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In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa vs Kenta Kobashi (AJPW October Giant Series 10/31/98)

Yesterday, 08:24 PM

This match was way better than I remember. These two know how to pace and build a super long match better than anyone. I have this at #3 in their singles feud (behind 1/20/97 and 3/1/03)

 

I really liked the growth from 1/20/1997: in that match Kobashi was trying to be dominant, in this he IS dominant. soup23 makes a good point about Misawa having to bust out fancy sequences and moves just to free himself. Still he gets eaten alive for most of the match though. But his resiliency keeps him in it and he takes advantage of a momentary lapse from a fatiguing Kobashi with the tiger driver off the apron and turns the match on its head. I also liked the "excess" with Kobashi continuing after the TD91 which also showed his growth. In 1/20/97, he was basically finished after the TD91 but here he is still able to mount a comeback. I used to dislike the finish (thinking it was anticlimatic) but thought it was great this time around with Misawa having to KO Kobashi with brutal elbows in, like fxnj said, ugly fashion and him barely scraping through rather than it being anything cinematic. **** 1/4


In Topic: Jushin Liger vs Shinjiro Otani

Yesterday, 07:04 PM

It really does feel like the perfect middle match between the 3/96 match and a match that never happened, although I must say I liked the clipped version of one of their 1998 matches

 

Agree with this. A third match where Ohtani managed to put all the pieces together and beat Liger by combining skill with emotional maturity would have capped off the narrative perfectly.


In Topic: WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus vs Mickie James - Wrestlemania XXII

Yesterday, 06:40 PM

Had reviewed this in the Top 100 matches of all time thread. Cross-posting it here.

 

 

The character work was interesting and Mickie's work on Trish's leg looked really good and Trish sold it extremely well. Also the finish is a good example for why penalizing matches for botches can be counterproductive as the messed up spot at the end can be seen as a positive by saying Trish's bad leg buckled (which adds to the match) instead of treating it like negative and saying they screwed up. *** 1/2


In Topic: WWE Women's Champion Trish Stratus vs. Lita (WWE Raw 12/6/04)

Yesterday, 06:38 PM

Had reviewed this in the Top 100 matches of all time thread. Cross-posting it here.

 

 

Very good stuff. Hard fought and they managed to generate quite a bit of drama. Lita was good as the babyface challenger and Trish was great as the desperate heel champion. *** 1/2


In Topic: Kenta Kobashi vs Tamon Honda (NOAH Encountering Navigation 04/13/03)

Yesterday, 06:17 PM

What does it say about Kobashi's GHC title run when a match this excellent is only #5 in terms of quality (behind Akiyama, Misawa, Takayama and Ogawa for me).

 

Maybe I am just swinging the counterweight back in my boy, Kobashi's direction, but after watching this twice there is no way Honda outworked Kobashi.

 

Yep. Honda was pretty good here but the idea that this is a Honda carryjob (something I have read people say) is pretty laughable to be honest. This is definitely the Kenta Kobashi show. What a performance to get himself across as the tough and resourceful champion while presenting the underdog Honda as a serious threat who can topple him and selling the hell out of all of his offense and the arm work. **** 1/4