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Boss Rock

Member Since 25 Apr 2017
Offline Last Active Jul 19 2017 01:48 PM
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In Topic: Tomohiro Ishii vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (NJPW G1 Special in USA 07/02/17)

19 July 2017 - 12:17 PM

Great story here. Sabre foolishly tries to step up to Ishii and fails with hilarious results. Eventually turns the tide with his subs and does some vicious work to the arms, which Ishii sells beautifully. And the spot where he's grabbing hold of both of Ishii's arms and one of his legs to prevent him from getting to the ropes is one of the most dramatic moments I've seen this year. But like the wonderfully badass babyface he is, Ishii finds a way to overcome and win. Fantastic match and a hell of a spring.

 

****1/2.


In Topic: Kazuchika Okada vs Tetsuya Naito (NJPW 40th Anniversary 03/04/12)

13 July 2017 - 01:36 PM

Very good match and a good sign of New Japan's future. Here, you had Okada as the recently-crowned, young hot-shot champion and Naito as the plucky underdog. Naito gets him early with flashy moves and Okada absolutely cuts him off by planting him with a tombstone-all within a few minutes into the match. Okada then works over Naito's neck to logically set up another tombstone and Rainmaker, but Naito fights back by going after Okada's leg (take away the dropkick). Great back-and-forth battle with Naito showing some good fire and Okada cutting him off every time.

 

****1/4.


In Topic: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW, 8/6/16)

13 July 2017 - 01:23 PM

One of the things I loved about this match is that there were 3 stages:

 

1. Ishii blitzes Okada and nearly finishes him early.

2. Okada weathers the storm and gets back into his groove.

3. Battle to see who can hit their finisher first but constant countering because they know each other so well. Ishii avoided the tombstone like the plague because he knew that sets up the Rainmaker. Okada in turn did everything in his power to avoid the brainbuster. In the end, Ishii is just to powerful and overcomes.

 

Terrific performance by both men and a reminder that Ishii may be the best worker in all of NJPW.

 

****1/2.


In Topic: Kazuchika Okada vs Karl Anderson (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/12/12)

13 July 2017 - 01:16 PM

Very good match and like the first Tanahashi and Naito matches, a bit of foreshadowing of what Okada was capable of. You could see the wheels spinning a bit too much in Okada's head when he did the guardrail spot, went back in the ring, and THEN hit the apron drape DDT, but other than that he didn't telegraph anything else. Anderson arguably put on a career performance here and was fantastic in the finishing stretch. They went the normal story route that they do with a lot of Okada matches where he's in trouble, but all he needs is one good dropkick and BAM! Tide immediately changes and it's a tombstone and Rainmaker for the win.

 

These guys always had great chemistry and this was no different. A bit slow in the beginning, but the last 15 minutes or so were very good. ****


In Topic: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Tetsuya Naito (NJPW Dominion 06/11/17)

12 July 2017 - 01:28 PM

I really liked the Dome match and feel it often gets overlooked, but I think this slightly outdid their previous encounter. Tanahashi going after him early was great and really liked how he kept the aggression going throughout the match (looked like he was damn near throat-punching him from the mount position). As a whole I felt there was a lot more desperation and urgency to this bout and it fit perfectly considering the story. Naito was great as always and judging by Tana's performances in Long Beach, carried him to something very good.

 

****1/4.