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MikeCampbell

Member Since 07 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 18 2017 05:39 PM
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In Topic: Starrcade is back

22 September 2017 - 09:23 PM

We need Lita or Trish Stratus to be the referee for the Women's Title match.


In Topic: Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito (NJPW G1 Climax 8/13/17)

14 August 2017 - 04:44 AM

From what I've seen from both of these guys this year, I'd put this at the bottom of both of their lists. The idea of working over Omega's head/neck and Naito's shoulder is completely thrown away. And we're left with a total bomb fest, without of much of anything in the way of engrossing work or storytelling. One of the elements that made me appreciate the Omega/Okada draw, was the idea that their strikes progressed during the match to the point of looking like something that could end the match, but, it didn't seem to dawn on either of them.  Compare that to the way the V-Trigger is used here, with Omega hitting at least a dozen of them (I lost count) with a sickening smack. Not only doesn't he even try to pin Naito, but, Naito eventually starts sucking them up and making a comeback. The Destino is the same way, with Naito using it far too often, by the time it's over the message it gave me was that Naito won after hitting his finisher multiple times, after he'd worked over the area that the move targets. The one V-Trigger spot that I liked was when Naito dropped to avoid it, like Omega with the Rainmaker in June, and then him blocking the next one. But, instead of going anywhere with it, Omega just cracks him with another knee.

 

They had some clever spots, like the facebuster counter into the corner that SLB pointed out, and the Destino counter to the One-Winged Angel. But, it didn't matter because they just hit their bombs and then it was onto the next one. The spot with Naito slipping on the top and hitting the post is a perfect example. It could have allowed Omega to take advantage the opening and try to win. But, instead they just got to the top rope powerbomb, countered into the rana, making the post shot mean nothing. God Bless Callis for trying to make it seems like the last Destino would have to be the finish, because Omega landed on the top of his head, but, he'd already been hit with several of them by that point.


In Topic: Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (NJPW G1 Climax 8/12/17)

12 August 2017 - 10:36 PM

The big failing of the June match, to me, was them not making the body part work factor into the match long term. And, boy did they make sure to not repeat that mistake. They establish Okada's neck as the weak spot early on, and stick with it for the whole match. I really liked the idea of using Okada's height against him with Omega doing seemingly basic spots, like the backbreaker, to create the whiplash effect on Okada. I just wish Omega hadn't felt the need to do the reverse rana so often, the first one was perfect, and it felt like the spot was cheapened by him going back to it so often. The Croyt's Wrath near fall was brilliant!  Over the course of three matches, we've seen how easily that Okada can escape the One Winged Angel, and Omega finally had something up his sleeve to offset that. I sort of wish that the Croyt's Wrath had gotten the pin, only so as not to completely close the book on the story surrounding Okada and the One Winged Angel.

 

The only thing that match seemed to lack was drama, mostly because Omega's win seemed like a foregone conclusion, with there not being anything at stake this time. But, with the story of Omega mercilessly attacking the neck, and knowing that he's under the gun because of the shortened time limit, it wouldn't exactly jive to have Okada Hulk-Up and start firing back on Omega. 


In Topic: WWE Network... It's Here

11 August 2017 - 11:57 PM

 

Has there been any news on when we might get Sunday Night Heat?

Not sure, but one interesting note on Heat is that several episodes were only shown overseas (the ones done on PPV weekends, US viewers got essentially a ppv preview show). I wonder if we'll get those episodes.

 

 

 

That's actually not out of the realm of possibility. They got around the Christ Benoit tribute show, by showing the International version of that night's Raw.


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

22 July 2017 - 12:29 PM

I'm with Soup as far as thinking that this was below their January match. But, my big problem was this was that it didn't seem like Naito was using the arm to really try to win. He mostly just used it as filler, by yanking on it, and the armbars were nice, but nothing that seemed like it would get the submission. The one time it seemed like he was trying to use the arm to win, when he attempted the Destino after Tanahashi wiped out on the High Fly Flow, Tanahashi blocked it.  I thought Tanahashi's selling was great. and he added some smart touches. The knee wasn't worked over nearly as much as it should have been for being the finish, they made up for that with letting Naito linger in the Cloverleaf for a bit before he gave up.