re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Takeshi Morishima (c) vs KENTA (NOAH 1/27)
Not a match filled with big spots (although there are a few) but this was a great match with fantastic psychology and storytelling throughout. This told a great story with KENTA trying to overcome the size and strength of Morishima by using his quickness, strikes and also grounding him with submissions. Morishimas offense was smart as not only he used his size and strength to ground and over power KENTA but also had bursts of quickness which caught KENTA off guard. The work on the back of KENTA was the selling point of the match which KENTA sold beautifully throughout. This match had a good structure with the feeling out process between both men, Morishima taking control working on the back using heel like tactics such as slamming KENTA on the concrete and choking him under the bottom rope. KENTA had some flurries of comebacks that were believable, going back to what was working with the strikes and the submission hold to the head with Morishima cutting him off on each corner. KENTA working underneath in this match was a joy to watch. KENTA finally saw an opening and took advantage. That jumping foot stomp to the outside was crazy and it was a long way from the top rope to get to Morishima. Match picked up with KENTA increasing to a blistering pace to try and put Morishima. The teases of the game over and especially the go to sleep were done well with KENTA still selling the back not being able to lift Morishima up and also not wearing Morishima enough to put the game over on. The head kicks to soften up the head of Morishima were beautiful and brutal. The dips near the end of the match by Morishima were perfectly timed and got the crowd even more behind KENTA than they already were. The finish was excellent and really exciting with Morishima trying to destroy KENTA with a series of back suplexes before KENTA finally caught him off guard countering into the game over which forced the submission. Ended on a really high note and was played out beautifully.
KENTA botched one of the DDT's on the outside and the first GTS was not very clean but it doesn't taken much away from a great title match here.
Máscara Dorada, La Sombra, & Titán vs Psicosis, Mr. Águila, & Volador Jr. (CMLL 2/2)
Thankfully this was definitely worth watching. I really enjoyed the slower first fall. The sequences were crisp and there was a definite feeling out process/one upmanship psychology behind it. The first fall ending was absolutely devastating and was built in beautifully to the second with the Psicosis's team isolating their opponents triple teaming them to get the advantage whilst the other two were on the outside recuperating. Excellent divide and conquer feel to it. The first guy (I'm only familiar with Titan and Psicosis unfortunately) took such a sick bump being hip tossed over the top rope on to the stage. Fucking awesome looking bump. The second guy came in and again Psicosis's team isolated him and took advantage of the situation. Really good storytelling up until this point. Then they take advantage until Titan's team begin the comeback. Some fancy aerial moves before the guy who took the huge outside bump comes back and does the sickest hurricanrana leaping over the top rope. Sick spot. Whoever that is, Dorada or Sombra, that guy has won me over as a fan already. This leads into a conclusive second fall before going into a blistering pace for the third. I will say that I feel as though that the second fall could have benefitted from better selling overall by all six men. Especially the guy who took the huge bump as he was back in only a matter of a minute flying around. The match from here was insanely fast, a lot of big spots. The double plancha/springboard moonsault to the outside spot was absolutely perfect. Amazing. By this point they seem to have lost me with the amount of spots but brought it back with Titan doing his fancy walking on hands thing which works the first time but he gets caught out the second time which leads to the third fall. They thankfully brought back in some substance and psychology near the end before completely losing me. It didn't make the third fall that less fun to watch. Some absolutely awesome moments for sure.
I reckon as I said this match could have benefitted from a bit more selling + it did get into a bit of a spotfest towards the end. A few of the spots were a bit too contrived and staged for my liking but at least the ref counts were good this time. I don't rate it as high as Mr. HayleySabin but it was still a very good match. FUN.
*** 1/2 - *** 3/4
Last edited by Shootin' 3's Like Steph Curry; 02-06-2013 at 10:41 AM.