Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Suwama & Kaz Hayashi vs Masayuki Kono & Minoru Tanaka, AJPW (7/29/12)
I wasn't in love with this match to the degree Seabs was, though it was a really bossy brawl especially when Suwama and Kono ventured into the crowd. Wasn't a big fan early on of their forearm strikes but the minute they started lariating, kneeing and just tackling each other to the floor the whole thing felt a lot more chaotic and sufficiently violent. Loved the build from their first exchange to the breakdown into a fight with Kono continually staring at Suwama as he was on the apron and both of them moving across the apron to each other for a verbal war whilst Tanaka and Hayashi were in the ring. There was a great 2-3 minute spell where the visuals were very impressive, especially the sequence where Kono did a Harley esque knee in the crowd and they began rugby tackling the other to the floor and then leading to the excellent spot where Suwama fought off 4 officials to grab the table and launch it at Kono who managed to duck in time. Speed with which he threw it at was amazing and would have decapitated Kono had it connected. The visual of the barricade rattling dangerously close to the crowd after Suwama hit it at tremendous force was excellent and the cameraman being floored by an oncoming Kono was a particularly nice touch. I didn't really begin to feel like it came into its own until around the final 5 minutes, where the brawling got much better and shifted from strike trading to out and out unconventional fighting. Very good in spells, just needed a motherfucker to get punched square in the jaw and the elderly lady to be jumping out of her seat for it to work its way into my heart.