Goto vs. Okada
This was weird. the crowd was so hot for the whole show and just totally shut down here. Usually when Okada does his top rope dropkick the crowd loses its shit, but here, they were out of it. I blame the black hole of blah known as Goto, of course, but that's just me. They got the crowd back a little bit after Okada hit his regular big dropkick and then went for the Red Mist. The whole spot when Goto was fighting for the ropes while Okada was trying to apply the Mist was awesome. But then Goto got a counter, grabbed his armbar...........and completely lost the crowd again. It was really disappointing.
To give proper credit, everything following that hold slowly won the crowd back, and Goto deserves credit for that, for sure. Okada just sells so damn well every single time. All of Goto's neck/back stuff near the end looked excruciating due to Okada's facials. Crowd loved Okada's counter of the Gotoshiki and loved Goto's headbutt out of the rainmaker even more. Good little finish but the crowd just wasn't into most of this.
Burning vs. Get wild
I mean, the finishing stuff is awesome, for sure. I love dueling superkicks in japan. Americans need to accept that they just aren't finishers over there. The headbutts were awesome, the double teams were great. The last 10 minutes were a lot of fun.
But there are too many problems for me to push this into MOTY territory. Most of it is the fact that Get wild is just boring when in control. Omori seriously added absolutely fucking nothing to this. I also would have liked some semblance of selling from Soya after that huge workover. Hated the moonsault, too. This was a very exciting match with a lot of flaws. A low 4 stars, I guess.
My MOTY list on page 1 has also been updated.