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maciej

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  1. man Roman vs. even bigger guy matches really rule sometimes
  2. I think the Fenix/Laredo/Puma/Taurus AAA Title 4-way from 8/10 is really really worth a watch. It's all the usual fun stuff you'd expect but a bit of extra focus on Taurus as the biggest guy in the match that everyone has to deal with gives it a little more structure. As good as anything AAA have done this year aside from maybe the Vikingo/Laredo match and the Triplemania main.
  3. This was pretty fun, though that Cody/Spears match was a big old nonsensical stinker. After Triplemania I had incredibly low hopes for another Lucha Bros/Bucks tag but that shit was awesome, as was the Shida/Riho match (despite the placement) and the 3 way, which was also nonsensical but definitely not a stinker. A really great night of introductions, with our dear Orange, [LAX], and perhaps the one that made me the happiest in the moment, tho in retrospect who knows if she's gonna be here permanently, Mercedes Martinez.
  4. I absolutely adore this unexpected DDT out of an early sequence of holds from Ricky Marvin on Arez
  5. Only saw that main but damn that ruled. I especially loved Bate attacking from every angle and with moves that didn't just look like his regular wrestling moves (the leg/butt drops, that one punch in the ear, etc). That kind of extra shit is what makes matches really stand out to me, especially matches this long.
  6. hey, that Andrade/Apollo match, even having to watch a chunk of it silently in a small window during commercials, totally ruled.
  7. I watched the Okabayashi/Nomura BJW title match from 7/21 that people have been hyping and it really is very good. Okabayashi has had a masterpiece of a match built around his arm before, a few years ago against Suzuki, and he's really great at working basically without it until the emotion of the match dictates that it's worth the risk to use it. The confidence Nomura shows throughout the match, especially in the strike exchanges, makes him super fun to cheer for. After watching a ton of the G1 (which I very much enjoyed), it was a really nice change of pace to watch a big match built more around hard hitting, emotion, and selling without the race to the finisher through a million reversals kinda style.
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    NJPW G1 2019

    not sure anyone needs this at this point, but in case anyone pops in to check for recommendations on must watch stuff here are the matches I thought were really excellent (let's say ****1/4 and above): - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. SANADA, 7/6 - Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii, 7/13 - EVIL vs. Kota Ibushi, 7/14 - Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr., 7/14 - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, 7/18 - Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito, 7/19 - EVIL vs. Zack Sabre Jr., 7/27 - Juice Robinson vs. Tomohiro Ishii, 7/28 - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay, 7/30 - Kota Ibushi vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, 8/3 - Tetsuya Naito vs. Shingo Takagi, 8/4 - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kota Ibushi, 8/7 - Shingo Takagi vs. Tomohiro Ishii, 8/8 - Hirooki Goto vs. Shingo Takagi, 8/11 - Taichi vs. Tomohiro Ishii, 8/11 - Juice Robinson vs. Jon Moxley, 8/11 - Jay White vs. Kota Ibushi, 8/12 It's funny, this tournament really didn't produce much in the way of matches that I'm gonna call match of the year contenders (that's just down to my stylistic preferences), but I thought it was consistently super fun and I was happy as hell to have time to mostly keep up with it.
  9. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    aside from Mox, who I think had very good matches both the last few days, I'd say on Day 12 Juice/Naito is very good, Goto/Ishii and Cobb/Takagi are good, and Taichi/White is bad. And then on 14, Taichi/Juice is eh, Ishii/Yano and Goto/Cobb are good, and Naito/Shingo is my fav match of the tournament so far.
  10. yeah, totally. Honestly I could have done without wasting Fenix and Laredo on that match in general, but it is what it is. Every other match over-delivered in some way: the indie dudes doing their wonderful thing in the pre-show, a totally solid mixed tag four-way, the Cain/Taurus exchange, the good violence (even just the good intentional violence) in the TLC match, the awesome trios title match (which wasn't really bogged down at all by being a three way like I was worried it might be), and of course that brilliant red painting of a main event.
  11. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    SANADA/Okada was frustrating for me because they have both gone to their fun matwork stuff at times (to counter ZSJ for example) and they show some brawling personality midway through, so this could have theoretically been a match where something, anything interesting happened in the first 9 or 10 minutes. Still, the ending was up there with anything in the tournament. Really fun show all around, with Tana/Ibushi particularly to my liking. I don't know what it is about the way they match up but Tanahashi's moves just seem to land a little more satisfyingly on Ibushi than most anybody else.
  12. I watched most of Americanrana and there was a lot of fun stuff but god damn, Dickinson/Sekimoto was wonderful. Just tons of intensity and sweat, with Dickinson putting in one of the best performances you'll see all year, I think.
  13. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    I wonder if that Ishii/Goto match would have been more exciting for me on like Day 3. My reaction to it was basically, yup, this is what they do, what they do is good, and I'm not sad I watched it (borderline sad I watched White/Taichi), but I won't remember a thing about it tomorrow. I do echo everything everyone's saying about Yano/Moxley. Terrific ending, and a very unfamiliar feeling of wishing a New Japan match was even longer.
  14. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    I have to admit that after that opening KENTA/Ibushi match I thought KENTA was washed, and no amount of being away from WWE would help that. So I've been especially happy to be enjoying him so much over these last few matches. Didn't think him vs. SANADA was a classic or anything, but KENTA really brought it as far as being a dick on offense in the first half. Both that match and Okada/Archer I thought had a really great start, but could have used a little more in the comeback to make it a little more believable. ZSJ/Ospreay was match of the night pretty handily for me. Still kinda wish Ospreay got a new personality, but he did really well here in spots using his agility to counter the mat stuff. Sabre just rules.
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