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Vinnie B

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In Topic: Matches of the month

29 July 2017 - 04:11 AM

I think I would agree that I preferred 1991 to 1990. I think the think the lack of well-recognised 5-star classics disguises the breadth and depth of great angles and matches. WWF and USWA, and towards the end of the year WCW provided great stories whilst NJ, AJ and to an certain extent Joshi and WCW had strong years in-ring.


You should enjoy 1992. Not halfway through yet and I think it has already exceeded 1990 and 1991 in numbers of great matches! 

In Topic: Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs Satoshi Kojima (NJPW New Year Gold Series 02/20/05)

19 July 2017 - 02:10 PM

Did not know this was going 60 before I started watching it, did not really want to watch a match that long tonight, but it went pretty quickly:
- The stiff chop battle trope that I feel was so prevalent in 2005 makes another appearance in the early stages of this match, and they chop HARD
- The crowd seem pretty flat throughout nearly all of this
- Some of the work seemed fairly bland, although every time I began to lose interest they would drop someone on their head and bring me back in

- Tenzan's anaconda vice was way overused, Kojima was locked in it about 5 times for what felt like 10 minutes

-I was going to see they paced this so well, it was consistent all the way through. And that they both sold exhaustion very well and naturally, unlike the convoluted nature of Omega/Okada. But then...

-Nothing I've read confirms anything about what actually happened in the finish. I imagine someone here will know if you can help. The general consensus is that Tenzan legitimately collapsed from exhaustion/dehydration, so the ref had to legit count him out when they were meant to go to a draw. It was a weird ending.


I feel these notes may be a bit harsh. It was pretty great. Not the best 60 min match I've ever seen, but far from the worst. Not that they really needed to go that long anyway. I don't think anyone would call it the MOTY, but to say its top 10 would be a fair opinion. It may end up on mine. **** 1/4 

In Topic: Toshiaki Kawada vs Satoshi Kojima (AJPW Realize 02/16/05)

18 July 2017 - 12:05 PM

These two match up pretty well - Kawada is fully grizzly by this stage and has great offence, Kojima exudes an optimism and sells well. Lots of stuff to like about this and a fun last 10 minutes. They never really go overboard though, I don't really know why Dave allegedly rated this 4 3/4.


I say 3 3/4 and quite fun.

In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi & Akira Taue vs Jumbo Tsuruta, Great Kabu...

18 July 2017 - 04:08 AM

Just had a hankering to rewatch this match. The crowd absolutely explode anytime one of the 'kids' take it to Jumbo. The brawl between Jumbo and Misawa is heated as hell, it's nice they sold it by halting the match. I wasn't hugely into this until the last 5-10 minutes, but it really picks up a frenetic pace by then with some awesome sequences. **** 1/4 

In Topic: Mistico vs Ultimo Guerrero (CMLL 02/26/05)

14 July 2017 - 12:20 PM

This was also pretty great. There was probably a lot of story I missed out on, but the actual action was stellar. Mistico crashing and burning on a dive was the highlight. I would not have expected it, but Mistico clearly looks like the best in the world so far in 2005. ****