Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Bristol, England
Re: The 2019 MOTYC Thread
Was away from home over the weekend so had to have a MASSIVE catch up on Monday. I am saturated by wrestling haha. To be honest, it may have affected some of my ratings, as I think I simply watched way too much in one sitting. The sacrifices we make to stay current!
Kazuchika Okada vs Kota Ibushi - NJPW G1 Climax Day 17 - ****1/2
~ Gah, this was SO GOOD. The dropkick into the sitout powerbomb pretty much made me fall off the sofa. I was so into this, this was my jam.
Street Profits vs Undisputed Era - NXT Takeover: Toronto 2019 - ***3/4
Roderick Strong vs Velveteen Dream vs Pete Dunne - WWE NXT Takeover: Toronto 2019 - ***3/4
Io Shirai vs Candice Lerae - WWE NXT Takeover: Toronto 2019 - ****1/4
~ SUCH a good piece of business here. Shirai is rocking her heel role, and her arrogance after any flashy move is exactly how any heel high-flyer should act. Candice looked like a million bucks here, looking so strong from kicking out of the moonsault and then fading in the submission. I haven't watched much of Candice in NXT; does she regularly do the swinging neckbreaker off the ropes? If not, that was a frickin neat shoutout to Joey Ryan and the Duff Drop/Moustache Ride.
Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano - 2 out of 3 Falls - WWE NXT Takeover: Toronto 2019 - ****
~ A multi-tiered 50 minute+ match is pretty hard to rate, as there were sections that totally ruled (Cole's early selling of the leg was beautiful), but then sorely derailed (move spamming, and those complete no-sells of the kendo sticks, urgh!). Ultimately, I was invested for the whole thing, and the stakes felt huge when it went to the Cage of Death. Aside from the gripes, I was entertained, and it provided a great spectacle. Not the best NXT match ever, as some have alluded to, but certainly not offensive.
Jay White vs Kota Ibushi - NJPW G1 Climax Finals - ****
~ Maybe this is where the burnout really kicked in. I loved all the 'shenanigans' in this as it set the stage for a "Kota vs The World' storyline during the match, and it was never overbearing. Gedo's shit-eating grin when he came back out was priceless. White played his role to perfection, and Ibushi was Ibushi, but I guess the action didn't step up into fifth gear for me. Perhaps I'll watch it again when I'm feeling fresher.