Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: WHERE THE BUFFALO ROAM
Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Tanahashi/Ishii II was great, obviously not as great as the G1 instant classic, but nevertheless, it was crazy good. They paced it extremely well, the match just kept getting better and better, awesome finishing stretch, nifty little details and callbacks.
Sweet fuck, Anderson/Okada IV was insanely good, their best match together, easily. It really shocked me, since I didn't care for this pairing at all, but some amazing things happened to make this match so epic: a) Okada was very serious, like, VERY serious, and more intense than ususal, and if you watch NJPW regularly, you're gonna notice this easily, he's much more focused and serious because the burden called Tanahashi is finally off his back, he defeated him in a blow-off match and earned himself the Ace position, and he wrestled Karl as the true Ace, mind you, this was not the young cocky punk Okada, this was the Ace Okada defending his title and company from evil gaijins; b) Anderson's heel persona really helped (and elevated) the match, he was great all around, and it restored my faith in him; c) the Bullet Club angle rocked, and also helped to emphasize Okada's new role; and d) the Osaka crowd was so great, god bless those people.
****1/2 (better than Tanahashi/Ishii, wow)