corwo Posted April 15, 2022 Report Share Posted April 15, 2022 It’s no secret that I’m quite high on Iizuka and Izuchi. So, when I heard they had a sub-one-minute main event, I knew I had to see it. Iizuka jumps Izuchi at the opening bell with a running knee strike. Thinking he has Izuchi down for the count, Iizuka goes to celebrate, only to turn around and see that his foe is back to his feet. Iizuka goes for a flurry of strikes and back elbows, but Izuchi has his guard up and catches him flush with a knee. Izuchi then clamps on a chokehold to tap out Iizuka in under a minute. This would be easy to dismiss as “just an angle,” but I loved the way the match played out. Iizuka’s overconfidence costing him is a wonderful, easy-to-digest, self-contained story. The fact that they got there in so little time is a testament to both competitors. Izuchi’s look of incredulity after the bell is also fantastic. More than anything, I like how this match turns what a main event should look like on its head. It doesn’t need any fancy set pieces, flashy moves, or big nearfalls. All it needs is a little effort. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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