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Shinya Hashimoto vs Kazuo Yamazaki

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#1 Loss

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 06:56 PM

Talk about it here.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 10:13 AM

Hashimoto really works hard to get Yamazaki's chances over here. This looks like it's going to be Hashimoto working dominant with Yamazaki selling a knee injury early on, but then it turns into Hashimoto eating quite a bit of offense from Yamazaki that's focused on weakening Hash's arm. Very good match that could have even better with more time to flesh out the story, but I understand why they worked it compact, and sometimes, that's appreciated.

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 11:01 AM

Excellent arm attack by Yamazaki and selling by Hashimoto. I loved the moment when Hash said fuck it and just wailed on Yamazaki with five chops from the devastated limb. That would've come off poorly from most wrestlers, but he had laid the groundwork with his selling and was so good at working with emotion. Just a classic Hash moment. This was sort of the perfect New Japan counterpoint to Misawa-Kobashi.

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:51 AM

I would like to see this in full for the opening minutes of mat work. What we get is pretty gritty as Hash wears out the leg of Yamazaki and Yama returns by killing Hash's arm. Hash's underneath work is very good as his limb feels completely comprised until he realizes he cant win without it and uses it anyway no matter how much pain it will cause. That was the catalyst for the whole match and he shortly puts Yama away with the brainbuster. Really nice story that was able to develop in this match.

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Posted 22 August 2013 - 07:13 PM

I prefer these guys working a compact match against each other and if anything I felt like it went too long. Was expecting them just be kicking the hell out of each other. Yamazaki finally provides the kicks later in the match. He may have been using more kicks early on Hash's arm that got edited out. Hashimoto hits one great looking Brainbuster.

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Posted 18 July 2015 - 10:16 AM

This was slow to start and the action was kind of disappointing, but this turned into a good match, though they've had better. I agree with Kevin that this could have been tightened up, as these two were more enjoyable working syndie TV-type matches--as it is, even though he'd beaten Shinya before I didn't really buy into Kazuo winning the title here, as well as Shinya sold the arm. Hash has some fantastic counters here--I loved his leaping headbutt to cut off a Yamazaki kick attack. Kazuo also started punching Hash's bad arm to block the first attempt at a brainbuster, which was also well done and a little flashback to the "little wrestling" they did in prior matches. Good, but probably not a great match unless those opening minutes were really blowaway.

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 10:14 PM

JIP 11m of 18m shown. It sucks having Hash matches clipped as he's such a master at creating a big match feel in the early stages. Mainly strike and submission based as you'd expect from these two facing off. Not on the level of their '98 G1 classic, but still quality action. The closing stages were particularly good. I've no doubt my rating on this has a clippage penalty but WCYD?

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 07:12 PM

I think people should seek out the full version of this because I too felt like it was somewhat lacking when I watched it clipped. If anything, you get to see Yamazaki break out some roundhouse kicks and an axe kick that made me hit rewind. The matwork is gritty as is the armwork that becomes the major point of the match. I really liked Hashimoto building his comebacks around those headbutts when he had a bad limb late. And man, could anybody else get away with obliterating a guy with his bad limb and have it still seem to make sense and even add to the match? Maybe Misawa.  And that brainbuster to win this. Hashimoto might be the most definitive finisher in wrestling. I can only think of a few times where he annihilated a guy and then wins where I didn't feel satisfied, no matter if the match was 20 minutes or 10.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:11 PM

Misawa is the only other person that can get away with it. Hashimoto is tremendous.

IWGP Heavyweight Champion Shinya Hashimoto vs Kazuo Yamazaki - NJPW 2/16/97

Move over Sid because Hashimoto rules the world! Hashimoto had really grown into a world class asskicker. Adding that overhand chop as a more frequent part of his arsenal is great. Yamazaki throws some bows up against the ropes and Hashimoto responds by OBLITERATING him with a chop! Loved the beginning Yamazaki sneaks in a head kick (great call by announcer) tries to pounce with German but Hashimoto counters with a DDT so they are back on an even playing field. Yamazaki catches the next kick and drops into a kneebar. Great selling by Hash rolling to outside and good focus by Yamazaki attacking the leg upon reentry. I liked him going for an arm bar to make Hash defend that and go back to the leg. Great psychology. There's one small problem I find the kneebar to be most painfully boring submission hold. Great psychology doesn't always lead to great entertainment. Yamazaki gets in an axe kick as Hash was trying to make a comeback and then gets his German good callback! Figure-4! Hashimoto escapes and now here comes the asswhupping. Great kicks and a big ass lariat. Yamazaki counters with a cross arm breaker where the drama is appropriately sold and Hashimoto races for ropes. It becomes a great battle of Hashimoto strikes vs Yamazaki arm bar takedowns. They did a great job building drama and making those arm bars into hot nearfalls. The one where he switches arms to block Hashimoto from getting to ropes is great and loved it as a counter to the brain buster. Great use of psychology and submission to build tension. This is peak Hashimoto even more so than earlier in the decade. His comeback is fire. The way he pops Yamazaki with an elbow while Yamazaki has wrist control or those head butts. But the best is when he fires up and he knows his arm is gonna hurt like hell but he fights through the pain dishes an unholy barrage of overhand chips. The kicks in this were brutal. He was smoking Yamazaki. I forgot this earlier but the front kicks he used to make his initial comeback were nasty. This is all set up for badass finish. He fucking spikes Yamazaki with they brain buster. Goddamn. Not quite as good as their 98 classic but this is so much fun especially once it becomes Hashimoto's strikes vs Yamazaki's arm bars. ****1/4

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