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post #291 of 2789 (permalink) Old 03-07-2012, 01:43 PM
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...and TNA had Okada as a camera man.

How very apt of them.
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The main problem i had with Tanahashi vs Okada was that Okada gave me the impresion that left Tana do everything in the match. The match was great maybe one of the best Tanahashi perfomance, here is the same or Okada improve?
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He's better than he was in the Tana match for sure.
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ROH Homecoming - Hero vs Elgin
Awesome match. Hero brought back some old school stuff and started doing the flippy/athletic stuff he used to do before the match and it was pretty funny and got the crowd behind him. Hero is definitely better as a cocky heel dominating a match, but he did really well here getting dominated by Elgin and he plays a really good sympathetic babyface. Once Hero gets his comeback going and they go into the finishing stretch it gets really great with some awesome nearfalls that had me thinking it was over. Hero also trimmed a lot of the fat off since he returned at Final Battle which was good to see. Now this is where Elgin looks like a beast, catching Hero, throwing him around and dead lifting him into a suplex. Probably my favourite Elgin match so far, but it's Chris Hero and that dude can play any role in a wrestling ring so it was no surprise he made Elgin look good and had a great match with him. ****

The best ROH match this year, and the most I've enjoyed one in ages. Hero owns.
I really, really wanna see this match being a huge fan of both men

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Okada vs Naito was the fucking nuts. Both guys went in with a strategy and kept to it for pretty much the entire match. I've never been a big Naito fan, but I have to say he's made me a fan just from this match, he really showed me something. He was amazing at going after Okadas leg and never giving up on it, until later in the match, but I'll get to that later. Okada then goes after Naitos neck and almost everything he does is focussed on the neck and it's some really good offense too, all the while selling his leg, and selling it after he uses his leg for a dropkick, or hitting the tombstone on the outside for a near count out and grabbing his knee. Some of Naitos leg work is awesome, especially the dropkick off the apron to the railing, that was cool, and theres a submission he uses later on thats hella nifty. If there was one complaint it might be that Naito didn't really sell the neck too well when he was making his comebacks, but I can let that slide since Okada was selling his leg so well throughout and Naito just kept going after the leg. Okada is really growing on me, like his cocky facial expressions when he knows he's in control and the fact he is a good seller adds to that too and some of his submissions looked really cool. There were points that I got slightly worried that he was going to forget about it, but he didn't, maybe because naito focussed everything on the leg so he had no choice but to sell it. Then the finishing stretch was bloody awesome! It felt like Naito took his eye off of the weakness and went for his signature stuff, and thats what led to his downfall. Okada stayed focussed on the neck and never let up on it, all his signature stuff was on the neck and the match was so much better for it. I would like to see him use the tombstone as a finisher though instead of a random move he hits earlier in the match, but his Air Raid Neckbreaker and DVD look really good, and the way they transitioned into the massive lariat for the finish was really great. The crowd was alive for this too and really behind Naito, so that always adds to a match, but I heard some Okada chants too so he must be growing on the fans as well. My MOTY fur sure, and I can't see much topping this for me for a while. Awesome stuff that I recommend everyone go out of their way to see. ****1/2
Awesome match. This is my first time ever in seeing a match with Naito that was this long and I must say the guy absolutely blew me away. He was looking like one of the best wrestlers in the world. This guy has got "it". I have to see more of his matches!
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Can I just say that Kazuchika Okada Vs. Tetsuya Naito is my runaway Match of the Year so far? Holy shit, I was marking out all over the place.
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Can I just say that Kazuchika Okada Vs. Tetsuya Naito is my runaway Match of the Year so far? Holy shit, I was marking out all over the place.
Yup. It's my MOTY so far too. I can realistically see it in my top 5 at the end of the year.
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I managed to watch the Naito/Okada match with a friend last night - someone who is familiar with both men from TNA - and I can safely say I marked like a bitch. My friend wouldn't stop laughing at Naito (whom he thought looked like a jobber with his haircut) but even he got into this match, and he's a strong lucha-lover/puro-hater.

Admittedly, we both noticed some "The Pope" D'Angelo Dinero mannerisms in Okada but, as my friend said, when you're stalking him to such an extent, and video-taping his every move, it's totally understandable. Sigh, we're only two matches in to Okada's push and I'm already annoyed at TNA for misusing him to such an extent.

As for the match as a whole, I'd love to use Bubz' saying, as it sums it up more than any amount of words could: "Okada vs Naito was the fucking nuts"
Rating: 4.25+ (maybe a 4.5-)

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Nakajima vs Ishimori

I always say this about Nakajima, but I'll say it again here, he knows how to do a limb workover really well, and then use it to constantly gain the advantage later in the match. He did it here amazingly well, but ishimori's selling was quite bad throughout which took away from the great job Nakajima was doing. He sometimes would hold his leg for a second, but then was running around like a crazy person and hitting all his offense which pretty much all invovled using his knees or feet, hitting all his usual stuff like kicks, knees, lungblowers, dropkicks etc which annoyed me a bit. But that's the negative stuff out the way. Nakajima was awesome here, like I said working over the leg and then when Ishimori made his comebacks he would always go back to the leg to get the advantage back. The sequence leading to the finsih was awesome stuff and the nearfall off the 450 was great. So there was a few things that nagged me mostly to do with Ishimoris selling, but the good stuff far outweighed the bad, a lot like Nakajima/Marvin from last year, but I thought this was better. ****

Nakajima is so good imo, he's easily my favourite Junior in Japan. To me, he's like if some scientist took Davey Richards and extracted all the shit and injected some wrestling logic into his brain. If you put him in the ring with someone who can sell (like SHINGO) you will pretty much be guaranteed a MOTYC.
Randomly pulled a match from Dailymotion and it happened to be this match.

I couldn't agree more with your post, especially the Davey Richards line as I genuinely looked at it in the same light. They're most certainly more prone to an American Indy liking, what with their thigh-slapping and MOVEZ~!, but at least they kept it fun and still critically enjoyable.
Rating: 4+

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Daisuke Sekimoto vs Yuji Okabayashi - BJW 26.02.2012

Watched Finlay vs Tajiri too. Bored the life out of me at times. I liked the story and I didn't dislike anything they did but it was just far too slow and dull to ever grab my attention and never seemed to get out of first gear. Dark arena and quiet crowd certainly didn't help from my own personal standpoint either. Good match on paper but not good enough or maybe better put interesting enough in execution.
Funny, I thought mostly that of the Sekimoto/Okabayashi match.

I'm probably in a very select minority about that, though, but I just couldn't get into that match at all. Perhaps it was my preconceived bias for it that helped overshadow the match, but I can't say it did anything near enough to tickle me in the right place. The Nakajima/Ishimori bout did more for me, as did Reyes Del Aire which I watched in the same night. The latter probably coming in just shy of 4 stars (thanks to some seriously mark-out pins/moments).

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I'm just gonna throw Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler from this weeks superstars out there. Wrestled at a frantic pace as expected , some awesome counters and some great near falls. I legit thought this match was over 3 or 4 times before the actual finish. Excellent finishing sequence and overall a super fun match for what it was. I usually hate Kofi but he was very good in this. Dolph was excellent as per usual and showed more charsima in this match then anyother.

I'm going watching Okada vs Naito tonight for obvious reasons but I really wanna watch Elgin vs Hero as I'm a big fan of both. I'll post my thoughts either tonight or tomorrow if I get time.
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post #300 of 2789 (permalink) Old 03-10-2012, 10:14 AM
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I'm hoping I didn't overrate Hero/Elgin in my review, but I really dug it. I am a ridiculous Hero mark though lol.
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