Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Well it took long enough for someone to appreciate that but at least it finally happened.
How quick can I get catch up on literally an entire year of Dragon Gate?
Genki Horiguchi, Ryo Saito & Yasushi Kanda vs Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fuji & Gamma - Dragon Gate 03.03.2012
This is what Dragon Gate does best. All out spotty action and the difference between Dragon Gate doing spotty matches and US Indies doing spotty matches is that they have every ingredient of the recipe to pull it off. Incredible wrestlers, smart workers, fantastic moves, seamless sequences and most importantly and essential to a strong spotfest, hot crowds. It's amazing how seamlessly put together a match like this in Dragon Gate is. STF style match is so easy in comparison. Babyfaces start off hot, cut off spot, heels control segment, finish run. Try doing that for a Dragon Gate 6 man like this. Yet they still get it right every time and how often do you see a botch in Dragon Gate. They're incredible at what they do and it's tons of fun when it's bang on. Genki and Fuji are fantastic as they always are when give the chance. Fuji trying and failing to copy Saito's submission was hysterically brilliant. Genki has the best reaction to a win of 2012 too.
Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora vs Akira Tozawa & BxB Hulk - Dragon Gate 04.03.2012
I was preferring the 6 man until this got to the very end but the very end of this is great and pulls it level. The 6 man didn't have someone as bad as BxB Hulk in it though. The up side of all the 2.9's in Dragon Gate is that you can legit buy into the near falls because they mix the finishes up enough, unlike in ROH where every major match ends after one guy hits his finisher for the second time. Roll ups are so under utilised in wrestling and are always great near falls, often better than kicking out of a finisher if the finisher isn't very well protected. Genki has the 2nd best reaction to a win in 2012 during this.
CIMA vs PAC - Dragon Gate 04.03.2012
Didn't like this as much as the other 2 but that tends to happen with singles matches in Dragon Gate, simply because the style is so much better suited to tags than singles. The fact that for the most part I enjoyed a CIMA singles match I guess speaks volumes for this though. First half is pretty pointless but the second half is really great thanks to the hot crowd and RICH SWANN. If you wanna know why Rich Swann is so awesome watch this. He outworks 99% of Indie workers in this and he's not even wrestling in the match.