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Superkicks All Day Long

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  1. Nominating: Jun Akiyama vs. Kento Miyahara (AJPW, 7/23) Yuji Okabayashi vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani (BJW, 7/24)
  2. Nominating: Yuji Okabayashi & Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani & Daichi Hashimoto (D-RIZE, 7/5) Kamitani looked super comfortable in the ring, sold well for Okabayashi's offense (including the dreaded Argentine backbreaker), and really dialed up the intensity, especially with those open hand shots. This was all about these two going at it on and off for twenty minutes with Hash playing the enforcer roll well. Lots of heat and drama going into both time limit draws, which is rare. Fun stuff.
  3. Nominating: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shigehiro Irie (DDT, 6/26) Exactly what I wanted from an Ishikawa/Irie encounter. The build to the katahajime and the story that follows after Irie finally gets it locked in is great. Fun midsection work from Ishikawa supported by some great facials and selling from Irie. At one point, Ishikawa just lifts him up by his leg and boots him int he gut. And they hit each other hard. This match would feel right at home in BJW. The exhaustion of the finishing stretch played out so well. Easily one of my favorite DDT matches of the year. Konosuke Takeshita vs. Yuko Miyamoto (DDT, 7/3) Takeshita's strongest performance of the year. Although you don't have a strong sense Miyamoto is winning this thing, he sure gives Takeshita hell, smartly working the leg in a crisp and effective manner. I especially loved his elbow drop to the back of the knee. Takeshita did a good job of keeping the submission work relevant. His offense looked really impressive, and I thought the final elbow battle was a lot of fun, where he half mad dogs/half collapses into Miyamoto's strikes before letting loose with a barrage of angry elbows. Good stuff!
  4. I'm just thinking about all the knees that would be thrown.
  5. Not a great match or anything but it is Sawa in the flesh. https://rutube.ru/video/0b1b5c9ee77817a6e8722e1693d8bb56/
  6. Nominating: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Satoshi Kojima (NJPW, 3/19) I really enjoyed this match, more so than the Shibata/Ishii match from WK. The focused armwork, attack and ring awareness by Shibata, his mounting frustration and Kojima's exhausted determination, were all compelling pieces of the narrative. There were plenty of stiff shots, too, especially Kojima's elbows. One of Kojima's best performances in awhile.
  7. Is Munenori Sawa back or was his 3/26 match just a one time deal?
  8. Yeah, this was probably my favorite match of an otherwise underwhelming show. Shibata didn't hold back on Tenzan and while Tenzan's offense is nowhere near as cringeworthy, Shibata still sold it like it was. I thought KUSHIDA's performance was strong. He looked like a million bucks as champ. Ospreay is just a fill-in-the-blank opponent but he sold the armwork well enough. I'm just bored of that style. Nahito/Okada was okay. You're basically just watching to see Nahito win the title. The crowd was hot but nobody cared about Sanada. I don't blame them. Should've pulled the trigger on the Goto betrayal.
  9. Nomination: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Hideyoshi Kamitani (BJW, 4/10) Kamitani's uphill battle against the wall of pain Ishikawa was compelling and fun to get behind, and there were quite a few surprising moments (having gone into it spoiler-free). Nothing super high end, but definitely the best match of the Strong Climb tournament.
  10. Yes to Ishii/EVIL. Fun, sprinty bomb match. Enjoyed this more than their TV title match on 3/20.
  11. Nominating: Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (NJPW, 3/4/16) Easily the best Nahito match of the year. A smartly worked, entertaining match, with Naito being the great weasel dick heel he is, constantly cutting off Ishii's offense and building up to the big apron lariat spot. There's a coupl eof hiccups and it wanders a bit into overkill territory but it never gets tiresome and finishes strong.
  12. Nominating: Shinjiro Ohtani & Masato Tanaka vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Kohei Sato (Z1, 3/6/16) The dog-eared veteran Ohtani was great in this, showing his never day die attitude in the face of stiff opposition. There was a fun balance of old school flair with hard-hitting offense and just enough bombs to give this the main event feel.
  13. NOMINATION - Hiro Tonai vs. Kyu Mogami (K-DOJO, 2/25/16) I liked this match quite a bit more than Aoki/Sato. Solid submission and counter work. The arm vs. neck submissions played a significant role throughout and into an exciting finish. Nothing flashy. Just good wrestling from K-DOJO.
  14. Two lower end nominations but two of the better junior matches I've enjoyed this year: - Atsushi Maruyama vs. Hikaru Sato (AJPW, 2/12/16) A fun little cat-and-mouse match, with Maruyama doing a wonderful job of swerving everyone with the fake injury bit. I liked his endurance during the cross armbreaker sections and the finish with the low-angle Delfin Special transition into the modified armlock was great. - Atsushi Aoki vs. Hikaru Sato (AJPW, 2/21/16) First half was your standard juniors fare but the limb work was solid and played an important role throughout the match. Sato was the standout here. His kicks were stiff, his sells were compelling and his counterwork was really fun to watch. Aoki was hit or miss, especially in the latter part of the match, but he came out looking strong. I loved the ankle hold - cross armbreaker counter-for-counter sequence, and when Sato catches the headbutt with a front necklock and Aoki coutners with the Northern Lights suplex. A dramatic submission finish with Aoki's desperation showing through as he wrenches the arm and shifts to find the most deadly angle. Not perfect but pretty darn good.
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