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Join Date: Oct 2008
re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Rewatched Okada/Tanahashi and I'm sticking with ****1/4. I could be talked into lowering it, but certainly no higher.
Really confused by people who were saying Tanahashi looked better and that he was the reason this match was good. Every great thing in this match for me was done by Okada and every complaint I have is with Tanahashi.
Whats the best thing in the match? The Cloverleaf. Why? Because Okada sells it like death, and times his escape to perfectly pop the crowd.
Whats the worst thing? Tanahashi shrugs off every bit of neckwork that Okada painstakingly applies, and its almost forgotten by the end of the match. Tanahashi's poor selling, a problem years ago, but greatly improved in the past year, rears its ugly head. Okada's tombstone is meant to feel like a deathblow. It was in the dominion match. Here, because Tanahashi makes the crowd forget the neckwork, it takes a whole lot of air out of that nearfall, and as a result, the whole match feels like Okada was never really that close to winning.
But that's the problem, isn't it? Tanahashi has just gotta be superman every time.
The booking of this match is just devastating. Granted, I think I have removed that bias from my rating. The Dominion match was #3 on my MOTY list last year, and I'm not too much more disappointed here than I was then. But it has to be said...what a dreadful decision. Okada was the hottest thing in wrestling, with more Buzz than I have seen around one japanese wrestler in at least 6 years. And you snuff him out so your stale ace can have more played-out, overdone, routine title matches. This match should have made Tanahashi's win at Dominion look like a fluke: instead, they have made Okada look like a fluke.
To paraphase some guy:
"I don't hate you, (Tanahashi), I don't even dislike you. I like you a hell out of a lot more than I like (most wrestlers)
I hate this idea that you're the best."
That's my problem, ultimately, with Tanahashi. I'm tired of the 5th best heavyweight in the company beating all the guys who are better than him over and over. I just wish he was booked the way the 5th best heavyweight should be booked.
But what the hell do I know? He draws, right? That's all that matters I guess. Money talks. But there was finally a guy who was not only a better wrestler but seemed to have the same marketability as Tanahashi, and they just completely derailed all the work they put into him for the last year. It's not even that I'm so mad about the Wrestle Kingdom Result: its that Okada winning at Wrestle Kingdom is the only way Tnahashi winning at Dominion even made sense.
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