Two classic matches this past weekend

My thoughts on the two great (as in ALL TIME GREAT) matches from NOAH 3/1.

NJPW vs. NOAH: Shiosaki & Sugiura vs. Nakamura & Milano
GHC Junior Title: Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. KENTA

These are my one and two for 2009 so far. I was completely and utterly losing my mind during both matches. This was Danielson vs. McGuinness in Liverpool levels of marking out and I was at that match in person. These matches didn’t have the live atmosphere going for them, yet I still managed to get so excited that I legit broke a spring in my couch by jumping to my feet on it (when Sug speared Milano into the corner and the ref jumped out of the way). I also ran around the room multiple times shouting OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD! when Nakajima flipped out of a Tiger Suplex in the prettiest spot I’ve seen in forever.

Shiosaki’s killing of Milano down the stretch was among the coolest, most memorable things I’ve ever seen in wrestling. The spinning overhand chop to a kneeling Milano was BRUTAL. That so needs to be his finisher. Suigiura was out of this world on the hot tag and all prior to that when stewing on the apron and in the early stages with Nakamura. He brought the emotion to this match more than anyone, and as mentioned earlier that running spear he nailed Milano with was GODLY.

Nakamura and Milano were great heels and Milano really had his working boots on and brought some really awesome innovative stuff to the table. Nakamura once again mocking the Misawa face wipe was beautiful.

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From The Vault – 5

It’s taken longer than I thought but I got back to watching some KENTA & Marufuji stuff. On the docket today we have their final four big matches as a regular team – all three of their matches from the 2005 Differ Cup and the big June 2005 title change against Sugiura & Kanemaru.

Differ Cup 2005 1st Round: KENTA & Marufuji vs. Ibushi & Kudo
This was before Ibushi and Kudo had everyone’s attention and going into the match they were merely two young DDT (small indy group) guys who were gonna get their butts handed to them. What actually happened was they stepped right up to the plate and put on what was at that time a career performance for them. K&M sold their asses off throughout the match, eating all of Kudo’s kicks full on and taking Ibushi’s flying perfectly. The went about 15 minutes and it was a damn fine 15 minutes. KENTA & Marufuji of course progressed to the semi finals, with the end coming from a brutal Busaiku Knee Kick on Ibushi. ****

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