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Tomohiro Ishii Vs Hirooki Goto
★★★★ 1/4
This was like watching two massive bulls colliding - stiff and unforgiving. You want to grow hairs on your chest? Watch this.


Jun Akiyama/Go Shiozaki Vs Manabu Soya/Takao Omori (17/03/2013)
★★★★ 1/4+
While Shiraishi may look to have gone off his rocker in acting as if we're in 1980s kayfabe, there's no denying the kayfabe inducing realness that these guys are putting into their matches. Their hatred and violence just feels as if they're shooting on each other and I'd hate to be Soya the next day noting the damage his neck probably took in this. While the Go/Omori sequence toward the middle (superkicks) was a bit perfunctory and the moonsault missed they're but minor gripes to an otherwise superb match. I might not be completely high on Soya's comeback/fighting spirit towards the end yet that finishing stretch was blazing.


Masakatsu Funaki Vs Suwama (17/03/2013)
~★★★★ 1/2
Leglock equating this to a chess match is pretty apt, so if that turns you off its best you skip this. The clinch/matwork segments were pretty drat good, giving the feel of both men trying to gain early advantages with their pawns before using their bigger pieces when openings became clear. Both guys are very good wrestlers so it's no surprise the execution of their matwork (and peppered brawling) is not only crisp but keeps you invested despite the much slower pace. Suwama playing possum was a novel treat but the stretch to the end afterwards, however, left a bit to be desired. Here's to, hopefully, another long Suwama reign with great matches aplenty.

Kyle Matthews Vs Shaun Tempers (LPN 16/02/2013)
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~★★★★
I've been hesitant in nominating this for about a month now, but the more Kyle Matthews I watch the more I think he needs praise. He's had some phenomenal performances this year with Vordell Walker, Mike Cruz, Tommy Penirelli and Jimmy Rave with his ongoing feud against Tempers providing novel matches just about everywhere they go. None more so than this match. Tempers is great here offering first class selling in response to Kyle's on-point offence and riling the crowd when he gets his feel moves in. This was a dead simple match in its execution but the addage "less is more" immediately springs to mind. Neither wrestler took the match beyond what was required from the fans and it fitted the event perfectly. In not forcing some "epic" they managed to retain the crowd yet still put on a match that I'd call my Indy MotY thus far. Throw both names, with the likes of Chase Owens, in your scout-list whenever you're trawling through Youtube. The indy scene isn't dead.


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Rush vs El Terrible - ***3/4
Well, it's the first time I watched CMLL/Lucha Libra in general. Honestly I'm not a fan of the crowd reactions and these weird commercials during the match. Anyway, the firts minutes of the match were really strange [1], I mean Rush pinned Terrible two minutes in the match and after a minute or whatever Terrible got the pin. But thankfully after this the match really picked up, so far from what I've seen from Rush in NJPW he seemed to me like a good wrestler that is bland but he was awesome heel. With his look he looks like a perfect cocky heel. Very good match here and I loved the ending. I need to see more of CMLL's Rush, recommendation please?[2]
[1] Welcome to the wonderful world of Panico's CMLL. Sometimes wrestlers can pull the short falls off right, sometimes (even rarer) it doesn't happen, but that's more often than not your staple. I dislike it, too.

[2] RUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHH~!
Rush vs Terrible: cabellera y cabellera
Try get into the Rush/Terrible feud, it's been pretty damn solid. Cubsfan's links are seemingly down for the rest but Youtube should help. Enjoy!


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AJPW Excite Series 2013 - Day 2: Burning (Jun Akiyama, Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki) vs. GET WILD (Takao Omori & Manabu Soya) & Kaz Hayashi - ****
Great match, if I was more into the characters I'm pretty sure I would enjoy this as much as JoeRulez. This just was a really good match and that Juniors exchange at the end was tremendous.

CMLL 11/02/2013: Negro Casas(c) Vs Valiente - ***3/4
It's so hard to believe that Negro is 53 years old. I wasn't a fan of his performance at NJPW Power Struggle IIRC but he was absolutely awesome here. First time I saw Valiente and he was damn impressive outside of the botch in the ending (and in the begining but they covered it up greatly with a submission so I didn't mind). The ending kinda disappointed me but still very good match and again, Negro is phenomenal.

IWRG 03/03/2013: Oficial 911 Vs Trauma II Vs El Angel - N/R
Not sure how to rate this because from Rah's post on here it seems like I'm missing a part of the match (the second link is removed and I couldn't find another one) which is a shame because I really loved the match . The threeway was great, loved the tension between Trauma II and Angel with the masks ripping. Enjoyed Oficial 911 work as well. The mask vs mask (?) "match" was awesome, I put "" because it's only 5 minutes but it had a great heat and a lot of drama. The beer bottle smash was nasty, loved the ending with the out of nowhere Fujiwara and the crowd loved it and so did I. Overall I really enjoyed this match but with a missing link and a potential cut link it's really messy and hard to rate.

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Kazuchika Okada vs. Toru Yano (NJPW 3/23):****

Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW 3/23):****1/4

Considering how awful Yano's performances were against Nakanishi and Suzuki it was a pleasant surprise for him to get it right against Okada and prove me wrong about him at least on this occasion.



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AJPW Pro Wreslting Love In Ryogoku: Junior Stars (Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka) © vs. Burning (Atsushi Aoki & Kotaro Suzuki) - ****1/4
What an outstanding undercard match. Really perfect for it was and perfect for it's place on the card. The last 5 minutes were absolutely awesome. Burning are seriously great.

AJPW Pro Wreslting Love In Ryogoku: Masakatsu Funaki (c) vs Suwama - ****1/2
JoeRulez already said my exact thought on other thread. Just an overall fantastic match. What a war.

Spoiler for for the result:
I guess they are doing Suwama vs Akiyama/Shiozaki which should be fucking awesome
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Think I might start following AJPW regulary.

CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Pólvora vs Titán - ****
Even if it's not on Rah's MOTYC list I still rememberd some hype around this match so I watched it. It was very good. Great pace, no screw-ups (which is amazing considering the moves they pulled off there) and just a really fun match. And for the first time the crowd was hot and they reacted like they should do in the spots, lol. Finish was brutal.

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I watched Ishii/Goto and didn't dig it as much as most. Just felt too empty to me. Two guys hitting eachother hard is fine, but I wanted more than that considering one of these guys is a main eventer and the other is down the card slightly. Could have done more like Seabs said with that story. Pretty much ended up in overkill territory by the end and at times felt like I was watching a Davey Richards match, albeit a kind of good one. Having complained though there was some great sequences in here, good nearfalls and a hot crowd that added to it. Both guys were showing fire and both guys had some great expressions throughout. Some no-selling that really annoyed me towards the end but then there were other moments when they sold the effects really well, so a mixed bag really. Not a MOTYC for me, but I see it's appeal I guess.

Okada/Yano was really good. Simple and fun. Yano was swell here, his reaction to the Rain Maker pose at the start was priceless. Liked his heel schtick more than I have done recently too. Okada was fine, but one of his lesser performances I thought, but it didn't need to be anything special and he played his role exactly how it needed to be. This was the best his submission finisher has looked too imo, but it's still pretty terrible. ***1/2

Jun Akiyama & Go Shiozaki vs Manabu Soya & Takao Omori (17/03)
Now this is fantastic. Culmination I guess to the feud between AJ and Burning and it delivers big time. Only watched a hand full of matches from the feud, but I've seen and heard enough to understand the story going in. Go and Akiyama have looked so good from what I've seen, and Go especially seems motivated and fired up like I haven't seen him for ages. Soya is the underdog and he's the guy Go and Akiyama bully around. They do a great. great workover segment working on his head and neck and there's some brutal stuff that Soya takes. They really lay it in. Loved Soya laying in punches to Akiyama and Akiyama responding with ridiculous headbutts like it wasn't shit. I love Akiyama. I'd go as far as to say I'm the biggest fan of his on here. Anyway, I likes Soya managing to hit the suplex as the transition and only the suplex before selling the damage and making the tag, instead of making an extended comeback making the work over mean less. Saying that I thought he could have sold it better in the final stretch, but the last quarter was so good I didn't notice it that much. Really great finishing run imo, some sick exchanges, and unlike Rah, I liked the exchange between Go and Omori that led to Soya being brought back in after having gotten some life back on the outside. Didn't go into overkill even despite Soya's fighting spirit that actually came off well unlike in the Ishii/Goto match I talked about earlier because it fit Soya's role in the match and put his character in the fued over. Really great tag match. ****1/4
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CMLL World Welterweight Championship: Pólvora vs Titán - ****
Even if it's not on Rah's MOTYC list I still rememberd some hype around this match so I watched it. It was very good. Great pace, no screw-ups (which is amazing considering the moves they pulled off there) and just a really fun match. And for the first time the crowd was hot and they reacted like they should do in the spots, lol. Finish was brutal.
I think only Hayley, Crusade and myself didn't like it. Perhaps you should try the Tigre Blanco aspuestas tag. That was pimped by someone, and a lot closer to **** than Titan/Polvora. It just wasn't memorable enough as an asquestas match.

But I'm glad there's someone giving Lucha a try.


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I didn't like Titan vs Polvora either.



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AJPW All Asia Tag Team Championship: Junior Stars (Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka) (c) vs Burning (Atsushi Aoki & Kotaro Suzuki) - AJPW 17/03 ****

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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IWRG 18/02/2013: Chico Che, Freelance & Hijo del Pantera Vs Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman & Eita - ***3/4
I don't know, I'm always having hard time getting into IWRG's matches. Not sure why, the production, the crowd or it's style. Chico Che (I'm pretty sure he was the fat dude) completly ruled and stole the show, he's someone I want to see more in the future. It was nice to see EITA who I knew him from Dragon Gate and he was pretty good here. The match was great but as I said I wasn't 100% into it. I'll give IWRG another chance because they do have great matches and hopefully I will get used to the attmphosere there.

CMLL 02/02/2013: Volador Jr Vs Rey Escorpión - ****1/4+
First things first, am I the only one who really likes the very-slow count of the ref? I mean, it always adds drama and when the wrestler kicks-out it gets a better rection from me than the usual count. Anyway, this match really OWNED. I knew Volador from NJPW and it seems like he's quickly becoming one of my Lucha favourites. Fantastic match in my opinion, really dramatic with some awesome awesome near-falls. Really want to bump this to ****1/2 but I felt like there was a little overkill near the end. I had But still super match and atm my Lucha MOTY so far.

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Nah, I'm probably the biggest Tirantes mark on the planet. CMLL's referees are Rick Knox leveled awesome.

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