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  1. Clayton Jones

    [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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Clayton Jones

    Favorite 3 -5 year peak from a worker?

    And I also couldn't agree more.
  9. Clayton Jones

    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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    Jim Breaks Arrested For Beating Wife To Death

    Disgusting response.
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    [2017-01-27-EVOLVE 76] Chris Hero vs Keith Lee

    This sounds much closer to my opinion of this match than most reviews I read. I thought these guys did one hell of a job adapting and most likely turning in a more focused and meaningful performance as a result of the circumstances. When they stood toe to toe my first thought was "I hope they just beat the hell out of each other" and because of the ropes they pretty much had to do just that. The second rope break probably didn't do the match any favors but on a whole I thought this was brutal, gritty, and engaging. Also worth noting that Leonard did a great job on commentary (besides his strange emphasis on Lee trying to break out as a singles wrestler for the first time) and the match was shot beautifully.
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    [1999-09-15-GAEA] Aja Kong vs Meiko Satomura

    I just sat down to this match for the second time and it floored me the first time I watched it and it did so again this time. A lot of great joshi is about the emotion more than the execution or even sometimes the internal logic, but this match strikes an impressive balance between all of those factors. Satomura feels more like a force of nature than a wrestler here. As others have said it's Aja's match, but even for the first half as she dominates you can tell that there's something about Meiko that is throwing her off her game. She does a fantastic job of subtlety showing frustration and especially that Satomura is doing more damage than she wants to let on when she does get her rare offense. That's a hard story to even articulate let alone convey through pro wrestling but Aja does it beautifully. Too often she tries to do things her way instead of taking Satomura out as efficiently as possible and as the match plays out it starts to backfire on her. At times it feels like her hubris is going to be her downfall. And to Meiko's credit the amount of fire and tenacity she shows is second to none and makes you believe she can actually pull this thing out. This match is fantastic, I wish it had been on the stage and spotlight that joshi had in its prime.
  14. I just watched this for the second time and while this feud probably gets a lot of attention for the impressively athletic exchanges these two innovated, on second viewing the psychology of the match was what really impressed me. What starts out as a friendly game of one-upmanship gets increasingly competitive and snug as the lower weight class underdog Grey continuously gets the better of Myers. In the first round or so Myers almost seems a little dismissive of Grey in a good natured way but that doesn't last long. As we get into the later rounds Myers becomes increasingly aggressive, taking a handshake opportunity to almost attack Grey, landing some tight shots and throws. He also eventually turns the tide decisively in his favor which leads to Grey opening up late throwing caution to the wind in the attempt of victory. This is a beautiful match and among the best I've seen from Britain.
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    [1995-09-02-AJW-Destiny] Manami Toyota vs Akira Hokuto

    Wow, even by big match joshi standards this was something else. There was a moment in the last five minutes or so where I stopped thinking about the match critically and just went with it because it was too damn enthralling. More than a spotfest but also just as much spectacle as it is a match, I think the reason it could be misinterpreted as a spotfest is because it's based more around pride and respect than it is around hate. But still, it hardly felt like the point of this match was to execute cool moves, there was much more on the line than that.