New Japan’s G1 Climax Tournament has come and gone, leaving behind an indelible mark on the sport of Pro Wrestling, and setting the bar higher than it’s ever been set in the history of the business. After 3 weeks of nothing but pure classics like Tanahashi/Shibata, Styles/Suzuki, and Honma/Shibata to name a few, all good things must come to an eventual end.
Yes, the Main Event from just a few, mere hours ago. The winner of Block A: “The King of Strong Style” Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The winner of Block B: “The Rainmaker” Kazuchika Okada. Two members of the same crew, CHAOS. Two men who have teamed up in tag action almost 30 times this year alone. Two of the three biggest stars in the company, and two of the five best wrestlers in the world.
It’s the single biggest match they could possibly book, a match we swore they wouldn’t pull the trigger on, and yet here it is. Early word is that this shattered all iPPV records with a 6-figure buyrate. Short story long, here it is: OKADA vs. NAKAMURA
If Warrior didn’t leave before Survivor Series 1992, when was Mr Perfect supposed to come back?
So, I know everybody shits on their Summerslam match, but this is a great little TV match as Shawn and Curt try to out-sell each other. It drags a little in the middle, but two ridiculous Shawn bumps and a pretty great ending sequence (if not a great ending) make it well worth watching… and it makes it all the weirder that their Summerslam match wasn’t better.
Well, to be fair, everyone shits on their Summerslam match because the WWF themselves basically did everything short of literally going on TV and promising a ***** match and it was only **1/2 or so. But yeah, I’ve seen this match and it was damn good, and they had one on Coliseum Video somewhere that was damn good as well, and to this day I can’t understand why they didn’t click.
See also: Rey Mysterio v. Eddie Guerrero at Wrestlemania 21.
Flair and Ramon were actually kind of a money combination. But just think of the bar tab!
Chris from Marianosaves. My favorite growing up was Mr. Perfect. This is my eulogy for him. http://marianosaves.wordpress.com/2013/02/11/ten-years-later-the-death-of-perfection/
When I was a kid I had a Coliseum Video I bought at K-Mart called WWF Greatest Champions. It was about 2 hours long and profiled ‘The Ultimate Warrior’, ‘The Hart Foundation’, ‘Mr.Perfect’ and ‘Hulk Hogan’. After a few clips of famous matches, they would show a full length match showcasing a successful title defense by the respective champion(s). Because Mr. Perfect was the only heel profiled, they showed a match against ‘The British Bulldog’ in which Perfect retained in controversial fashion (the faces that were profiled had matches in which they won clean). I searched for it after seeing your “Match of the Day” segments on the blog (which are great BTW) and re-watched it. Not as good as I remembered, but I thought that Bulldog and Perfect had CRAZY chemistry and could have made for an awesome program, and I was hoping you could post this as a future “Match of the Day”. The match is pure fun from the initial test of strength that has Perfect quite audibly calling Bulldog a “sonuvabitch” to Bret Hart’s CLASSIC “oh-you’re-not-gonna-BELIEVE-this-shit” look to Bulldog after hearing Hebner’s excuse for DQ. Thanks for any thought you give to posting this.
Since there is so much incessant whining on this site I figured I would go the opposite direction and ask; what are some instances in which the booking and payoff of an angle are pretty much done to perfection? Just going off the top of my head I would list the following: The Triple H/Undertaker/Michaels Hell in the Cell Match, The Warrior vs Savage retirement match, and the Big Bossman vs the Mountie Jailhouse match. I had to list the last one because The Mountie totally had it coming and it was SO much fun to watch him get dragged out of the Garden and later in Jail. I'm sure I am leaving out a lot but like I said I just listed the first things that came to mind.