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In Topic: Comments that don't warrant a thread - Part 4

13 August 2017 - 10:14 PM

 

 

 

Did Psicosis ever pin Rey in WCW?

At least once. 11/2/98 on Nitro. He also beat him a couple of other times, one was a four-way for the CW title that I can't find out who pinned who, and another was a tag match, same thing. 

 

I think Psycosis pinned Rey in the tag match on the 1/4/99 Georgia Dome show.   He pinned Blitzkrieg to win the title in the fourway.

 

I can't say how frustrated I was they did not give Psic a month with the belt. I don't even know why they did it, unless Rey wanted Psicosis to get a chance. 

I'm watching different Rey vs Psicosis matches from WCW syndication and I'm impressed they manage to mix it up each time. I saw one that was mostly mat work, even had Rey doing a suplex or two. 

Is there a master list of Rey/Psicosis matches? 

 

 

From cagematch.net, their singles matches: https://www.cagematc...llation=Singles


In Topic: August 2017 Match of the Month: Discussion Thread

13 August 2017 - 10:23 AM

Tanahashi/Naito, Okada/Omega and Omega/Naito are all worth nominating. I think all three are great matches. 

 

Agreed. The last two in particular being of particular note.


In Topic: 2017 MOTY Yes/No Thread

13 August 2017 - 10:05 AM

Oh boy, we've got a lot of ground to cover.

 

My G1 Nominations aka How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Finishers

 

NOMINATING: 

 

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW 8/12)

 

 

This was just awesome. Absolutely loved the dueling limbwork from both guys and the way they kept returning to it in order to facilitate the momentum shifts in the match. This is the best I've ever seen Tanahashi performing at because his arm selling has been through the roof throughout this G1. Naito, on the other hand, just exudes so much charisma and charm that everything he does feels urgent and exciting. His stalling tactics are crazy levels of entertaining and trolling. The finishing stretch following the Texas Cloverleaf was great. Loved that Tanahashi was undone by his ridiculous need to go for another High Fly Flow. Great match.

 

****1/2

 

 

Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada (NJPW 8/13)

 

 

Well. It's about goddamn time.

 

As has been discussed and speculated since the announcement, the 30 minute time limit finally cut all the indulgent and dragging bullshit from their second (and first) match and we're left with the juicy, juicy, tasty lovely wonderful meat of the matches. From the frantic 100mph pace that opened the match with the finisher attempts playing into the rumors/speculation that this might end incredibly quick all the way to that brutal floor Reverse Rana that Okada sold LIKE DEATH. Props to Okada for really upping his selling game for the G1 because this may be the most consistent he's ever sold a body part in his entire career. In the past week alone, Okada's put in his two best ever performances in my opinion (vs. Suzuki and now vs. Omega). That Reverse Rana and the subsequent Dragon Suplex on the apron FINALLY added some real stakes to these matches they've been doing. For the first time, someone in these matches seemed legitimately vulnerable instead of two guys just trading a bunch of moves. Can I just say that Okada's German Suplexes are some of the grittiest most violent versions of the move I've ever seen? They're fantastic. Follow that up with a blistering hot finishing stretch with Okada's undoing being his compulsion to do sixty million Rainmakers in one match (same thing happened to Tanahashi the night before with his High Fly Flows) and Omega is finally able to get his elusive victory over the new Ace. YOU FINALLY DID IT, BOYS. I KNEW YOU HAD IT IN YOU.

 

*****

 

Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW 8/14)

 

 

I don't know, guys. I think they broke me. Perhaps I just understand the "grammar" of this style more now or perhaps they really just have finally refined this main event NJPW style to something that I completely enjoy because I LOVED THIS. 

 

It starts off a little slow but without much of the meandering matwork that comes from matches earlier in the year. Here, they go right for the good juicy meaty stuff. Lots of mind games from both guys as expected and lots of personality. Both guys target the neck relentlessly and there are some pretty fantastic moments that surround it. Omega not being able to complete his usual kip up and springboard was MASTERFUL (5 star moment). Omega stayed fairly consistent with his neck selling all throughout the match too and god knows it played right into the finish as well. Naito meanwhile put in what might be one hell of a babyface performance. He looked amazing taking just a BRUTAL beating from Omega. I have so much love for Omega's repeated and deliberate V Triggers all building up to that glorious callback of Naito collapsing just as Omega went in for one more (5 star moment). It was a great spot at Dominion and it's a great spot here. Then you have that ridiculous top rope DDT into the ring post and a whole series of bumps that people really shouldn't be taking (face first into the turnbuckle off the top, top rope powerbomb countered into Rana, etc.). Loved the desperation of Naito at the finishing stretch trying to hit any variation of Destino possible to get a pinfall. He probably went for one too many but that is a minuscule nitpick to this match.

 

Is this the MOTY? It just might be. It really just might be. While Okada-Omega III had the blistering pace and the down to earth story, this seemed to perfect the more theatrical elements that something like the Dominion match aspired for.

 

Whoa, boy, what a G1.

 

*****


In Topic: Kurt Angle vs Rey Mysterio - Summerslam 2002

12 August 2017 - 11:28 PM

Often cited as probably the best WWE PPV opener ever in contention with Bret vs. Owen (or maybe even HHH-Bryan for some), I actually preferred this to Bret vs. Owen. Old school mat wrestling and technique is all well and good, but this is just 10 minutes of RIDICULOUSLY good action. Mysterio flies around like it's WCW 1998 and Kurt Angle brings some brutal cut off spots and high intensity offense. Just a simple, all out match that's perfectly paced and perfectly timed. Just awesome. 
 
****1/2

In Topic: MOTYs by year

12 August 2017 - 08:31 PM

Promoted Okada-Omega III to my #2 of the year only behind Okada-Shibata.