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post #351 of 2789 (permalink) Old 03-20-2012, 01:13 PM
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Rush y Terrible vs Marco Corleone y Ultimo Guerrero CMLL 2012.03.03
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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread

Victory Road 2012

Hardy vs. Angle ***3/4

Not as great as their No Surrender match a couple of years ago
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Victory Road 2012

Hardy vs. Angle ***3/4

Not as great as their No Surrender match a couple of years ago


I'm know I'm staying well away from this anyway.

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People really can't criticise Sami Callihan after watching the complete shits that was that Angle/Hardy match a few years back.
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Victory Road 2012

Hardy vs. Angle ***3/4

Not as great as their No Surrender match a couple of years ago
Actually, this match is miles better than their No Surrender match. Better and smarter wrestling. Sure, the NS match was a chaotic clusterfuck with (arguably) higher entertaining value (in trashy sense of word), but the Victory Road has much more quality.
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*gets ready the flame-suit*

Sami Callihan Vs DJ Hyde (CZW 13th Anniversary 11/02/12)


This may not sit well with a majority of the IWC - noting the two men involved, the promotion as well as the Ultraviolent stipulation, but if this match proves anything it's that the majority can be so wholly wrong.

This perhaps won't hold a candle in a Global MotY listing but as far as American Indy matches go this was certainly something to watch. Simple in structure and execution yet solid in result. I'm glad they focused more on a mat-based styled brawling after their quite brutal arena rampage at the start of the match as it showed just how under-rated these two talents are. Is Hyde 100% capable 100% of the time? I haven't watched enough matches of his to comment, but for the most part in this match he was strong in his offence and believable in his dominaiton of Calli so I'd chalk up "in the right conditions" next to his name.

Great spots, some decent selling and sense in the brutality is what made this match good. It didn't stick to its stipulation for namesake but rather drove home the violence in a more philosophical, "I hate you" way as opposed to the CZW staple usage of light-tubes etc. The crowd chanted for blood about 5 minutes in but never got any, and despite this, grew even louder in their recognition of Sami and the match itself. The end finish is a bit over-used in wrestling, today, but it at least had place in the match's dynamic and gave some reasoning for Cole's run-in earlier in the match.

Not a complete blow-away, as I said, but a big enough eye-opener for me as I didnt expect for this to be as good as it was. Honourable MotYC.

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post #357 of 2789 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 01:05 PM
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This review contains SPOILERS for the end of the match

Suwama vs Seiya Sanada - 2/3 Falls Match (AJPW 04/03/12)
Ok, off the bat I'm going to say that I didn't know this was a 2/3 falls match when I put it on. Anyway, I really liked this match, it had a simple yet effective story that worked brilliantly. The match starts with Sanada the young underdog gaining the advantage with his quickness with armdrags and that sort of thing, but once it turns into a test of strength, it's all downhill for Sanada. Suwama gets the advantage and just dominates completely. He hits a brutal short arm lariat that Sanada sells like the damn plague as it hits his jaw and Suwama then just goes after the face.

There was a spot I loved that showed just how dominant and more powerful Suwama is, when Sanada goes for a comeback and hits the springboard dropkick, only for Suwama to just stumble and hit a regular dropkick that sends him flying. The match was full of great spots like that, with Suwama showing his dominance and veteran skills, such as Sanada making comebacks with lots of forearms and Suwama just swotting him away with one huge chop. The first fall ends with a backdrop suplex after Suwama had just completely dominated thw whole thing, and I thought that was the end of the match so it seemed very anti climatic, but then I looked at the time and it wasn't even half way through so I figured it out. Then I realised this could get really good.

The second fall is more of the same, with Sanada trying to get back into the match only to get shot right back down instantly. He eventually gets his comeback going when his forearms finally work and he pretty much knocks Suwama out with them. He tries all of his big moves, but Suwama won't be beaten. Suwama then gains the advantage again, he hits a couple backdrop drivers, but Sanada is the one this time showing his heart and he will not die. He takes ALL of Suwamas big moves, he just keeps on coming and he even no sells like 3 backdrop suplexes and it works with the story of the match. Suwama hits two more backdrop drivers and this time Sanada is not moving, but he still kicks out! He kicks out of the Last Ride! Suwama can't believe it, so he picks him up and looks as if he is going for something huge to end it, by this point I had no idea what the hell else he could hit for the win, but he simply takes a page out of Sanadas book and uses a cradle pin for the win! He realised Sanada would not be beaten by MOVEZ, so he surprised him with a CRADLE PIN.

That was awesome. I loved the simple story in this match, the veteran vs the newcomer, Sanada will not die! Great story and very well executed by both men with a particularly great performance from Sanada.
****1/4

Seabs has been raving about Sanada for a while now if I'm not mistaken, and this was the first match that made me see what he has to offer properly.
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God, I love SUWAMA. He was like really good in 2008-2010, but he fucking exploded in 2011, and he's probably in Top 3 Puro Heavyweights. Amazing wrestler, he's great in storytelling, setting up strategies and pacing.
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post #359 of 2789 (permalink) Old 03-22-2012, 03:42 PM
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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread

Seabs also had this to say about the match when I posted it in the Puro thread:
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Starts off great with the potential to be a MOTYC but it just falls totally flat. Booking was bad to have it just go 2 falls. Sanada selling the fuck out of that head shot was awesome and set the match up nicely but the 2nd fall dragged and Sanada never got to make a super comeback and they lost the crowd.


I agree a lot with Seabs (except for the 2 falls bit). I was actually surprised when I saw this on Puroresu Spirit's recommended list, tbh. Like I said in the other thread, I was torn watching in how to call it.

I'm not sure if I'd ever go that high for it, but I suppose it might get better with a second viewing. Sanada's pretty solid, though, and Suwama is Suwama. It shouldn't be mediocre, and it wasn't. Just I'm not sure how much of a MotYC it could be.

Glad you liked the hell out of it, though.

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To be honest it wouldn't surprise me if not many people liked it as much as me but I really did like it. I actually liked it going 2 falls because IMO it got the story over better with Suwama just being that dominant (he is the former champ after all) and Sanada being the 'new guy'. I thought the second fall is where it really got good though.

And I agree with JoeRulz, Suwama has been very impressive with what I've seen from 2011 and the start of this year.
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