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[1996-08-06-NJPW-G1 Climax] Masa Chono vs Keiji Muto


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  • 1 month later...

I'd imagine this isn't as good as their '91 G-1 match, which I haven't seen, but it is still an excellent match with some great moments. Chono is awesome heeling it up, sneaking in a low blow, using Muto's figure four against him and otherwise causing problems. Muto fights from underneath for most of this and it works really well. This isn't the most fun-to-watch of all the matches from the G-1 that made this set, although it is fun to watch for sure, but there's an argument that it's the best match.

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  • 3 years later...

Whilst it could never hope to equal the original, this was a fine effort to honour the classic of 5 years before. They'd had bouts in '92 and '94 that hadn't delivered, so this was a welcome return to form for the rivalry.

 

The stakes were high with a final spot going to the victor. They produced a fairly lengthy encounter that showed the Strong Style near it's best. The construction was excellent and the pacing spot on. A little excitement to start, followed by purposeful matwork with relevant body part work. Then the build up to a crescendo with a smart finish. The crowd were red hot as well. It could have gone down as a G-1 classic, except that Chono and Mutoh weren't the wrestlers of 5 years ago. They brought their best efforts here but there were some blown spots that hurt it a little.

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  • 8 months later...

Good match with two guys who know how to milk every moment for maximum drama. There maybe a little TOO much milking of stuff here, leading to some downtime and repeated spots, but it was a dramatic match that had me thinking of a time limit draw before Chono pulled out a win.

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  • 5 months later...

Finally a match that really delivered for me on this disc compared to other commentators. Really hot action moving into purposeful mat work. Chono was great playing some good heel aspects without going overboard. Everything from the first STF on was highly dramatic. Something about these two together always seems to work and they bring out the best of each other. Another roll up finish which has been a thread throughout this tournament. ****

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  • 2 years later...

Definitely worked as a more traditional "big match" style match than any of the other G1 matches we've seen. In context it really works; I think I liked it much more in context than I would have watching it stand-alone. Crowd was super, super hot, and especially went nuts for the STF, and there was a cool escalation of rule-bending throughout the match. You really get the sense that this is an important, high-stakes match. Muto missing the moonsault ends up actually working really well for the ending -- makes more sense that Chono was able to capitalize and turn the figure four around on him.

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