Re: The 2019 MOTYC Thread
YES: Kento Miyahara (c) -vs- KAI - (Triple Crown Title) [*** 3/4] (AJPW: January 3, 2019)
--- After a weak January 2 show, AJPW comes back on the 3rd with a real good one, headlined by Miyahara and KAI giving it their all, oozing of energy and determination. Lacked perhaps a clear thread, but what they were doing was excellent! In many ways they were mirroring each other in what became a climatic battle, and where KAI showed how great he can be when motivated. Miyahara was superb as always!
NO but Recommended: Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi (c) -vs- Takao Omori & Black Menso~re - (All Asia Tag Title) [***] (AJPW: January 3, 2019)
--- Cool match. Felt the challengers were a little sloppy, but that only helped get me excited whenever they were close to winning, as I really didn't want to see the belts on Omori & Menso~re. The champs showed good form in a very old school All Japan way.
YES: CIMA & T-Hawk & Duan Yingnan (c) -vs- Konosuke Takeshita & Akito & Yuki Iino - (KO-D 6-Man Tag Title) [*** 1/2] (DDT: January 3, 2019)
--- This was hot! CIMA bringing his OWE project to DDT for a chaotic spectacle against ALL OUT. At times super amazing! One where Iino really shined with his power among the athletic boys. So entertaining that I might be underrating the effort!
NO but Recommended: Nobuhiro Shimatani -vs- El Lindaman [***] (DDT: January 3, 2019)
--- The opener for DDT's year was a surprise. I've never really liked Lindaman and I still can't remember Shunatani's name when I see him, but here they did a real fun short and sweet exchange. Every little thing counted and put a smile on everybody's face.
NO but Recommended: Meiko Satomura -vs- Reika Saiki [***] (TJP: January 4, 2019)
--- The highlight of TJP's first show of '19. While TJP wrestlers isn't known for taking too much damage, it was a thrill seeing how the powerful beauty Reika Shiki would tackle Satomura's dangerous offense. They kept it basic and worked smart. Stuff mattered, but I wouldn't have minded a longer climax portion.
NO but Recommended: Dragón Lee & Penta 0M & King Phoenix -vs- Cuatrero & Forastero & Templario [***] (CMLL: January 1, 2019)
--- This tag topped CMLL's first, and very uneven, Arena Mexico show of 2019. Lucha Brothers really shakes things up in CMLL and I hope they keep bringing guys like that in to give the often stale booking in CMLL some color. Fine heated stuff.
NO: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask -vs- Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura [* 3/4] (NJPW: January 3, 2019)
--- Someone's hyped for the Tokyo Dome show, I see, already pissing in their pants of excitement loving anything New Japan. Even this dime-a-dozen rookie vs veteran bout. Sure it was solid, but come on! This was pure routine. These guys can do this stuff in their sleep on any given night, and almost did that here.