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Konosuke Takeshita vs. Tetsuya Endo (DDT D-King Grand Prix in Osaka 2 Days, 1/7)

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#1 Maciej

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 10:23 AM

Takeshita has really grown from beautiful wrestling prodigy into a bully role seamlessly, and he decides early on to try and destroy Endo's brain. His STF is really great too. Tetsuya works pretty much pure babyface, which, though he's historically great at being a dick, is obviously a great use of his athleticism. If I had to criticize, there's a point this gets to where Endo is selling his brain damage so well, that returning to kind of a traditional big move-trading structure for the last part of the match seems a little wasteful, but that's just nitpicking. This is well worth everyone's time. ****1/4

 

That's three Takeshita matches I have at 4 plus stars in 5 days. DDT rules.



#2 superkix

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:40 AM

I was not a fan of their last time limit draw and while they definitely improved upon that mess here, I feel like they don't quite have the chemistry to keep pulling these kind of matches off. It was a good match, and I liked Takeshita showing off more of his mean side after brainbustering Endo on the floor and continuing the attack on Endo's neck. Endo's never really been the best seller and it was competent here - hard in the moment, not so much afterward when it comes time to hit the flash. I think his best showing was against HARASHIMA in last year's King of DDT final but that was a much more grounded match than what this turned into. Lots of back-and-forths and reversals, and some fun little fighting spirit rushes before they both start dumping signatures and bombs to try and get the pinfall before the time expires. A perfectly fine match and a more aggressive side of Takeshita. 







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