JKWebb Posted January 16, 2017 Report Share Posted January 16, 2017 This may be the most animated I've seen Joe Malenko. Kroffat and Malenko start this thing off, and of course they start getting pretty stiff with the blows. Usually, I've seen Malenko as more mat-based, but here, he's trading blow for blow Kroffat. It feels like a shoot when they crash to the outside. Malenko was even doing the Sting arms up in defense of Vader's punches here defending against Kroffat's kicks. That's something I've always liked when there is a dominating big man facing a smaller competitor. Kroffat gets on top of Malenko and starts pounding his head, but Kobashi has seen enough. He nails Kroffat in the back with the kick breaking it up. Kobashi eats a tombstone pretty early on in the match, which felt pretty out of place. Later in the match, he pretty much doesn't sell a DDT to the floor on the outside either. I guess you can see that he is still a little green, but his athleticism is on display here. Kobashi's offense looked really explosive throughout. This is not a great match, but there are some really fun things in this mixed bag. Joe felt like the glue of this encounter, so a really good performance from him. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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