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Boss Rock

Member Since 25 Apr 2017
Offline Last Active Nov 16 2017 03:19 PM
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New Day vs. The Usos (WWE Hell in a Cell, 10/08/2017)

16 October 2017 - 03:11 PM

Well, this was an awesome match. Usos/New Day has not only been the best tag team feud this year by a landslide, it's also one of the very best feuds overall. Started off rather light-hearted with New Day using multiple, brightly-colored trombones but quickly escalated into some unbelievable violence. Absolutely jarring visuals such as pinning Jey to the cell with three kendo sticks and Xavier being hoisted onto the ring post with handcuffs. Proof that you don't necessarily need blood to sell a violent match. The Usos continued to prove their the best tag team in the world not named the Revival but Big E and Xavier showed incredible resiliency and fire. Great nearfalls and incredible drama make this one of the best WWE matches of the year.

 

****1/2


Kenny Omega vs. Juice Robinson (NJPW Destruction in Kobe 9/24/2017)

25 September 2017 - 09:41 AM

If you needed any more proof that Juice Robinson is an elite level talent, here it is. Excellent story of Juice trying to keep up with Omega in the early goings and doing the honorable thing by not going for the surgically-repaired knee. But after escaping the One-Winged Angel, Juice realizes what needs to be done and starts working it over. The inner conflict Juice shows on his face is amazing as he looks guilty, almost hesitant at working it over. Juice is able to take control until Kenny hits an insane vertical suplex off the apron to the floor. Juice looks absolutely done and Kenny just blasts him with knee after knee. Kenny is toying with Juice a bit but by hitting so many knees you can tell he recognizes Juice's toughness and wants to make sure he stays down. Juice gets all sorts of fired up and pulls off one of the best babyface comebacks this year, nearly finishing Kenny with Pulp Friction. He attempts to hit Pulp Friction off the top rope but Kenny counters and hits an unbelievable One-Winged Angel off the second rope for the win.

 

While Juice has had a showcase year by taking Goto and Naito to the limit and rallying back in the G1, this was an absolute star-making performance. Kenny hit Juice with everything and yet he STILL came back and nearly pulled it off. I don't think it's hyperbole to say Juice is one of if not THE best babyface in wrestling right now. This felt like one of the few Kenny Omega matches where he took a clear backseat, but it was necessary. Kenny is already an established star who's getting "best in the world" accolades. He didn't need to look amazing in this match, Juice did. 

 

My only real gripe was that the opening minutes of the match dragged and they could have gotten to Juice attacking the knee a lot earlier. But at the same time, I feel it was necessary for Juice to attempt to wrestle the match his way early on and only when it was clear Kenny was getting the better of him would he go for the knee. Really set up the internal conflict of Juice needing to do whatever was necessary to win.

 

****1/2.