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I enjoyed Shiozaki vs Marufuji a ton too. Great selling and very good limb work by Marufuji. I haven't watched Kiyomiya vs Sugiura yet though. Looking forward to that.

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post #1082 of 1281 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 05:15 PM
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Shoutout to DELITE for the match recommendation!

Go Shiozaki vs. Naomichi Marufuji - ***3/4

Go is coming into the thing w/ a heavily taped up shoulder, so naturally Maru goes to town on it w/ some pretty vicious work, and he is acting cocky as hell all the way through, which made his onslaught even more compelling. Stuff like those little arrogant kicks to Go's head + pouring some drink at him was AWESOME. Maru is great at being a smug veteran systematically breaking down his opponent with a focused strategy. Go's selling was VERY surprising too - I certainly wasn't expecting to see one of the finest limb-selling performances of the year come from NOAH, but goddamn his selling was outstanding all the way through. The moment of him getting up on the corner w/ the help of the ropes, only for him to stop assisting himself with the other rope because it's killing his shoulder that Maru had been destroying, was so good. Might just be one of my favorite single match moments of the year. They kept the expected-in-NOAH soulless bomb throwing to the minimum, which I very much appreciated & was somewhat surprised at, but there still was a bit too many equally or maybe even more soulless strike no-sell exchanges that didn't interest me in the slightest. I guess that's what I'd say prevents this match from being GREAT rather than "just" a very, very good one. It's still indeed one hell of a match though - I don't watch much NOAH, but from the little amount of stuff that I've watched, this is my favorite match I've seen from them since Marufuji vs. Kiyomiya from January 2017.
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post #1083 of 1281 (permalink) Old 06-16-2019, 08:49 PM
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Watched this a couple nights ago so my thoughts aren't as fresh, but that BOTSJ Final was definitely a huge success all around.

IWGP United States Championship: Juice Robinson (c) vs. Jon Moxley - **** 1/4 (YES!!)

I think this was better than just about anyone could've imagined. The hatred felt real despite them never even being eye-to-eye in a New Japan ring. Juice bumped SO FUCKING hard to put over Moxley's offense and took such a beating along the way. Moxley came as a very violent badass who will do whatever he wants but Juice matches it well in the late stages. Couple really good nearfalls puts it over near the end and I love when Mox hit FKA Dirty Deeds everyone thought it was over and then he debuted a new version of the move to win it. Perfect way to do it.

BOTSJ Final: Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay - **** 1/4+ (YES!!)

Full discretion, I did not watch any other tournament match and don't really plan on watching any. So props to commentary filling me in on the story going in and as the match unfolded it just basically wrote itself. The first 20 minutes of this were an absolute breeze so I can't complain there. Tons of incredibly smooth transitions and seemingly effortless offense from both of them leading up to a crazy climax loaded with nearfalls and suspense. The perfect type of match you could ask for with the juniors on a big stage.

Tanahashi vs. Jay White - *** 3/4 (Another great match)

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post #1084 of 1281 (permalink) Old 06-17-2019, 12:14 AM
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NO but Recommended - PAC vs Will Ospreay - RPW High Stakes 2019

Thought the vibe overall was great and I really enjoyed the match, but there was too much interference for me and the ending was flat as hell, although I understand why they did what they did.

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YES to Mistico vs El Barbaro Cavernario – CMLL Super Viernes 5/24/19

Another wonderful 2/3 falls match. Cavernario was on fire as a heel early on, just pummeling the hell out of Mistico and even getting cocky enough to sacrifice a fall just to embarrass him by pulling his mask off. That must have woken something up though because the majority of the third fall turned into a spectacular spotfest, with Mistico just flying all over the place with dives and hurricaranas to the outside. There was one dive where he landed so hard against the barricade where I thought he might have concussed himself. Speaking of hard bumps, I can only imagine how Cavernario’s splash from the top to the outside feels. That looks brutal every time he does it. Mistico winning in the end capped off a fantastic comeback to an awesome match. This ruled!

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NO but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Strong BJ & Akira Hyodo vs Takuya Nomura, Ryuichi Kawakami & Kazumi Kikuta - BJW 5/30/19
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Strong BJ 6 man tag at Korakuen is pretty much a guarantee of a fun match, this one does not disappoint. Match also has the added condiment that is building up for Yuji defending the title against Nomura the young gawd and they do an awesome job making you want to watch that match ASAP. Hyodo's human wrecking ball gimmick is fun to watch and he showed some nice moves at the start against Kikuta. Kawami is used for what he does best - short spurts of beating the fuck out of someone - and Sekimoto is basically reduced to cheering for his guys and bumping for his opponents. You watch this to see if Okabayashi and Nomura can work their magic, and they sure as hell do. Some of those slaps were as vicious as expected. 12 minutes of fun stuff from the best division in puro.


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Eddie Kingston vs. PACO - Glory Pro Anniversary - **** - YES!

This is a really great 2/3 falls match that builds fantastically. The meat of the match is PACO's attack on Eddie's leg, and Eddie's selling is absolutely terrific all the way through.

Eddie Kingston vs. Thomas Shire - HMW Fight Fire With Fire - **** - YES!

This is Eddie doing his Kings Road tribute shtick, and it's fucking awesome. His opponent captivates too in my first time watching him; Thomas Shire is a tall, lanky dude, who is apparently trained by Dory Funk Jr. He does a lot of sweet suplexes + uppercuts, sells well & overall puts on a pretty great fighting from underneath performance, as Eddie just keeps on brutalizing him in an EXTREMELY compelling fashion. Badass match. Me thinks @Donnie would really dig it

Eddie is having an outstanding year (top-3 WOTY) & these are his best 2 matches so far.
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Gonna be a long list, but YES! to the following matches:

U-T vs. Susumu Yokosuka: Dragon Gate - Dead or Alive 2019 - **** 1/2
PAC vs. Dragon Kid: Dragon Gate - Dead or Alive 2019 - **** 1/4
YAMATO vs. Kzy vs. Big R Shimizu vs. Shun Skywalker vs. Naruki Doi (5-Way "Bonds" Dead or Alive Cage Match): Dragon Gate - Dead or Alive 2019 - **** 1/2
Masaaki Mochizuki vs. Shun Skywalker: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Day 1 - **** 3/4
Ben-K vs. YAMATO: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Day 1 - **** 1/2
Eita vs. Susumu Yokosuka: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Day 2 - **** 1/2
Ben-K vs. Kzy: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Semi-Finals - **** 1/2
Ben-K vs. Eita: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Finals - **** 1/4
Shingo Takagi vs. SHO: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2019 Night 1 - **** 3/4
Shingo Takagi vs. Dragon Lee: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2019 Night 8 - **** 1/2
Will Ospreay vs. Bandido: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2019 Night 8 - **** 1/4
Shingo Takagi vs. Taiji Ishimori: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2019 Night 13 - **** 1/4
Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2019 Finals - **** 3/4
Jon Moxley vs. Juice Robinson: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2019 Finals - **** 1/4

No, but still recommend:
Ryo Saito vs. Naruki Doi: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Day 8 - *** 3/4
Ryo Saito vs. Kzy: Dragon Gate - King of Gate 2019 Day 9 - ****
Susumu Yokosuka vs. Jason Lee (Open The Brave Gate Championship) - Dragon Gate King of Gate 2019 Finale - ****
Shingo Takagi vs. Satoshi Kojima - NJPW Dominion 6.9 - ****
Jon Moxley vs. Shota Umino: NJPW Dominion 6.9 - *** 3/4

I still need to finish Dominion & catch up on other feds, but New Japan & Dragon Gate killed it last month.

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Eddie Kingston vs. PACO - Glory Pro Anniversary - **** - YES!

This is a really great 2/3 falls match that builds fantastically. The meat of the match is PACO's attack on Eddie's leg, and Eddie's selling is absolutely terrific all the way through.

Eddie Kingston vs. Thomas Shire - HMW Fight Fire With Fire - **** - YES!

This is Eddie doing his Kings Road tribute shtick, and it's fucking awesome. His opponent captivates too in my first time watching him; Thomas Shire is a tall, lanky dude, who is apparently trained by Dory Funk Jr. He does a lot of sweet suplexes + uppercuts, sells well & overall puts on a pretty great fighting from underneath performance, as Eddie just keeps on brutalizing him in an EXTREMELY compelling fashion. Badass match. Me thinks @Donnie would really dig it

Eddie is having an outstanding year (top-3 WOTY) & these are his best 2 matches so far.
thanks, Nasty. Always need more Eddie in my life.
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@NastyYaffa ; and @Donnie ;

There is another Thomas Shire match that's really good with Gary Jay at a St Louis Anarchy show this year to check out if you're interested in seeing more of him. Once that guy gets exposed to the right people, he is going to be big.

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Okada vs Sanada NJC Final-****1/2

To me this is a match of 2 halves. While I enjoyed the slow pace at 1st it just dragged after awhile and their timing was a little off. The finishing stretch is spectacular and worthy of the final of a big tourney. When I saw Big Dave threw 5* at this I was really looking forward to it. It was a great great match but I honestly thought that both semi finals and Naito/Ibushi were better.
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