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The Destroyer vs Giant Baba (JWA 03/05/69)

Yesterday, 12:43 AM

Far and away the best display of old style matwork I have ever seen. Innovative, intense and fluid, just amazing stuff. Destroyer is simply brilliant as the vicious, cheating heel using every dirty trick in the book to gain the advantage while Baba is great as the top guy relying on skill and toughness. Along with the French Catch stuff, the highlight of the 60s. **** 1/2 - **** 3/4


El Satanico vs Sangre Chicana (EMLL 05/26/89)

17 April 2017 - 09:42 PM

The best pure brawl of all time, IMO. One of the big reasons is that it is so different, completely rejecting the standard structure and themes of 2/3 Lucha brawls and 80s US bloodbaths.

 

This was all about Satanico willing himself to stand up to master brawler Sangre Chicana. Satanico is working from underneath but he is still a rudo and doesn't hesitate to resort to dirty tricks including an awesome eye hook. Chicana uses cool psychological tactics to gain the advantage. Felt like an incredibly gritty yet strategic fight and where they are trying to claw and maim each other but remain somewhat cerebral in their approach even as the intensity ramps up. Includes the best punches ever thrown in wrestling, out of this world great selling from Satanico and the best use of a non-finish ever.  

 

Satanico is THE wrestling genius and Chicana is an all time great brawler and so they were able to construct something so unique and great. A breath of fresh air and a big middle finger to the formulaic American and Lucha brawls we keep seeing a millions times. **** 3/4


El Satanico vs Shiro Koshinaka (EMLL 07/30/84)

17 April 2017 - 01:54 AM

Wanted to create a thread for this because I personally think this is not only the best Satanico match but one of the best matches of all time.

 

Unique and brilliantly executed story of the Local anti-hero taking on the invading foreigner. Perfectly paced and structured. Amazing brawling and selling. Clever and poetic finish + an awesome post-match. This has it all. *****


Daisuke Ikeda & Yuki Ishikawa vs Makoto Hashi & Kengo Mashimo (Futen 01/30/11)

20 March 2017 - 07:43 PM

Slightly disappointing compared to most of the 2010 stuff but that's to be expected when you raise the bar that high. Still this is, not surprisingly, fantastic. Hashi and especially Mashimo are just determined to take down Ikeda while the vets try to use their skill and experience to craft a win. **** 1/4


AJ Styles vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW 08/14/15)

17 March 2017 - 10:07 PM

Very good but disappointing given the hype surrounding it and the competitors involved. I liked Styles heeling it up, the dueling leg work motif and some of the spots and drama. My favorite spot was Tanahashi selling his neck on a bridge to put over the lingering effects of Styles crazy springboard reverse DDT. I thought they had the pieces of a great match but weren't quite able to put it together. Still, very much recommended. *** 1/2