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  1. ShittyLittleBoots

    Kenny Omega vs Tetsuya Naito (NJPW G1 Climax 28 Day 2) (7/15/2018)

    The beginning stages of the match with them trying to outswagger each other by cockily doing each other's taunts was glorious. Soon after Kenny starts targeting Naito's back; it doesn't continue for too long, but I enjoyed it a lot. Actually after he was done targeting Naito's back, the match kinda "lost" me, and it took me a while to REALLY get into it again, but I sure did eventually. Very exciting & brutal finishing gear. ***3/4
  2. ShittyLittleBoots

    Hirooki Goto vs SANADA (NJPW G1 Climax 28 Day 2) (7/15/2018)

    Very uninteresting match layout - just a bunch of counters, and back & forth control swifts. It can work, but I didn't find this one compelling at all. One cool sequence towards the end w/ SANADA locking in the Skull End for a brief moment, but other than that, yeah, not interesting whatsoever. *1/4
  3. ShittyLittleBoots

    Kota Ibushi vs Zack Sabre Jr. (NJPW G1 Climax 28 Day 2) (7/15/2018)

    Their best match against each other yet. I thought Zack's control work on the ground was incredibly compelling, and once it came down to exchange some strikes, they sure smacked the crap out of each other with those slaps & kicks. ****
  4. ShittyLittleBoots

    EVIL vs Michael Elgin (NJPW G1 Climax 28 Day 1) (7/14/2018)

    Started off very nice w/ Elgin overwhelming EVIL, good shine for the man. Eventually EVIL got the control by going after Elgin's arm; I really liked EVIL's control segment after that. As soon as it was time for Elgin to make a comeback, he didn't sell the arm at all. Was hitting lariats & all just fine. Thankfully when EVIL got the control back to his name, he still went after the arm - his work over it was pretty brutal & a true joy to watch. Helluva performance from him, and Elgin was very good too outside of the no-selling. Good match, but had potential to be even better. ***1/4
  5. ShittyLittleBoots

    Kazuchika Okada vs. Jay White (NJPW G1 Climax 28 Night 1 7/14/18)

    This had a couple of cool singular moments, such as Okada's SCOOBY DOOBY DOO -dive, his 90's HBK headlock break -spot, White almost suffocating Okada with the ring skirt, White's slaps to Okada's head before locking in the Muta Lock, but overall this was very bland. Most of it is White on top, and while he just recently had a tremendous performance doing that vs. Juice - here he was very, very dull. There really isn't anything to complain about; the selling was fine, the dynamic they went with was fine on paper, but the way it came off just wasn't very interesting. **
  6. ShittyLittleBoots

    Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki (NJPW G1 Climax 28 Day 1) (7/14/2018)

    One slight complaint I have about this is that I thought Tana went a little too no-selly w/ his comeback that lead to his victory, but his run on the offense wasn't very long, so it didn't take too much away from the match. Overall I liked this even more than their excellent Sapporo title match from January; major key in that was the length - with this only going about 14 minutes, there wasn't any filler. It's that G1 magic, baby. Suzuki was absolutely amazing w/ his work over the knee of Tana, which continued the story of that previous match of theirs perfectly into this one. His strikes were also lovely, that slap exchange where Tana slapped MiSu a couple of times, and MiSu slapped Tana about 320 times was just so great. Tana's big comeback that I already talked about a bit was really good too - that Dragon Screw was BRUTAL. And MiSu sure sold it like DEATH. Great match. ****1/4
  7. ShittyLittleBoots

    Moustache Mountain vs. The Undisputed Era (WWE NXT 7/11/18)

    Just before the finish, Bate went in & broke Roddy's knee submission, which lead to the ref telling him to not do that very aggressively. I thought the finish seemed very silly on paper, but I also thought it worked in the context. EDIT: didn't notice Mike pointing out the exact same thing above me, shouldn't scroll rasslin forums when tired as hell
  8. ShittyLittleBoots

    Moustache Mountain vs. The Undisputed Era (WWE NXT 7/11/18)

    Right from the get go the dueling roars of "MOUSTACHE MOUNTAIN!" & "UNDISPUTED!" were really cool, really fit into the beginning of the match with them going at it right away, brawling all over the place. Then the big moment of the match happens; Roddy drops Seven knee first onto the steel steps. Kyle & Roddy torture the crap out of him, working over that knee in BRUTAL fashion; in particular Kyle was absolutely amazing during the heat segment. The heat segment overall is up there with the absolute greatest of 'em; incredibly compelling stuff. Tyler's eventual hot tag was goddamn superb, too - they milked it just enough & once he got the tag, and started busting out his signature big moves, I was marking out big time. He ran wild on Roddy & Kyle for a while - loved Roddy's brief cut-off's during that, especially that backbreaker one. Trent's one final stand was brilliant, with him swinging lariats & chops, as well as he could with a destroyed knee, but the Undisputed lads got the control by going after that knee once again, very quickly. Tyler coming in one last time to break Roddy's murderous looking knee submission, only for the ref to tell him to stop doing that or he's gonna get his team DQ'd was excellently executed, I thought. After that's it's all bum-knee-getting-destroyed-to-shits -drama, and incredibly compelling at that w/ Kyle torturing Trent with that Heel Hook. Brilliant drama, brilliant psychology, brilliant structure & brilliant performances from all involved. A tag team classic. As of now it's my pick for the tag team & WWE MOTY. ****3/4
  9. Damn this match has a cool atmosphere w/ it happening outdoors & the rain pouring down relentlessly. Most of the match goes to Suzuki, who is pretty much always a joy to watch work on top, and this time he didn't work the leg of Okada for him to no sell it, so Okada's selling was just fine throughout. As were his comebacks. It's certainly not the epic they had at G1 27, but it's a really good match w/ a very unique setting, to say the least. ***3/4
  10. ShittyLittleBoots

    Riki Choshu vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/02/96)

    First of all, MUCH thanks to Richeyedwards for uploading this! One of my all-time favorite matches. The review: CHOSHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU *******
  11. ShittyLittleBoots

    Shinya Hashimoto vs. Victor Zangiev (NJPW 4/24/1989)

    One of the most famous, and also one of the best, sub-10 minute matches ever. Zangiev's throws are absolutely AMAZING, the mat work is fantastic & Hash's strikes are as deadly as ever. What really stood out to me was the way the control shifted too - everything happened super naturally, and the match had a real wild feel to it because of Zangiev's terrific offense. And of course that spit spot, my goodness. So amazing. Such great storytelling in such short time. Such a tight, amazing package of a match. ****1/2
  12. ShittyLittleBoots

    Riki Choshu vs Shinya Hashimoto (NJPW G-1 Climax 08/02/96)

    Does anyone know where this can be seen, now in 2018? It's not on World & the old dailymotion links are deleted
  13. ShittyLittleBoots

    Jay White vs. Juice Robinson (NJPW G1 Special in San Francisco 7/7/18)

    Well this was just incredible. Amazing dynamic w/ the broken hand of Juice; his babyface work is of course absolutely incredible & Jay White seriously showed up big time here. Let's just say that in January watching his match vs. Tana I certainly wouldn't have expected to have a match that's mostly dominated by him to be very, very high on my best matches of 2018 list. Phenomenal performance by the man. Fantastic work on top & all around masterful heel work. The crowd deserves lots of love, too - in the age that we live in where "cool" heels are getting cheered regularly, it was very cool to hear them give Switchblade an old school treatment w/ their chants & boos. Basically every element clicked perfectly & it resulted in a masterpiece. ****3/4
  14. ShittyLittleBoots

    Dragon Lee vs Hiromu Takahashi (NJPW G1 Special In San Francisco 7/7/2018)

    That Phoenixplex... Horrifying, absolutely horrifying. Definitely took me out of the match a little bit, that shit looked so damn scary. Everything before that was absolutely great though. Lovely, explosive, intense action w/ the 2 just trying to destroy each other with everything they got. Maybe their 2nd best match against one another. ****
  15. They had a MOTN at Dominion, and they delivered another banger here. Just a notch below that said Dominion meeting, but still very, very good; vintage Bucks pace, atmosphere & energy all the way through. ***1/2