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YOSHI-HASHI vs Minoru Suzuki (NJPW Kizuna Road Tour 06/26/17)

Today, 10:56 AM

Very good match at points and a good performance by Suzuki but I thought YH failed to match the intensity of Suzuki with his strikes and he totally wipes out on some things such as a baseball slide. This also had A LOT of Suzuki Gun nonsense. This was better than it was in some matches because you had Okada actually being a main played and cheerleader out there which was neat to see but it got pretty old by the end with the constant restarts. Suzuki ends up winning justifiably so. A good Korakuen main event but YH and the optics of the run ins prevent it from being great. ***1/2 


G-1 Climax 27

Today, 08:00 AM

Discuss all things G-1 here in this thread.

 

Here are the Blocks:

 

A Block

 

Bad Luck Fale

Hirooki Goto

Kota Ibushi

Tomohiro Ishii

Togi Makabe

Yuji Nagata

Tetsuya Naito

Zack Sabre Jr.

Hiroshi Tanahashi 

YOSHI-HASHI

 

B Block

Michael Elgin

EVIL

Satoshi Kojima

Kazuchika Okada

Kenny Omega

Juice Robinson

SANADA

Minoru Suzuki

Tama Tonga

Toru Yano


Kazuchika Okada vs Karl Anderson (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/12/12)

24 June 2017 - 07:57 AM

This started out with a real traditional base. A lot of hammerlock and headlock exchanges. Nothing was awful about this exchange but it wasn't high end either. We do get a nice tease of the finishers early on which isn't as played out in 2012 as it is now. This also helps give gravity to the situation based on the fact that 1 RainMaker has been a KO blow so far. The action escalates on the apron and Anderson gains the advantage going after the arm of Okada. I was excited at the prospect of this as we havent seen that strategy utilized so far. Anderson does some good stuff on top wrenching the arm but Okada fires back. Okada focuses on the neck and does the guardrail spot again which is played out by this point. He does add a nice implant DDT to vary things up. From there, the match goes into an extended finishing run and I thought Okada used his right arm that was worked over way too much. I sort of see the theory that this match is again the latest example of NJ saying that Okada is the guy NOW, not necessarily the future, but it was excessive. A couple of neat wrinkles within the match included Anderson doing a spinebuster as a counter action to the flapjack. The finishing stretch again shows Okada's dominance and the crowd is chanting his name as he avoid the cutter and delivers the 1-2-3 combo of a back of the head dropkick, tombstone and RainMaker to secure his first G-1 Victory. I have seen ratings as high as ****3/4 for this and I can see that to a degree but the arm work really took me out of the match here and the finish was never much in doubt. ***3/4 


Kazuchika Okada vs Togi Makabe (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/12/12)

24 June 2017 - 07:37 AM

With loses to Nakamura and Naito earlier in the night, whomever won here advanced to the finals. Given that, I expected more urgency or just something in this match. Someone could hypothesize that this didn't get much more of a chance to build into something worthwhile, but it did have nearly 9 minutes. At the end of those, this neither felt like a well executed sprint or a 20 minute main event condensed by half. Makabe is a worker I eternally struggle with and some of his punches here were awful. Okada in turn didn't seem to know what to do with him throughout the match or in a storyline sense. The general arch of the match was him standing up to Makabe and showing his toughness but that fell flat for me. This was another one of those blemishes for Okada as a worker in that the match is fine but this is a big stage and having a match that feels like a throwaway main event isn't the best way to project yourself as a performer. **1/2 


CIMA vs Sumo Fuji (Toryumon Hair Match 06/04/00)

23 June 2017 - 12:37 PM

A shorter match than I expected but they packed a good amount of stuff into 8 minutes. Fuji was looking strong because he was losing his hair and CIMA maintains his WOTYC status. The finish felt well received in that it kept the narrative that these two are still partners and not even teasing dissension but someone had to lose here. Fuji hits some good emotional moments in the final stretch of the match. ***