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Old 05-09-2012, 07:59 AM   #861 (permalink)
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Chikara's "Hot off the Griddle"

Sara Del Rey vs. El Generico - ****1/4
Eddie Kingston vs. Kevin Steen - ***1/2
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:46 AM   #862 (permalink)
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Del Rey vs Generico sounds awesome!
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:40 AM   #863 (permalink)
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Del Rey vs Generico sounds awesome!
Yeah that was so awesome. Enjoyed it a lot!!! Sucks i knew the result.
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Shinjiro Otani vs Daichi Hashimoto - ZERO-1 25.03.2012
Feels like ages since I checked in with Otani and he's still every bit as awesome as he was in everything he was in last year. Student/Teacher dynamic is done really well here. Otani gives Daichi plenty both in kayfabe and booking terms. Match is obviously booked to make Daichi look great in losing and then story of the match has Otani seeing what Daichi can give as well in the opening parts where he gives him shots in a show me what you got fashion. Loved Daichi knowing Otani's face wash was coming and fighting against it but eventually the master has his way and gets his spot in. Really liked the layout of the match with Daichi never winning if you like but at the same time also never losing and keeping up with Otani until the end. Daichi really stepping up towards the end and threatening to gain the upper hand causing Otani to finally put him away was great too. Once again Otani works a super match and once again he gets the booking of young Hash spot on too.

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Karl Anderson -vs- Tanahashi Hiroshi (NJPW; 2012-04-08)
A no bullshit Tanahashi match wherein he sells nearly perfectly and uses effective strikes? WHAT DA?! Unique transitions, spots, and counters without stretching it longer than it needed to go! The finishing stretch (if you can separate it from the bulk, it was quite seamless thanks to Mr. Third Gear) was paced exquisitely. I've had problems with Anderson's knee offense in the past but because of the length, how it comes into play (watch how Anderson is able to rise to his feet at the same time as Tanahashi after that counter). It did not payoff with a late game submission, but there are other methods of paying limb psych off and they used it effectively in the match. No overkill, logical fall tries. Damn, I have no qualms with this match. Terrific. ****1/2 ~82-84% for a first time rating.
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Finally saw Richards/Elgin. Wow. I don't know if I'd go the full five stars for it, but if not, it's definitely still in the upper echelon of RoH matches. Easily the best match from both Davey Richards and RoH in general since Best in the World 2011, maybe the best match from both Davey Richards and RoH in general since the main event of Richards vs. Daniels. (I'm not as high on the BitW main event as I was at the time, mainly because knowing how abysmal the rest of 2011 was for the company has robbed it of its "Beginning of the Davey Richards Era!" excitement.) Elgin looked absolutely amazing; if RoH handles him right and nobody else snatches him up, they'll have another Samoa Joe on their hands. Davey responded to Elgin's greatness with his best performance in a long time; I know a lot of people hate his following up a superplex with an ankle lock, but it worked here. (Part of that is that he immediately went for a cover after the superplex, and only grabbed the ankle lock in frustration when it didn't work; I don't know if that grace note was there in earlier, less acclaimed matches where he did it. A bigger part is that Angle, Kanemoto, Shamrock and others have done a more than satisfactory job establishing the ankle lock as a hold that requires no setup, that can be locked on at any time in the match and be devastating.) As an actual wrestling match that I feel comfortable comparing to other actual wrestling matches, it's easily my MotY so far.

That's because Cena/Lesnar from Extreme Rules did not strike me as an ordinary wrestling match that can be properly compared to other wrestling matches. I won't say I felt the "magic" others described, but I knew watching it that I was seeing something very different from what I typically get in professional wrestling, and something very interesting. Surprised the finish is such a lightning rod for controversy; Cena has never looked less like "Superman" in battling back to win than he did here, and having him beat Lesnar (who is, after all, not going to be around much) is a far more defensible booking decision than having him lose to the Rock (who isn't going to be around at all). Both guys' performances were stellar, with Cena doing arguably career-best work, and Lesnar proving that he could actually "bring legitimacy back" to WWE if only the company was interested.
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i dont get how two matches can't be compared to one another, if i can compare a lucha libre match to a WWE match, I think one can compare just about any thing :P.

meh, Davey Richard's match at Best in the World was average at best, and that's coming from someone who saw it live. If this new match with Elgin (I don't even know who that is) isn't better than that, then I have low hopes for ROH.

I am interested in Del Rey vs Generico. Anyone got a link to that?

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Austin Aries vs Alex Shelley - TNA Against All Odds 2012
Why aren't more people talking about this as being a great match? Isn't really high end stuff but it's easily one of the better matches of this year so far. Really well paced, structured and laid out. Both guys are super in their role, Aries being the cocky dickhead and Shelley being focused on winning the belt after returning. Shelley going for the Sliced Bread numerous times early on set it up really nicely for when he hit it and got a near fall out of it. I've always though Borash should be the voice of TNA on commentary and he proved why during this. So much better than goffy "I don't give a shit anymore" Tazz. Shelley's selling was subtle but super and bonus points for playing into the finish as well as the story of Shelley coming back from his injury and it still being a weak spot. Easily better than anything to come out of TNA last year, maybe since the end of 2009.

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Caught up on a load of stuff in the past day or two. None of this is really MOTYC level but it's all great and worth watching even if not essential.

Daisuke Sekimoto & Kazuki Hashimoto vs Kohei Sato & Daichi Hashimoto - ZERO-1.24.04.2012
Kazuki Hashimoto takes great strides forward in his quest to be the greatest thing to happen in 2012. Has to the best in ring character anywhere in wrestling right now. Such an incredible overcocky young shithead who thinks he's way better than he actually is. The spot where he steal Otani's face wash on a Z1 show and blows a kiss at Sato while doing it was incredible. Even better how he hit the ropes nearer the middle so Sato couldn't cheap shot him after his kiss. SHITHEAD. Both Hash's looked great in this. Sekimoto and Sato just kinda sat back in this and it was nearly all the rookies. Partner Daichi up with Otani and give the vets more time in the ring and this'll be my MOTY. Post match is crazy good too. Shithead Hashimoto just sat in the ring flipping everyone off as Sekimoto brawls with Daichi was amazing and made even better by him literally scurrying away when the Z1 guys made their way back to the ring. Greatest shithead ever. Told everyone he'd break out this year[/smug]

Akebono & Shinjiro Otani vs Atsushi Onita & Masato Tanaka - ZERO-1.24.04.2012
Once again really good, moments of absolute greatness but just missing something to make it stand out. Akebono's been awesome for a while now and the great performances are starting to come out now as well. This might be the best of them all as far as Akebono performances go. Tanaka and Onita manage to bring the big man down during the brawling on the outside and Akebono ends up getting cut open. Akebono with blood running down his face making murderous faces is something not to be missed. Gets even better when Onita spits red mist on his face at the end. Horrible set up for the Sliding D's at the end but I guess nobody lands in a sitting position during a wrestling match naturally, let alone someone like Akebono.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Toru Yano - NJPW 01.04.2012
Takes a while to get going but then the last 5 minutes are really fantastic when Tanahashi goes into super main event worker mode. Super back and forth exchanging near falls and counters. Isn't as great as their G1 match last year but much better than their title match from last year.

Karl Anderson vs Shinsuke Nakamura - NJPW 05.04.2012
This was awesome up until Nakamura got control and shrugged off all of Anderson's terrific early leg work. Chain wrestling and the leg work up to that point was awesome though. After it's still good but they never get back up to that point and that stops it being great and just really good. Anderson's a great FIP and Nakamura is obviously as good as ever.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Karl Anderson - NJPW 08.04.2012
Really good sprint. Thought Tanahashi's leg selling hurt it though. Seemed to just forget it and blow it all of half way through. Would have been a legit MOTYC if he hadn't though. Carrying the leg injury through from the Naito match and Anderson using the same leg work that he had success with against Nakamura was neat. All you can really ask for from a semi on the same day as the final though really is for a fun sprint and that's what this ended up being. Had the potential to be a great match as well as a fun sprint but you still get a really good sprint so you're still a winner. Last few minutes are nuts with the crowd really getting into it. Anderson's really over with the Korakuen crowd and he's been really fucking good for about a year now so hopefully New Japan take note of that and give him a decent push as a singles guy.

Kenny Omega vs Shigehiro Irie - DDT 01.04.2012
One of the better junior matches this year but junior matches have sucked this year so it's a tainted compliment. In any era this is really good though, just not MOTYC level. Stage spot was super and lead nicely into Omega's rib injury. Really well paced and both guys looked super. Best match of Omega's title reign bar the Yamato match.
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Kota Ibushi vs. El Generico from DDT 5/4/12 **** 1/2 **** 1/4
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Finally more love for Aries/Shelley, top 3 match in TNA this year so far. There's so much more other stuff I need to check out and it's mostly puro. I don't really keep up with it as much just a few matches here and there.
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