Watched The Super Smash Brothers vs. The Young Bucks from PWG's Death to all but Metal a few days ago after a month or so of having it d/l'ed. No DQ match from some time in the summer of this year. I can say this match blew me away. I expected not so much from it and I'm calling it the MOTY for 2012. I never expected anything to top Tanahashi vs Okada from 6/16 but this easily eclipsed it. Here is a link:
on xwt it's freeleech until 1/1 and for all you amroseaholics there is a pack on there that has all (18) of his FCW matches on it. I d/l'ed this so i can try to see what all this *********** is all about. will report back.
I remember trying to stay up late for SNL when I was a little kid and watching this when it came on in its place. I knew wrestling existed but didn't understand why anyone cared. Needless to say mind was blown and I was a fan for life. Those damn Hebners.
I've been trying to broaden my writing horizons because lately I'm very unsatisfied with the WWE product and really can't get into TNA at all. I know next to nothing about NJPW but saw a review of this card on a dirt sheet site I frequent and saw this match had high marks. It's amazing to me the difference between this and WWE. Without knowing any of the lead up to this match, and not understanding a word of Japanese I was able to follow the story in this match without any problems at all.
Having a sometimes short attention span it's hard for me to get into a match that's 45-55 minutes long, especially in one setting, but after the apron DDT Okada delivered to Tanahashi fairly early in the match I was hooked. Certainly going to try to find other matches, and maybe make an effort to follow what's going on in NJPW.
Nice to see some love for NJPW . That match was special though. I'd call that the very best match of the 2000's just eclipsing Okada vs Naito on 3/4/12 and Kobashi vs Joe from ROH.
That 3/4/12 match was only Okada's first title defense after shocking the world on 2/12 beating Tanahashi for the belt in only his first real match in NJPW since 2009 when he was a bottom carder.
Nakamura vs Sakuraba on 1/4/13 is a good way to get into the #3 guy in the promotion. This guy just oozes charisma like Okada does. It's also a pretty short match at < 15 and lots of people praise it for their MotY.
Was thinking more about Okada and I figured out he's pretty much the Japanese Alberto Del Rio. He wins his first match in about 2 minutes. He wins the title in his 2nd match. Drops the belt 4 months later. Wins the G-1 Climax tournament (9 day tournament where the winner (and loser) will have wrestled 10 matches). Rematch for the belt 5 months later at NJPW's Wrestlemania show but comes up short. Wins another tournament (New Japan Cup) two months later. Wins the belt back a few weeks later. All that in only 14 months. The only difference between him and Del Rio is there is no question that Okada is the most over wrestler in the promotion.
Matches I've watched today: Misawa/Akiyama vs Kawada/Taue: One of the GOAT matches. Kobashi vs Akiyama - 12/23/00 - This match is smokin'. The ending sequence is spectacular. Kobashi goes for one of his higher up signature moves, Akiyama counters, but Kobashi counters that, which in turn sets Akiyama up for Kobashi's finisher. It is dramatic to say the least. Kobashi vs Misawa - 6/11/99: This match is a war. Some nice spots and a spectacular finish. 5* from Meltzer and hard to argue but I'd say 1/20/97 is their best match which coincidentally didn't get 5* from Mr. Meltzer.