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William Bologna

Member Since 21 Mar 2017
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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.


In Topic: Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki (NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo 02/05/17)

01 May 2017 - 03:51 PM

When people bitch about Okada matches, this is the kind of shit they're talking about. He gets killed for the entire match and then flips the "OK I win now" switch in a way that's more infuriating than entertaining.

I feel like I'm the only person who had the Shibata match ruined for me by this, but this is exactly why I didn't love it.


In Topic: Hiromu Takahashi vs Ricochet (NJPW 04/29/17)

29 April 2017 - 08:32 PM

I didn't think as little of it as Mr. Boots did, but there's something missing from Takahashi's matches. I miss Kushida.


In Topic: Marty Scurll vs Hiromu Takahashi (RevPro Epic Encounter 04/13/17)

26 April 2017 - 05:55 PM

I love that NPJW World is putting stuff like this up.

 

There was something missing here. It was all downhill from the umbrella shot, and I'm not sure why. It just dragged, and the ADD camera work didn't help. It was poorly paced, and they went to the "Scurll does his personal action but it causes him to get his comeuppance" well too often.

 

I hope Takahashi doesn't suck. He's a really fun character - he licks belts and umbrellas, eats athletic tape, and has the Misfits on his jacket. But what if his matches aren't any good? That'd be a shame.