Ben Wyatt's Low Cal Calzone Zone
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Golfing with Stephen Hawking, he lied about his handicap. Didn't need a golf cart though, I just sat in his lap.
re: The 2013 MOTYC Thread
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kazushi Sakuraba, New Japan (1/4/13)
This didn't strike me as good as Lesnar/Cena, mainly because I think the length hindered the Nakamura comeback from being built to and completed as well as Cena's was, but in many respects I preferred a shorter and more compact match here than a 20 minute match as Sakuraba's offence and technique is better suited to creating a frantic pace where you expect a submission to win instantly, rather than him working a regular control segment where the submissions don't feel as impactful. The matwork to begin was never going to reach the heights Sakuraba is capable of, but it served to introduce the theme of Nakamura being capable in defending himself but still outmatched by Sakuraba and having to fight for every hold. Everything after Nakamura's cocky slap really progressed the match into another gear. Sakuraba is just amazing to watch controlling someone on the mat and him working a pseudo PRIDE esque fight in grounding and mercilessly massacring Nakamura was brilliant and yes his trademark double stomp to the face was horrificly violent and astounding.
Thought the way Nakamura managed to overcome the onslaught and gradually seize control was smartly done. It was kept brisk and based on his striking instead of an extended comeback which might have felt out of place given the tone of the match. The desperation knee to the face to break up the submission before hitting the Boma Ye was the perfect finish, like Cena/Lesnar he found an opening and exploited it before his opponent could react. Sakuraba's counters throughout were timed and executed beautifully and really sold his dominance and Nakamura's peril remarkably well. I did smirk prior to the match with people fearing Sakuraba would fail, guessing most were saying this having never seen his RINGS or UWFI work. He's not the guy you'd have working a match against Tanahashi, but put him in a setting where he establishes himself as the dominant grappler and put someone capable of selling their plight well enough and with good enough striking to make an engaging comeback and the bloke will not let you down.