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Vinnie B

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In Topic: Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle (WWE Wrestlemania XXI 04/03/05)

27 September 2017 - 02:00 PM

12 year old me watching Wrestlemania 21 thought this was the best non-gimmick match I'd ever seen. I've never got around to rewatching it, and obviously my tastes change. But it was the the next chronological match for me, and I've been wanting to watch a WWE Main Event style match today, so here goes:

- The opening portions are good enough. A bit of a stretch that Michaels could turn the tables and outwrestle Kurt, but I'm here to suspend disbelief, I guess
- The outside stuff is ok, the Angle slam into the post looked cool at first, but on the replay, not so good.
- I think this has an edge on a lot of WWE main event matches because it's less finisher-spamming, more counters of finishers spamming. They got some creative ones, and they did so many, I felt they sort of earned a video game kick-out fest.
- Shawn saves a top rope fall and hits a pretty cool crossbody on the outside

- Crowd seem pretty split, actually
- I had some fun with the cinematic points - Kurt pulling the straps back up only to pull them down again was good, as was the shouting in superkick
- There was a lot of lying around in the match, but towards the end it does feel like they're milking the drama
- Way too many Angle slams and Ankle locks given by Kurt. I guess that was the way it was going to have to happen to put Shawn out.

- I have so many childhood memories of Kurt making my favourites tap to the ankle lock. I don't love Kurt, but getting the most drama out of that submission was certainly his best feature. This is the pinnacle of this, with it coming from Shawn trying to get up, and the escape attempts. No doubt it went on far too long though.

This match was just what I needed. I don't think it was a top-tier WWE match, but definitely the next tier down. I'm beginning to think star ratings are not working in the context of me reviewing 2005 matches, with a mixture of nostalgia and appreciation for certain elements lost in 2017. I think this is either the highest 4 1/4 match I've seen or the lowest 4 1/2. It doesn't really matter, I was gripped and had a blast, but I would fully appreciate where people could find this match frustrating, or just plain dislike it.


In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa & Kotaro Suzuki vs Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiw...

17 September 2017 - 04:44 AM

This was another really fun match.

-This was certainly the Ohtani show for the most part with his expressions and heel shtick

-Putting a flippy young guy with Misawa is apparently a recipe for me to enjoy  a match, although it got a bit overkill at the end.

-I could do without a Tiger Driver as a transition move. Suzuki's 619 and botched West Coast pop were cringey as hell
- I really don't think you can accuse Misawa of not being motivated. I winced at him being dropped on his head from a dragon suplex, and he took multiple stiff lariats and even a superplex. He also looks ancient in this, I can't believe he was older than 42

- Like the Tenryu match from January, this was just really fun. I actually thought this was slightly better because we get a more heavy hitting and serious finishing stretch, even if they overdo it a bit

 

I thoroughly appreciate that I will have liked this match more than anyone else here watching it. I'm surprised as well, but if it floats my boat I'm going to keep watching 2005 NOAH matches. ****


In Topic: Mitsuharu Misawa, Takashi Suguira & Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs Kenta Kobashi,...

16 September 2017 - 12:09 PM

This wasn't as pimped as other matches I've watched so far, but it seemed like a interesting mix of wrestlers and NOAH is one of my favourite promotions, so gave it a watch. I'm really glad I did. It's fun watching the juniors as they are like satellites working around the big planets (Kobashi and Misawa) and taking the fight to them. Ricky Marvin getting beaten up and the breakdown into a brawl in the middle were fun. Yes, they probably shouldn't be using a Tiger Driver and Dragon Suplex to go into the finishing run, and the final sequence was way convoluted, plus the chop vs. elbow thing looked a bit tired. I don't think any of it matters, because the whole match, especially the finish was A.) exciting to watch and B.) had a ton of cool spots.

 

Totally unexpected, but out of all the matches I've watched from 2005 so far, this has been the one that made me feel like I was 13 again. I'd never seen this match, and wasn't actually 13 for another year, but I absolutely loved the NOAH juniors and found the NOAH six-mans a lot of fun in general. It's weird what can spark your sense of nostalgia sometimes, but I loved the match and I'll remember to pay closer attention to NOAH shows from now on. **** 1/4


In Topic: Brian Kendrick vs. Bryan Danielson - ROH Best of American Super Juniors Tourn...

13 September 2017 - 11:57 AM

A really well-built match. Some solid, if bland matwork (sorry, matwork's not really my thing), a few cool spots, Danielson was fun working over the shoulder aggressively before they go to an exciting home stretch, where the fans (and myself) were really biting on the nearfalls for Spanky. Rewatching the early years of ROH, I tend to find the matches are very well executed but are somewhat emotionless and conducted in a vacuum. This was sort of the case here but mitigated by Spanky's comebacks and Danielson's aggression. Can't say enough good things about the commentary. Just great relevant points about strategy in the match, and brief histories of the wrestlers without getting cute or trying to get themselves over. Really added to the match. ****


In Topic: Matches of the Month

04 September 2017 - 11:10 AM

June 1992:

 

1.      Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue (AJ 6/5/92) **** ¾

2.      Rick Rude vs. Ricky Steamboat (Ironman Challenge) (Beach Blast 6/20/92) **** ½

3.      Stan Hansen vs. Toshiaki Kawada (AJ 6/5/92) **** ¼

4.      Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada (AJW 6/21/92) ****

5.      Sting vs. Cactus Jack (Falls Count Anywhere) (Beach Blast 6/20/92) ****

6.      Jushin Liger vs. El Samurai (NJ 6/26/92)

7.      Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Akira Hokuto & Kyoko Inoue (AJW 6/27/92) ****

8.      Aja Kong vs. Bison Kimura (AJW 6/21/92) ****

9.      Chris Benoit & Biff Wellington vs. Brian Pillman & Jushin Liger (Clash 6/16/92) *** ¾

10.  Akira Hokuto & Bull Nakano vs. Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue (AJW 6/21/92) *** ½

11.  Barry Windham vs. Steve Austin (WWW 6/13/92) *** ½

12.  Vader & Bam Bam Bigelow vs. Rick & Scott Steiner (NJ 6/26/92) *** ½

13.  El Hijo del Santo, Octagon & Perro Aguayo vs. La Parka, Blue Panther & Fishman (AAA 6/12/92) *** ½

14.  Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask III vs. Wild Pegasus & El Samurai (NJ 6/2/92) *** ½

15.  Hiroshi Hase vs. Kensuke Sasaki (NJ 6/26/92) *** ½  

16.  Arn Anderson vs. Barry Windham (WCWSN 6/6/92) *** ½

17.  Yoshiaki Fujiwara vs. Bart Vale (PWFG 6/25/92) *** ¼

18.  Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels (Rampage 6/2/92) ***

 

June was another great month. AJPW, even by their own high standards, are really on a hot streak. From 5/22-6/5 they had four absolute classics, three of which have an argument for five stars, and two I have seen discussed as some people’s MOTD. I haven’t seen the 6/5 tag receive as much attention or love as the other matches but it was probably my favourite AJ match so far this year.

 

WCW is having the highest quality identity crisis in history. In June we saw a spotfest worthy of any 2017 show (Pillman/Liger vs. Benoit/Wellington), a tag fit for early 80’s Mid-South (MVC/Steiners) and a proto-ECW brawl (Sting/Cactus). Alongside that we had the awesome iron-man match and more traditional fare with Austin, Windham and Anderson.

 

Nice to see Joshi have a return to form this month. Not only did we get four good-great matches, they all contained interesting or exciting booking developments. I like where they’re heading and I look forward to more.