Matches in chronological order; everything is HERE. Front page only has the last few months of updates.Match testimonials (updated 3/14/10)
Akiyama & Rikio vs Sasaki & Nakajima, tag league, 4/27/08. Akiyama and Rikio take the tournament with a win; Sasaki and Nakajima fight for pride. In the same vein as the memorable Akiyama/Rikio vs Takayama/Sugiura battle from 2007, this well-paced and loaded with great exchanges, and has a finish that's both dramatic and tight. Repost.
Kobashi & KENTA vs Sasaki & Nakajima, 6/14/08. Great video and audio helps make the stiffness that much more real. Going into this match you're expecting a lot of heavy strike exchanges, and boy-oh-boy does it deliver precisely that. Matwork? Strategy? Get that crud outta here. It's all-hitting, all the time. Repost.
Danielson vs Aoki, Aoki trial series, 5/15/08. Aoki is only a two year pro at this point, meaning we won't get a Danielson epic. That said, Aoki beat Davey Richards in January and thus won't be a pushover. Lots of solid technical work and good execution throughout. Considering how good this is with Danielson somewhat holding back, I'd kill for a rematch today. Repost.
Kondo vs Ishimori, junior title, 1/27/13, JIP. Two top dragon system students with quite distinct styles go at it. I especially like the last minute or so as the winner steadily plugs away.
Morishima vs KENTA, GHC title, 1/27/13, JIP. Morishima retained over KENTA in September, but KENTA beat Morishima during the fall singles tournament and ended up winning the whole thing. We know that Morishima's path to victory is the backdrop. KENTA has both the G2S and GAME OVER lock, but is either enough to bring Morishima's best career run to an end?
Kobashi vs Gladiator (Mike Awesome), GHC title, 12/4/04, JIP. I clipped this because for some reason they decided to book Mike Awesome to go 28 minutes when he got famous for 10-15 minute sprints. Thankfully they do kick it into gear for the last third, with plenty of the bombs one would expect from the two of them.
Minoru Suzuki & Marufuji vs Akiyama & Koshinaka, 11/5/05. Hidden gem from the best show of 2005. Marufuji's bumping is vital to this, but more important is the DETAIL of it. Little things like Akiyama idly cutting Marufuji off from his knees, Marufuji doing his run-over-the-back stomps with a different target, Suzuki doing a ton of work to set up two slaps at different parts of the match and Akiyama's callback to it, etc. Hardly any downtime, lots of charisma on display, lots of fun, and a big finish. Repost.
Kobashi & Taue vs Akiyama & Tenryu, 9/18/05. Really hot start between Tenryu's stooging, Kobashi being pissed, and Taue taking care o' bidness. Tenryu's chop exchange selling is great as always. He proves that sometimes the only way to win is not to play. Watch how Taue sells the impact of *giving* a DDT on the ramp, to a lot of crowd response. Tenryu's hot tag is both awesome and hilarious. Things really pick up from there, and we get a huge feel-good finish. This sort of "dream tag" often falls short of the combined talent in the ring, but they deliver here. Repost.
Akiyama & Tenryu vs Kobashi & Shiozaki, 4/24/05. Tenryu is so great in this. The contempt for Go; the selling for Kobashi. He makes Kobashi look *dangerous* rather than just tough like everyone else tries for. Shiozaki is all "yay I get to tee off on the old man!" and Tenryu pops him in the mouth. Shiozaki is all "I'm turning the tables on Akiyama, yay!" and Tenryu swats him down. Tenryu's glares at Kobashi while he beats on Shiozaki are fantastic. Kobashi guarding but also yelling at Go to get up is a wonderful touch. Kobashi gets the hot tag and takes over, and only then do we get the big Kobashi/Tenryu strike exchange you expect at the outset of the match. The way Tenryu sets up and milks a nearfall on Shiozaki is exactly the sort of detail that shows why he's one of the best of all time. Haven't seen this yet? Snap to it. Repost.
KENTA vs SUWA, junior title, 9/18/05. I can't think of a match in recent years that was loved so universally and unconditionally. SUWA delivers a heeling tour-de-force, just being the god-king of Jerk Mountain and reveling in his own vileness. The pre-match is memorable, SUWA's inventive and non-stop cheating is memorable, and the finish is big enough to pay the whole deal off. Any pro wrestling fan should be able to enjoy this. Repost.
Sugiura vs KENTA, Global League final, 11/23/12. In line with their big match a year earlier: lots of heavy-hitting and bombs. Some *really* strong nearfalls in the closing minutes.
Kobashi, KENTA & Marvin vs Misawa, Sugiura & Kanemaru, 4/3/05. There's lots of good pairings here that we don't get much of, like Kobashi/Misawa (they rarely faced off on TV after 2003), Kobashi/Sugiura, even Misawa/Marvin. Hot KENTA vs Sugiura start. Kobashi/Misawa feels big even if they were paired with juniors in a non-main match. Misawa dishes out an extra-nasty elbow early on to remind you why his elbow is not to be messed with. In addition to the pairings, there's also more urgency here than one would expect, with outside-the-ring save attempts, a hot second helping of Kobashi/Misawa, and a strong sprint to the finish. I vividly recall how much this match surpassed my expectations in 2005 and it holds up. Repost.