sami in the spine before focusing on the leg with his patented bodyslam into the ropes spot followed by a unique approach in rattling Sami's leg off the ring post. Finlay was his typical aggressive self in the workover, really torquing and abusing Sami to relentless degrees including another vicious headbutt with Sami prone on the top rope and it made Callihan's eventual counter into the superkick to the knee spot feel like a potential match winning blow and I loved Sami immediately attempting the stretch muffler only for Finlay to once again find a counter and kick Sami through the ropes onto the announce table.

I didn't like Sami's kickout at one after the celtic cross but truth be told I didn't mind the way they paced the next few kickouts. The two celtic crosses in succession felt like a decisive match ender and worked as a genuine nearfall, and the way Sami fought to escape the tombstone, only to eat a nasty bump off the short arm lariat felt like a classic puro sequence where you sense the end is near and Sami was just delaying the inevitable which made his kickout of the tombstone (a nice callback to the finish of the 2011 match) even more heroic and purposeful. Truth be told I thought the next sequence was the weakest of the match, as the double boot knockdown spot felt wasted in being done 3 times over, though it did play nicely into the final sequence with Finlay going for a backslide, still feeling the effects of the boot and being caught by a stretch muffler...only to kick Sami twice in the face before a beautiful payoff to the earlier legwork by kicking him in the knee and transitioning immediately into a cross armbreaker the minute Sami collapsed on the mat for the submission.

Overall a very well layed out match with a great Finlay performance in control, adding his usual subtle spots as well as vicious offence and selling very well in the few times he was called to (loved his slight hobble after throwing Sami to the floor after the previous dive bump and brief Sami legwork). Sami however might have been the better guy overall. He emoted very well and kept the cartoony facial expressions to a minimum, bumped and sold the pain and beating throughout the match and made his plight look desperate and hopeless and timed all the brief hope spots well enough to make them come off as authentic rather than breaking off any flow to the match. The Finlay legwork eventually playing into the finish after Callihan had done so well to overcome Finlay's offence that won the 2011 match also typified Finlay's resolve and ensured the kickouts progressed the story from the last match with Finlay having to find a new way to slip past Callihan. Wonderful stuff.
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Kevin Steen vs. El Generico Ladder War IV ****1/4
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PWG Mystery Vortex

Young Bucks vs. Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards - ****
Kevin Steen vs. Adam Cole - **** 1/4

And Mystery Vortex is now my #1 show of 2012.

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****1/4 for Steen vs. Cole Guerrilla Warfare
**** for both Strong & Edwards tag matches.

Vortex is the show of the fucking year.

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Kevin Steen vs. El Generico Ladder War IV ****1/4
Wasn't a fan of it. **1/2 for me.

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Rich Swann vs AR Fox vs Star Man vs The Dynamite Sensation vs Lucifer Darksyde vs Apollyon - PWS 14.09.2012

What do you get when take 4 flippy dudes and two atheltic fatties and stick them all in a match together? You get this and this is fucking awesome. Apollyon is the star of this. Fatty who'll throw flippy dudes around in nasty ways and flip around the place himself. Suicide dive was awesome and the double chokeslam/rib breaker combo had me freaking out. Lucifer Darksyde isn't a typo. Somebody legit came up with the name Lucifer Darksyde. Fatties who can flip around are the best. TDS cuts a promo before about being out for 2 years and it's pretty easy to see why given some of the bumps he takes. Star Man is super goofy but he takes a nutty dive in the middle that the crowd go crazy for. Camera work is naf and Star Man ends up diving into oblivion off his dive. Best spotfest of 2012? Maybe. Tons of fun.

Just watched this match on YouTube. Very fun spotfest, that Chokeslam/rib breaker combo was insane, also kinda looked like Starman landed on his head there. (btw is that the same Starman who appeared in a New Jack Face Off shoot?)

I loved how over Starman was in that match, instant heat for AR Fox when he cut off Starman's jump to the outside. Also thought that big spot by Starman on the outside was awesome, as did the crowd judging by their reaction.

Btw I thought The Dynamite Sensation was pretty bad, looked like he (nearly) fucked up 2 of his own moves.

I'd rate it ***3/4 or ****

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Kevin Steen vs Adam Cole (PWG Mystery Vortex): **** 1/4
Roderick Strong and Eddie Edwards vs. Super Smash Bros (PWG Mystery Vortex): ****

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Finlay vs Martin Kirby, SWE Revolution

Very good match with a fun Finlay showcase sticking out. Liked the basic chain wrestling exchanges early on establishing Finlay's control and dominance in toying with Kirby and I'm always a sucker for the teased clean breakup in the corner. Loved how Finlay gave two clean breaks when he was firmly in control and finding an answer for everything Kirby could throw at him, only to throw Kirby to the floor when he was positioned on the ropes after Kirby had mounted a brief revival and finally controlled Finlay on the mat. Finlay was his typically violent self working over Kirby and I loved him faking out Kirby by kicking his leg out from under him on the apron after injuring his leg moments before with the bodyslam into the ropes. The irish whip into the turnbuckle looked incredibly nasty and I liked how the delay gave Kirby reasonable time to make a spirited mini fightback and take the match into more of a fight. Kirby slamming the guardrail into Finlay's arm, followed by Finlay later transitioning into a short lariat and immediately wrenching his arm in agony was a great little sequence and the finish was really good with Finlay again outsmarting Kirby and immediately hitting the tombstone for the win. Tremendously fun, nice little selling from Finlay, a very basic structure that couldn't fail and a couple of unique spots. Another gem in the Finlay indy tour.
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El Generico vs. Kenny Omega - ****
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Daisuke Sekimoto & Ryuji Ito vs Kazuki Hashimoto & Masashi Otani - BJW 04.01.2012
Hashimoto is the worls greatest. If there was a guy like this at the bottom of the WWE roster then he'd be one of the hottest prospects going. This is exactly what you want it to be. Otani stands on the apron because he's shit and Ito and Sekimoto destroy Hash. Hash getting destroyed is the best thing going btw so you can't beat them two tearing him to pieces. Hash is genuinely off his rocker but all the best wrestling characters are. He's the sort of fuckbrain who'll lean into strikes because he likes getting hit rather than to get something over and will look genuinely shocked when he kicks out of something. Hashimoto greatness. Automatic greatness.


Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs Kazuki Hashimoto & Masashi Otani - BJW 27.03.2012
More of the same? YES PLEASE.


Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi, Yoshihito Sasaki & Shinya Ishikawa vs Kazuki Hashimoto, Takumi Tsukamoto, Masashi Otani & Hideyoshi Kamitani - Elimination Tag Match - BJW 17.04.2012
This was the pick of the bunch. Big Japan's the best thing going when it divides the pros and the rookies up and have them go against each other. Here the rookies all get tortured and it's amazing. This aint no lets do loads of pretty moves on the young guys either. This is stomp them dry bullying. Shinya looks like he has so much fun in this role having recently been promoted from victim to bully. Kamitani is your most basic level jobber with a pair of trunks and boots and nothing else. He has one of the best underdog performances you will have seen all of 2012 in this though. Seriously incredible performance. Awesome moment when he starts slapping Sekimoto out of nowhere and actually gets him down. Really liked how they followed it up with him trying to sneak a pin rather than tagging out because he's a total rookie. This is like his 2nd or 3rd match ever too which is even more amazing. Everyone works really stiff in this, even the rookies and that makes it another level of great. Okabayashi is the stand out star of the pros team as he was all year. Tsukamoto really fucking lays the slaps into Sekimoto and it was absolutely glorious watching him put everything into slapping the skin of Sekimoto's face. Rookies stealing an elimination via the top rope rule was neat. Shame Okabayashi had to be the one to leave though. Comes down to Hashimoto going 3 on 1 with the rest of the pros and by now you should realise where that goes. To the fucking stars. Called Hashimoto having a breakout year at the end of 2012. I was right in the sense he's had a ton of amazing showings, just a shame that Big Japan didn't give him more exposure as the year drew out. This year. Please. Send him all over Japan to get the shit kicked out of him and steal Shinjiro Otani's moveset. One of the strongest Big Japan outings of 2012 for sure and that's a bold compliment.


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