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  1. I'm on board with White/Naito as match of the night too. I've never been a huge White fan but his specific offense to the knee here worked great, and Naito's efforts to proactively counter the Gedo-ness of it all and trick White were terrific. The main has the same issues as most of the Okada matches people call classics do to me, wildly entertaining second half, but I can only recommend a match that kinda bored me for 15-20 minutes so highly. The part where Kota smacked the hell out of Okada was amazing. Yo, have I missed something not paying attention to NJPW that much the last few months, does Ibushi have a cocaine gimmick now, what was that?
  2. just realized I hadn't been on this thread all year, but here's a list! I loved that second Garza/Rush match so much: 1. Matt Riddle vs. Velveteen Dream, 4/5, Takeover: Brooklyn 2. Tyler Bate vs. Walter, 8/31, Takeover: Cardiff 3. Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan, 4/7, Wrestlemania 4. Sasha Banks vs. Ronda Rousey, 1/27, Royal Rumble 5. Lio Rush vs. Angel Garza 12/10, NXT TV 6. Rey Mysterio Jr. vs. Andrade Cien Almas, 1/15, Smackdown 7. Kassius Ohno vs. Jack Gallagher, 5/29, NXTUK TV 8. Pete Dunne vs. Walter, 4/5, Takeover: Brooklyn 9. Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet, 1/26, Takeover: Phoenix 10. Velveteen Dream, Aleister Black, & Ricochet vs. Adam Cole, Tomasso Ciampa, & Johnny Gargano, 2/3, Halftime Heat 11. Asuka vs. Charlotte, 3/26, Smackdown 12. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks, 10/6, Hell in the Cell 13. The Revival vs. The Undisputed Era, 11/20, NXT TV 14. Matt Riddle vs. Drew Gulak, 2/6, NXT TV 15. Rhea Ripley, Candace LeRae, Tegan Nox, and Dakota Kai vs. Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca BelAir, and Kay Lee Ray, 11/23, Takeover: War Games 16. Lio Rush vs. Hector Garza, 11/13, NXT TV 17. Finn Balor vs. Brock Lesnar, 1/27, Royal Rumble 18. Io Shirai vs. Shayna Baszler, 6/26, NXT TV 19. Chad Gable vs. Jack Gallagher, 7/16, 205 Live 20. Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest, 11/6, NXT TV 21. Street Profits vs. the Undisputed Era, 10/2 NXT TV 22. Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch, 9/15, Clash of Champions 23. Velveteen Dream vs. Johnny Gargano, 2/20, NXT TV 24. Finn Balor vs. Andrade Cien Almas, 4/15, Raw 25. Io Shirai vs. Candace LeRae, 8/10, Takeover: Toronto
  3. I LOL'd when Beth accused Nigel of being biased towards Vanessa Borne and he somewhat nonsensically replied "I have a vision of love." I hope that this means Nigel's version of Mauro-ing is just dropping in random Mariah Carey song titles.
  4. man Roman vs. even bigger guy matches really rule sometimes
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. I absolutely adore this unexpected DDT out of an early sequence of holds from Ricky Marvin on Arez
  8. 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.
  9. hey, that Andrade/Apollo match, even having to watch a chunk of it silently in a small window during commercials, totally ruled.
  10. 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.
  11. maciej

    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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The last ROH I saw before tonight was at MSG, which was, well, terrible, so I'm very pleasantly surprised that Briscoes vs. Rush and Dragon Lee is probably better for me than anything in the G1 so far.
  19. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    Was looking at my favs at the almost halfway point and I think I've been enjoying the LIJ guys and ZSJ a little more than most (and Ospreay less than most, but that's not a surprise, he's just not really my thing, even though I agree he's gotten way better). The Ibushi/EVIL match is my overall favorite so far, and I hope that y'all that are only watching a few matches here and there don't skip that one. EVIL really goes to a pretty high level in this one and the Ibushi leg selling stuff is done really well, all things considered. Here's my top tier so far: - EVIL vs. Kota Ibushi (Day 3) - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (Day 5) - Zack Sabre Jr. vs. SANADA (Day 1) - Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (Day 3) - Jeff Cobb vs. Tomohiro Ishii (Day 2) - Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito (Day 6)
  20. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    I've enjoyed Moxley here, but I do feel like he's going to have to step up the violence a little to justify the gimmick. He gets it across really well in his promos, but I feel like his acting in the ring isn't nearly on the level of those, and neither is his physical delivery. Like, Taichi's thing is obviously more dastardly and less cool violence guy, but when he starts the cheating and foreign objects I think I'm actually more scared of what he's gonna do than Mox? Again, that hasn't stopped me from enjoying a bunch of his matches, and his selling has been quite good I think, I'd just love like 50% more threatening, pretty please.
  21. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    I've often gone on about how wrestling as an artform is most closely comparable to dance, so I was surprised while catching up this G1 (which I've enjoyed a bunch of) to realize that a lot of what I don't like about the NJPW finishing stretches is they too closely resemble actual country and swing dancing moves. For example:
  22. The middle stretch from Ruas/Henry to Gulak/Riddle I really enjoyed, and the rest was fine enough. It is kind of a down time as far as the quality of the Evolve roster (even if you count the 1 or 2 monthly NXT guests), but they showed off what they had to offer, and I thought some people, like Henry and Ruff, really stepped it up for the occasion. The opener and two main events weren't hugely my cup of tea, but I thought they were pretty damn good versions of those matches.
  23. maciej

    NJPW G1 2019

    Having finally watched and hated Moxley/Janela this morning, I almost skipped Taichi/Mox and I'm super glad I didn't. I know the outside sneak attack to establish advantage in a match isn't exactly earth-shattering, but it was just a very smart way to structure this match, and Moxley did a good job of selling that initial beating.
  24. I really enjoyed Boa/Jordan Myles match as a fun, styles clash, that occasionally got a little messy in a really good way. Am slightly disappointed that the chant for him isn't "Go! Go! Jordan Myles" in the same cadence as "Go! Go! ACH" on the indies. It would scan!
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