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post #261 of 2541 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 09:15 PM
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Not sure if I agree with some of the ratings but I do like the idea of breaking it down by month rzombie1988. Even if a match isn't a MOTYC it would be interesting to see how each company/wrestler is doing from a month to month basis. Probably would be nice to do it that way to look back at it in retrospect.
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I think month by month is totally the way to go. Promotion by Promotion requires too much jumping around and I end up getting lost in those lists. The final list (if I make it to the end of the year) is going to be ugly though. I can totally see 300+ matches on it.

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I'm working in both lists of month by month and promotion by promotion. As well as the overall run of top MOTYC in general. Best way to slice it among the cream of the crop imo and the fun matches worth a mention, even if they weren't one of the "best overall matches of the year" sort of deal.

Like Joseph Park vs Devon Hughes from Genesis. I loved it. Is it the best of the year? Certainly not. Ranks up at ***1/2 for me, however I'd be hard pressed to say it isn't one of my favorite already just due to shear enjoyment.

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January 2013:

****1/4
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs Kazuchika Okada - NJPW 4/01
****
AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship Match: Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka (c) vs Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo - AJPW 3/01
***3/4
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs Kazushi Sakuraba - NJPW 4/01
***1/2
GHC Jr Heavyweight Championship - AJPW Jr Heavyweight Championship Match: Shuji Kondo (c) vs Hiroshi Yamato (c) - AJPW 2/01
Shinjiro Otani & Masato Tanaka vs Daisuke Sekimoto & James Raideen - Zero-1 1/01
AJPW Unified World Tag Team Championship Match: Manabu Soya & Takao Omori (c) vs Masakatsu Funaki & Masayuki Kono - AJPW 2/01
***1/4
TNA World Heavyweight Championship - Triple Threat Elimination Match: Jeff Hardy (c) vs Bobby Roode vs Austin Aries - TNA 13/01
Keiji Muto, Masakatsu Funaki, Taiyo Kea, Masanobu Fuchi & TAKA Michinoku vs Suwama, Takao Omori, Manabu Soya, Ryota Hama & Hiroshi Yamato - AJPW 3/01
BJW Tag Team Championship Match: Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto (c) vs Tommy End & Michael Dante - BJW 2/01
IWGP Jr Heavyweight Championship Match: Prince Devitt (c) vs Low Ki vs Kota Ibushi - NJPW 4/01
Keiji Muto, Kaz Hayashi & Masanochu Fuchi vs Minoru Suzuki, Taiyo Kea & MAZADA - AJPW 2/01
AJPW Gaora TV Championship Match: Seiya Sanada (c) vs Tomoaki Honma - AJPW 3/01
Yuji Nagata vs Minoru Suzuki - NJPW 4/01
***
Togi Makabe vs Katsuyori Shibata - NJPW 4/01
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs Keiji Muto & Shinjiro Otani - NJPW 4/01

TOP 5 MATCHES 2014
1. Kazuchika Okada vs Shinsuke Nakamura - NJPW G1 Climax 24 10/08
2. AJ Styles vs Minoru Suzuki - NJPW G1 Climax 24 1/08
3. NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW The New Beginning In Osaka 11/02
4. Open The Twin Gate Unified Tag Team Championship Match: Shingo Takagi & Akira Tozawa (c) vs T-Hawk & Eita - Dragon Gate Kobe Pro-Wrestling Festival 20/07
5. Tomoaki Honma vs Katsuyori Shibata - NJPW G1 Climax 24 3/08

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Watched Walker vs Cruz - not for me. Walker still comes off as bad and I can't ever get emotionally invested in his work. Got a kick out of him losing though. So, I guess that made the 11 minutes worth something.

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AAW Chaos Theory: Heritage Tournament First Round -- ACH vs. Prince Ali

This was not a very good show from AAW, though the effort certainly was there. Unfortunately, much of the talent was not. Irish Airborne, the tag champs involved in the evening's most broadcasted match (they don the poster), no-showed due to snow in Ohio. Sami, who's usually involved in at least a semi-main event, wasn't there either. Colt, another recent company mainstay, left out as well. So somebody had to shine, and it just happened to be a much-talked-about, highly touted, rarely seen local. While ACH was crisp in this 16-minute bout, Prince Ali was a bit crisper. I've never seen Ali before, either; my friend, who once took a training seminar with him several years back, says Ali took several years off and is now making his return. I still didn't know what to believe, so I let my eyes do the watching. And what I witnessed was a truly great matchup, perhaps not in technical showcase, but in character dynamic, and star-making performance.

ACH is already a known name in AAW, but Prince Ali? Some have heard of him, others, like myself, not so much. I can't find much of him on Google, and though he's from Chicago, same as me, I've personally never heard of him. Maybe it's time I should. He does a lot of flippy shit, I will say that, but it's calculated in a manner so that he doesn't look sloppy or rushed in doing it. And it's strange to see him doing so many high-flying moves, what, being an extreme heel and all. Of all the bad guys, Ali worked the crowd the hardest -- even once screaming at a young boy to get himself heat. And it worked. Ali was over as a heel, and ACH picked up the position of beloved, sympathy-grabbing babyface. For every boo-hiss taunt sent the crowd's way by Ali, ACH responded with a clap or a pop-inducing taunt of his own.

The pacing was a little slow, but there were some big spots spaced well throughout. Ali is a madman. There are at least two humongous bumps to the wood floor he took that need to be seen to be believed. And to top it off, he does a reverse 450? That's pretty damn cool. I'm not trying to homer for the guy, either, I'm a huge ACH mark. But something about these two, and this match, had people talking after it happened. Perhaps it was because so much of the rest of the card was disappointing, or missing, but this match easily earns a ****+ from me. Hot crowd throughout, and a clear character dynamic between the two men make that rating a no-brainer.

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Ali looked a good prospect a few years ago. Only ever really saw him in spotty matches but he looked good and crisp in them. Always stoked for a pimped ACH match.

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Best Match of CZW Ascension:

-CZW Wire Championship Match: AR Fox (c) vs tHURTeen **1/2
In this case you don't need to post that here. If it was at least a star higher than more justifiable but a **1/2 match that hasn't been brought up by anyone or a match people had high hopes for doesn't really belong here. You don't need to least the best match on every show you watch if the match isn't any good. You probably don't know this thus I thought I'd tell you.


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Yeah in all seriousness all these posts for average matches just clog this thread up and the strong recommendations are more likely to be lost in the shuffle.

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The Pequeno Reyes del Aire from CMLL 01/06/13 was a great match. I'd give it ***3/4 or ****.

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Silas Young vs Adam Page from last night's ROH. It was a fun match, i'll give it a ***1/2

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