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post #2771 of 2789 (permalink) Old 02-07-2013, 11:32 AM
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I had high hopes you would enjoy it. Felt like a lesser Fujiwara/Sayama bout with the grappler vs striker dynamic. Kana getting obliterated in the feeling out exchange and forcing her to go on the defensive and regain control through her grappling was a smart opening that put over the dynamic in the match and Syuri continually winning the exchanges as Kana couldn't resist mixing in strikes with submissions made for a great theme that would eventually decide the match.

I'll try and watch both of them as well as the SSB No DQ match and ACH vs AR Fox since you repped it hard and said it had a lot of smart work in amongst the big spots.
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Just realized I rated FOUR matches five stars in 2012:

- Okada/Naito
- Bucks/SSB (No DQ)
- TIII Ladder Match
- Tanahashi/Suzuki



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Genki Horiguchi, Ryo Saito & Jimmy Kagetora vs Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & Ricochet - Dragon Gate 12.04.2012
Everything I love about Dragon Gate here. Jimmyz stable is the best stable ever. They're all fucking great workers and have the entertainment side of the wrestling down to a tee right now. The Genki spot with the stretchy elastic never gets old and I suspect it never will. The band catching Doi on the arm and Doi selling the fuck out of it was amazing. Everything single thing Genki does is just the best. His matches with Mochizuki and Tozawa from King of Gate are both worth watching too for how great Genki is even if they both fall just short of nomination in this thread. Genki's reactions to getting pinfalls continue to rule. Tons of fun until they go into the finishing stretch and from there it's Dragon Gate at it's best doing finishing stretches in multi man matches.

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Ricochet & Rich Swann vs CIMA & Dragon Kid - Dragon Gate 01.07.2012
Ricochet is still blowing my mind even after consistently watching since he really picked it up 2 years ago. Even now he's still coming up with new ways to blow my mind with his graceful athleticism. The successive backflips that he's doing now are just unbelievable. He hasn't done them in American yet as far as I know but Reseda is gonna blow up once he does them in there. His whole run during his first spell in the ring is just breathtakingly amazing. Swann's not too far behind him in terms of looking a million bucks in this either. Super tag.

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Genki Horiguchi, Ryo Saito & Jimmy Kanda vs Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & PAC - Dragon Gate 01.07.2012
If I had to choose one then I'd probably just give the edge to the 4/12 Jimmys/W-1 trios match because that's more fun going into great and this is more great with added fun. Genki continues to be the most entertaining act I've seen in 2012 and he does it everytime I watch him. Guy is something else. These 6 in a trios title match with a great crowd. Go figure.

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4 Way Trios Match - Dragon Gate 06.07.2012
This is EVERYTHING that I love about Dragon Gate. EVERYTHING. Everything up to the 1st elimination is just the Dragon Gate roster having a party in Korakuen. Highlights are Don Fuji being Don Fuji and putting on the best episode of the Don Fuji show ever and Genki continuing to be the best act of 2012. I can't sell highly enough how much fun the 1st 30 minutes of this. Don't think of it as 30 minutes of wrestling, think of it as 30 minutes of your favourite sitcom because that's what it feels like. After the 1st fall it goes more towards fast paced spots but it's 10 minutes long with 3 falls and a shit ton of guys to rotate in and out of the ring. Go to openthedragongate.com right now and watch this. 2 hours in. I expect at least one review of "SO MUCH FUN" when I wake up tomorrow morning. Probably the most I've enjoyed a wrestling match this year.

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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread

Have you got a link to that 4 way trios match, Seabs?

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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread

Two hours in (Infinity #263).

Someone needs to gif Richochet doing his consecutive backflips into the kneeling taunt. Richochet > Olympic gymnastics. Seriously.


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Sakuraba v Nakamura from Tokyo Dome is waaaaay out in front for me, just a really captivating match, great stuff.
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4-Way Trios Match – Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fuji & Magnitude Kishiwada vs Jimmy Susumu, Ryo Saito & Genki Horiguchi vs Shingo Takagi, YAMATO & Chihiro Tominaga vs Naruki Doi, Masato Yoshino & Ricochet - DG Infinity 263.

Well bend me over and tickle my scrotum if this wasn't the most fun I've had watching wrestling in a LONG time. I can't even begin to put a rating on it as this was just pure FUN from start to finish, although I will say this has shot to somewhere in my Top 5 for 2012. I was openly laughing at all the Genki Horuchi stuff, and the 'Don Fuji vs the World' chop battle was glorious. You owe it to yourself as a wrestling fan to watch this.

Thank you Seabs for the recommendation, I very likely would have missed this absolute gem had it not been for your glowing review!
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That made my day. Looked around everywhere for someone else that nominated it as a MOTYC and literally couldn't fine one person, even from people who I know watch Dragon Gate. Odd. Genki and Fuji love too Oh my.

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I thought I pimped that match in here a few months back. It was loads of fun from what I recall. Ricochet was amazing and it was great FUN~!
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