Yuji Nagata vs Kota IbushiG1 Climax 2013 Day 5 - ****
I love how Ibushi tried to match Nagata blow for blow in their strike exchanges. Nagata work on Ibushi's arm was good and Ibushi did a good job of selling it. I love the finish with Nagata hitting Ibushi with the top rope exploder and several back suplexes to make sure that Ibushi doesn't get back up again.
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Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Katsuyori Shibata vs Tomihiro Ishii, New Japan G1 Climax (8/4/13)
I'd say this is perhaps an apt illustration of how character dynamics and timing can overcome stylistic faults within wrestling. This match had tropes that I generally loathe in current day puro and indy wrestling (repetitive strike exchanges, trading suplexes & fighting spirit kickout at 1s), yet everything was timed so smartly and ingrained in the character struggle of Ishii that I felt it ensured the adherance to said tropes was perfectly acceptable and in the process the best representation of this current style.
Ishii's character works in this environment because he's a genuine underdog and he communicates a sense of always needing to prove himself to his opponent. Seabs made a good point that two guys could wrestle the same match and it wouldn't work nearly as well because you couldn't argue the sequences needed to be included because neither guy works in the role as Ishii does. Even something as potentially egregious as willingly lowering to a knee to absorb punishment worked in the context of the opening exchange with Ishii being outfought and wanting to prove immediately he wasn't someone to be pushed around.
All the sequences were generally timed perfectly and Shibata established himself as the dominant force in dominating most exchanges and working from the top. Loved little moments like him trying to stamp on Ishii's head after finally planting him with a kick after much resilience. Even the spot where Ishii landed a german to Shibata after taking one worked through the timing with Ishii then winning a crucial exchange and immediately plummeting to the mat: the spot in of itself is capable of adding to a match but so many wrestlers utilise it in matches up and down the card that it loses its typical significance.
The finishing stretch again saw both men utilise the rapid fire exchanges and defiantly shrug off punishment to land one more potentially decisive blow and the visuals of Ishii in the sleeper & Shibata collapsing to the mat after headbutting Ishii were tremendous. The kickouts at 1 generally didn't irk me either as they came about in a believeable manner (Ishii bullishly powering out after eating a kick is perfectly acceptable) although I probably could have lived with Shibata only kicking at 1 once after a lariat, but that's a small quibble for what was otherwise a pleasant experience given what the typical reservations I have with puro and especially New Japan matches.
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I suppose I should check out this Ishii/Shibata match, although I have a really hard time getting into matches when I know absolutely zero about the characters/backstory.
Shibata has entered the G1 with the express purpose of kicking every motherfucker's head clean off. Ishii is a tough, uber-spirited, never-say-die underdog at the height of his battling powers, having entered a career defining performance against Tanhashi two nights earlier. And frankly, the moments immediately before & after the opening bell should be more than enough to reel you in.