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Daniel Bryan vs Luke Harper (WWE Smackdown 03/19/15)

29 November 2017 - 02:43 AM

One of my favorite things about WWE Bryan is that even with all the goofiness and yes chants and what not, he was still able to wrestle a gritty and violent style. Some vicious and focused legwork on Harper who turns in a pretty outstanding selling performance. Really impressive how they managed to construct a great match considering the circumstances: 1) they are given just a few minutes on free TV (including ad time), 2) this takes place in the middle of a larger gauntlet match, 3) in typical WWE fashion, the focus is on Rollins/Orton backstage stuff. Bryan also takes a Misawa bump on a half nelson suplex, which is insane given the condition of his neck. Beautiful, beautiful payoff and finish. ****

 

 

 


Brock Lesnar vs AJ Styles (WWE Survivor Series 11/19/17)

19 November 2017 - 09:00 PM

Good match but pretty disappointing overall. I preferred the Goldberg, Joe and Strowman matches for Lesnar. Brock toned down suplex city so I suspect people are going to like this the best. Something about the pacing was off and it felt awkward at times. Still, good individual performances by both. Some really great bumping by AJ and he got in quite a lot of offense. Neat leg selling by Brock. Him violently powering out of the calf crusher was the best, most memorable spot. *** 1/4


Volk Han vs Yoshihisa Yamamoto (RINGS 08/13/97)

09 November 2017 - 08:41 PM

Sublime match with a completely different dynamic from their 94-95 bouts which were more about the underdog Yamamoto trying to survive. Here, he is near/at his peak and so the exchanges are far more competitive. Han does a great job at presenting him as a serious threat with a superb display of subtle vulnerability. The mat exchanges rule as expected (though they are a noticeable step down from the Tamura/Han interactions but that's an awfully high standard to be fair). The standup game is arguably even better and more dramatic and intense. Probably the best thing about the match is the way they use the points system with interesting twists and turns, comebacks and teases. Fantastic finishing stretch as well. **** 1/4


WOTYs by year

09 November 2017 - 07:43 PM

A topic that I thought would complement the MOTYs by year thread well.

 

1983 - Terry Funk

1984 - El Satanico

1985 - Chigusa Nagayo

1986 - Tatsumi Fujinami

1987 - Tatsumi Fujinami

1988 - Nobuhiko Takada

1989 - Ric Flair (insanely competitive year: Fujiwara, Satanico, Tenryu, Jumbo all up there)

1990 - El Dandy (Fujiwara would have won it in almost any other year)

1991 - Jumbo Tsuruta

1992 - Jushin Liger

1993 - Akira Hokuto

1994 - Aja Kong

1995 - Mitsuharu Misawa

1996 - Volk Han

1997 - Kiyoshi Tamura

1998 - Shinya Hashimoto

1999 - Mariko Yoshida

2000 - ?

2001 - Steve Austin

2002 - Genichiro Tenryu

2003 - Kenta Kobashi

2004 - Eddie Guerrero

2005 - Samoa Joe

2006 - Bryan Danielson

2007 - Bryan Danielson

2008 - Yuki Ishikawa

2009 - Negro Navarro

2010 - Daisuke Ikeda

2011 - Dick Togo

2012 - Negro Casas

2013 - William Regal

2014 - ?

2015 - Sasha Banks

2016 - Black Terry

2017 (so far) - Kazuchika Okada


2000 WOTY

29 October 2017 - 05:53 PM

Similar to the MOTY thread, a list of the best wrestlers of 2000 from what I've seen so far.

 

1. Shinya Hashimoto

2. Yuki Ishikawa

3. El Satanico

4. Aja Kong

5. Jun Akiyama

6. Kenta Kobashi

7. Genichiro Tenryu

8. Takehiro Murahama

9. Mariko Yoshida

10. Azumi Hyuga