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  1. Does anyone have a link for this? It sounds must see to me, but I can't find it.
  2. Whereas some people see two guys blown up at the end of the match. I see either 1) an all time selling performance from both men or 2) two guys who are as tired as they would be if they were legit grappling... in either case I think its a force multiplier in this match. This started out being a very good, grittly grappling match with a nice dynamic and wound up being an absolute war between the two. Suzuki looking so often for the kimura and the straight ankle lock was great. Sano firing those desperation strikes added some fire to the match right when it needed it. I also really liked how Sano balanced lifeless-I'm-almost-dead selling with his fire and comebacks. Sano hitting himself in the face to get energy to get out of the rear naked later was a really fun touch. They threw a fucking pile driver in for good measure. This is an all timer. It felt as much like a real grappling match as any shoot match I have ever seen. Easy *****
  3. Really solid stuff to close out the tournament for two of its strongest performers this year. I think Goto was sort of a glue-like character this year, just putting on solid performances from start to finish and managing to maintain his dark-horse ethos. Shingo was one of the biggest stand outs, especially down this homestretch. Hard hitting, really nice exchanges. Technically this was pretty strong. I loved the final sequence with Goto trying to go for a killshot because he doesn't think Shingo will stay down and getting blindsided by another brutal lariat.
  4. Match of the tournament for me so far. Just finished this so I am still two shows behind on the whole, but this was pretty easily the standout bout to this point. Maybe one of the best fighting spirit battles I have ever seen. Ishii spices it up with one of the best kickouts I have seen in ages (really like 2.9999999999). This was just awesome stuff start to finish. ****3/4
  5. CapitalTTruth

    Greatest Match Ever Project

    Sorry to bump this, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up on a few notes for the project. 1) Come by and visit the board if you took some time off or if you haven't yet. We did some remodeling and I THINK the board is much easier to navigate now and has some more spaces for conversation for those interested in the project and great matches generally. Matches are organized by year, the index is completely updated, and we have accomplished something resembling consistency on nominated threads. We have a solid community - made up of mostly folks from here, so you know its good - and we are even working on a few little low stress side projects to occupy the dork brain. 2) We are moving ballot due dates to SummerSlam. Obviously, not this year's SS, but next year we will tabulate the second annual GME ballot. Mania is just far too busy for people generally, including those of us moderating over there and the wrestling world is over-saturated with projects and content at the time. So this weekend, marks one year from the next ballot. 3) If you have any suggestions or see any major errors please let myself or one of the other mods know. I am going to try to make a little time each week to work on updates and fix stuff and I know our other mods are too. Thanks to those who have participated and contributed in the past and thanks to those who will again. Thanks to this board for being an awesome space to spin off of a bit. Finally, thanks to my fellow mods who have helped work on the board and make it an additionally cool space to chat about wrestling with this niche focus.
  6. I really need to go back and watch this because I'll be honest, on first watch this was my favorite of their matches and on the very short list of MOTY candidates for me (I currently have it at #1). I loved how they used Walter being sort of this slow turning heel(ish) champ that will do anything to keep his belt, but didn't make him look weak or scared really (which is sometimes the case). I thought Ilja's offense looked as good as it ever has here. Even for the most intense dude in the world this stood out as a high energy performance. They built the momentum such that i genuinely got lost in Ilja grasping at every last straw to win the title. I really like that they finished it with just murder lariats. Granted, I was maybe having a libation or two and I'm often a very generous fan in those instances. Regardless, I didn't really see this get a lot of hype after and it blew me away. I can see a scenario where I go back and realize it wasn't the best match oft he year so far, but I'd be floored if it wasn't still in my top10. Updated: Ok, so I watched it again and I'll still say its in the top 5 matches of the year. In my head I had conflated a spot or two from the Eddie Kingston match the night before, but this is still really top notch stuff. I also didn't remember how much I liked the over-the-top facials and movements from both men in this one. It felt very early 80s or even late 70s in terms of that. I also really loved how Ilja being one of the few people who has Walter's number played into how the match went, with Ilja having success early and being able to reverse and anticipate and even survive the just bear strength of Walter better than others. In all, this is right up there with my favorite Walter matches. He has produced probably 5-7 ****3/4 matches in in the last 3 years or so for me. It is an example of Walter not leaning as much on the chops and pure physicality (which can also be great), but getting involved in a chess match where he uses those things a little more strategically to make his opponent look even better and build a different sense of drama. The ZSJ match from Pumpkin Spice Progress about a year ago is very much in that same vein and it is why they are probably my two favorite Walter matches.
  7. This is the type of match that I like to say "willed itself to being good". I agree that the early part didn't make a ton of sense and - much like many Okada matches in this tournament - it took me a minute to get into it. However, they just sort of forced me to love it in the long run. NJPW matches to me are all about how I feel they organically flow, where the drama and momentum ebb and flow. There is so much going on that I often find that the momentum - for me - peaks early and then things just organically dip. This match kept climbing and climbing and just when i thought they were going to peak early and lose it (when Okada almost went out) they found a way to add just a little bit more without losing what they had built. I think its a near 4.5 star final 1/3rd, but the first two thirds probably cap it at **** for me (could see this getting a quarter star bump)
  8. Just finished this one and I would put it in the top 5-6 matches of the tournament, int hat 4-4.25 star range of excellent matches that jump of the pack. They left a little on the table for sure. It wasn't on par with their finals match last year for me, but it was really well done. I like Tana going after the knee and ankle of Ibushi and even trying to strategically bust out the high fly flow, but just physically coming up short this time around. I think Ibushi is maybe the perfect opponent for Tana at this point in his career because the way he sells Tana's offense, particularly those desperation moves that Tana hits down the stretch and really leans on in this stage of his career to build the drama makes Tana look like he is hitting a flash death blow every time. Excellent stuff.
  9. I'd probably lean a bit towards the 4.75 star rating. This is pretty great, simple work. I don't mean this as a shot at NJPW and the G1 at all because I am really really enjoying it, but being in the midst of it and seeing this, where two guys get so much done with much less in terms or physical ability is a nice bit of refreshment right now. This was all drama and violence and I am here for it. Strong MOTY contender.
  10. Put me in the "this was fucking awesome" camp. This felt like an ode to the AJPW greats with a great deal of modern flair. Dickenson's influences were on full display with someone he could just go in the ring with a mutual destruction pact with. The drama was there for me. Maybe it is because I feel like I am drowning in G1 action right now (I love it, but its wearing a bit on me), but this felt like a really jumped off the page. The brutality, the selling, and that absolutely brutal homestretch put this in borderline MOTY contender for me. ****1/2
  11. CapitalTTruth

    [2019-07-14-NJPW-G1 Climax 29: Night Three] Hiroshi Tanahashi vs KENTA

    I am a little behind (finishing the 7/15 show now), but this is my favorite match up to this point. Kenta looked a little more comfortable and seemed to have better chemistry here. I agree with most of SLB's review. I thought this was top notch stuff. The dynamic was great and Kenta winning by more or less making Tanahashi wrestle a NOAH style match hit all the right buttons for me. ****1/2
  12. CapitalTTruth

    AEW Fyter Fest

    That only works if we assume to know the professional environment and the management style Cody et al has and the relationships they have the roster. I think it is AT LEAST just as likely that they would be very averse to anyone under their employ taking the same sort of risk, but ultimately I just don't presume to know either way. Like I said, I don't want to see them all the time. I think its pretty safe to say after the fallout that we wont be seeing this with regularity, but if we do I may check out and turn my attention elsewhere.
  13. CapitalTTruth

    NJPW G1 Climax 2019

    This is the most fascinating lineup in some time. Lots of wildcards that create a lot of intrigue here. I honestly have no idea who comes out the winner. I can see possibilities from Naito to Ibushi to Ospreay to Moxley. What if KENTA comes out motivated and in great shape? I am not sure what we are going to see from him, but the sky is the limit for peak KENTA. It feels like a time where they can afford to throw a curve ball at us here.
  14. CapitalTTruth

    Your 2019 Midyear Awards

    Match of the Year: Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston (Mania) First Runner Up: Walter vs Fenix (16 Carat) Second Runner Up: Cody vs Dustin Rhodes (Double or Nothing) Best Show of the Year: Bloodsport First Runner Up: Double or Nothing Second Runner Up: SSS16 - Night 3 Best Promotion of the Year: NJPW First Runner Up: GCW Second Runner Up: OTT Best Promos of the Year: Daniel Bryan First Runner Up: MJF Second Runner Up: David Starr Best Feud/Rivalry of the Year: David Starr vs Jordan Devlin vs Walter (OTT) First Runner Up: Daniel Bryan vs Kofi Kingston (WWE) Second Runner Up: Kota Ibush vs Tetsuya Naito (NJPW) Most Improved Wrestler of the Year: Cody First Runner Up: Kyle Fletcher Second Runner Up: Lucky Kid Wrestler of the Year: Will Ospreay First Runner Up: Daniel Bryan Second Runner Up: Timothy Thatcher I have clearly not watched enough lucha or women’s wrestling this year so far.
  15. CapitalTTruth

    AEW Fyter Fest

    I know I am late to the discussion here. Generally speaking I really enjoyed the show. I thought it was a ton of fun for the most part and delivered in some really cool ways. Before digging into a few specific things, I just love the overall aesthetic and pacing they are bringing. Matches are getting time, wrestlers up and down the card are getting a spotlight put on them during their matches, and they are doing lots of little things to set themselves apart. Does it all work perfectly? no. However, I'm really enjoying that this feels fresh. It builds off of what they did at Double or Nothing, but also was tweaked to fit the event. And I say that as someone who did not come to this particularly as a Bullet Club/Elite devotee. I will say that if there was one thing that still bugs me about the overall production it is the entrances. I think you really see it with a guy like Jimmy Havoc, who has such a presence when he walks out in most places. All the entrances (even the Elite') felt a little flat. Part of it is the room, but the problem existed on Double or Nothing too. I'd love for them to crank the music a bit, get some closer shots, build and ambiance. I feel like Christopher Daniels has found some new life here. Maybe that isn't the right way to say it, but it feels like he has an extra gear lately. I have really enjoyed him on both shows and thought he and CIMA really kicked the show of well. The women's three way getting time to develop and build dynamics between all three was really crucial. I felt like I had a better feel for all three of them after. MJF is so clearly one of the standouts for this brand right now and every time he comes out and gets on the mic he shows. Just a star. Jungle Boy also has a strange charisma to him and I think he has been on the rise since Spring Break 3. He and Luchasauras really could do some cool stuff. I love Jimmy Havoc but he felt sort of lost in the shuffle here. I'm looking forward to him breaking out of this upper mid card grouping and getting some time to shine in a more deliberate feud. Adam Page might be the one void in this roster for me. He just doesn't connect with me. He is a great athlete and a great wrestler, but he, himself seems somewhat contrived to me. I've always felt like this. Even in some of his best matches in NJPW, I just never could get excited about him. I don't know what it is. I want to like him and I am sure I am going to get plenty of chance to If you told me a year ago that Cody Rhodes would be one of the stand-out wrestlers in 2019 I would have laughed. Honestly, if you told me that before Double or Nothing I would have laughed. He went out and had an absolute banger with his brother and then comes and is really the glue that holds a phenomenal match with Darby Allin together. Take nothing away from Darby here. He was awesome. he did Darby things, got his ass beat, had some great comebacks and hope spots, and was phenomenal bell to bell, but Cody was the star and he really elevated Darby. Which is crazy because I genuinely liked Darby Allin more than Cody before the match. The chair stuff has been beat to death around the interwebs. I'll leave it at this. I thought it was memorable, got people talking, and strapped a rocket to a feud we didn't know we wanted to see before hand. I don't want to see these kinds of chair shots all the time, but Cody is a grown ass man and professional and I can't be bothered to spend too much time contemplating his choices. If you have seen Josh Barenett's tweets on the matter, that is more or less how I feel about it. This six man was what you would expect. It was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the Street Fighter references to kick things off. The match itself delivered on the action. This isn't my absolute favorite type of wrestling, but it serves a lot of fans right now and I can definitely enjoy it. I for one liked them turning the lights off and washing their hands of the main event. People who were picking apart the non-sanctioned thing seemed to have missed three guys dressed as fucking video game characters coming out right before this. The match was good. I think this is where Moxley thrives. His brand of brawling and chaos looks more seemless here, where I think he sort of sticks out in a weird (not bad, but weird) way in NJPW. It had its high spots and was memorable. I think Janela made some new fans (in the same way Darby did earlier). Mission accomplished all around. Omega beating on Moxley after was great. I love love love them giving Omega a heated, personal rivalry right out the gate and Moxley is the guy that take his sort of goofiness and sharpening for a program without losing the personality. I am really excited to see where this goes and I hope we get a series of matches between the two. Its the closest thing to a "dream match" they have available to them (former IWGP Champ vs former WWE champ) and there is no great reason to not lean into that out of the gate while establish champions elsewhere on the card.