This was a ton of fun but almost all the positives were brought by Hase.
Could you go more in depth on this? I loved Hase's performance in it as well but the idea it was a Hase carry job or even close to it is just mind-boggling.
Hashimoto's lack of selling actively hurts the match and keeps it from being great.
Lack of selling as in? I could write a lot in why I though him shrugging off the legwork was the right thing to do. If you're talking about him just being dominant in general, well, that was kind of the point of the match to set up the surprise flash finish and it worked great.
I love Hashimoto. There are very few wrestlers I get as excited to watch as him. But in terms of his actual catalog of matches I tend to side with Loss' comment a month back.
I am already rolling my eyes not this again.
And the problems with this Hase match, where there are really great ideas planted in the match that are wasted on a less than great finishing run and lack of coherence, are Hash problems that I don't think are exclusive to this match. I know it's often explained as not having the caliber of opponents they had in AJPW or the difference in strong style VS king's road, and I think there's validity to both those points. In particular the lack of one or two career defining rivals during his peak is a huge issue that held Hashimoto back from realizing his full potential. But I also think eventually you need to consider that Hash himself had some shortcomings that caused this lack of all-time great matches he left behind.
I'm still waiting for someone to say something worthwhile on his "shortcomings".
"Hash doesn't have career defining rivals" disagree, Choshu feud is my favourite feud ever, the WAR/Tenryu feud is amazing, the Naoya Ogawa feud is so so so so great in literally every aspect of it. Not just like matches you have Hashimoto hunting down Ogawa while he's NWA champ literally travelling to America to challenge him to a match and then you have press conferences where tables are flipped and Hashimoto completely changes his look and. Fuck. Do you people even like pro wrestlng.
"Hash doesn't have the all time great matches"-again, this gets brough up and I have no idea what to even say. I mean, I get people don't love Hashimoto as much as me but I don't remember the last time someone brough something constructive to Hash critique.