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William Bologna

Member Since 21 Mar 2017
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In Topic: Current New Japan

06 June 2017 - 04:48 PM

This is the first time I've watched a tournament like this all the way through, and that did expose some of the flaws. All those hardcam house shows where it was ten minutes of shtick and then go to the finish. Seeing everyone's spots every other day instead of a couple times a month. You really noticed the difference in effort when they got to Korakuen.

 

For all the hype about the super flippy A block, I think I liked B better. Taguchi, Kanemaru, ACH, Bushi, and Tiger Mask all exceeded my expectations.

 

Meanwhile, Ricochet was a huge disappointment - he's got no presence and little to keep you involved between flips. Dragon Lee and Scurll suffered from seeing them every other day. Takahashi has enough charisma and big spots that I don't mind him as champ, but he's not top tier.

 

I hated the final. Why did Kushida decide to work Ospreay's leg? He's going to ignore it, and you're going to the arm later anyway. Also, Kushida debuted a new finisher in this tournament. Three matches later, he's doing it off the top rope. At least it led to the finish.

 

I think Kushida is the best guy around, and he had a good tournament, but that match was silly.


In Topic: Current New Japan

02 June 2017 - 08:22 PM

Volador looks like Bret Hart.

He also a completely flat tournament. I've already forgotten all his matches.

In Topic: ACH vs Tiger Mask (NJPW Best of the Super Jrs 05/22/17)

24 May 2017 - 03:51 PM

I was really impressed with this, simply because it told a story. ACH is the rich man's Ricochet.


In Topic: Will Ospreay vs Ricochet (NJPW Best of Super Jrs 05/18/17)

21 May 2017 - 04:50 PM

God I hated this.

 

I read tons about the first one before I actually saw it, and I expected to be on Team Vader, but I wound up really liking it. This one, though, was self-indulgent and maudlin.

 

Matches where the only way to hit a move is by reversing the other guy's move are exhausting to watch and silly. When you do that for half an hour, and then hold hands and make speeches about it - it doesn't help.

 

This match gets negative two stars because I docked it five for self-importance.


In Topic: KUSHIDA vs. Zack Sabre, Jr. (RevPro Epic Encounter 04/13/17)

13 May 2017 - 08:55 PM

I haven't decided how I feel about Sabre, but Kushida is my overall #1 right now.

 

This was just awesome, much better than the Takahashi/Scurll match on the same show. The matwork was compelling, my main man Kushida got to show lots of fighting spirit, and the match had a nice escalation throughout.

 

My only complaint was that Sabre never made it seem like he was in peril. He did some really nifty stuff when he was pretending that one of his arms didn't work, but his facial expressions and body language never got out of cocky mode.

 

I enjoyed the crowd's method of songwriting, in which they'd take a familiar tune and shoehorn "Zack Sabre Jr." into it. It worked with "Seven Nation Army," and it worked with the opera tune one particularly artistic fan tried. It's the same method I use to write songs about my cats, and it's always a winner.