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WWE TV 10/2 - 10/8

02 October 2017 - 07:01 PM

Not sure if this has been brought up, but how will a potential Shields reunion gel with the planned Roman vs. Brock WM match?


Tatsumi Fujinami vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW Do Judge 10/09/00)

02 October 2017 - 05:51 PM

Where the hell did this match come from? I thought Hashimoto was pretty much done in NJPW after 4/7/2000. First half is slow but very compelling as Fujinami uses his technique to keep Hashimoto in check while the latter wants to turn this into a violent slugfest. Obviously that's just a containment strategy rather than one of control and the match devolves into them exchanging nasty shots in extremely intense and heated sequences. Fujinami holds his own but you can guess how it ends. There seemed to be a really involved story going on as Fujinami goes at Hashimoto head on and treats him with what is almost disdain while Hashimoto is absolutely incensed the whole way throughout to the point of actually spitting at Fujinami (who shrugs it off dismissively). Hashimoto's mannerisms and body language in that context were amazing. Brutal finish and emotional postmatch with another classic Hashimoto moment. I doubt anyone else will like it this much but I thought this was low-end MOTYC. **** 1/4


Shinjiro Ohtani vs Yuji Yasuraoka (NJPW 04/04/98)

13 September 2017 - 02:43 PM

Truly amazing Ohtani performance as the dismissive prick higher ranked junior vs. an indie nobody. Great offense, top notch facial expressions and acting ranging self-satisfied smirking to pure panic and worry as he almost gets caught out a bunch of times. Yasuraoka was good as the resilient underdog but this was the Ohtani show. Excellent stuff overall. **** 1/4


Finlay vs Mark Henry (ECW 09/16/08)

12 September 2017 - 11:56 PM

A really good TV match.  Nice bruiser vs. monster narrative with Finlay simply getting overwhelmed for the majority of the bout and, after an opening, violently attacking Henry's arm to get himself back into the match. Strong selling by Finlay and offensive work by Henry. Neat post match selling of the arm by Henry too. Probably the best Henry match (and performance) I seen outside of maybe the 2006 Rey ones. *** 3/4


Black Terry vs Latigo (Rudos Neza 06/17/17)

12 September 2017 - 10:31 PM

After an incredible 2016, Black Terry still just keeping on giving. Another great match against a youngster filled with excellent storytelling, slick matwork and intense exchanges. ****