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  1. For so long NOAH just seemed to turn into a shadow of the shadow of its former self. For an actually thought provoking match which you could (and should) absolutely argue pushes pro wrestling as a medium to happen there is surprising in a good way, and interestingly enough, they didn't need technological props to get post-modern. A long staredown was enough. It's really a testament to who and what Fujita is as a worker, because he absolutely carried this match. From his mannerisms, his shit talking, the straight up wacky stuff he did to the brutality (the pimp hand is still strong) you expect from him in a world title match. Fujita is such a personality that it doesn't seem *that* silly to watch him try and push Go Shiozaki off the balcony or for him to call an elevator while beating Go up. I barely watch fake fighting these days and seeing rope pushing and shoulder blocks probably does more to remind me of the absurdity of what I'm watching. It speaks to the strength of Fujita's character that he managed to do that because I can't imagine, say, watching Minoru Suzuki brawl around the stands and doing the aforementioned without turning the video off and rewatching the finish of the Semmy Schilt fight instead. Go was ok. He wasn't tasked with much. Just had to get his ass kicked and portray a stereotypical choplariat wrestler. I wish he was skilled enough in groundfighting so that Fujita didn't have to put himself into closed guard because Go had no idea what to do. Outside of that, he didn't get in the way of Fujita's performance much, and I vastly prefer the route they took in incorporating matwork where Fujita would just get on top and put on Wrestling/Judo Pins than say if they had compromised it so Go could get some stuff in. I'm not putting a numerical value on it. It was definitely unique, memorable, and, quite frankly-great.
  2. So, how about that Cody Rhodes huh.
  3. God, sometimes I forget how good Nagata was before he became a gimmick wrestler. I’m sure making goofy faces, turning his eyes white and finding a couple of spots to recycle in every match made his life a lot easier, but I definitely don’t consider it as creatively interesting as his early 2000s work. This match isn’t without flaws-at one point you see Nagata do a wacky Release German Suplex before going for a lame leg hook pin, and on the “is this something Inoki would do” scale this gets a stern no. He’d either hit a perfect bridge on that damn Suplex or work the (not huge but still ostensibly present) size difference into the match and opting for a Cradle pin or a Takedown instead. But, the roughness is what gives this match its charm, and Inokiism bring a wonderful pastiche of wacky pro wrestling and MMA really unique to wrestling history, even compared to other “shooty” styles. Yasuda is a former rikishi and thus has an advantage in the clinch, they are about evenly matched on the ground but Nagata possesses a wider array of joint locks Yasuda is just a brute who’s going to put his forearm in Nagata’s throat and go for simple chokes. This dichotomy is present on their feet too although there Nagata’s finesse in kicking techniques helps him prevail over Yasuda’s roughhouseness. Whether you call it genius wrestling storytelling or a simple dedication to identities of wrestling characters-it’s really cool to see Nagata throw lame forearms and get punched out for all he’s good only to realise his only solution is to revere back to his kicking, it’s such a breath of frash air to see something like struggle over underhooks and overhooks and Yasuda blocking Nagata’s Belly To Belly by grabbing his hooks and just steamrolling him into the corner. You get Nagata preying on in an S mount, PRIDE-esque grounded knees and Tiger Drivers and a wacky Indian Deathlock/Figure 4/whatever Nagata Lock I is supposed to be and the internal logic of the match remains consistent, because they are merely (a very visually pleasing, which is very important in a performance art!) substance, the form is what drives this to excellence. ****1/4
  4. Punk might be a legit blue belt in kimono grappling for all we know, but that's a totally different experience than grappling in shorts, which again is different than grappling with gloves and with striking allowed.
  5. Speaking of the Russian Legsweep, one of my biggest wrestling bubble burst moments was finding out it's actually extremely cool and also dangerous and banned in Judo: Well, I don't remember Baba's Legsweep looking anything like Uki Waza, could just be a neologism or the meaning of the name shifting like it did in Uranage with Hase.
  6. GOTNW

    General Chat topic

    I have a functionalist perspective on this as I heavily adjust what I listen to to my needs. While I study or write seminars I listen to classical music (which is just random stuff on youtube as I'm at least a couple of years away from saying anything about the subject confidently). Otherwise when I listen to "western" music for hedonism it's mostly shoegaze, ambient, vaporwave, lo-fi and similar stuff. I'd say at least 80% of what I listen to now is just local folk or folk-inspired pop tho
  7. GOTNW

    Greatest Wrestling Promotion of all time?

    I will echo Jetlag's point, it's hard to give a shit about peak if I have no desire to ever watch the vast majority of matches a company produces. For comparative purposes it's much easier for me to just rank Big Mouth Loud where basically almost every match is good than deal with the com plete legacy of All Japan.
  8. It's a rolling *savate* kick
  9. GOTNW

    The 10,000 person crowd

    This seems like a little redundant discussion now considering how easily New Japan will pull it off
  10. This match was fun. What I liked most about it was that it was short and had at least some competitive grappling. The striking looked silly, and there wasn't anything to sink your teeth in, but it's a perfectly fine three star match with at least an attempt to do something else other than the dreaded trendy rope jump prowres.
  11. You can actually count on Stipe for a solid, stable PPV number, and that's a big thing for 2018 UFC.
  12. I did not think this match was very good. Sabre's matwork was didn't have any legitimacy or urgency, nor did it have any special aesthetic appeal in its complexity. He was just putting on hold after hold and then releasing it and none of it mattered or led to anything, it wasn't even goofy enough to amuse me in that way. Okada is a worthless defensive wrestler, and Sabre didn't go the Minori Suzuki route of milking holds, so we got an ugly version of what it'd look like if prowres grappling was real and a one stripe white belt was desperately trying to tap someone coming in to the gym. Meanwhile Okada looked like a barely trained indy doofus with his stupid pants, inability to do a proper wristlock and even botching moves he usually hits clean like the Dropkick and the Rainmaker. The match was interesting for about one minute where they danced around in counters before the finish. Maybe if New Japan brought in Negro Navarro he could get a three star match out of Okada.
  13. GOTNW

    Bryan Danielson's in ring ability

    El-P please stick to throwing feces out the window and spare us outdated french philosophy arguments you aren't Barthes.
  14. GOTNW

    Bryan Danielson's in ring ability

    Most of what I said still stands, though the versatility line seems off. I had a really fun time watching him carry Kane to a good casket match, and he's certainly someone you could put on a pedestal if you have the stomach for watching wrestling all day as he consistently delivered in his style, but it's a style I've drifted away from and, unlike Misawa/Kawada/Kobashi, there isn't an early ZERO-1 tag or a Naoya Ogawa match or some random NOAH tag with millions chops that'll pique my interest now, and that I don't really care about volume for its own sake that much (well, I do to an extent, but certainly not to the absurd level of which it's available in terms of Danielson's matches on tape), eh.
  15. GOTNW

    Bryan Danielson's in ring ability

    No. In my opinion he's a gigantic failure when it comes to producing all time level wrestling, which is what you'd want from someone supposedly at that level. I don't think any of his matches would make my top 300.