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NJPW Fantastica Mania Night Two - 1/19/13
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Shinsuke Nakamura(c) vs La Sombra ~ ***3/4
Forgot about this one. As if I needed another reminder why Nakamura is the greatest guy going today, they show a pre-match interview where he proceeds to refer to Sombra, or possibly every Luchador, as a "moco". For those of you who need to brush up on their Spanish, that term translates into English as "snot" or "booger". That's what the SWAG of Nakamura happens to think of Luchadores challenging him for his Championship. As for the match itself - it was good. Really good in fact. I would call this match a styles clash as much as a styles blend. The "strong style"/MMA work of Nakamura fused with the lucha goodness of Sombra worked out to give us a darn good match. Only minor complaint I had was Sombra not selling the mid-section after Nakamura did a bit of work on it. It seems my complaint was rectified as every single time Nakamura would get the upper hand to swing the momentum back into his favor, he would drive a knee right into the sore mid-section. Worked every time. So I guess the work wasn't totally forgotten by Sombra. Sombra deserves credit here. Guy looked strong. So crisp, so fluid. A moonsault to the outside from the top rope WITHOUT LOOKING. Brilliant. In delivery too. Just flawless execution. Finishing stretch was one of my favorites of the year. It culminated with Nakamura attempting the Boma Ye -> Sombra evades into a school boy only to channel Bob Backlund by holding on and lifting Nakamura into the air. Sombra wasn't finished. He proceeded the lift by falling backwards and turning the school boy deadlift into a BRIDGING PIN. Unbelievable. Literally I can't believe I saw such a thing. It was glorious. After that and a series of other flashy nearfalls, Sombra shoves down the ref in frustration. That proved to be his downfall. Nakamura grabs Sombra from behind, attempts the released belly to back suplex. Sombra lands on his feet. Nakamura charges - qubradora counter...nope. Nakamura lands on his feet. Go behind into a lungblower. Belly to back release suplex by Nakamura. Which was in turn the prelude to the Boma Ye. KNEE TO THE FACE connects. 3 count, wrap a bow and ship it out. This one is finished. Better than Tanaka/Ishii and yet I know most won't check it out. Heck, even I let it fall into the back of my mind. You can't do that. This has to be seen. The best non-Wrestle Kingdom match from NJPW so far for this year. Two Championship defenses down for Nakamura in 2013. Both completely different from the last. I hope the trend continues. He's making this Championship mean quite a bit right now.
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