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GOTNW

Member Since 27 Sep 2014
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2017 03:41 PM
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In Topic: Akira Maeda vs. Kazuo Yamazaki (UWF 5/12)

20 July 2017 - 03:37 PM

This was essentially a shoot style spotfest for the most part. I quite like their offence, so I didn't have much problem with it, even if it seemed there wasn't much rhyme or reason to it. There were occassional highlights in the matwork in the form of a cool counter, but for the most part it was just fine and used like submission finishers are in modern wrestling, milked to get the crowd behind the wrestler crawling to the ropes. In that sense I liked how they didn't make it too obvious what they were doing, as they'd have a wrestler reach the ropes before the crowd paked in vocal support or before they even had enough time to start chanting at all too. Still, the best parts of the match were the kicking flurries, and the match just reached a higher level once they reached the finishing stretch and the match turned into an all out brawl, it was like a pastice of a Bruce Lee movie and a high end K1 fight which appropriated the best of both worlds. It had took the cartoonish stamina and reistance of an action movie and the brutality and kicking precision from actual combat, but also maybe the best exhaustion selling ever. Maeda and Yamazaki looked completely gassed, and a desperate Maeda trying to grab Yamazaki's leg to counter with a Capture Suplex was an amazing sight, and the rowdiness of the crowd even minutes after the match really cemented how much 99% of wrestling is missing out by not having the ability and vision to fully encapsulate the humanity of combat. ****


In Topic: The Mae Young Classic

15 July 2017 - 08:32 AM

 

To be fair, I never quite liked it then either.

So professional wrestling shouldn't take in athletes with prior athletic experience? Or that they could but they should never mention it if it exists?


In Topic: The Mae Young Classic

15 July 2017 - 08:13 AM

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I'd be happier with Stacey's deranged Diva's Revenge angle than this.

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In Topic: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (WWE Great Balls of Fire 07/09/17)

10 July 2017 - 05:21 PM

Incredible match. Reigns was basically playing Fujiwara the entire time, in that he tried to trick Braun by using posts, turnbuckles, ropes, the ambulance, whatever be around him he'd use in his version of the "wait in the corner and then counter once oppoent attacks". His offence ruled-his punches may be the best in the world right now, even the Superman Punches here looked incredibly sharp, everything he did was on point. But that only went so far, as Braun would just demolish him whenever he'd get his hands around him. We were reminded of this repeteadly every time Braun would throw Roman in som insane manner (and Roman deserves props for taking the insane bumps and commiting to it), but the Samoan Drop in which Roman struggled to lift Braun and the was immediately shoved off and the chair no-sell were probably the peak of it from an artistic standpoint. A match like this could easily verge into stuppid gimickry, but they just stuck to sheer brutality and it worked wonderfully. The shrieks of women once Roman and Braun were brawling near the ambulance were bone chilling. The finish was wonderful in its simplicity, and the post-match refreshing in that a WWE face didn't sit there kneeled making sad faces because he lost a match but actually went after a nemesis and showed some edge, especially in the context of a loss on a technicality in a long-term feud. ****1/4


In Topic: Brock Lesnar vs Samoa Joe (WWE Great Balls of Fire 07/09/17)

10 July 2017 - 04:19 PM

I thought this had the making of a great match. There was a good build up to it (the wild pull-apart brawls are pretty much the only thing WWE's done in the last few years that has managead to generate universal excitement and approval) which put over Joe as a threat to Lesnar. The match itself had an incredibly gritty feel to it as well as a sense of urgence-I've long thought Lesnar works best as a vulnerable monster, and Joe really brought the fight to him here, his punches were absolutely on point. Another thing that consrasted this from the usual WWE match is how closely fought this was-you had the majority of the match pretty much fought in the clinch, with constant punches, shoves, pulls and so on. Lesnar's selling was on point, and his ability to make the most redundant spots breathtaking with his freakish athleticism is something to behold-the way he slithered underneath Joe was just unreal. My biggest problem with this match was just how annoying Lesnar's use of the German Suplex was to me. It's basically a Clothesline in 1998 WWF, a Shoulder Block in modern BJW or a Reverse Frankensteiner in an indy match. There is no meaning or sense of danger to it, it's just slammed into your head that this weak, unimpressive slam is a marketing scheme for WWE to print shirt off. You have a man who could rip off heads of pretty much everyone on the planet and he's doing something so lame. Why? It doesn't look good, the selling logic is consistent in that his opponents dont' treat it as important, the German Suplexes just add nothing to do match under this structure and eat away precious time. I'm ambivalent on the finish-a plain old flash finish with a pin hold would've worked way better for protecting Joe, but I have no idea where they plan to go with it. They set it up in a manner that didn't make me think Lesnar was ever truly in danger, and considering their goals is probably just protecting Lesnar and having him do something interesting in the mean time, it may have been the right call, unless they need Joe to challenge again. ***3/4