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Hiromu Takahashi vs. Taiji Ishimori (NJPW BOSJ, 6/4/2018)


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#1 Boss Rock

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:34 AM

Considering this year's Best of the Super Juniors was miles better than last year's, it's only fitting that the finals would not only be a true MOTYC, but a bombfest of epic proportions. The tentative first minute or so really added to the big fight atmosphere: you truly believed these two were the absolute best in the division (aside from Will). Things broke down almost immediately with Taiji and Hiromu brawling into the crowd and we got an awesome shotgun dropkick to Taiji and a scary-looking hurricanrana that sent Hiromu down the stairs. Back in the ring, both guys took turns controlling the pace of the match before everything broke down into absolute chaos. The number of big moves thrown here was truly remarkable but nothing felt cheap or overdone. Even the no-sell reverse rana spot from Hiromu somehow felt more earned than it normally would. With this being a tournament final with a shot at the title on the line, both men's comebacks and ability to dig just a little bit deeper were 100% believable. Another thing I loved about this match was that despite going nearly 35 minutes, no time felt wasted or done just for the sake of doing. The biggest criticism regarding NJPW main events is that the first 10 minutes are usually inconsequential and have no bearing on the finish but that was not the case here. Hiromu and Taiji made the most of everything they were given and knocked it out of the park.

 

Bravo. ****3/4.



#2 cactus

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 01:58 PM

I wasn't feeling this as much as others. It felt too long. There's some great moments here mind, I'm a big fan of the crowd brawling. Himoru's shotgun dropkick and tumble down the stairs was disgustingly brilliant. No can deny that Takahashi is over and that the crowd were completely invested in him as a babyface. I didn't even mind the no selling reverse frakensteiner spots. Ishimori carried himself well too, and he has an insanely brilliant physique. I struggle to find myself buying into 95% of all big submission spots in NJPW main events. They very rarely feel like they will end the match.

 

I just felt bored during portions of this match, although I can see that I'm going to be in minority with this opinion. Still a good match, with a nuclear hot Korakuen Hall crowd.

 

★★★½



#3 benjaminkicks

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 02:22 PM

I struggle to find myself buying into 95% of all big submission spots in NJPW main events. They very rarely feel like they will end the match.

 

I don't disagree with this point in general, but I think for this match in particular they did a great job of building up the Triangle for Hiromu and the Crossface for Ishimori. Both guys had been getting wins with those moves throughout the tournament. Just one night previous to this match Ishimori tapped out YOH and Hiromu tapped out KUSHIDA. I think knowledge of that helped me and the crowd buy into those submission spots as potential finishes. 



#4 ShittyLittleBoots

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 03:59 AM

This had a wonderful start; great pure spotfest action with a fantastic sense of urgency & Hiromu being superb with his explosive offense. Once they got down from the crowd though, the match sadly didn't remain very interesting. I did love the submission drama w/ (especially) the LeBell Lock & the Triangle, but other than that stuff, the match did not grab me at all. I think it was overall definitely a good one w/ some flashes of greatness in it, but unsurprisingly it also was long as a mofo & had lots & lots of dull/meh stuff in there. ***



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 04:16 AM

 

I struggle to find myself buying into 95% of all big submission spots in NJPW main events. They very rarely feel like they will end the match.

 

I don't disagree with this point in general, but I think for this match in particular they did a great job of building up the Triangle for Hiromu and the Crossface for Ishimori. Both guys had been getting wins with those moves throughout the tournament. Just one night previous to this match Ishimori tapped out YOH and Hiromu tapped out KUSHIDA. I think knowledge of that helped me and the crowd buy into those submission spots as potential finishes. 

 

 

Yeah, I can see that being the case. I didn't watch any of the tournament with the exception of the first night and this match obviously. If I followed the whole thing, I could see myself being able to invest in them more.






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