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  1. NintendoLogic

    1974

    I think Inoki vs. Kintaro Oki on 10/10 would be right up the collective alleys of the SC crew. It begins with Inoki sucker punching Oki as he removes his robe, so you know it's only a matter of time before things explode. The rough uncooperative grappling in the beginning mainly serves to build up the tension. Sure enough, it eventually escalates to the point where Oki is obliterating Inoki with headbutts, even busting him open hardway. The finish is kind of anticlimactic, but what can you do. https://njpwworld.com/p/s_series_00005_1_1
  2. NintendoLogic

    2000

    My pick for a dark horse challenger: You've got a number of things going on here. It's the main event of All Japan's first post-split Budokan show. It's the return of the prodigal son Tenryu after a decade. It's an almost-rematch of the 1988 RWTL final. It's Stan Hansen's last great match. It's by far the best thing Taiyo Kea has ever been involved with. Check it out.
  3. NintendoLogic

    Backlash XIV - 5/6/2018

    Interesting how Reigns keeps getting put in the main event in cities where extenuating circumstances that have absolutely nothing to do with Reigns himself compel fans to leave early.
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    Backlash XIV - 5/6/2018

    When I think of Daniel Bryan, the first thing that comes to mind is "spot monkey who needs to be reined in by a ring general." On that note, I strongly doubt that fans would have left early en masse if he were in the main event. Or Styles/Nakamura.
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    Backlash XIV - 5/6/2018

    This is a pretty damning indictment of Big Cass. Having a decent match with Daniel Bryan should be just about the easiest thing imaginable, but he needed two agents to put one together for him. And it wasn't even that good.
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    Backlash XIV - 5/6/2018

    Wrestling is fake. They can concoct a storyline explanation out of thin air if they need to.
  7. NintendoLogic

    C+A May!!

    How about this Regal/Steamboat house show match? Their match at Fall Brawl is a bit unfairly maligned, but this is probably better.
  8. Let me begin by saying how jarring it is to see Casas as a smiling babyface. Not that he's a bad tecnico (he's a great one, in fact), but it's just so far removed from what I expect to see. On that note, I was kind of surprised to see Santo on the rudo team. I thought he had returned to the tecnico side by this point. I guess not. Santo/Casas and Atlantis/Panther obviously need no introduction, but I have no idea what beef Niebla and Warrior have with each other, if at all. The first fall is mostly contested on the mat, and it's as good as you'd expect. I especially liked Warrior and Niebla busting out the Rick Rude tombstone spot. The second fall is kind of perfunctory to the point where I can't remember anything that happened in it. The third fall is when all hell breaks loose. It's one of those falls where so much is happening that it's hard to keep track of it all. It probably comes across a lot better watching it live in the arena. We get a cheap unmasking DQ finish, which I assume was an attempt to set the table for an Atlantis/Panther apuesta match that obviously never happened. Fun match overall. It wouldn't be my pick for 1998 MOTY (neither would Kandori/Hotta, for that matter), but I'm glad I watched it.
  9. If you haven't already, you all need to check out Flair's title defense against Brett Sawyer in Portland from October 1982. It's probably the closest he's ever come to coming across as a pure asskicker. For non-US bouts, Jim Breaks vs. Johnny Saint is a good choice. It's chippy the whole way through, but it reaches another level once Saint goes up a fall. When Breaks realizes his belt is in serious danger, he goes berserk and just beats the fuck out of Saint until the referee has to stop the match. Also, Vader vs. Jun Akiyama from All Japan in 2000.
  10. Hansen actually worked a match against the R&Rs in 1988 (Dan Kroffat was his partner). All-time great asskicker Hansen against all-time great asskickee Morton sounds awesome on paper, but it didn't really work for me because neither R&R could conceivably pose a credible threat to Hansen. They should've just brought in Morton and had him team with Jumbo or Tenryu. Anyway, if you liked this match, the 1999 version with Hansen and Taue teaming up against Burning is even better.
  11. "WWE can't control what I say anymore" promos are almost always cringeworthy, but this particular one didn't go off the rails until about seven and a half minutes in. Aries was clearly gotten to by the hecklers (You're at ECW Arena and heckling throws you off that much? Seriously?), and the interminable length put it over the top.
  12. Austin Aries served up this gem at the last House of Hardcore show.
  13. The joshi match immediately piqued my interest. I've been a Kandori advocate for a while now, but I don't think I've ever seen a Saito match before. And I didn't know that she had died until a few weeks ago. Anyway, this match is presented as a straightforward styles clash. Kandori controls the mat while Saito has the advantage in the standup and striking portions. It feels like one of those early UFC events before everyone started cross-training or Ryu vs. Zangief in Street Fighter. There's a double pinfall a little more than 15 minutes in which leads to a restart, and they kind of lose me from that point as it becomes a bit nearfall-heavy for my tastes. But the finish redeems it, as Kandori comes dangerously close to inventing the Tiger Driver 91 a year early. To be honest, it feels like the germ of an all-time great match that isn't quite fully realized. Still worth checking out, though.
  14. NintendoLogic

    2007

    Whenever I go back and revisit him, I'm blown away by what an amazing worker John Cena was in 2007. The beauty of this match is that it seems minimalist on the surface but is actually quite rich in detail for those willing to pay attention. Note the little touches like Cena coughing after escaping a chinlock and Orton selling the STF's impact on his leg after hitting an RKO. I recall reading at the time that there was a conscious attempt to dial back the style after the Benoit tragedy. It's a shame that this direction wasn't explored as much as it could have been.
  15. Even in a vacuum, I'd give the nod to MX/RR. Scott's a fine FIP, but it's hardly an insult to say that he's no Ricky Morton.
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