Antonio Cesaro v Sami Zayn - NXT (8/21/13)
Finally got around to seeing this. Wow. It lived up to the hype and then some. Wonderfully constructed with each fall linking together seamlessly to form the overall structure and story of one complete match. Loved how they used the continued focus on the roll up and chin lock to capture and reinforce the battle between Zayn's quickness and agility and Cesaro's raw power. The callbacks to their previous bouts were nifty and satisfying, and what can I really say about the final fall other than it was batshit crazy awesomesauceness. Zayn's diving DDT on the floor was nuts and the finishing sequence might be the sickest thing that's ever happened in this company. Superb performances from both men. I want to a heap all the praise on Cesaro because he's like the biggest badass in the world but that wouldn't be fair because Zayn ruled the universe in this too. Fantastic match.
WWE MOTY list:
1. Brock Lesnar v CM Punk - Summerslam (8/18/13)
2. Dolph Ziggler v Alberto Del Rio - Payback (6/16/13)
3. Antonio Cesaro v Sami Zayn - NXT (8/21/13)
4. CM Punk v Undertaker - Wrestlemania 29 (4/7/13)
5. John Cena v Daniel Bryan - Summerslam (8/18/13)
6. CM Punk v John Cena - Raw (2/25/13)
7. Kassius Ohno v William Regal - NXT (4/10/13)
8. Brock Lesnar v Triple H - Extreme Rules (5/19/13)
9. Daniel Bryan, Kane & Kofi Kingston v The Shield - Raw (5/20/13)
10. Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins v Daniel Bryan & Kane - Raw (5/27/13)
I did a write-up on that Dynamite/Allmark match in the British thread. I echo the sentiments on it being fun for the first half, but once the interference hit that match found itself in the Twilight Zone of booking hell. It accompanied Allmark/Brown which I've yet to watch, but that should be good.
It was really weird how it worked out. It didn't make me go "GAD NABBIT" but just "Well..." haha. Mix Allmark and Mason with Rampage and Dynamite in some combination always seems to lead to a good chunk of fun even if the booking this time took it down.
Sweetness. Gonna watch that tag in a little bit. BRAVADOS
oh and Danielson vs Reigns from Monday > than just about everything from Night of Champions. How about that. Enough for me to pug it in this thread to be more specific. Wished the leg work of Reigns in the first half was focused more on in the end. Nonetheless, quality match. Non-finish doesn't help, but screw it. Feeds with the story & we knew it was coming.
Okada, Tanaka, Takahashi & Gedo vs. Kojima, Naito, Honma & Bushi (Elimination, NJPW 5/9): Not only does New Japan boast the best PPVs in the business, it also has a great format for hyping them. This is the usual action-packed 8-man, with the Chaos boys resorting to some dirty heel tactics & Korakuen lapping it up. The finishes are predictably safe thanks to the over-the-top-rope elimination option, but there's enough drama along the way to earn a recommendation ***3/4
Meant to post this yesterday but I thought I was going to watch more so I held off...I didn't watch more. So before I forget.
Antonio Cesaro v Sami Zayn - NXT (8/21/13):****1/4 I could not possibly gauge my expectations going into the match. I was hearing that the match was amazing while at the same time that it was really good but didn't quite live up to the hype. I'm of the former group. What a match?! Really shouldn't at all surprised that a Generico vs Castagnoli match in a WWE setting would be bad ass. There is this scary thing about Sami where he may be even better now than on the indies. I don't want to jump the gun but he just looks so damn good. The quick 1st fall finish I dug for it kind of playing off the fluke idea of the first match. Thought the second fall in general was real good with a stupidly amazing end in my opinion. Then that third fall was wonderful and put a nice bow on the whole package. Loved Zayn busting out the tornado DDT through the ropes on the outside. The finish was truly one of the most incredible things I've seen in wrestling. WOW!