Welcome to the return of Random Match Roundup! This is Random Match Roundup #6, where I review 5 random matches I have watched recently. Enough jabber, let’s get started.
Minoru Suzuki vs. Kazuchika Okada – NJPW G1 Climax 24 Day 11
This is everything a great match should be.There was awesome action, a hot crowd, good selling, great psychology, and a molten finish. Suzuki barely let the match begin before brutalizing Okada’s arm. The work on the arm was great throughout and Okada was good at selling it. However, Okada’s selling was inconsistent down the stretch and the arm psychology was lost. Other than that, there isn’t much bad. Suzuki looked like a killer and used strikes and submissions perfectly while Okada was gutsy and came out looking like an all-star. Okada is one of the best of all time already and Suzuki isn’t that far behind. This match consists of two great wrestlers in the world putting it all out there during the greatest tournament of all time.
Chris Hero vs. Human Tornado – Guerrilla Warfare Steel Cage Match – PWG Life During Wartime
Three words describe this match: hatred, intensity, and brutality. The feud between these two was all condensed into this one match, and it was done exceptionally well. To get the negatives out-of-the-way, the ref bump shit was silly and could have been done with only interference and Candice LaRae’s stuff was a little long-winded. Before that, though, this match was fittingly violent, and was one of the most violent matches in company history. Tornado and Hero killed themselves, but they also had a nice story. Hero seemed to slowly lose his mind in this match, but not in an over the top way. He just got more and more intense until he was trying to kill Tornado. Also, both guys working over each other’s legs was very novel, especially for a hardcore match. While the selling wasn’t perfect, it was as good as one can expect in these conditions. I can’t call this perfect because of the aforementioned flaws. But it is definitely a fitting end to a long-running feud.
Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama – NOAH Encountering Navigation 2004
This match is absolutely incredible. Never have I seen a match that is so stiff and brutal, while also having consistent and smart characters and strategies. Both men know what their character’s strengths and weaknesses are and how they would react in every situation. Takayama is exceptional in shoot strikes and limb work, so he tries to wear down Kobashi’s injured leg (which gets him massive heat) and Kobashi’s right arm. Kobashi, however, excels in throwing bombs and brutalizing his opponent. The best part is, these guys only get in trouble when they sway from their strengths and can regain the advantage if they use their talents. Also, Kobashi’s selling is super consistent and tremendous, which creates one of the best finishing sequences of all time. Everything these two did worked the crowd into a frenzy and the finish was an epic climax. The only thing holding me back from the full 5* is that the early portion of this match was underwhelming and very slow. That aside, this was a classic and could be a main event of any show.
Atsushi Maruyama vs. Hi69 – KAIENTAI Dojo Club-K SUPER in TKP Garden City Chiba
This is what random match roundup is all about; two generally unknown wrestlers having a pretty great match. Atsushi Maruyama worked over Hi’s leg like hell, and Hi sold it really well. The leg selling was forgotten a little, but I can suspend my disbelief and call it adrenaline. On top of the solid (if basic) leg psychology, there were some really hot sequences throughout the match that were really exciting. However, some strikes looked less than stellar and the move that finished the match was a little underwhelming. Even with the flaws, this was a really fun match, and should be watched. Thumbs up!
Toby Klein vs. Necro Butcher – Some Sort of Shit Everywhere Deathmatch – IWA-MS King of the Deathmatch 2004 Night 1
This match is so good in so many ways. It felt like a real fight, with brawling everywhere, and the delay between big spots was pretty good, and it was just perversely fun. By all means, this isn’t great and probably isn’t even good, but damn. These two went all out. To make matters better, CM Punk and Dave Prazak have their tongues firmly in their cheeks the entire match and make it super fun. I laughed a lot at the commentary and was mindlessly entertained by the violence. Also, the ref gets totally fucked up. THUMBS UP!
Rating: **3/4 (***** stars for entertainment)
That was Random Match Roundup #5. I urge you to watch all these matches, because they are all awesome in some way. If you want to be the first to see when every review, article, or RMR that goes up follow my twitter at @allthewrestling. Also, my email is under the link https://myjourneythroughwrestling.wordpress.com/contacts/ if you want to recommend any matches or shows. As always, I appreciate your time and hope to see you next time!
Best Match of the Roundup: Kenta Kobashi vs. Yoshihiro Takayama
Worst Match of the Roundup: Toby Klein vs. Necro Butcher