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#1 Edited by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

@mezmero: Ha, I was so focused on 1) the action in the ring (and outside) and 2) getting the hell out of the way when wrestlers came anywhere close to my section (I was on the side closest to where Excalibur does commentary) that I didn't even notice that guy.

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#2 Posted by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

That PWG show last night was the most fun wrestling event I've ever attended. My friends and I had a blast, even with the delay from the ring being worked on. Great first PWG experience.

Ricochet vs. Lio Rush was my favorite match of the night. It's my favorite kind of wrestling story: young guy gives his best shot to the established vet. Even better with Ricochet being a total dickhead to Rush the whole time for daring to step to him in Ricochet's house. Trent? vs. Fenix was a close second -- the perfect way to heat up the crowd again after the unexpected delay. That got wild as hell. The hoss tag match was my most anticipated of the evening; it didn't disappoint at all. Matt Riddle's the only one I hadn't seen much of beforehand, and it was immediately apparently why everyone's going wild for him. Not just a good wrestler, but a memorably charismatic, magnetic presence. He won me over instantly.

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#3 Edited by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

@mezmero: Hope you get in! Very excited for this to be my first PWG show. Also hoping the rain lets up a bit by tomorrow evening, haha.

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#4 Posted by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

@mezmero said:

Well PWG tickets sold out in under a minute. Likely due to the hype surrounding Zack Sabre Jr. vs Chuck Taylor (fuck yeah) in addition to the typical stacked card.

Managed to snag a couple, I'm pretty excited! This will be my first PWG show and my first time seeing basically everyone on the show in person.

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#5 Edited by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

Loved Omega vs. Okada so much, but I really hope Naito vs. Tanahashi doesn't get totally overshadowed. What a tremendous match with a great story mirroring Naito and Tanahashi.

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#6 Posted by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

Didn't think they could, but Okada and Marufuji absolutely topped their G1 match. The closing run in particular is SO good, they put in some killer work. Shibata/O'Reilly was as good as expected; I'm excited for EVIL to get his shot, and the next step of the NOAH feud to happen with Go Shiozaki stepping up against Shibata. Really enjoyed those NOAH punks against the New Japan dads, too. I'm always game for punk ass wrestlers being unbelievable dickheads to beloved veterans.

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#7 Edited by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

@redyoshi: Everyone says this every year, but I honestly think Shibata is a strong contender to win the G1 next year. He's finally fully committed to New Japan, and they clearly have big plans for him -- he's THE guy in the New Japan vs. NOAH feud that's brewing right now, and he's earned the respect of the old guard. The fans are pretty clearly ready to accept Shibata as a top guy. It'll happen in 2017, I think.

As for Goto, man, I really hope Gedo's playing the long game with him rather than just making him the new babyface Naito (i.e. the upper card guy who exists to put over dudes taking the next step). Goto's character has the potential to be SO INTERESTING: a guy with so much talent and heart who's just destined to fail, and who's lost his way. Being a sidekick to Okada because he's just failed so many damn times is such a demeaning position for Goto. I hope New Japan uses that!

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#8 Posted by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

So now that folks have hopefully seen the G1 matches that matter, what were your favorites? If I had to pick a top 10 off the top of my head, I'd go...

-- Kenny Omega vs. Tetsuya Naito
-- Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada
-- Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kazuchika Okada
-- Kenny Omega vs. Hirooki Goto
-- Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kazuchika Okada
-- Michael Elgin vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima
-- Michael Elgin vs. Kenny Omega
-- YOSHI-HASHI vs. Tetsuya Naito
-- Naomichi Marufuji vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi
-- Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito

And there's a bunch of good-to-great matches I could slot in here. What a fun tournament.

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#9 Edited by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -

It's wild that Naito/Omega is so good that it's overshadowing what a fantastic match Katsuhiko Nakajima and Michael Elgin had just before them. Those two fucking BRUTALIZED each other. Shibata/EVIL was strong, as well, exactly what I hoped for from that matchup.

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#10 Posted by Shinmaru007 (429 posts) -