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[2001-07-27-NOAH-Accomplish Our First Navigation] Yoshinari Ogawa vs Michael Modest

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This is a great little match and from what I've seen in APW, ROH and Noah, this is the best singles match I've seen Modest in. Modest does this cool drop toe hold cutoff on Ogawa where he stun guns him on the second rope early on before going after Ogawa's injured taped up left shoulder. Once Modest sees Ogawa's taped arm, he begins going after it with some neat looking arm yanks and armlocks. Modest also does a great job at stalling and playing up to the crowd and he makes them believe he can pull off the upset. However, his own overconfidence costs him. Great match.

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Modest is a largely underrated early-to-mid 2000s junior heavyweight whose “thumbs up” schtick was over like rover with the NOAH fanbase. Against Ogawa, these two put on quite the entertaining match-up. After a little showboating to open, Modest starts in with his meathead armwork, hitting a nasty armwhip onto the mat before tearing at Ogawa’s shirt and the bandaged shoulder or throwing a steel chair at Ogawa’s arm. Ogawa’s sells it well, making the ole “pull on the arm” trick look like Modest is trying to yank it out of socket. Of course, the early 2000s was all about absurd offense so we get a bit of that from Modest but we also get some cool tricks, like the bridging top rope fisherman suplex. Modest, being the little Mr. Clean gronk he is, breaks his own pin attempt to deliver the Schwein and then poses, allowing Ogawa to put his foot on the ropes before Modest can cover him. This costs him the match, as Ogawa hits the backdrop hold for a nearfall and then cradles him up for the pinfall. A bit on the silly side but a solid breeze through worth checking out.

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