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DVDVRMM: R2 Match 5: SUWAMA vs. VIRUS


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SUWAMA vs. VIRUS  

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Right, so I'm a fan of Suwama. For some reason I like watching his longer matches more than a lot of other guys who get to go EPIC. He's got a relatively no-nonsense kind of style, nothing super special or anything, and I like that. I liked his work with Go Shiozaki last year, but his year definitely suffers from the Mutoh talent exodus. 

 

That being said, I can't really argue against Virus.

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Fucking Virus. I put him as my #5 in the world in 2013, and he's having a hell of a 2014 so far as well. Everyone should watch this match from 17 years ago for about a million reasons why Virus is the baddest mother fucker in the world to stand under five foot six inches tall.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv8PKmlJGKQ

 

Suwama was ok for a few years there. His 2010-2011 title run was solid enough. I remember ranking the title change where he beat MiSu really high, and the first Funaki defense as well.

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I agree that this should be a blow out but Suwama is not the puro antichrist some are making him out to be. I think he's pretty good in big matches but can maybe phone it in for the random 6man. While I admit one of them made me fall asleep I like the Suwama vs Shiozaki matches. I can only imagine how much a couple of you must have hated that rivalry.

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Suwama struck me as an extremely generic puro guy with the same stuff as every other stocky guy in Japan.  

 

Virus (even though I voted for him) still bothers me with the submission moves flowing way too easily from hold to hold without a struggle.  It comes off more 'your turn, my turn' than an actual contest.  Give me someone like Regal who knows who to make everything look like work over the smoothness I get from Virus.

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