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Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa (GHC Junior Heavyweight Championship) (2001.10...

18 January 2017 - 11:59 AM

Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa


Both these guys pretty much are vicious bastards. Takaiwa is your power junior worker from Z1, Kanemaru is NOAH's favourite dickhead champion. Lots of power spots from Takaiwa, some of them quite impressive. Heeling up back and forth, with some good stuff from Kanemaru. Takaiwa shows in the not sharpest guy around by wasting a great DVD outside, as he followed it with a figure-four instead of a dramatic pinfall attempt. Ends up with a bombfest, as most Takaiwa's matches do, with some übermacho one count kick outs, which I have no issue with, but maybe Takaiwa's latest pop up at the end is a bit problematic (although his two counters of Kanemaru's low-blow was quite neat). Still, a very good junior heel vs heel match, with impressive bombs being thrown. NOAH was the brand new thang, no doubt about it. Misawa had it right.

2001.08.15 Mitsuharu Misawa, Naomichi Marufuji, Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. A...

18 January 2017 - 11:53 AM

Mitsuharu Misawa, Naomichi Marufuji, Takuma Sano & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Akitoshi Saito, Jun Akiyama, Kentaro Shiga & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (08.15)


What the hell is this ? Some outdoor show in the Michinoku region during the summer, Akiyama's bastard faction against NOAH's trve soldiers. And it's the greatest match no one ever talked about. They even do some comedic bits during beatdowns, with poor Kanemaru being the recipient of a double dose of revengefull acrimony from Misawa's men. This goes long so everyone gets to shine, although both Shiga and Sano wait until the last act to do so. Stand outs are Ogawa, who's just so perfect in everything he does, Akiyama who's being a dick and Kanemaru, the asshole GHB (or something) junior champ. But really, everyone contributes and it's a mix of fun, heeling up and great comeback and payoff spots. Great fun match. NOAH was going in the right direction with this shit, with a dynamic clearly different from the AJPW they left behind.

Raven vs Monty Brown vs Abyss vs AJ Styles vs Sean Waltman (King of the Mountain match...

30 December 2016 - 11:01 AM

Raven vs Monty Brown vs Abyss vs AJ Styles vs Sean Waltman (King of the Mountain match)


It's official, the King of the Mountain match is my favourite overthought gimmick match. It should not work. But it's the second one I see, and it's even better than the first. It's both insanely convoluted yet makes perfect sense in execution. And it's *fun* because you can actually tell stories amidst the crazy spots. The fact people get send in the cage allows startegies to take place. The cage + ladder makes setups for crazy shit, and does it deliver. Amazingly, Jeff Jarrett gets "arrested" before the show, so he doesn't get to do the job in his own gimmick match. What a great carny Jarrett is. I guess it makes for a better match, as everyone contributes in a very positive way. Monty Brown pounces people left and right and throw bodies around. This guy had so much potential. AJ Styles and Sean Waltman are making plans while being stuck in the cage at the same time, but of course Waltman crosses Styles at the right time, so it sets up a feud between the two. Raven bleeds like it's ECW 97, Abyss does his share and, well, the final is awesome, with a serie of spectacular, brutal spots which actually *make sense* and allow Raven to win the NWA title. Whoever booked this must be praised. Yeah. I say it, this is a great garbage gimmick match, with stories, insane shit and a truly chaotic feel, while never going overboard on the ridiculous. And Raven winning had me mark out eleven years after the fact.


Great cap off a nice PPV which had the debut of Samoa Joe, and a few really good segments like the best use of Jimmy Hart in eons and a fun send-off for Scott D'Amore who will get busy backstage booking, apparently, TNA's best era ever. Plus a good triple threat match (rare enough) in Daniels vs Bentley vs Sabin, a cool matwork/tricky Shocker vs Alex Shelley match. One of TNA's best show thus far, easily, which sent a positive vibe for what's to come to.

Abyss vs Chris Sabin (TNA Impact 05/20/05)

28 December 2016 - 05:34 AM

The Scott D'Amore booked era might already have begun for all I know, although Dusty's still on board. This episode of Impact, one of the last on Fox, was easily the best in a long while, maybe ever. It was capped off by a really good TV match between Abyss, whom the crowd want to cheer despite his alignement with Jarrett, and Chris Sabin, who is in the middle of a feud with Michael Shane/Matt Bentley (the name is changed on PPV at this time, oddly enough). Abyss proves again he is actually a good worker when he's given the right guy, and Sabin bumps like hell, making the mad trucker turned SM fetichist look like, well, a monster. Excellent, spectacular beatdown, with nicely timed and paced hope spots and comebacks. Abyss also has no issue bumping for Sabin's offense. Mea culpa maxima on Abyss, I was wrong about this guye. Sabin is also on point here, not doing anything stupid. It almost comes down to Sabin going for a win when Micheal Shane jumps in and screws him. Post-match has Abyss turning Jarrett's handshake into a Black Hole Slam, which had the crowd pop big time. Jarrett's maneurism leading to the spot were perfect. So there, an excellent segment overall. Maybe indicating of the best months of the company to come under D'Amore's booking ?

Raven vs Sean Waltman (TNA Hard Justice 05/15/05)

27 December 2016 - 06:37 AM

Raven vs Sean Waltman


So, Jeff Hardy doens't show up. Thank God for drugs ! So instead of having to suffer through another abomination of a match, we get fucking 6-Pac instead and the best Raven showcase in more than a year ! Fat Raven hasn't looked very good for a long time, after an excellent first stint in TNA. No issue between the two, but it's kinda like a late 90's dream match of sorts. Waltman is all fired up and make Raven bleed immediately by rubbing his forehead in a cage segment. This is a House of Fun match, so it's all gimmicked up, ECW style, with not that much long term selling but heavy on garbage shots, bleeding buckets and keeping the pace relatively fast. Raven does beats the shit out of Waltman including a severe Singapore cane lashing, while asking the Kid to submit. Quite beautiful in its ECWness. Some neat transition, although Raven's execution is never the smoothest, but the ideas are there. Waltman looks as good as ever, almost, and this is quite the intense affair for a match thrown at the last moment. Some insane table spots which don't amount to much, but this is clearly leading toward chaos and shock and to a beautiful and brutal finish. Raven's facials and body language are as good as ever. Very good/excellent brawl. And the match of the PV too (Jarrett vs AJ Style wasn't that good, as Jarrett at this point is a lost cause to go beyond "solid at very best").