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CHVRCHES

Member Since 12 Mar 2017
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In Topic: Vader & Steve Williams vs Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi (AJPW 02/20/00)

18 May 2018 - 12:18 PM

World Tag Team Championship: Steve Williams & Vader vs. BURNING (Jun Akiyama & Kenta Kobashi) - AJPW (02/20/00)

 

Slow-building match that escalates into a violent beatdown - with BURNING on the receiving end of said beatdown, and Kobashi, in particular, getting absolutely obliterated at the end. I continue to be impressed by production from post-prime Doc & Vader thus far, and I found it hilarious how they hyped each other up pre-match by clotheslining each other.  

 

Rating: ****


In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa vs Akira Taue (AJPW Excite Series 02/17/00)

18 May 2018 - 12:17 PM

Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa - AJPW (02/17/00)

 

JIP’d. We get the last ten minutes of this match - which is them throwing everything they have at each other, and Taue desperately trying to put Misawa away only to fail in the end like many other challengers before him.

 

Rating: ***


In Topic: Jushin Liger vs Minoru Tanaka (NJPW 02/04/00)

12 May 2018 - 08:48 PM

Minoru Tanaka vs. Jushin ‘Thunder’ Liger - NJPW (02/04/00)

 

This is a quick-hitter, but it’s a good one. Liger more or less squashes Tanaka, but moments of underestimation from Liger allow Tanaka to pounce and briefly damage the seemingly invulnerable Liger. The flash Minoru Special spot with Liger reaching the ropes in time, but Tanaka refusing to release, was a terrific hope spot. It’s just a delay of the inevitable, though - as Liger quickly recovers and obliterates Tanaka. Liger continues to lay waste to the junior heavyweight division, but Tanaka is able to salvage some shine here by showing fire and taking it to the ace.

 

Rating: ***¼


In Topic: Genichiro Tenryu & Shiro Koshinaka vs Kensuke Sasaki & Kenzo Suzuki (...

12 May 2018 - 08:47 PM

Shiro Koshinaka & Genichiro Tenryu vs. Kenzo Suzuki & Kensuke Sasaki - NJPW (02/04/00)

 

I could watch hours of Tenryu casually clobbering Suzuki - or anyone, really. It’s a beating so effective that Tenryu is able to single-handedly generate sympathy heat for Suzuki despite his nondescript performance, and the fans are audibly behind Suzuki during his short-lived hope spots before Tenryu subsequently melts him again with stiff strikes. Sasaki is mostly on the sidelines here - but he has some fun, hossy exchanges with Tenryu, and also probably has the highlight of the match when he no-sells Koshinaka’s dopey ass-based offense. Good match.

 

Rating: ***¼


In Topic: Shinya Hashimoto, Tatsumi Fujinami, Takashi Iizuka, Kensuke Sasaki & Mana...

12 May 2018 - 08:47 PM

2/3 Falls: Kensuke Sasaki, Manabu Nakanishi, Shinya Hashimoto, Takashi Iizuka & Tatsumi Fujinami vs. TEAM2000 (Don Frye, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Masahiro Chono, Satoshi Kojima & Super J) - NJPW (02/11/00)

 

This match was messy. I thought the exchanges were dull, the effort felt house show-y, and the segments where the match breaks down felt too coordinated. Outside of Hashimoto egging on the entire team and showing his usual fire, this match doesn’t have many redeeming qualities.

 

Rating: < ***