Random Match Roundup #4

Hello everyone! Welcome to the Random Match Roundup #4. This is where I review 5 random matches I watched recently. Without further ado, lets begin.

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Green Ant vs. Mike Quackenbush (CHIKARA The Thirteenth Hat 2012)
            This was a really cool mat based match. There were plenty of very innovative sequences and submissions throughout. Green Ant was able to keep up with Quack’s absurd technical wrestling and was able to one up Quack throughout the matchup. The intensity picked up at just the right time and the finish was awesome. This was a really fun match that is surely recommended.

Rating: ***1/2

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Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka (NJPW Summer Struggle 2000)

This match is the perfect combination of junior heavyweight action and puroesu stiffness. The beginning of the match started with absolutely brutal stiffness that would even make Tomohiro Ishii cringe. There was also some good technical wrestling sprinkled in to diversify the match. The finish, however, is where the match really shines. It was chaos, but, unlike most spotfests, this match never had absurd kickouts. The drama came from whether a wrestler could execute a high-impact move without getting reversed. When the nearfalls do happen, though, they are terrific. One actually made me gasp at how close it actually was to 3. Some good tag team sequences put this match over the top as an elite, classic, and perfect match.

Rating: *****

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Finn Bálor vs. Adrian Neville – (NXT Takeover Rivals)
            This match was so awesome. The match started out slow, even for me, but there was some solid psychology of Neville scouting Bálor’s tope con hilo, which was good. After Bálor hit the tope, though, this match was insane. These two threw everything at each other, but did it in such a way that the nearfalls weren’t compromised. Therefore, when each guy tried for a finisher, it meant a lot. Also, the nearfalls were so close and had the crowd in a frenzy. Some great spots, an insane crowd, and great building to a fantastic finish makes this just below a MOTYC.

Rating: ****1/4

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Masato Tanaka vs. The Gladiator (AKA Mike Awesome) – (FMW Cluster Battle 1997)

This match was exactly what you would expect from these guys. There were excessive headdrops, brutal chairshots, and terrifying bumps, and it was great. These two would pull many of their sequences in their ECW matches from this match. For example, the sequence ending in Masato Tanaka powerboming Awesome out of the ring to the floor was nearly identical. This powerbumb might have been more brutal, though, because 1.) The table was the cliché japanese table that barely broke and 2.) Awesome mostly missed the table and went directly to the floor and landed on his neck. The brutality in this match is unbelievable and matches their later matches in ECW. I get if the style of match turns some people off, but I enjoyed it. Recommended for sure.

Rating: ****

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Generation Me vs. Motor City Machine Guns – Full Metal Mayhem – (TNA Final Resolution 2010)

            This was the standard ladder spotfest with some innovation. These two teams worked at a nice, fast pace that kept me mostly engaged the whole way through. I’ve seen both teams do better, though, and this match underwhelmed me a bit. Some spots were basic and the finish was directly lifted from Wrestlemania 2000. The finish sequence, however, was well done and, since they saved the table spots for the finishing sequence, the tables felt important. This was slightly marred by the sub par commentary and pathetic crowd. This is good, but there are tons of ladder matches better than this.

Rating: ***1/4

 

Thank you for reading this week’s Random Match Roundup! I hope you enjoyed it and found a match you might want to watch. If you want to request a review or contact me, my contacts are at the link https://myjourneythroughwrestling.wordpress.com/contacts/. Thanks for reading and see you next time.

Best Match of the Roundup: Shinjiro Otani & Tatsuhito Takaiwa vs. Koji Kanemoto & Minoru Tanaka

Worst Match of the Roundup: Generation Me vs. Motor City Machine Guns

 

-Terrance Smith

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