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Re: The 2012 MOTYC thread
Going to get around to that All Japan match in the morning, sounds awesome.
Making a change to what a post in here. I just realized that it would be a huge waste of my time to go and write reviews for matches and then not post them if I don't rate them 4*s. So I basically plan on doing everything from Sebs' thread and if I come across anything that numerous people review I'll go ahead and do that as well.
FLUORESCENT LIGHT-TUBES DEATH MATCH:
Abdullah Kobayashi, Shadow WX & Takeda Masashi vs. Kasai Jun, Numazawa Jaki & Hoshino Kankuro (BJW 2012/01/02)
Well Jun Jasai wearing a fans winter jacket, getting thrown into lightbulbs, they don't effect him, Kasai celebrates, and throws the jacket back to a fan might have been the coolest thing ever. Oh and some of the most sickening headbutts ever from Numazawa (I think) added the brutality and awesomeness. The match was insane but it was really just them beating each other with light tubes. Being in the building love for something like this would be awesome but after seeing a few of those spots on TV they kind of lose the effect. Really bloody and everything but that's really the main appeal. I still enjoyed it but I've seen better examples of telling a story within a death match. I actually liked the death match that was on the card before this one a lot more.
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yoshihito Sasaki vs Akebono & Ryuto Hama - BJW 02.01.2012
Strong Style Southern Tag. That's really the best way to describe this match and it was really awesome. Hama looked like he could barely move around but someone that's just so large I was impressed with what he was able to do. Akebono looks like someone that can really work a match and really looked like a threat in the ring. The crowd was awesome in the match as well as they really didn't like the Akebono and Hama. They were behind every single strike that was done to them and booed all their offense. As much as they hated the big guys they loved Sasaki and Sekimoto. Great atmosphere and crowd really helped a lot, and usually I'm not a fan of Japanese crowds.
So you have these 2 giant monsters in the ring with 2 crazy badasses. It's a perfect mix really. Sasaki was the one that found himself being worked over for a majority of the match while he tried to make the big tag to Sekimoto. I liked Akebono and Hama didn't have to break any rules to remain in control of the match, they were the heels but they didn't cheat, they just beat the hell out of the guy that the crowd loved. I thought the ending was really really weak though and to be quite honest it really hurt the match. I'm all for making dominant heels but there was no reason why Sasaki couldn't have made a tag. Instead Sekimoto stood on the apron looking like a fool getting hit over and over as he stood on the apron acting useless. I know the purpose of the match was to build on a feud but as a viewer of this match watching Sasaki get his ass kicked over for so long and totally failing to make a the big tag was a huge let down.
I'm still giving it a good rating because the fact that I was so annoyed by the ending of the match means that I was caring about the outcome. It did tell a great story and I can't wait to see these guys get in the ring again. Actually the more and more I go on about how much of a let down the ending was the more and more brilliant I'm realizing it was. I should go back and change everything that I just wrote about the ending but I'm going to leave it because that's me in total mark mode. A great way to build a feud.
Big Japan is awesome. Just watched the 1/2/12 Big Japan show and it was so easy to watch. The crowd was good and there were all sorts of matches. Going to do my best to see a lot of it this year.