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Clayton Jones

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  1. What a year Thatcher had. He's certainly in my top 5 for the year, if he had a run on top of any promotion for an extended period he'd probably be my #1. I like Lawlor as a character and for the special attraction he brings by booking him but I don't think I've ever enjoyed one of his matches as much as I did this one. This was somewhere between shoot style, catch wrestling, and a straight up pro wrestling fight. Nasty and visceral with a deliberate and satisfying build. And man, what a finish.
  2. I have a pretty neutral opinion of both of these teams so I was surprised by how much I liked this match when all was said and done. Which makes sense because the Young Bucks are masters of making you think they're going to schtick their way through a match, only to have you hooked before you even realize it's happening. By the end of this match I was rooting for Super Smash Bros hard even though I didn't have a rooting interest going in. That to me is the mark of a match that has some awesome work put in from everyone involved. There's no doubt these are two teams that are great at chaining together offense and that's fully on display here. But so are plenty of little touches that take this from a fun match early on to something much more by the end. And this had a live energy that really came through on tape even without the max volume commentary.
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    2019 Match of the Year

    Harada VS Minoru Tanaka from 3/10 for the GHC Junior Championship was pretty damn good. Not necessarily MOTYC caliber on a year like this but well worth checking out.
  4. This was good but definitely not great like the UWFi encounter. The leg lock portion is easy to point to as the more boring portion of the match but really it's indicative of the bigger problem, Takada is lacking the urgency and fire (using that term loosely) that Tenryu beat out of him the first time around. This still felt big and had some great moments, but as a complete package felt much more disjointed to me than the pseudo shoot style that was so fascinating to see Tenryu work previously. I was glad to watch these matches back to back after never having them on my radar previously, enjoyed both, but I doubt I'll ever revisit this one.
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    [2018-06-19-NJPW-Dominion] EVIL & SANADA vs Young Bucks

    This match was featured on my blog last week and I was way into it. The Young Bucks struck a good balance between their usually shithead personalities and actual likeable sympathetic babyfaces. The flip side of that is as nivvad mentioned SANADA & EVIL made for great aggressive no-nonsense opponents who wanted to put the Bucks away and make them hurt while doing so. The first half of the match set the table effectively but like a lot of Bucks matches the second half gets so good it catches you off guard at times. If there was a rematch from this one I'd love to see it.
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    [2019-01-05-Wrestle-1] Shotaro Ashino vs T-Hawk

    I didn't have any issues with T-Hawk's selling in this one. I thought he kept it a focus right up until the end, never making it out that he was totally hobbled, but clearly it was a constant factor from the moment Ashino targeted it. In general I thought his selling was believable and engaging, which I don't always expect from a match like this. I agree that Ashino was great in this start to finish too. I liked the way their styles meshed and would love to see a rematch.
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    [2007-07-21-BattlARTS] Munenori Sawa vs Hayato Jr Fujita

    This felt a bit like a young lion's match, where pride is on the line above all else, basically a contest of who blinks first. It had good amount of pro wrestling flair for a BattlArts match, similar to when guys like Hidaka or Ibushi work there. I liked the approach Sawa and Fujita brought even if it felt like a bit of a work in progress. By the end they packed a lot into a relatively short match without doing a ton, and delivered a great conclusion.
  8. I wrote some notes for this match a long time ago for a short lived project that never made it to the internet. Might as well dust them off and share them here. Vader sucker punching Fujinami before the bell and exclaiming "motherfucker!" in frustration while throwing a chair really sets the tone for this match. He then proceeds to attempt to rupture Fujinami's ear drum, and later holds him by the hair while trapping his arms and throws relentless unprotected shots to his face. Jesus. Even by Vader standards there's some brutal stuff in this match. Fujinami to his credit fires up with some stiff shots right back, getting the crowd behind him to the point he gets a great reaction from a kick out on a simple slam. Which really does feel like an accomplishment thanks to his selling and the punishment he's endured. Like a lot of Vader matches this is essentially a two act play and I can see the first act being a bit slow to some, but I was into this start to finish. Vader throws a clothesline that I noted "sounds like a piece of meat being thrown on the ground." That's my lasting memory of this one.
  9. This match is featured on my blog this week (cheap plug) and I thought it was awesome. Really the best possible combination of what these two were capable of around this time period. I much prefer the second half of Kanemoto's career to the first, once he added that layer of surly veteran to his already dickhead persona. Ibushi is a perfect young fearless opponent who is more than up to the challenge and opportunity in front of him. He brings some amazing highspots as you would expect, Kanemoto brings a tight and exciting structure, and by the end I'd be hard pressed to knock anything about this match. I've been wanting to watch it for a long while and it didn't disappoint in the slightest.
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    [1975-11-20-Joint Promotions] Clive Myers vs Steve Grey

    Fixed the date, thanks Microstatistics!
  11. I revisited this match tonight and it was much better than I remembered. I could see the criticisms of a few minutes of bloat but otherwise I was hooked on the back and forth. Peaks and valleys indeed. Their match from March is certainly better and more suited to their strengths at this time but this was still pretty damn good. Maybe great. Everyone had a clear role to play, especially Akiyama with his disappointed thousand yard stare. I thoroughly enjoyed this and feel like it largely got a bad rap by a guy who doesn't know that Ricky Marvin was a world class worker in the mid 2000s.
  12. From the Spectrum, a 10 minute walk from my house growing up. My parents used to always tell me how popular Putski was, and they weren't lying. This was good crisp tag team wrestling while it lasts, which unfortunately isn't long at all. A fun watch for what it was.
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    Favorite 3 -5 year peak from a worker?

    And I also couldn't agree more.
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    Favorite 3 -5 year peak from a worker?

    I peaked in here to see if anyone had mentioned this and am very glad someone did.
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    Jim Breaks Arrested For Beating Wife To Death

    If I'm going to be objective Jim Breaks is the greatest British pro wrestler of all-time. Why he he had an ex-wife who was 33 years younger than him is one of those things that feels wrong right off the bat. How a situation like this could occur, faculties about him or not, just reinforces that doubt. Just awful all around.
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