Getting ignored by SCOTT STEINER
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: "I'm from Winnipeg, you idiot!"
Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Traditional strong style, in a short sentence, means expecting the unexpected. These 2004 Kensuke Sasaki comeback tour inspired strike-for-strike mirror-matches are pretty well the opposite of that, but if you meant thoroughly good wrestling without the kayfabe killing cooperation; sure.
This featured the first good Goto performance since, like, 2011, and an extraordinary Ishii performance void of what was making his formerly underrated self comparatively overrated as of late. Off that alone, this was great. The early-middle of these matches tend to be a chore to get through but not here. Goto was fiery, expressive, intense, and did not stall or lag for again, the first time in a good couple years. There was much less waiting around than usual and they pulled this style of match off believably, smoothly and entertainingly. These things are usually so fucking cooperative that it can be painful but they made managed to give this the legitimate struggle feel and gave nothing away for free. Stiff without stupidity, mirroring without copying, transcending to epic and throroughly satisfying. Hell yeah. More consistent, if less spectacular, than Tanaka/Ishii makes this the second or third best New Japan match this year (depending on which Ishii match you prefer) under Shinsuke/Sakuraba.