Jun 18 2011, 12:32 PM
Talk about it here.
Sep 6 2011, 07:47 PM
This is totally the Hase Show. Chono isn't really good or bad and doesn't get in too much offense. Most of the time, Hase is schooling him on the mat, schooling him in the air, and schooling him anywhere else he can. It's a fun match to watch because Hase has tons of good offense and shows pretty much all of his cards, but I wish it was more competitive. It's not a squash or anything, but it is mostly Hase in control. Considering how hard Chono was pushed over summer and that he's the NWA champ, I'm not sure why they worked the match like that unless the goal was to build up Hase as a challenger. The stuff Chono does get in, like the floatover DDT and piledriver, looks really good. There wasn't much doubt that Hase was going over just because he was made to look so strong in the layout. Give Chono credit (or not) for taking so many headdrops from Hase less than two months after Austin messed up his neck. All the close calls near the end are great, but this is Chono getting thrown around like a ragdoll.
Nov 11 2011, 02:58 AM
I really enjoyed this and thought it was an excellent match. Like Loss said Hase did control the bout a little too much, but damn he was great at it. I liked how they battled on the mat early with neither man able to take control. Hase finally does take control and is awesome working Chono's neck. We get some fun neck work till Hase goes to the top rope and misses a knee drop. This allows Chono to take control and work Hase's leg. We see him work it, and use the STF many times. Hase makes his comeback and we see both guys throwing a lot of big moves at one another. My one gripe is I wished Chono got a little more time in control. Still we had a bout that moved a long, both wrestlers attacked body parts, super athletic, and a strong finish. Meltzer compared this to Hart/HBK at Survivor Series. Personally I thought this smoked it.
Sep 21 2012, 06:13 PM
A fine match, full of goodness over it's 25m duration. The whole bout was fought in the centre of the ring with little striking. Both utilised a wide array of techniques and the tide went back and forth. Could've used a little more variation in pacing. Chono worked on the knee which was sold very well later on. The G1 winner was head down and totally focused on the job in hand. Hase showed more character and engaged the crowd. Decent finish and an impressive showing from both men.
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