dawho5 Posted January 18, 2014 Report Share Posted January 18, 2014 So I got back into wrestling recently and discovered I have different tastes after 7-8 years of not watching any. One of the big things I noticed was something about a wrestler I really used to enjoy and now find myself unable to watch more than 2 or 3 matches without having to find somebody else to watch. That isn't to say I don't enjoy some of the work, just parts of it I find bothersome, especially when grouped into multiple matches strung together. Koji Kanemoto is somebody I really wish I could call a great wrestler. He has good kicks (I really like his spinning side kick to the ribs, looks brutal), a great dickish sort of charisma, an incredible moonsault and his bridges on German and tiger suplexes are absolutely incredible. However, several things he does tend to annoy me pretty quickly these days. First and foremost, despite how nice it does look, is his belly-to-belly. Almost invariably, when it comes time for a late match turnaround to get to the finishing run, Koji's opponent will start rope-running like a madman. Which leads, not *always* right away, but it always does lead to the suplex. Which is usually not too far from big-nearfall moonsault time, after of course the front slam and the single fist. On that same note, a lot of his '90s matches I have seen (haven't seen much of his work after 2000 but it seems similar) follow a very similar flow. I suppose you could say that about a lot of the NJ juniors stuff at the time. Either way, it seems to me that good wrestlers are the guys who are physically capable of outstanding performances in the ring, but never really got the mental part of wrestling fully. They can put their spots in the right order and do all the things they need to, yes, but they don't adapt mid-match to their opponent. After watching more than a little Stan Hansen, he seems really good at building a match based on what has happened so far and where it is going, not trying to fit it into some pre-conceived structure he had in his head. This to me is what makes great wrestlers great. On a slightly sad note, I have been looking at Ultimo Dragon in a very similar way to how I (before I could truly articulate it) looked at Koji Kanemoto in terms of enjoying his matches. Will have to delve a little deeper into that when I reach a good stopping point on my AJPW. My question to all of you is: Who fits this kind of experience for you? Why? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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