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In Topic: Dave Meltzer stuff

28 October 2017 - 01:54 AM

That initial Balor Universal Title push was very odd to me. Why the heck does Vince like Balor so much? Just the demon entrance? I'd think that planking pose thing would drive him nuts and 70% of the time he's not the demon anyway.

He's irish.

In Topic: WON HOF 2017

24 October 2017 - 01:27 PM

I still don't see Fujiwara, if he's getting in on work alone. What sets him apart from a dozen other mid-card Japanese wrestlers? He's was no better, and IMO not on the same level as guys like Kuniaki Kobayashi, Kengo Kimura, Animal Hamaguchi, Yoshiaki Yatsu and dozens more. 

Fujiwara is, at worst, an absolute no brainer hall of famer trainer. None of the random New Japan guys you're coming up with match his case in any way-work, influence or training.

In Topic: WWE TLC 2017

23 October 2017 - 04:24 AM

That main event was a monumental achievement for wrestling as an artistic form. I still can't believe they managed to make a match feel like a bad trip.

In Topic: Dan Severn v. Yoshihiro Tajiri (NWA New Jersey 6/24/95)

23 September 2017 - 04:59 AM

This match was an interesting caricature of shoot style, which doesn't seem like a style that ever fully developed or was often used anywhere (I'm having trouble recalling similar matches outside of maybe Super Porky vs Rey Escorpion, and even that was a different subgenre). Not a case of shoot style implementing pro-style elements for flash of vice versa, just a shooty style done more elaborately. The kicker-wrestler dynamic was a logical way to start things off-I loved how Severn would roll through with Tajiri once he got his back but them just exchanging top positions didn't really fit in. Tajiri countering a leglock by a slap rush was awesome and a somewhat fascinating spot for a 1995 New Jersey show. Severn killing off Tajiri ruled too-ragdolling Tajiri into the ropes, setting up suplexes by getting control on the ground and then lifting him or bouncing off the ropes while already holding him for momentum, swell stuff all around. ***1/4

In Topic: Masanobu Kurisu vs. Takashi Okamura (Kitao Pro 6/14)

11 September 2017 - 06:15 PM

Ah, the joy of Kitao Pro and a handshake refusal leading to a slap to the face and a match turning into a brawl five seconds in. Kurisu may just be the most straightforwardly brutal wrestler ever. When you think about it pro wrestling rules are incredibly lenient, really the closest thing to a street fight it gets in a "sporting" contest. Kurisu fights like someone who could rob you, but also as an experienced veteran who will use the tricks he's learned in the ring to beat the crap out of a young karateka. Okamura has nice kicks and throws lots of them, and the only moments of him putting Kurisu in peril come when they land on the head. Kurisu showcases amazing futuristic selling-a head kick landing is not a guarantee he will sell it, but it landing is a necessity for him to sell it-and the seemingly random selling correlates well with the fact the flashiest kicks are not always the one that cause the most damage. Kurisu expertly utilizes the ropes to trap Okumura and violently violate him-unloading with slaps and brutal headbutts is a given, but he stomps the poor guy on the back of the head and at one point even starts busting out Jon Jones elbows from the clinch. Okamura runs away from him and tries to avoid groundfigting as much as he can, but it is to no avail, as Kurisu eventually gets a hold of him and continues the destruction. ****