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Vinnie B

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KENTA, Low Ki & Ricky Marvin vs SUWA, Takashi Sugiura & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (NOA...

28 September 2017 - 01:58 PM

Another really fun match. They fly around, they hit hard (KENTA absolutely murders Sugiura with some strikes and he's out cold on outside for about 5+ minutes), they entertain. SUWA is the best bit of the match, and a flying elbow drop to the balls is a new one on me. Not a terrific finish but puts over SUWA. I'm certainly having fun going back through NOAH in 2005, but what's not to love? *** 1/2


Money In The Bank (Wrestlemania 21 04/03/2005)

17 September 2017 - 11:16 AM

I do really like ladder matches, but the issue with multi-man or MITB is they are just straight spotfests, and don't really engage with a story or have that epic feel that the best ladder matches do. A lot of these spots have been seen plenty of times since, so lose some of their novelty. But it was still a very fun match, and the crowd was super involved, cheering face attempts to grab the briefcase and booing the heels efforts.

 

Benoit was noticeably quiet in this match. Except for one spot, where he does a diving headbutt off the top of the ladder onto Kane, and busts open the stitches on his head. "Fuck's sake" was the only appropriate reaction I could have to that. He does an amazing job of selling a bad arm from an early spot throughout however. Christian was also the other highlight, bumping around like crazy.

 

Overall good match, fun spotfest but nothing to elevate it to excellent or MOTY status for me though. *** 3/4


Kurt Angle vs. Rey Mysterio (Smackdown 2/10/2005)

13 June 2017 - 02:59 PM

Taped in Japan so an unusual crowd for a WWE match. Really great stuff that doesn't need to go overboard to make a fun and compelling match. Angle dominated the first half with Rey getting hope spots in by outsmarting Kurt. Then makes a comeback so he can fly around, before one big dive too many sees him submitting to an ankle lock. Just a very watchable match with suplexs from Angle and flying from Mysterio. As a means of making me think back more positively about WWE TV in 2005, it was a big achievement. ****


Elimination Chamber (New Year's Revolution 1/9/2005)

06 June 2017 - 11:16 AM

Brief thoughts:

 

-Wow was the Puerto Rico crowd hot for the this in the best way - they popped for nearly every spot, big or small.

-Benoit and Jericho's chops were insanely stiff throughout this match. 

 

-You can say what you want about HHH, but he certainly was willing to take a bunch of brutal bumps in this match.

 

-The chamber seems to be, quality wise, the best gimmick match of the 21st Century (although I personally prefer many ladder matches). It's a fairly difficult match to get wrong, and these guys don't. Hard-hitting, big spots and an interesting story in Batista and HHH's teased split to carry us through. It's a really good match, but I don't think it's in the upper echelon of chambers matches for me.

 

****


AJ Styles vs Chris Sabin vs Petey Williams (Ultimate X, TNA Final Resolution 1/16/2005)

04 June 2017 - 11:42 AM

I was expecting this to be replete with overly convoluted and choreographed sequences. Whilst there were a few, by 2017 standards they were very basic, and they spent a good portion of the time wrestling a standard match, which is definitely to this matches' advantage. A few cool spots, with AJ's massive flipping back bump being the best. Terrible finish, as Williams and Sabin have a tug of war with the belt at the top of the structure, only for AJ to springboard in a steal it away, but drops it mid-air and therefore just knocking it on the ground.

 

All around, a a good match showing the range of what these guys can do. Also I forgot how much I loved AJ's theme when I was 12. Like said theme, I would probably have enjoyed this match more in 2005 but it holds up pretty well. *** 3/4