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Old 03-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #331 (permalink)
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That match kicked ass and was the perfect cap to the good Omega/Hayashi bout before it.

I beg to differ on the botched ending, though. Akiyama hit his Sternness Dust α, the crowd and announcers were at their peak and Akiyama covered him knowing the match was done. I'm just doubtful he'd pull out his big match finisher only for Omori to kick out (especially noting the build up to this point). If anything it was the ref who botched the ending - slipping his hand in the pretense Omori would kick out, realised his mistake and counted for a "fourth".

Not to continually play devil's advocate, either, but I don't see the issue with the exploder suplexes, too. I'd have found it silly to end that match on an exploder, as it would have been epically flat, but Omori sold it fine. After kicking out of a second exploder, it's not like he went Eddie Edwards style and no-sold everything. He actually looked dazed and collapsed after returning some offence at a charging Akiyama. It's just an exploder, after all. Omori's Full Nelson Suplex later on, and especially the overabundance of German Suplexes in wrestling prove contrary to that statement, too. Both look nastier than an exploder (which saw Omori land more squarely on his shoulders), as the opponent lands on his neck and the tops of his shoulders. If we're to ignore those I don't see why we can't give a pass to the exploder either. After all it is less painful, realistically.

I loved the kicks, as well, and, imo, they played a part in putting Omori's legitimacy over. He endured those exploders, a heapful of punishment throughout the match and some stiff-as-hell kicks that made him bleed and yet still kept on going - that's fighting spirit. It just helped build up to having him put away with the SD-α for me.

Great match and great crowd. I covered my rating for it in my Top 15 list I posted a couple days ago, but needless to say this is still my 5th in line for MotY.

Side note: JA needs to seriously invest in some new spandex. That silver design over his crack continually makes me think Akiyama has a serious anal-sweat problem.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:55 PM   #332 (permalink)
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Had been avoiding the forum somewhat trying to keep excited for the build to Wrestlmania but decided to visit today and am I ever glad that I did.
Casas vs Panther is, as of now, my personal MOTY, though idk if it will hold up for the entire year. Great stuff, Casas has alway been fantastic, particularly as a rudo. Nice to see him getting some love here on the forum.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:11 PM   #333 (permalink)
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Okabayashi gets more heat at the end of the interpromotional tags than Sekimoto, especially the ones in Korakuen. Not that getting heat automatically means a better worker. Anyway, the reason he gets more heat is that Okabayashi has a lot more chance of being pinned than Sekimoto, raising the drama a bit. He was better in the April BJPW/AJPW tag than Sekimoto (I didn't think anything of the other iterations) and Sekimoto has been pretty damn awful in the 2012 tags. Even though I don't think Okabayashi is a high level guy, he has better selling, better on offence and can lay out a good finish stretch. I admit to liking Sekimoto a bit in the past, but he has gone backwards. He's not very imaginative and once you've seen one Sek match, you've seen em all.

You guys should watch Casas's stuff. I'm really not much of a lucha guy but I enjoy his work a lot. He has obvious influence from puroresu, and he does it damn brilliantly. Our forum puroresu.tv has lists for Mexico & US that are voted for by mostly puroresu fans, so it's probably more accessible for you than a WKO list e.g. Casas/Panther matches have been spectacular.
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Casas is currently the best worker in the world, in my opinion, and Japanese Letters is right about him being accessible. If you want to get into lucha, I would say start with some Casas. The hair vs hair match against Blue Panther would be a good place to start if you wanted to jump right into this year's action. But he also has had some fantastic matches with El Hijo Del Santo throughout the years.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:29 AM   #335 (permalink)
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I think you'll find it actually means Daniel. But the "Japanese Letters" made me laugh.

Tbh, I added that caption because, from what I've noticed, Sekimoto seems to be in many people's higher rated matches and they have genuinely said he's gunning for their worker of the year. I saw the picture of Casas, was reminded of Condescending Wonka, and knew I had to post it in reference to Milkman7's claim. I had no idea it would get this much attention, but perhaps it's deservedly needed.



Negro Casas Vs Blue Panther (02/03/2012)



What I loved about these two is that they've taken the annoying short-fall concept and integrated it into a meaningful aspect to the match. For instance, the first fall came in around two minutes, but it made sense. Casas knew an early fall wouldn't be as detrimental to him as fighting the Fujiwara would have been and wrestling the rest of the match one arm down. It also gave Panther a target to hone his stiff kicks and attacks on, too. Panther took a different route to Casas' submission, though, and paid for it.

I loved the beginning of the tercero caida, too. It just hit home that these guys weren't interested in anything but injuring each other and making the most out of their grudge match. That sick smile from Casas, as well as him taunting the crap out of an injured Panther is probably one of my favourite moments in wrestling this year (behind Tajiri weeping after his match with Finlay).

It was pretty weird to see an Aspuestas match end in a draw, but my guess is that they're wishing to continue milking this great feud and looking at a blow-off at one of the Anniversary shows (April or September). Exceedingly better on second viewing and definite contender for one of my final top matches of the year.

Rating: 4.25+

Yuji Nagata & Wataru Inoue vs Masayuki Kono & Minoru (AJPW 03/02/2012)


Seabs described the match perfectly way back in the thread, but I'll say it again. This match built on so much from the WK incident and will probably go down as one of the better short matches of the year. Funaki's lackeys going solely for Nagata really added to the dynamic and played a lot on the crowd not giving a single iota about the outsider Inoue. Really loved how whenever he made a gesture or attempted to get into the ring, Kono/Minoru would kick the shit out of him and push him back out. Great little story with a nice ending that played on the WK incident that started all of this.

This was a great event for AJPW. The bout makes it match three for three that I've enjoyed the hell out of on this event alone - Jun Akiyama Vs Takao Omori (4.25), Kenny Omega Vs Kaz Hayashi (4+) and now this. Gently Caress!

Rating: 3.75
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Negro Casas Vs Blue Panther, hair vs hair- ****1/2 or 90%. Great stuff but I didn't like the finish too much.
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Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito - IWGP Heavyweight Championship - NJPW 04.03.2012
Incredible match. I was worried about it going too long and dragging in the middle and maybe that these two weren't experienced enough to work a big singles main event together without a Tanahashi to guide them through. Fuck I was wrong about all of that. Easily career performances for both men and such a well worked match too. Didn't feel like 25 minutes in the slightest and the transition into the finish was so effortlessly seamless. Sequence leading to the finish was beautiful. Both men got to the point when they went for their big stuff and it lead to the end of the match. Simple. Okada going for his lariat but Naito dodging and then Okada's resilience to hit it paying off was sweet. I'll take a super finishing sequence like this over a choreographed finishing stretch that has it's own identity to the rest of the match every single time. Rest of the match was on that level too. The contrasting limb work was brilliant and the selling was even better. I hate a Tombstone Piledriver just being a transition spot but I guess these days you just have to live with it and accept it as just another move. Once you do that you have one hell of a transition spot here and the crowd reaction to it showed why. I thought Okada looked nervous and uncertain at times in the Tanahashi match but he worked with it here. There still was them moments but played it off as cockyness and it was super how he'd take his time when he was in control and just play with Naito. Bunch of swanky looking submissions from both men too, especially Okada. Really loved some of the submissions they busted out. Okada's leg selling was awesome too. He didn't overdo it and that made me like it even more. Fantastic match. #1 right now and it's gonna be an amazing year if this drops out of my top 10.

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Juventud Guerrera vs Zema Ion - X Project 19.02.2012
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Not quite a MOTYC but almost there. Probably would have been if it didn't have fucking Sami Callihan doing a run in for the finish. Juvi looks as super as ever and his offence is incredible. It's a handheld recording and Juvi does a dive and lands right by the guy recording it which was super. Some sweet spots in the crowd on the chairs. Ion looks decent and has some flashy moves that he hits well. Match cuts here and there but I'm certain you never miss anything of note. Not quite great but really fucking good and well worth watching for 10 minutes.
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Okada Vs. Naito,NJPW 04/03/12- ****1/2.
My MOTY, followed closely by Nakajima Vs. Shingo D-Ring 11/02/12 which I have at ****1/4
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:31 AM   #339 (permalink)
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Juventud Guerrera vs Zema Ion - X Project 19.02.2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG9MP0N6Klo

Not quite a MOTYC but almost there. Probably would have been if it didn't have fucking Sami Callihan doing a run in for the finish. Juvi looks as super as ever and his offence is incredible. It's a handheld recording and Juvi does a dive and lands right by the guy recording it which was super. Some sweet spots in the crowd on the chairs. Ion looks decent and has some flashy moves that he hits well. Match cuts here and there but I'm certain you never miss anything of note. Not quite great but really fucking good and well worth watching for 10 minutes.
And this was the alternative in creating the draw in the Casas/Panther match. People may have hated the double pin in that match, but interference always leaves a sourer taste in the fans' mouths.

It sort of worked in the context, though, as Sami Callihan & Samuray del Sol needed the heat for their main event match later on and the Ion/Guerrera feud had to carry on to a cabellera y cabellera match at a later date - which may give you the MotY you were hoping for. Though I'd hate to see Juvie lose his hair...
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I think a Sami Callihan run-in would make every match better.
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