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  1. Haven't checked in here in a while but man I really should have! Loads of things I've picked out to add to my watch list.
  2. Incredible, memorable show. This is the only time in wrestling history that we’ve had two five star matches back to back. It may never happen again. These two matches were beyond special and the fact that they happened one after another was amazing. As Tanahashi got the pin, I felt it was the wrong call but I didn’t want to piss & moan about it because the match was so incredible. Then I saw OKada in the aisle with Gedo – it was the most powerful imagery I’ve seen in a long long time, and then the story clicked with me and I realised that Tana winning was 100% the way to go. Okada conquered the Tanahashi mountain in 2013. He had surpassed the ace. It was a pretty standard story – a classic story when done right, and they did it right. But the story has taken a twist. Tanahashi came back on him. He didn’t knock Okada back down the mountain – he just made it higher. Now Okada is staring up again, and it’s even more daunting a climb. Okada has become an incredibly sympathetic character which I thought was impossible given his talent, swagger and natural ability. Tanahashi with this win, has become a truly legendary figure. This result did a huge amount for both guys, their feud, their story and New Japan in general
  3. Prediction time! Nagata Red Dragon TenKojiHonma Team Yano Toru Sakuraba Ishii Kenny Meiyu Team AJ Shinsuke Okada
  4. My ballot! 1 Misawa vs Kobashi, NOAH March 1st 3/1/2003 ***** 2 Kawada & Fuchi vs Nagata & Iizuka, New Japan December 14th 12/14/2000 ***** 3 Kobashi vs Sasaki, NOAH July 18th 7/18/2005 ***** 4 Burning vs Kensuke Office Survival Match, KO/SEM August 17th 8/17/2008 ***** 5 Kanemoto vs Hayato, New Japan December 22nd 12/22/2009 ***** 6 4-way tag, Toryumon August 30th 8/30/2003 ***** 7 KENTA & Ishimori vs Marufuji & Ibushi, NOAH July 15th 7/15/2007 ***** 8 Kobashi vs Akiyama, NOAH July 10th 7/10/2004 ***** 9 Ohtani & Takaiwa vs Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka, New Japan June 25th 6/25/2000 ***** 10 Tanahashi vs Hirooki Goto, New Japan November 11th 11/11/2007 ****3/4 11 Nakajima vs KENTA, NOAH March 1st 3/1/2009 ****3/4 12 Sasaki & Nakajima vs Kobashi & Shiozaki, NOAH November 5th 11/5/2005 ****3/4 13 Takayama vs Sasaki, New Japan August 8th 8/8/2004 ****3/4 14 Tanaka vs Murahama, New Japan April 20th 4/20/2001 ****3/4 15 Sasaki vs Kawada, New Japan October 9th 10/9/2000 ****3/4 16 Do Fixer vs Blood Generation, Dragon Gate July 3rd 7/3/2005 ****3/4 17 Kondo vs Nakajima, All Japan February 17th 2/17/2007 ****3/4 18 Mashimo & Madoka vs Teioh & Shinobu, Big Japan May 23rd 5/23/2008 ****3/4 19 Typhoon vs New Hazard 6-man, Dragon Gate May 10th 5/10/2007 ****3/4 20 Tanahashi vs Nagata, New Japan April 13th 4/13/2007 ****3/4 21 Kobashi vs Takayama, NOAH April 25th 4/25/2004 ****3/4 22 Tenzan vs Tanahashi, New Japan August 15th 8/15/2004 ****3/4 23 Blood Generation vs Mochizuki, Taka & Yokosuka, Dragon Gate September 7th 9/7/2005 ****3/4 24 Morishima & Yone vs Akiyama & Rikio, NOAH April 1st 4/1/2007 ****3/4 25 Sekimoto & Y. Sasaki vs T. Sasaki & Miyamoto, Big Japan January 2nd 1/2/2008 ****3/4 26 Tanaka vs Sekimoto, Big Japan April 28th 4/28/2008 ****3/4 27 KENTA vs SUWA, NOAH September 18th 9/18/2005 ****3/4 28 Kawada vs Kojima, All Japan February 16th 2/16/2005 ****3/4 29 Tanaka, Kanemura & Kuroda vs. Sekimoto, Yoshihito Sasaki & Hi69, Big Japan April 28th 4/28/2006 ****3/4 30 Hayashi vs. Kondo, All Japan August 27th 8/27/2006 ****3/4 31 KENTAFuji vs Kanemaru & Hashi, NOAH September 12th 9/12/2003 ****3/4 32 Do Fixer vs M2K, Toryumon June 29th 6/29/2003 ****3/4 33 Mutoh vs Kawada, All Japan April 14th 4/14/2001 ****3/4 34 Hashimoto & Iizuka vs Ogawa & Murakami, New Japan January 4th 1/4/2000 ****3/4 35 KENTAFuji vs SUWA & Marvin, NOAH October 24th 10/24/2004 ****3/4 36 Kobashi & Takayama vs Misawa & Akiyama, NOAH December 2nd 12/2/2007 ****3/4 37 Briscoe Brothers vs Marufuji & Ibushi, NOAH September 6th 9/6/2008 ****1/2 38 Tenryu vs Kojima, All Japan February 24th 2/24/2002 ****1/2 39 Kobashi vs Honda, NOAH April 13th 4/13/2003 ****1/2 40 Takayama vs Misawa, NOAH September 23rd 9/23/2002 ****1/2 41 Akiyama vs Tenzan, New Japan August 17th 8/17/2003 ****1/2 42 Kawada vs Ogawa, Zero-One December 14th 12/14/2003 ****1/2 43 Nagata vs Makabe, New Japan July 6th 7/6/2007 ****1/2 44 Kawada vs Kojima, New Japan June 6th 6/6/2001 ****1/2 45 SHINGO & Hulk vs KENTA & Ishimori, Dragon Gate March 20th 3/20/2008 ****1/2 46 Akiyama vs KENTA, NOAH May 17th 5/17/2009 ****1/2 47 Muscle Outlaw'z vs Typhoon vs New Hazard, Dragon Gate June 5th 6/5/2007 ****1/2 48 Tenryu vs Kojima, All Japan July 17th 7/17/2002 ****1/2 49 Tenryu vs Mutoh, All Japan June 8th 6/8/2001 ****1/2 50 Liger & Tanaka vs Kikuchi & Kanemaru, NOAH April 7th 4/7/2002 ****1/2 51 KENTA vs Nakajima, Kensuke Office February 11th 2/11/2009 ****1/2 52 Suzuki vs Nagata, New Japan January 4th 1/4/2007 ****1/2 53 KENTA & Marufuji vs. Rikio & Morishima, NOAH July 16th 7/16/2006 ****1/2 54 Akiyama & Tenryu vs Kobashi & Shiozaki, NOAH April 24th 4/24/2005 ****1/2 55 Mochizuki vs Ryo Saito, Dragon Gate February 6th 2/6/2005 ****1/2 56 Tenzan vs Nakamura, New Japan August 15th 8/15/2004 ****1/2 57 Kanemaru vs Low Ki, NOAH September 10th 9/10/2004 ****1/2 58 Nagata vs Yoshie, New Japan August 10th 8/10/2003 ****1/2 59 Misawa vs Akiyama, All Japan February 27th 2/27/2000 ****1/2 60 Misawa vs Takayama, NOAH April 15th 4/15/2001 ****1/2 61 KENTAFuji vs Liger & Murahama, NOAH July 16th 7/16/2003 ****1/2 62 Minoru Suzuki & Marufuji vs Akiyama & Hashi, NOAH July 18th 7/18/2005 ****1/2 63 Tanahashi vs Suwama, All Japan April 9th 4/9/2008 ****1/2 64 Yoshitune vs Hayato, Michinoku Pro December 12th 12/12/2008 ****1/2 65 KENTA vs Suzuki, NOAH January 25th 1/25/2009 ****1/2 66 Shelley & Sabin vs Devitt & Taguchi, New Japan July 5th 7/5/2009 ****1/2 67 SHINGO & Dragon Kid vs Doi & Yoshino, Dragon Gate August 28th 8/28/2008 ****1/2 68 Ibushi vs Ishimori, DDT April 5th 4/5/2009 ****1/2 69 Nakanishi vs Tanahashi, New Japan June 20th 6/20/2009 ****1/2 70 Minoru vs Taguchi, New Japan July 6th 7/6/2007 ****1/2 71 Akiyama & Rikio vs Takayama & Sugiura, NOAH April 28th 4/28/2007 ****1/2 72 Misawa & Ogawa vs Marfuji & KENTA, NOAH April 25th 4/25/2004 ****1/2 73 Kobashi vs Takayama, All Japan May 26th 5/26/2000 ****1/2 74 Nagata vs Tanahashi, New Japan October 8th 10/8/2007 ****1/2 75 Kobashi & KENTA vs Saski & Nakajima, NOAH June 14th 6/14/2008 ****1/2 76 Kong vs KAORU, GAEA February 13th 2/13/2000 ****1/2 77 Tanaka & Hidaka vs Kanemoto & Taguchi, Zero-One March 2nd 3/2/2008 ****1/2 78 Tenzan & Kojima vs Barton & Steele, New Japan December 11th 12/11/2001 ****1/2 79 KENTA & Shibata vs. Taue & Shiosaki, NOAH September 9th 9/9/2006 ****1/2 80 Blood Generation vs Do Fixer, Dragon Gate March 6th 3/6/2005 ****1/2 81 Nishimura vs Kanemoto, New Japan August 8th 8/8/2004 ****1/2 82 Chono vs Takayama, New Japan August 11th 8/11/2002 ****1/2 83 Kobashi vs Nagata, NOAH September 12th 9/12/2003 ****1/2 84 Liger & Tanaka vs Kikuchi & Kanemaru, New Japan August 29th 8/29/2002 ****1/2 85 Kikuchi & Kanemaru vs Liger & Inoue, NOAH February 17th 2/17/2002 ****1/2 86 3-way tag, Toryumon August 14th 8/14/2001 ****1/2 87 Vader vs Kawada, All Japan February 17th 2/17/2000 ****1/2 88 SUWA vs Dragon Kid, Toryumon August 24th 8/24/2000 ****1/2 89 Mutoh vs Nagata, New Japan August 12th 8/12/2001 ****1/2 90 Taue vs Nagata, NOAH June 6th 6/6/2003 ****1/2 91 Jado & Gedo vs Kanemoto & Wataru Inoue, New Japan March 4th 3/4/2005 ****1/2 92 Marufuji & KENTA vs Hidaka & Fujita, Differ Cup May 8th 5/8/2005 ****1/2 93 Nagata vs Kanemoto, New Japan August 12th 8/12/2006 ****1/2 94 Taue, Mushiking Terry, Ishimori & Aoki vs TARU, Kondo, Yasshi & SUWA, NOAH December 10th 12/10/2006 ****1/2 95 Tanaka vs Kanemoto, New Japan April 13th 4/13/2008 ****1/2 96 Marufuji vs Kondo, All Japan November 3rd 11/3/2008 ****1/2 97 Danielson vs. KENTA, NOAH December 2nd 12/2/2006 ****1/4 98 Marufuji vs KENTA, NOAH October 29th 10/29/2006 ****1/4 99 Takayama vs KENTA, NOAH June 27th 6/27/2004 ****1/4 100 Kondo vs Dragon Kid, Toryumon April 28th 4/28/2004 ****1/4
  5. Bryan was a hugely impactful performer while he was around and created some really special moments which are easy to forget with how bad the company has become (I myself am a cluprit of this). He was admittedly a very hard candidate to evaluate, as were Devitt and Steen for similar reasons, but we felt top 30 was a fair representation of what he achieved in a short window.
  6. as far as I know. My ballot is nearly ready!
  7. So the latest Fighting Spirit Magazine is out and with it comes the release of the first annual FSM 50. Yes, we're continuing the tradition of the PS 50, and I'm honestly curious to see if the list evokes as much scorn as the PS 50 always did. I was always a huge mark for the list (especially during the 1998-2005 period) and I was excited to be included in the process for this. One thing that I think the PS 50 failed on was actually providing a basis and criteria for the rankings. So here's an idea of the thought process behind these rankings: The main criteria can be described as bell to bell in-ring performance. So things like promos and storylines aren't a factor, however it's not purely a "workrate" ranking because things like charisma, presence and ability to engage a crowd are just as important as the athletic capability. All these things occur bell to bell. Finally a big part of the deciding factor is the portfolio of work put together. How many great matches a guy had, the versatility displayed in terms of having great tag matches as well as singles matches, etc. So with all that in mind, here's the list! 1. AJ Styles 2. Kazuchika Okada 3. Shinsuke Nakamura 4. Seth Rollins 5. Tomohiro Ishii 6. Ricochet 7. The Young Bucks 8. Sami Zayn 9. Masaaki Mochizuki 10. Akira Tozawa 11. Tetsuya Naito 12. Hiroshi Tanahashi 13. Cesaro 14. Zack Sabre Jr. 15. Kyle O’Reilly 16. Katsuyori Shibata 17. Adam Cole 18. Luke Harper 19. Dean Ambrose 20. T-Hawk 21. The Usos 22. Daisuke Sekimoto 23. Sheamus 24. Tomoaki Honma 25. John Cena 26. El Barbaro Cavernario 27. CIMA 28. Daniel Bryan 29. Adrian Neville 30. Minoru Suzuki 31. Dolph Ziggler 32. Austin Aries 33. Jay Briscoe 34. Kota Ibushi 35. Hirooki Goto 36. Randy Orton 37. KUSHIDA 38. YAMATO 39. Masato Yoshino 40. Johnny Gargano 41. Tommy End 42. Rush 43. Big Daddy Walter 44. Eita 45. Roman Reigns 46. Mark Andrews 47. Rey Hechicero 48. Jun Akiyama 49. Rusev 50. Will Ospreay So there it is. If you want to check out the write-ups for the list and all the other great content in the latest issue, please visit http://www.fightingspiritmagazine.co.uk/ for all the info on how to order a soft copy version for your mobile device, or if you're in the UK & Ireland where to go to get your hands on the magazine itself (WH Smith & Easons!)
  8. So how we doing lads? How many of us are getting ballots in by end of year?
  9. Updated for 10/12 (New additions in bold) NOW JAN 1 – DEC 31 WWE: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (2/23) ***** The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (7/20) ****1/2 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Falls Count Anywhere) (8/18) ****1/2 Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista (4/6) ****1/2 Daniel Bryan vs. HHH (4/6) ****1/2 Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt (1/26) ****1/2 Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn (2/27) ****1/2 Antonio Cesaro vs. John Cena (2/17) ****1/2 John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing) (6/1) ****1/2 Cesaro vs. Sheamus (9/21) ****1/2 The Shield vs. Evolution (5/4) ****1/4 The Elimination Chamber (2/23) ****1/4 The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (4/8) ****1/4 John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (4/6) ****1/4 The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (3/3) ****1/4 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (8/17) ****1/4 Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd (9/11) **** Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Lumberjack Match) (8/17) **** The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos (7/7) **** John Cena vs. Luke Harper (3/24) **** Real Americans vs. The Shield (3/24) **** Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton (2/17) **** The Shield vs. Bryan/Cena/Sheamus (1/27) **** Paige vs. Emma (2/27) **** CM Punk vs. Roman Reigns (1/6) **** The Shield vs. CM Punk & The Usos (1/3) **** Rusev vs. Big E (6/29) **** The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos (6/29) **** The Shield vs. Evolution (Elimination) (6/1) **** Puro: Masato Yoshino vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (1/16) (DG) ***** The Jimmys vs. The Millennials (9/23) (DG) ***** Akira Tozawa vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (10/9) (DG) ****3/4 Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (2/11) (NJPW) ****3/4 Ricochet vs. Uhaa Nation (3/6) (DG) ****3/4 Akira Tozawa vs. T-Hawk (5/9) (DG) ****3/4 Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Shinobu (6/30) (BJW) ****3/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki (8/8) (NJPW) ****3/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (7/28) (NJPW) ****3/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (8/10) (NJPW) ****3/4 Minoru Suzuki vs. AJ Styles (8/1) (NJPW) ****3/4 Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuyori Shibata (8/3) (NJPW) ****3/4 Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii (8/8) (NJPW) ****3/4 CIMA/Gamma vs. The Millennials (9/9) (DG) ****3/4 Golden Lovers vs. Happy Motel (9/28) (DDT) ****1/2 KUSHIDA vs. Ryusuke Taguchi (9/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Katsuyori Shibata (9/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 Irie/Ishii vs. Suzuki/Miyahara (8/16) (AJPW) ****1/2 Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada (8/4) (NJPW) ****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii (8/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shelton Benjamin (7/28) (NJPW) ****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (7/26) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/26) (NJPW) ****1/2 Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/23) (NJPW) ****1/2 AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada (7/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 The Millennials vs. Mochizuki/Dragon Kid (8/17) (DG) ****1/2 Takagi/Tozawa vs. The Millennials (7/20) (DG) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/2 HARASHIMA vs. Kenny Omega vs. Isami Kodaka (8/17) (DDT) ****1/2 Takagi/Yoshino/Tozawa vs. Hulk/Doi/Kong vs. Kanda/Kagetora/QuuQuu vs/ Eita/T-Hawk/Flamita (4/8) (DG) ****1/2 Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (4/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (4/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Takagi/Yoshino/Tozawa vs. Susumu/Kagetora/Horiguchi vs, Eita/Maria/Flamita (3/6) (DG) ****1/2 Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (3/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (1/4) (NJPW) ****1/2 Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto (2/11) (NJPW) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (2/9) (NJPW) ****1/2 Okada/Nakamura/Ishii vs. Goto/Tanahashi/Naito (2/2) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi (5/25) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tozawa/Takagi vs. Mochizuki/Fujii (5/5) (DG) ****1/2 YAMATO vs. Ricochet (5/5) (DG) ****1/2 The Young Buck$ vs. The Timesplitters (6/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 Kota Ibushi vs. Ricochet (6/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 Flamita vs. Jimmy Susumu (5/5) (DG) ****1/4 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma (5/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Daisuke Harada vs. Atsushi Kotoge (4/19) (NOAH) ****1/4 AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada (5/25) (NJPW) ****1/4 YAMATO vs. Uhaa Nation (4/8) (DG) ****1/4 Taiji Ishimori vs. Daisuke Harada (3/8) (NOAH) ****1/4 Akebono vs. Go Shiozaki (2/23) (AJPW) ****1/4 Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (3/15) (NJPW) ****1/4 Taiji Ishimori vs. Hajime Ohara (1/19) (NOAH) ****1/4 Shibata/Goto vs. Okada/YOSHI-HASHI (2/9) (NJPW) ****1/4 Atsushi Aoki vs. Kotaro Suzuki (2/5) (AJPW) ****1/4 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto (1/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Jun Akiyama vs. Takao Omori (6/15) (AJPW) ****1/4 Goto/Shibata vs. Tanahashi/Naito (7/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Monster Express vs.. The Millennials (7/3) (DG) ****1/4 Monster Express vs. The Jimmys (6/5) (DG) ****1/4 Mochizuki/Kid vs. T-Hawk/Eita (6/5) (DG) ****1/4 Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Lance Archer vs. AJ Styles (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Yuji Nagata vs. Katsuyori Shibata (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Hirooki Goto (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/4 Togi Makabe vs. Tetsuya Naito (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (8/8) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (7/31) (NJPW) ****1/4 AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito (7/26) (NJPW) ****1/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe (7/25) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hirooki Goto vs. Togi Makabe (7/21) (NJPW) ****1/4 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (7/21) (NJPW) ****1/4 Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii (7/23) (NJPW) ****1/4 Twin Towers vs. Yankee Nichokenju (5/31) (BJW) ****1/4 Antonio Honda vs. Shigehiro Irie (6/15) (DDT) ****1/4 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Satoshi Kojima (8/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki (8/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Jun Akiyama vs. Kento Miyahara (9/15) (AJPW) ****1/4 Shingo Takagi vs. Dragon Kid (10/9) (DG) ****1/4 Shuji Kondo vs. Kaz Hayashi (9/22) (W-1) ****1/4 Monster Express vs. Team Veteran Returns (9/23) (DG) **** Go Shiozaki vs. Joe Doering (9/15) (AJPW) **** Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Takashi Sugiura (8/31) (BJW) **** Hirooki Goto vs. Togi Makabe (9/21) (NJPW) **** Anderson/Gallows vs. Okada/YOSHI-HASHI (9/21) (NJPW) **** Goto/Shibata vs. Tanahashi/Makabe (9/15) (NJPW) **** Suwama vs. Go Shiozaki (8/16) (AJPW) **** Miyahara/Suzuki vs. Akiyama/Kanemaru (7/27) (AJPW) **** Atsushi Aoki vs. Hikaru Sato (7/27) (AJPW) **** Keisuke Ishii vs. Tetsuya Endo (8/31) (DDT) **** Timesplitters vs. Suzuki-gun (9/23) (NJPW) **** BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi (8/17) (DG) **** AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (8/10) (NJPW) **** The Timesplitters vs. reDRagon (8/10) (NJPW) **** Minoru Suzuki vs. Togi Makabe (8/3) (NJPW) **** Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (7/26) (NJPW) **** AJ Styles vs. Hirooki Goto (7/28) (NJPW) **** AJ Styles vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7/31) (NJPW) **** Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (7/28) (NJPW) **** Karl Anderson vs. Hirooki Goto (7/31) (NJPW) **** Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/21) (NJPW) **** Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi (7/23) (NJPW) **** Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7/23) (NJPW) **** Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (7/23) (NJPW) **** KUDO vs. Shigehiro Irie (6/29) (DDT) **** Yuji Nagata vs. Naomichi Marufuji (7/5) (NOAH) **** Dangan Yankees vs. TMDK (7/5) (NOAH) **** Daisuke Harada vs. Kenou (7/5) (NOAH) **** Fujii Heya vs. Maria/Hayashi (8/5) (DG) **** Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale (8/8) (NJPW) **** Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer (8/6) (NJPW) **** Isami Kodaka vs. Akito (7/20) (DDT) **** Naomichi Marufuji vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (7/21) (NOAH) **** Ryouji Sai vs. KAI (8/3) (Z1) **** Sekimoto/Miyahara vs. Hino/Sato (6/8) (FD) **** Goto/Shibata vs. Honma/Makabe (6/29) (NJPW) **** Jimmy Susumu vs. T-Hawk (5/31) (DG) **** Kenny Omega vs. Ryusuke Taguchi (5/30) (NJPW) **** Kenny Omega vs. El Desperado (6/3) (NJPW) **** Golden Lovers vs. Yankii Ni Cho Kenji vs. Endo/Takeshita (1/26) (DDT) **** Masaaki Mochizuki vs. T-Hawk (1/12) (DG) **** Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!! vs. Super Shiisa (1/12) (DG) **** Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (1/4) (NJPW) **** Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi (1/4) (NJPW) **** KENTA vs. Takeshi Morishima (1/5) (NOAH) **** Mascara Dorada vs. Volador Jr. (1/19) (NJPW) **** Akebono vs. Kento Miyahara (3/18) (AJPW) **** Masato Yoshino vs. Ricochet (3/2) (DG) **** The Jimmys vs. CIMA/Shiisa/K-Ness (3/2) (DG) **** Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!! vs. Yosuke SantaMaria (3/1) (DG) **** Yuji Nagata vs. KENTA (2/22) (NOAH) **** Nakamura/Ishii vs. Naito/Tanahashi (3/6) (NJPW) **** Yuji Nagata vs. Mohammed Yone (5/17) (NOAH) **** Millennials vs. Kid/K-Ness/Shiisa (5/5) (DG) **** Escape The Cage Mascara Contra Caballera (5/5) (DG) **** Millennials vs. Ricochet/Takagi/Yoshino (5/9) (DG) **** HARASHIMA vs. KUDO (3/21) (DDT) **** PWG: ACH vs. Cedric Alexander (7/26) ****1/4 African-American Wolves vs. Inner City Machine Guns vs. Unbreakable F'N Machines (3/28) ****1/4 Kyle O’Reilly vs. Johnny Gargano (3/28) ****1/4 Chris Hero vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Drake Younger vs. Kyle O’Reilly (1/31) ****1/4 Mount Rushmore vs. Gargano, Alexander, Lee (5/23) ****1/4 Rich Swann vs. AR Fox (5/23) **** ACH vs. Ricochet (5/23) **** Trevor Lee vs. Andrew Everett vs. Cedric Alexander (3/28) **** Inner City Machine Guns vs. African American Wolves (1/31) **** DGUSA/EVOLVE: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Timothy Thatcher (9/13) ****1/2 Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Biff Busick (9/14) ****1/4 Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet (4/4) ****1/4 Masato Tanaka vs. Chris Hero (4/4) ****1/4 AR Fox vs. Chris Hero (2/23) ****1/4 Drew Galloway vs. Roderick Strong (9/14) **** Bravados vs. Fox/Swann vs. Conley/Nese (9/14) **** Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong (2/23) **** Nese/Trent vs. Swann/Strickland (2/23) **** Ricochet vs. Chris Hero (1/10) **** ROH: Jay Lethal vs. ACH (8/23 TV) ****3/4 The Briscoes vs. The Young Buck$ (9/13 TV) ****3/4 AJ Styles vs. Kyle O’Reilly (9/13 TV) ****1/2 reDRagon vs. The Young Buck$ (5/17) ****1/2 AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong (2/1 TV) ****1/4 Chris Hero vs. Roderick Strong (3/7 TV) ****1/4 reDRagon vs. The Young Buck$ (3/8 TV) ****1/4 Addiction vs. The Young Buck$ (9/6 TV) ****1/4 reDRagon vs. The Young Buck$ (2/3 Falls) (9/6) ****1/4 Michael Elgin vs. Jay Briscoe (9/6) ****1/4 AJ Styles vs. Adam Cole (9/6) ****1/4 Jay Lethal vs. Cedric Alexander (9/6) **** War Machine vs. The Briscoes (8/30 TV) **** Jay Lethal vs. Matt Taven (Cage Match) (8/15) **** AJ Styles vs. Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada (5/17) **** Kevin Steen vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (5/17) **** reDRagon vs. Adrenaline RUSH (2/21) **** wXw: Tommy End vs. Jonathan Gresham (3/15) ****1/2 Adam Cole vs. Chris Hero (3/16) ****1/4 Johnny Gargano vs. Big Van Walter (3/15) ****1/4 Hot & Spicy vs. Inner City Machine Guns (3/14) ****1/4 Other: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (6/15) (RevPro) ****1/2 Ultimo Guerrero vs. Atlantis (9/19) (CMLL) ****1/2 Ricochet vs. Akira Tozawa (7/26) (DGUK) ****1/2 The Hardy Boyz vs. The Briscoes (4/26) (OMEGA) ****1/2 Prince Devitt vs. Adam Cole (6/15) (RevPro) ****1/2 Virus vs. Titan (1/28) (CMLL) ****1/2 Jimmy Havoc vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (1/26) (PROGRESS) ****1/4 Swords Of Essex vs. FSU (1/26) (PROGRESS) ****1/4 Prince Devitt vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (5/18) (PROGRESS) ****1/4 Danny Cannon vs. Michael Elgin (3/9) (IWA: MS) ****1/4 CIMA vs. Naruki Doi (7/26) (DGUK) ****1/4 BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO (7/25) (DGUK) ****1/4 The Wolves vs. The Hardy Boys (7/31) (TNA) ****1/4 Cavernario vs. Rey Cometa (9/19) (CMLL) ****1/4 Haskins/Scurll vs. Ricochet/Tozawa (DGUK) **** 2Unlimited vs. Osperay/McCluskey (6/15) (RevPro) **** Marty Scurll vs. Kevin Steen (6/15) (RevPro) **** Swords Of Essex vs. Project Ego vs. London Riots vs. Haskins/Samuels (5/18) (PROGRESS) **** Kyle O’Reilly vs. Josh Alexander (6/8) (SMASH) **** Jimmy Havoc vs. Rampage Brown vs. Marty Scurll (3/30) (PROGRESS) **** Timothy Thatcher vs. Drew Gulak (4/4) (Wrestling Odyssey) **** Timothy Thatcher vs. Biff Busick (4/13) (Beyond) **** Danny Cannon vs. Buxx Belmar vs. Davey Vega vs. Matt Cage (2/16) (Beyond) ****
  10. Naito vs. Tanahashi 10/10/2011 Naito had become a serious player due to his impressive showings against Tanahashi (2 wins and a draw out of 5 bouts), and this was his biggest match to date - Sumo Hall main event with the gold on the line. He knows he can beat Tanahashi so he's not shy about going right at the champ. Meanwhile Tanahashi himself knows he can be beaten by this guy so he needs to unload the heavy artillery. For fans of limbwork that pays off, you get a nice little moment towards the end. For fans of big finishes with two wrestlers throwing all they have at one another, you most definitely get that!
  11. just watched this. It was actually a WAR show, and man was that crowd MOLTEN!
  12. My piece on Jun Akiyama's HOF case. I hope people enjoy it! http://http://fightgameblog.com/2014/09/wrestling-observer-hall-of-fame-2014-the-case-for-jun-akiyama/ Also my show with Todd and Justin talking LOTS about the Hall. Both parts free at F4W! DR. KEITH PRESENTS: The 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame! Votes have been coming in, the debates are strong and soon we will know where the people stand! But enough about Scotland - the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame ballots are out and there is A LOT to discuss. To discuss it, we've rounded up our good pals - the RG3 & Kirk Cousins of Raw Reviews - Todd Martin & Justin Shapiro! The conversation about the likes of CM Punk, Jun Akiyama and co. was so mighty that we needed to split it in two = and BOTH parts are FREE right here at www.f4wonline.com - so CHECK IT!!! PART 1 - http://media001.f4wonline.com/free/091714dks.mp3 PART 2 - http://media001.f4wonline.com/free/091814dks.mp3
  13. Now you have me wanting to rewatch it dude, haha!
  14. NOMINATE: Kotaro/Miyahara vs. Ishii/Irie - AJPW August 16 The hottest All Japan match this year. This was a little rough around the edges at times, but the effort is monumental. Irie and Kotaro are the stars of the match and their exchanges towards the end blow the roof off Korakuen. I've never seen Kotaro Suzuki take punishment like he does here. You could tell it means the world to him to get a spark going with this product, and I think they might just be getting there with two excellent Korakuen shows back to back. Irie continues to show that he's one of the brightest young talents in wrestling and I hope he keeps getting opportunities like this to display it.
  15. NOMINATE: CIMA & Gamma vs. The Millennials - Dragon Gate September 9 iPPV One of the best performances in the 17 year career of CIMA. This was a masterclass. The story is that he's now fully transitioned into the role of grizzled veteran, out of the main event picture and has acted as a mentor for Eita and T-Hawk who are basically versions of 1999 CIMA in Crazy Max. Here he (and Gamma) must face the monsters he created and he is out-matched in everything but veteran savvy. He has to use every trick he knows to just stay alive, and his selling gets Korakuen behind him like you wouldn't believe. I didn't think anything would top Shinobu/Sekimoto for the best finish of the year, but I think this did.
  16. Updated for 8/30 (New additions in bold) NOW JAN 1 – DEC 31 WWE: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (2/23) ***** The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family (7/20) ****1/2 Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Falls Count Anywhere) (8/18) ****1/2 Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Batista (4/6) ****1/2 Daniel Bryan vs. HHH (4/6) ****1/2 Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt (1/26) ****1/2 Antonio Cesaro vs. Sami Zayn (2/27) ****1/2 Antonio Cesaro vs. John Cena (2/17) ****1/2 John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (Last Man Standing) (6/1) ****1/2 The Shield vs. Evolution (5/4) ****1/4 The Elimination Chamber (2/23) ****1/4 The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (4/8) ****1/4 John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt (4/6) ****1/4 The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family (3/3) ****1/4 Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena (8/17) ****1/4 Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins (Lumberjack Match) (8/17) **** The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos (7/7) **** John Cena vs. Luke Harper (3/24) **** Real Americans vs. The Shield (3/24) **** Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton (2/17) **** The Shield vs. Bryan/Cena/Sheamus (1/27) **** Paige vs. Emma (2/27) **** CM Punk vs. Roman Reigns (1/6) **** The Shield vs. CM Punk & The Usos (1/3) **** Rusev vs. Big E (6/29) **** The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos (6/29) **** The Shield vs. Evolution (Elimination) (6/1) **** Puro: Masato Yoshino vs. Masaaki Mochizuki (1/16) (DG) ***** Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (2/11) (NJPW) ****3/4 Ricochet vs. Uhaa Nation (3/6) (DG) ****3/4 Akira Tozawa vs. T-Hawk (5/9) (DG) ****3/4 Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Shinobu (6/30) (BJW) ****3/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki (8/8) (NJPW) ****3/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (7/28) (NJPW) ****3/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (8/10) (NJPW) ****3/4 Minoru Suzuki vs. AJ Styles (8/1) (NJPW) ****3/4 Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuyori Shibata (8/3) (NJPW) ****3/4 Yuji Nagata vs. Tomohiro Ishii (8/8) (NJPW) ****3/4 Hirooki Goto vs. Kazuchika Okada (8/4) (NJPW) ****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii (8/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shelton Benjamin (7/28) (NJPW) ****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (7/26) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/26) (NJPW) ****1/2 Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/23) (NJPW) ****1/2 AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada (7/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 The Millennials vs. Mochizuki/Dragon Kid (8/17) (DG) ****1/2 Takagi/Tozawa vs. The Millennials (7/20) (DG) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/2 HARASHIMA vs. Kenny Omega vs. Isami Kodaka (8/17) (DDT) ****1/2 Takagi/Yoshino/Tozawa vs. Hulk/Doi/Kong vs. Kanda/Kagetora/QuuQuu vs/ Eita/T-Hawk/Flamita (4/8) (DG) ****1/2 Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (4/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (4/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Takagi/Yoshino/Tozawa vs. Susumu/Kagetora/Horiguchi vs, Eita/Maria/Flamita (3/6) (DG) ****1/2 Kazuchika Okada vs. Kota Ibushi (3/6) (NJPW) ****1/2 Kazuchika Okada vs. Tetsuya Naito (1/4) (NJPW) ****1/2 Kazuchika Okada vs. Hirooki Goto (2/11) (NJPW) ****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (2/9) (NJPW) ****1/2 Okada/Nakamura/Ishii vs. Goto/Tanahashi/Naito (2/2) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kota Ibushi (5/25) (NJPW) ****1/2 Tozawa/Takagi vs. Mochizuki/Fujii (5/5) (DG) ****1/2 YAMATO vs. Ricochet (5/5) (DG) ****1/2 The Young Buck$ vs. The Timesplitters (6/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 Kota Ibushi vs. Ricochet (6/21) (NJPW) ****1/2 Flamita vs. Jimmy Susumu (5/5) (DG) ****1/4 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma (5/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Daisuke Harada vs. Atsushi Kotoge (4/19) (NOAH) ****1/4 AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada (5/25) (NJPW) ****1/4 YAMATO vs. Uhaa Nation (4/8) (DG) ****1/4 Taiji Ishimori vs. Daisuke Harada (3/8) (NOAH) ****1/4 Akebono vs. Go Shiozaki (2/23) (AJPW) ****1/4 Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii (3/15) (NJPW) ****1/4 Taiji Ishimori vs. Hajime Ohara (1/19) (NOAH) ****1/4 Shibata/Goto vs. Okada/YOSHI-HASHI (2/9) (NJPW) ****1/4 Atsushi Aoki vs. Kotaro Suzuki (2/5) (AJPW) ****1/4 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto (1/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Jun Akiyama vs. Takao Omori (6/15) (AJPW) ****1/4 Goto/Shibata vs. Tanahashi/Naito (7/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Monster Express vs.. The Millennials (7/3) (DG) ****1/4 Monster Express vs. The Jimmys (6/5) (DG) ****1/4 Mochizuki/Kid vs. T-Hawk/Eita (6/5) (DG) ****1/4 Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Lance Archer vs. AJ Styles (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Yuji Nagata vs. Katsuyori Shibata (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. Hirooki Goto (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/4 Togi Makabe vs. Tetsuya Naito (8/1) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (8/8) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii (7/31) (NJPW) ****1/4 AJ Styles vs. Tetsuya Naito (7/26) (NJPW) ****1/4 Kazuchika Okada vs. Togi Makabe (7/25) (NJPW) ****1/4 Hirooki Goto vs. Togi Makabe (7/21) (NJPW) ****1/4 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (7/21) (NJPW) ****1/4 Satoshi Kojima vs. Tomohiro Ishii (7/23) (NJPW) ****1/4 Twin Towers vs. Yankee Nichokenju (5/31) (BJW) ****1/4 Antonio Honda vs. Shigehiro Irie (6/15) (DDT) ****1/4 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (8/3) (NJPW) ****1/4 Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Satoshi Kojima (8/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 Tetsuya Naito vs. Minoru Suzuki (8/4) (NJPW) ****1/4 BxB Hulk vs. Naruki Doi (8/17) (DG) **** AJ Styles vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (8/10) (NJPW) **** The Timesplitters vs. reDRagon (8/10) (NJPW) **** Minoru Suzuki vs. Togi Makabe (8/3) (NJPW) **** Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (7/26) (NJPW) **** AJ Styles vs. Hirooki Goto (7/28) (NJPW) **** AJ Styles vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7/31) (NJPW) **** Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (7/28) (NJPW) **** Karl Anderson vs. Hirooki Goto (7/31) (NJPW) **** Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomoaki Honma (7/21) (NJPW) **** Hirooki Goto vs. Yujiro Takahashi (7/23) (NJPW) **** Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan (7/23) (NJPW) **** Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. (7/23) (NJPW) **** KUDO vs. Shigehiro Irie (6/29) (DDT) **** Yuji Nagata vs. Naomichi Marufuji (7/5) (NOAH) **** Dangan Yankees vs. TMDK (7/5) (NOAH) **** Daisuke Harada vs. Kenou (7/5) (NOAH) **** Fujii Heya vs. Maria/Hayashi (8/5) (DG) **** Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale (8/8) (NJPW) **** Kazuchika Okada vs. Lance Archer (8/6) (NJPW) **** Isami Kodaka vs. Akito (7/20) (DDT) **** Naomichi Marufuji vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (7/21) (NOAH) **** Ryouji Sai vs. KAI (8/3) (Z1) **** Sekimoto/Miyahara vs. Hino/Sato (6/8) (FD) **** Goto/Shibata vs. Honma/Makabe (6/29) (NJPW) **** Jimmy Susumu vs. T-Hawk (5/31) (DG) **** Kenny Omega vs. Ryusuke Taguchi (5/30) (NJPW) **** Kenny Omega vs. El Desperado (6/3) (NJPW) **** Golden Lovers vs. Yankii Ni Cho Kenji vs. Endo/Takeshita (1/26) (DDT) **** Masaaki Mochizuki vs. T-Hawk (1/12) (DG) **** Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!! vs. Super Shiisa (1/12) (DG) **** Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (1/4) (NJPW) **** Prince Devitt vs. Kota Ibushi (1/4) (NJPW) **** KENTA vs. Takeshi Morishima (1/5) (NOAH) **** Mascara Dorada vs. Volador Jr. (1/19) (NJPW) **** Akebono vs. Kento Miyahara (3/18) (AJPW) **** Masato Yoshino vs. Ricochet (3/2) (DG) **** The Jimmys vs. CIMA/Shiisa/K-Ness (3/2) (DG) **** Genki Horiguchi H.A.Gee.Mee!!! vs. Yosuke SantaMaria (3/1) (DG) **** Yuji Nagata vs. KENTA (2/22) (NOAH) **** Nakamura/Ishii vs. Naito/Tanahashi (3/6) (NJPW) **** Yuji Nagata vs. Mohammed Yone (5/17) (NOAH) **** Millennials vs. Kid/K-Ness/Shiisa (5/5) (DG) **** Escape The Cage Mascara Contra Caballera (5/5) (DG) **** Millennials vs. Ricochet/Takagi/Yoshino (5/9) (DG) **** HARASHIMA vs. KUDO (3/21) (DDT) **** PWG: ACH vs. Cedric Alexander (7/26) ****1/4 African-American Wolves vs. Inner City Machine Guns vs. Unbreakable F'N Machines (3/28) ****1/4 Kyle O’Reilly vs. Johnny Gargano (3/28) ****1/4 Chris Hero vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Drake Younger vs. Kyle O’Reilly (1/31) ****1/4 Mount Rushmore vs. Gargano, Alexander, Lee (5/23) ****1/4 Rich Swann vs. AR Fox (5/23) **** ACH vs. Ricochet (5/23) **** Trevor Lee vs. Andrew Everett vs. Cedric Alexander (3/28) **** Inner City Machine Guns vs. African American Wolves (1/31) **** DGUSA/EVOLVE: Johnny Gargano vs. Ricochet (4/4) ****1/4 Masato Tanaka vs. Chris Hero (4/4) ****1/4 AR Fox vs. Chris Hero (2/23) ****1/4 Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong (2/23) **** Nese/Trent vs. Swann/Strickland (2/23) **** Ricochet vs. Chris Hero (1/10) **** ROH: reDRagon vs. The Young Buck$ (5/17) ****1/2 AJ Styles vs. Roderick Strong (2/1) ****1/4 Chris Hero vs. Roderick Strong (3/7) ****1/4 reDRagon vs. The Young Buck$ (3/8) ****1/4 AJ Styles vs. Michael Elgin vs. Kazuchika Okada (5/17) **** Kevin Steen vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (5/17) **** reDRagon vs. Adrenaline RUSH (2/21) **** wXw: Tommy End vs. Jonathan Gresham (3/15) ****1/2 Adam Cole vs. Chris Hero (3/16) ****1/4 Johnny Gargano vs. Big Van Walter (3/15) ****1/4 Hot & Spicy vs. Inner City Machine Guns (3/14) ****1/4 Other: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (6/15) (RevPro) ****3/4 Ricochet vs. Akira Tozawa (7/26) (DGUK) ****1/2 The Hardy Boyz vs. The Briscoes (4/26) (OMEGA) ****1/2 Prince Devitt vs. Adam Cole (6/15) (RevPro) ****1/2 Virus vs. Titan (1/28) (CMLL) ****1/2 Jimmy Havoc vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (1/26) (PROGRESS) ****1/4 Swords Of Essex vs. FSU (1/26) (PROGRESS) ****1/4 Prince Devitt vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (5/18) (PROGRESS) ****1/4 Danny Cannon vs. Michael Elgin (3/9) (IWA: MS) ****1/4 CIMA vs. Naruki Doi (7/26) (DGUK) ****1/4 BxB Hulk vs. YAMATO (7/25) (DGUK) ****1/4 The Wolves vs. The Hardy Boys (7/31) (TNA) ****1/4 Haskins/Scurll vs. Ricochet/Tozawa (DGUK) **** 2Unlimited vs. Osperay/McCluskey (6/15) (RevPro) **** Marty Scurll vs. Kevin Steen (6/15) (RevPro) **** Swords Of Essex vs. Project Ego vs. London Riots vs. Haskins/Samuels (5/18) (PROGRESS) **** Kyle O’Reilly vs. Josh Alexander (6/8) (SMASH) **** Jimmy Havoc vs. Rampage Brown vs. Marty Scurll (3/30) (PROGRESS) **** Timothy Thatcher vs. Drew Gulak (4/4) (Wrestling Odyssey) **** Timothy Thatcher vs. Biff Busick (4/13) (Beyond) **** Danny Cannon vs. Buxx Belmar vs. Davey Vega vs. Matt Cage (2/16) (Beyond) ****
  17. I second Tanahashi/Naito and Tanahahi/Nagata. If you think you would add them, I'm happy to do write-ups. I'm much more of an expert when it comes to the 2000s than the 90s. Really my guide to what to watch for the 90s has been your site, so there aren't going to be many matches that I've seen that aren't up there. I'll have a think about the 2000s though. I'd say there's loads of DG worth having up.
  18. NOMINATE: DDT August 17th - HARASHIMA vs. Kenny Omega vs. Isami Kodaka My word, that Sumo Hall main event was incredible. Easily my favourite thing on the show. Isami is cracking my top 10 favourite wrestlers in the world right now. He's so fun to watch, so creative and takes some serious beatings. Everything in this match was on point, but also looked spontaneous (which is rare for a 3 way). They did a great job keeping all three guys in the action for a large portion of the match before Isami got killed on the floor, so you didn't have the usual three way rotation thing. Also, they got what what was a very reserved crowd losing their shit bigtime. Hell of an effort.
  19. Adam Summers raised the question two weeks ago of whether the August 1st G1 show was the best Korakuen ever on the strength of AJ/Suzuki, Shinsuke/Ishii, Nagata/Shibata, Naito/Makabe, Goto/Tenzan and the other fun matches on that show. I'm struggling to think of something definitely better but here are some candidates that come to mind. NJPW, 02.08.2013 (TV Asahi Ch.1 & Ch.2/iPPV) Tokyo Korakuen Hall 2,015 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House 1. G1 Climax - Block B: Karl Anderson [4] besiegt Shelton Benjamin [2] (6:28) mit dem Gun Stun. 2. G1 Climax - Block B: Yujiro Takahashi [4] besiegt Hiroyoshi Tenzan [0] (9:07) mit einer Moonsault Press. 3. G1 Climax - Block B: Yuji Nagata [4] besiegt Toru Yano [0] (6:46) mit einem Backdrop Hold. 4. G1 Climax - Block A: Lance Archer [4] besiegt Prince Devitt [2] (8:14) mit dem Blackout. 5. G1 Climax - Block A: Satoshi Kojima [4] besiegt Katsuyori Shibata [2] (9:40) mit einer Lariat. 6. G1 Climax - Block A: Davey Boy Smith Jr. [2] besiegt Togi Makabe [2] (10:13) mit einer Bulldog Bomb. 7. G1 Climax - Block B: Kota Ibushi [4] besiegt Tetsuya Naito [0] (13:16) mit einem Phoenix Splash. 8. G1 Climax - Block B: Minoru Suzuki [2] besiegt Shinsuke Nakamura [0] (13:44) mit einem Gotch-Style Piledriver. 9. G1 Climax - Block A: Hirooki Goto [2] besiegt Kazuchika Okada [0] (12:43) mit dem Shouten Kai. 10. G1 Climax - Block A: Tomohiro Ishii [2] besiegt Hiroshi Tanahashi [0] (17:42) mit einem SSD. Last year's Korakuen G1. The main event is one of the best matches ever in the building and it's backed up with two really great matches in Shibata/Kojima and Ibushi/Naito. Dragon Gate, 28.08.2008 (GAORA TV) Tokyo Korakuen Hall 2,350 Fans - Super No Vacancy Full House 1. Naoki Tanizaki & m.c.KZ. besiegen Shisa BOY & Super Shenlong II (4:22) nach dem Implant von Tanizaki gegen Shenlong. 2. Summer Adventure Tag League II - Semi Final: Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino besiegen Susumu Yokosuka & Ryo Saito (10:24) nach einem V9 Clutch Cutback Reversal von Doi gegen Yokosuka. 3. Summer Adventure Tag League II - Semi Final: Shingo Takagi & Dragon Kid besiegen Cyber Kong & YAMATO (14:10) durch Referee Stop (Takagi besiegte Kong mit einem Trunk-Bundle Sleeper Hold). 4. Gamma, Yasushi Kanda & Genki Horiguchi besiegen BxB Hulk, Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson (10:20) nach dem Beach Break von Horiguchi gegen Matt. 5. Masaaki Mochizuki, Don Fujii, K-ness & Super Shisa besiegen Kenichiro Arai & Taku Iwasa, Akira Tozawa & Shinobu (13:10) nach dem Shin Saikyou High Kick von Mochizuki gegen Tozawa. 6. Summer Adventure Tag League II - Final: Naruki Doi & Masato Yoshino besiegen Shingo Takagi & Dragon Kid (25:52) nach dem Lightning Spiral von Yoshino gegen Kid. The three tag league matches are amazing. Unfortunately this one is hard to judge because alot of the other matches on the show were clipped or didn't air. Looking at the pairings though (especially in match 5) it seems like it would be very good. NOAH, 19.08.2005 (NTV/G+) Tokyo Korakuen Hall 2,100 Fans - Super No Vacancy 1. Mohammed Yone besiegt BJ Whitmer (6:50) mit einem Muscle Buster. 2. Yoshinari Ogawa, Richard Slinger, Low Ki & Mushiking Terry besiegen Akitoshi Saito, Takashi Sugiura, Kishin Kawabata & Mushiking Joker (20:11) nach einem Cradle von Slinger gegen Kawabata. 3. Scorpio & Bison Smith besiegen Jun Izumida & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi (11:31) nach einer Moonsault Press von Scorpio gegen Kikuchi. 4. Takeshi Morishima besiegt SUWA (9:46) mit einem Backdrop. 5. Akira Taue & Takuma Sano besiegen Mitsuharu Misawa & Go Shiozaki (15:50) nach einer Northern Light Bomb von Sano gegen Shiozaki. 6. Takeshi Rikio besiegt Masao Inoue (11:49) mit dem Muso. 7. Minoru Suzuki & Naomichi Marufuji besiegen Tamon Honda & KENTA (16:51) nach einem Gotch-Style Piledriver von Suzuki gegen Honda. 8. Jun Akiyama & Yoshinobu Kanemaru besiegen Kenta Kobashi & Makoto Hashi (24:50) nach dem Touch Out von Kanemaru gegen Hashi. May not look like much on paper but this show was mega-fun from top to bottom. Last two matches are pretty great. Any 90s cards come to anyone's mind?
  20. YES to: Ishii vs. Naito, February 11th, - Yes 5, No 0 Okada vs. Goto, February 11th - Yes 4, No 0 Okada vs. Ibushi, March 6th - Yes 3, No 0 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tetsuya Naito, April 6th - Yes 2, No 0 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Shinsuke Nakamura, April 6th - Yes 2, No 0 Tomohiro Ishii vs. KUSHIDA April 12th, - Yes 1, No 0 Tomohiro Ishii vs. Tomoaki Honma, May 3rd - Yes 6, No 0 Ishii vs. Ibushi, May 25th - Yes 3, No 0 AJ Styles vs. Kazuchika Okada, May 25h - Yes 1, No 0 KUSHIDA vs. Ricochet, June 8th - Yes 2, No 0 Alex Shelley/KUSHIDA vs. Young Bucks, June 21st - Yes 1, No 0 Kota Ibushi vs. Ricochet, June 21st - yes 2, No 0 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, July 21st - Yes 1, No 0 Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, July 26th - Yes 1, No 0 NO to: Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows, April 6th - Yes 1, No 1 Okada vs AJ Styles May 3rd - Yes 1, No 2 that was easy!
  21. I'll round back and get the ones I've missed at some point, but for now here's the latest three DG matches that I'd nominate. August 5th - Yuga Hayashi & Yosuke Santa Maria vs. Don Fujii & Ryotsu Shimizu There's nothing quite as sweet as the taste of rookie fire getting quenched by grumpy Don Fujii. Hayashi in his Korakuen debut, makes an instant impression and really adds a ton to this match. It's by no means a match of the year, but it's a match that everyone could enjoy. July 20th - Millennials vs. Takagi/Tozawa Really great build to this match in the weeks preceding it. Eita and T-Hawk had been dominating Tozawa at every turn, at one point even forcing Shingo to throw in the towel for his partner in a trios. So this match is all about Tozawa trying to prove he can overcome these young upstarts. But we get a twist! It's Shingo who finds himself in trouble, locked in Eita's El Numero Uno which caused the afformentioned towel throwing. Tozawa fights like a maniac to help his partner and he eventually breaks it up in what's one of my fave spots this year. At that moment, Tozawa proved he wasn't the weak link.... but that wasn't necessarily going to be enough because Eita & T-Hawk still had another gear to go to. August 17th - Millennials vs. Mochizuki/Kid The big story behind this match was that Kid had broken the jaw of U-T during the month with a vicious jumping spin kick. So Eita and T-Hawk were coming for retribution. This created the perfect role for Mochizuki, as he pretty much acted as Kid’s bodyguard throughout the match. Things are always super heated between Mocchy and The Millennials, and this dynamic cranked it up a notch. The youngsters tried to get at Kid’s jaw but would repeatedly be stopped by stiff punches and kicks from Mochizuki. The finishing stretch was insane - I don't wanna spoil the details, as its just sooooo good.
  22. YES to Sekimoto vs. Shinobu. Excellent match which really made up for what I thought was a disappointing match last year. Sekimoto's pacing and storytelling ability mixed with the fire and underdog qualities of Shinobu made this one of my fave bouts of the year. NOMINATE: May 31 BJW - Twin Towers (Sato & Ishikawa) vs. Kodaka & Miyamoto One of my fave tags from Japan this year. These four killed it. Twin Towers are such good bullies, but their opponents had plenty of tricks up their sleeves to counter the size advantage. The dynamic makes the match interesting the whole way through, but the action of the last 5 minutes (with a really responsive crowd) takes it to the next level.
  23. Alan4L

    2014 G1 Climax

    replacement would make alot more sense because they can just transfer all his planned results onto the guy and not have to change booking plans. KUSHIDA would be my pick, although Honma would be fun too.
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