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I give a No, but strongly recommended to John Cena/Seth Rollins/Finn Balor vs Drew McIntyre/Bobby Lashley/Dean Ambrose on the Raw (1/7/18) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:
 

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NJPW: January 4, 2019, Tokyo Dome


NO:Togi Makabe & Toru Yano & Ryusuke Taguchi -vs- Yuji Nagata & Jeff Cobb & David Finlay -vs- Hirooki Goto & Beretta & Chuckie T -vs- Minoru Suzuki & Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. -vs- Hangman Page & Yujiro Takahashi & Marty Scurll - (Gauntlet) [**]
--- I missed the battle royal for a preshow game.


YES: Kota Ibushi (c) -vs- Will Ospreay - (NEVER Openweight Title) [**** 1/4]
--- Was amazing for what it was. Superbly executed, making Ospreay look like the most dangerous foreigner in the company. Maybe they see the same as me. Ospreay being the perfect rival to Okada in the future. Ibushi certainly put him over as such in this high-flying chess game.


NO:Yoshinobu Kanemaru & El Desperado (c) -vs- SHO & YOH -vs- Shingo Takagi & BUSHI - (IWGP Junior Tag Title; 3-Way) [** 3/4]
--- Didn't get enough time to become anything special, but Shingo showed he's a great addition to their junior division.


NO but Recommended:Tomohiro Ishii (c) -vs- Zack Sabre Jr. - (RevPro British Heavyweight Title) [*** 1/4]
--- Ishii/Sabre was quality, but Sabre looked a little awkward during the middle stages. Thankfully he was more on form for the closing stages showing why his different style comes across so dangerous in this environment.


NO but Recommended:Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (c) -vs- EVIL & SANADA -vs- Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson - (IWGP Tag Title; 3-Way) [***]
--- Surprisingly entertaining. Got kind of lost in the shuffle of the more interesting matches, but there is no denying the importance of EVIL & SANADA going forward, and the Young Bucks were professional in their allegedly last match for the company. Even Haku's boys did well.


NO: Cody (c) -vs- Juice Robinson - (IWGP US Title) [**]
--- Worst match on the show, but Brandi's cute boxing and a very decisive finish gave it some positivity.


NO: KUSHIDA (c) -vs- Taiji Ishimori - (IWGP Junior Title) [** 1/2]
--- Solid, but didn't get to go the extra mile to make it special.


NO but Recommended: Jay White -vs- Kazuchika Okada [***]
-- Was good, but bland. Not sold on White at this level, but they are pushing him strong as a possible Omega replacement. The most positive thing about the match was the return of Okada's short pants. The most negative was the dance they called counters and reversals leading up to the end. Looked ridiculous. Thankfully most of the match looked more credible than that.


YES: Chris Jericho (c) -vs- Tetsuya Naito - (IWGP Intercontinental Title; No-DQ) [*** 1/2]
--- Naito bumped like a madman to make old Jericho look like a million bucks! That DDT on the table was one of the greatest moments on the show! Naito continue to show how valuable he is to New Japan and I hope he gets rewarded for it in 2019, getting the attention he deserves.


YES: Kenny Omega (c) -vs- Hiroshi Tanahashi - (IWGP Title) [**** 1/2]
--- The heart of the show. Typical epic Omega, but with Tanahashi's fighting spirit as the main focus. Tanahashi show pure class as the grand old performer of the company going way over capacity for one more big moment. The purpose was there and you felt it. Classic on so many levels!




NJPW: January 5, 2019, Korakuen Hall


NO: Will Ospreay & Hirooki Goto & Tomihiro Ishii -vs- Yuji Nagata & Jeff Cobb & KUSHIDA [** 3/4]
--- The best bout on the Tokyo Dome follow-up show. Pretty lackluster first step, but this match was good. Especially for Nagata and Ishii having heat and Ospreay continuing to increase his stock.






NOAH: January 6, 2019


NO: Maybach Taniguchi & Yuji Hino (c) -vs- Katsuhiko Nakajima & Go Shiozaki - (GHC Tag Title) [** 1/2]
--- The Hooligans making their presence felt on this show. This GHC Tag Title clash was alright if you look past the lame invasion.


YES: Kaito Kiyomiya (c) -vs- Kenoh - (GHC Title) [*** 1/2]
--- Kaito Kiyomiya at 22 years of age might not be 100% ready to carry NOAH, but it sure feels refreshing having him on top of a promotion that not that long ago was the most stale company in Japan. He keeps impressing and grows with each opportunity. And battling a former GHC Champion in Kenou to start the year was the right thing to create a positive vibe for what's to come in 2019. A slow builder of match. Very NOAH, but in a positive way, for the excitement increased, things got more intense, and they paced out the important moves in fine style! Kenou is excellent, and by the time the match was over, the same thing can be said about young ace.






IMPACT: January 6, 2019

1. Rich Swann -vs- Ethan Page -vs- Jake Crist -vs- Trey Miguel - (Ultimate X Match; Impact X-Division Title Decison) [** 3/4]
2. Allie & Su Yung -vs- Jordynne Grace & Kiera Hogan [**]
3. Eddie Edwards -vs- Moose - (Falls Count Anywhere) [*** 1/4]
4. Sami Callihan -vs- Willie Mack [***]
5. Eli Drake -vs- Abyss - (Monster's Ball) [**]
6. Ortiz & Santana (c) -vs- Pentagón Jr. & Rey Fénix - (Impact Tag Title) [** 1/2]
7. Tessa Blanchard (c) -vs Taya Valkyrie - (Impact Knockouts Title) [** 1/4]
8. Johnny Impact (c) -vs- Brian Cage - (Impact Title) [** 3/4]


NO to everything on this show, but Impact starts their new chapter in a good way! A little weird that I ended up with Edwards/Moose ass my favorite match on the show, but it was the best told story which didn't have any major issues about it. The main event was on it's way to become a real killer, but some major problems with some sequences, including a devastatingly poor finish, ruined the impression. Same with Valkyrie's big moment being sloppy. The X-Division bout had one purpose. Having people executing movies hanging on the ropes over the ring. Got a bit repetitive and choreographed for it's own good, but it had it's spectacular moments. I've seen people love the LAX vs Lucha Bros tag, but to me it was mainly a rushed spotfest. Fun for what it was, but not in any way a MOTY type deal. I don't get LAX anyway. Comes across as a gimmick which was out-of-date 20 years ago. They should really freshen their style.





CMLL: January 4, 2019


NO but Recommended: Titán -vs- Tritón - (Lightning Match) [***]
--- These speed matches go by fast, but it was sweet while it lasted. Both are excellent fliers and that finishing move was class!


YES: Dragón Lee -vs- Cavernario [*** 1/2]
--- Dragón Lee/Cavernario was very CMLL formula, with a long final fall, but there was a terrific effort from the two giving us a exciting singles match.


NO but Recommended: Sansón & Cuatrero & Forastero (c) -vs- Niebla Roja & Ángel de Oro & Soberano Jr. - (Mexican National Trios Title) [*** 1/4]
--- La Sangre Dinamita defending the Mexican National Trios Title was almost as good. Got enough time to feel special and of course there is enough history between the wrestlers for it to have some meaning. Definitely one of the better shows CMLL will have this year.





AAA/LEGEND: January 1, 2019


NO but Recommended: Parka Negra & Villano III Jr. -vs- Mexica & Sádico -vs- Cometa & Concord -vs- Alex Extreme & Ángel Cósmico - (4-Way) [*** 1/4]
--- For some rather spectacular lucha this 4-way tag was amazing at times. Too spectacular as Sadico get injured doing something insane. A real lively fight worth seeking out. Can be seen here.


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Dragon Lee vs. Barbaro Cavernario was indeed a very good, tight package of awesome lucha action. The first 2 falls built to the final one really well & the final one had such a wonderful sense of urgency. Both guys with some terrific looking offense all the way through, too. ***3/4

Kento vs. KAI featured a real piece of shit of a performance by Kento. Made Kenny's spotty knee selling at the Dome day before look like Kawada at Tag League 93 or something. Worst match I've seen this year so far.
 

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Omega hurling a damaged limb to murder an opponent, but selling elsewhere in a match certainly doesn't reach the levels of Kento being total garbage in the match vs KAI. The entire layout of the latter was just...awful. Hoping there's another shot for KAI down the line to make up for this.
 

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Omega hurling a damaged limb to murder an opponent, but selling elsewhere in a match certainly doesn't reach the levels of Kento being total garbage in the match vs KAI. The entire layout of the latter was just...awful. Hoping there's another shot for KAI down the line to make up for this.
The best bit surely was when KAI dropkick'd him on the "hurt" knee, and then Kento IMMEDIATELY, and I mean IMMEDIATELY locks in a perfect Triangle Choke w/ his legs perfectly locked in & all. Great comedy stuff tbh.
 

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No but recommended to Dragon Lee vs. El Barbaro Cavernario from CMLL 1/4. I love Cavernario's agressive attacks and after second fall I love Dragon Lee's comeback. But then there were some shits that hurt the match for me. Absolutely no-sold Powerbomb on the apron from Lee and then kickout from Canadian Destroyer. The match went for so long and there were so many false finish. But still ***3/4 for me.
 
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I give a No, but strongly recommended to Bar vs Usos on the Smackdown (1/8/19) episode.

I gave that good match a 7/10 :eek:

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Becky Lynch vs Carmella vs Charlotte Flair on the Smackdown (1/8/19) episode.

I gave that very good match a 7.5/10 :)
 

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12/25/18 (whatever fuckers)

Freedoms Heavyweight Title Match - Blood XMas Death Match
Takeda Masashi vs Kasai Jun

**** 1/4

Probably one of the top 10 bloodiest death matches that Kasai has done. Complete spot fest, which is what I would want to see on Christmas Day. Worth a watch.
 

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Soo...

Impact Homecoming:
X-Division ***3/4 No but recommended
Moose vs Edwards **** No but highly recommended

NOAH Navigation for the future
Kenou vs Kaito Kiyomiya ***1/2
 

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No But Recommended

Dragon Lee vs El Barbaro Cavernario @ CMLL Super Viernes ***1/2

Meiko Satomura vs Reika Saiki @ TJP '19 ***1/2

EDIT - slow ref counts aren't uncommon, I think it is a way to try to add more drama to the match, yeah, but it really can be jarring.
If handled correctly it can be a good way to add drama to a nearfall, BUT the problem is I don't think it's ever really handled correctly. It's either a normal 1 and 2 count, then the ref takes a coffee break before coming down for the 3, which just looks like shit and is a tip off of what's going on. Or the ref takes 12 seconds to count to 3 and it just looks kinda goofy. Slightly slower, but consistent counts are the key imo. Be subtle, you goons.
 

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One random occasion I liked the slow ref counts in Mexico was during Mysterio vs Myzteziz TripleMania. Maybe it's because I loved the match as a whole, but those lingering dramatic counts were working.

Probably watch the Tokyo Joshi Pro or NOAH show today. Depends which I'm in the mood for, but I'm longing for that Satomura vs Saiki match.
 

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I give a YES to Gallus vs British Strong Style on the NXT UK (1/9/19) episode.

I gave that great match a 9/10 :mark: :mark:
 

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Adam Cole v. EC3, NXT TV 01/09/2019 - **** (YES !)

On a second watch I actually really enjoyed this, in around the 8 minutes they were given they told a really good story in Cole working EC3's arm & neck. I love that Cole is expanding his moveset, went for the basement dropkick, backstabber & an armbar in this match. EC3 worked really well here too as he always looks his best when he can utilize his power against smaller guys. Cole was the perfect smaller guy for him in this case as Cole bumped around like a madman for him. Overall just a real enjoyable match for me to watch and analyze.
 

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Adam Cole v. EC3, NXT TV 01/09/2019 - **** (YES !)

On a second watch I actually really enjoyed this, in around the 8 minutes they were given they told a really good story in Cole working EC3's arm & neck. I love that Cole is expanding his moveset, went for the basement dropkick, backstabber & an armbar in this match. EC3 worked really well here too as he always looks his best when he can utilize his power against smaller guys. Cole was the perfect smaller guy for him in this case as Cole bumped around like a madman for him. Overall just a real enjoyable match for me to watch and analyze.
Yaffa: Over/under on Marky nominating Ethan Carter the THIRD vs Adam Cole on the MOTY thread?

Me: It'll be at least ***3/4, strong chance he nominates it.
 

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Nothing is topping Nasty giving Bray vs AJ vs Cena ****3/4

A 10 minute TV match gets THAT high :sodone Just Nasty things
The overbooked finisher spam match? :monkey
 

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So Marky YES'd the Adam Cole vs EC3 match. :hmm:Maybe I should watch it........

TJP Tokyo Joshi Pro '19

No But recommend: Meiko Satomura vs. Reika Saiki ***1/2

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No but recommend: Mizuki & Yuka Sakazaki vs. Riho & Shoko Nakajima ***1/2

Both matches are a blast (Y).
 
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