Re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
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