Random Match Roundup #5

Hello everyone and welcome to Random Match Roundup #5. This is where I review 5 raandom matches I have watched recently. Lets begin!

Road-to-TNB-2015

Tomaoki Honma vs. Kota Ibushi – (NJPW New Beginning is Osaka 2015)

These guys are two of my favorite, so when this match was announced, I freaked out. Honma has to be one of the top 10 wrestlers in the world today and Ibushi isn’t far behind him. Its been great to see Ibushi transition from a spot based wrestler to the total package. This match consisted of Honma controlling for extended periods, but his mistakes allow Ibushi to gain the advantage. This made Honma look great and very competitive while Ibushi was just the more talented wrestler. Honma is so good at being just competitive enough to make the nearfalls count while simultaneously making his opponent look awesome. This match did just enough to be great while also leaving more for a potential rematch. I hope these guys wrestle in the G1.

Rating: ****

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SWB vs. Frankie Arion – (CTWE Briccomania IV)

            This match was quite the mixed bag. There were some really fun sequences, especially once Arion took control, and Arion bumped like hell for this match. At one point he took an apron powerbomb, but only his head hit the apron and he landed hard on the floor. Also, the psychology of this match, while basic, was solid and SWB was a good Memphis style heel. The problem with this match is that it was very slow early and nothing really happened. SWB controlled the match but he abused the rear chin lock and spent too much time stalling. Also, the exciting sequences were few and far between and most sequences lacked any sort of intensity. This match isn’t bad by and means, but it was just nothing special.

Rating: **3/4

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Samoa Joe vs. Low Ki- Fight Without Honor- (ROH Glory by Honor I)

Due to Samoa Joe’s recent announcement, I thought it would be fitting to review one of his matches here. First, however, I want to say thank you to Samoa Joe for putting your body on the line for 16 years to entertain the fans. If you retired tomorrow, all the fans would love and respect you because you are a legend. I hope that this will be a new era for Samoa Joe

Now on to the match. This match was the stereotype match for strong style in the US. There were plenty of headdrops, submissions, and vicious and stiff strikes. Low Ki and Joe destroyed each other for nearly 20 minutes. It was 2 hosses trading bombs, which is odd since Ki is so small. It just goes to show that how a wrestler carries him/herself can influence the crowd’s perspective of them. This was the perfect debut match for Samoa Joe; he fought one of ROH’s best at the time and nearly won. Every booker should watch this to see how to create a star. Slap a hotter finishing sequence on this match and you would have a near-classic. Without a very hot finish, however, this is merely great.

Rating: ****

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Big Ryck vs. Drago vs. El Mariachi Loco vs. Fenix vs. King Cuerno vs. Mascarita Sagrada vs. Pentagon Jr. vs. Prince Puma vs. Son Of Havoc vs. Super Fly – (Lucha Underground 10/04/14)
This match was a mess, but it was so fun. Just flips, slams, and superkicks galore. All 10 guys worked hard to make this memorable and it paid off. They may have worked too hard, however, as flips and slams lost their meaning and everything just seemed to blend together. I can’t really remember specific spots from the match even though I just watched it. A little time to breath would have improve this match tenfold and made the spots more memorable. But with ten guys, this is the match I expected. A very easy and exciting watch from beginning to end.

Rating: ***1/4

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Drew Gulak vs. Dan Barry – (Beyond Wrestling All Killer 2013)

            This was some really solid wrestling. Drew Gulak is so good at pure wrestling and Dan Barry more than kept up. Gulak makes the old and simple new and exciting through his unique wrestling. For God’s sake, he can make a headlock entertaining by using creative transitions from hold to hold. Barry added a nice dynamic for Gulak by matching Gulak’s matwork and trying for the high impact offense. This match isn’t for everyone, but, if you like it, this is a treat. It’s just nice, calm wrestling for 20 minutes.

Rating: ****

 

Thank you for reading this Random Match Roundup. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. You can check out my contacts at the link https://myjourneythroughwrestling.wordpress.com/contacts/. See you next time!

Best Match of the Roundup: Kota Ibushi vs. Tomaoki Honma

Worst Match of the Roundup: SWB vs. Frankie Arion

 

-Terrance Smith

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