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Old 11-12-2013, 04:28 AM   #2321 (permalink)
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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.

****1/4


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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)
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Old 11-13-2013, 10:57 PM   #2322 (permalink)
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What did everyone think of AJ vs Ray at BFG? Hear mixed things.There live was awesome.Slow paced at times but storytelling and SPOTZ was top notch
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:26 PM   #2323 (permalink)
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Paul London vs Roderick Strong - ROH on SBG 11.09.13 (Glory By Honor XII) - ***3/4

ROH are touting this one as a legit MOTYC. It's not, but it's pretty darn great and a step above most of the other matches I've seen from the company this year. Strong re-asserts himself as the 'Messiah of the Backbreaker' with some ridiculously sick variations; I openly cringed on 3 separate occasions. Half-nelson backbreaker on the ring apron was particularly notable! London had a great tease of going for the Davey-face stomp when Strong was lying on the apron, that was a nice callback and the fans picked up on it straight away. Don't know how Strong was standing after that tombstone on the outside, I'm pretty sure it was botched, but either way it looked like it had to suck.

Putting on my critical hat for a moment, I had issues with London kicking out of all of Strong's main offense; as with other marquee ROH matches this year, there's a tendency to go all-out and run through each man's entire arsenal. In this case, I guess you can say it's fitting for London's 'never say die' attitude. But that could be enough of a turn off for some.

I really like ROH's use of London this year. Having him come in and have good-great matches with everyone. Suits me just fine. Sure, more of a storyline would be fun, but it certainly doesn't hurt the company. Looks like London's starting to be that reliable guy again that can make gold with pretty much anyone.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:17 PM   #2324 (permalink)
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KENTA vs Daisuke Sekimoto - NOAH 19/10 ***3/4
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Kevin Steen vs. Kris Travis vs. Joey Hayes vs. Dean Allmark (PCW Supershow 3, 15/11): Fantastic opener to the weekend & the best match of night one. It flowed flawlessly & was brimming with multi-man creativity ***3/4
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:12 AM   #2326 (permalink)
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Really liked the Drew Gulak vs. Chuck Taylor match from CZW's Night of Infamy. What started as a great "technical wrestling" contest evolved into a pretty good brawl. Also noteworthy that for the first time I got to see the more serious side of Taylor, and I gotta say that it's a nice change from his more goofy stuff. Didn't really feel the ending, but it's still one of CZW's best matches of the year.

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Ater seeing the reviews for Tanahashi-Ishii II and Okada-Anderson IV, I'll now have to finish Power Struggle soon.
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Old 11-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #2327 (permalink)
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Eh, it seems I'm alone in my love for Karl/Okada IV.
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:49 PM   #2328 (permalink)
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Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW Power Struggle)
This should be the Ishii/Tanahashi match that everybody raves about as it easily trumps their first encounter purely because Ishii isn't being great in a vacuum here. Basically, while a few moments are prone to his usual self, Tanahashi tries hard to keep up with Ishii's performance here and aids in delivering a great portrayal of the underdog/ace formula that they so wildly missed in their first encounter. Building off Tana throwing shitty punches was smart, too, as it gave Ishii an opening that kept him believable while not crippling Tana's legitimacy, either. Nice callback lariat to the back of Tana's head as a measure of revenge for the neck-work Tanahashi laid on Ishii in G1. I'd have to rewatch this but I wouldn't be too against this getting a rub as one of the better Japanese matches this year.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:18 AM   #2329 (permalink)
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*****
Punk vs Lesnar
Ibushi vs Nakamura
Shibata vs Ishii

****3/4
Punk vs Cena
Okada vs Tanahashi IA
Sakuraba vs Nakamura
Ishii vs Tanahashi G1

****1/2
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Bryan vs Cena SS
Taker vs Punk

And shitload of Bryan, Shield, Rhodes Tag, etc matches are ****+. I'm really behind NJPW and ROH atm. Haven't seen anything from NJPW after G1 Night 4 (the fuck is wrong with me) and I'm stuck at Road To Greatness Night 2 which is really hard to sit through, new house shows looks good so hopefully I can catch up asap.
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Eh, it seems I'm alone in my love for Karl/Okada IV.
I haven't gotten around to it yet, sadly.

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Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW Power Struggle)
This should be the Ishii/Tanahashi match that everybody raves about as it easily trumps their first encounter purely because Ishii isn't being great in a vacuum here. Basically, while a few moments are prone to his usual self, Tanahashi tries hard to keep up with Ishii's performance here and aids in delivering a great portrayal of the underdog/ace formula that they so wildly missed in their first encounter. Building off Tana throwing shitty punches was smart, too, as it gave Ishii an opening that kept him believable while not crippling Tana's legitimacy, either. Nice callback lariat to the back of Tana's head as a measure of revenge for the neck-work Tanahashi laid on Ishii in G1. I'd have to rewatch this but I wouldn't be too against this getting a rub as one of the better Japanese matches this year.
I really thought this second match actually lacked the ace/underdog formula of the first match. Funny, I said earlier I need to re-watch this one though. I didn't like how Ishii was in control of a lot of it and I didn't particularly feel like Tana did enough to make his role stand out as being the ace. It was worked too equal for me. I also hated the leg work from both guys leading to absolutely nothing although Ishii stealing the leg offense from Tana was cool as hell. I did really really like a lot of stuff they did in it. Ishii hanging on to Tana's leg was amazing and the lariat to the back of the head ruled. I think it was just a matter of them not doing what I wanted or rather what I was expecting. I'll re-watch it this week.
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