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by GOTNW
Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:16 pm
Forum: Nominations
Topic: Tamon Honda
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Tamon Honda

Required viewing: vs Ikeda 9/1/2001 vs Akiyama 9/5/2001 vs Akitoshi Saito 3/30/2003 vs Kobashi 4/13/2003 w/Kobashi vs Akiyama/Saito 6/6/2003 An incredibly talented and unique performer whose best matches (the Kobashi classic in particular) have a special feel which entrenches itself into your memory...
by GOTNW
Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:00 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: Kazuchika Okada is the greatest singles wrestler in the history of wrestling.
Replies: 92
Views: 14839

Re: Kazuchika Okada is the greatest singles wrestler in the history of wrestling.

Who else in wrestling do you place within that authority? How many years of reviewing matches do you have to account for before you reach that echelon? The problem is, for THIS discussion when we are trying to compare a wrestler in 2017 to wrestlers in the early 90s and the 80s...there really isn't...
by GOTNW
Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

I'd have to take issue with the characterization that Kobashi and Akiyama was the sole draw on the first NOAH Tokyo Dome show when you had the first and only match that had Mitsuharu Misawa and Keiji Muto on opposite sides. It's quite peculiar how forgettable that one is. 2004 Dome still doesn't co...
by GOTNW
Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:45 pm
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

Does someone have the best spot to find NOAH attendance records. Want to give a hard look at those before deciding to vote for Akiyama or not. There really isn't anything more to conclude from looking at those. I wouldn't say much of anything made a difference outside of Misawa's and Kobashi's indi...
by GOTNW
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:26 pm
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

Since I see it was brought up again I can't believe people are still talking about Akiyama as this great failure of a draw. He was essentially in the position Nakamura was in New Japan post 2010, except the disparancy between him and Misawa/Kobashi was about five hundred times bigger than that of Na...
by GOTNW
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

Japan: I will vote and vote for no one unless I can be convinced otherwise. Akiyama, CIMA, Han, Suzuki, Tamura seem like the strongest candidates but none of them quite hit me as HOFers. What are you basing this on? I love Tamura and Han but that's just not happening. Their cases are too reliant on...
by GOTNW
Fri Sep 16, 2016 10:00 pm
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

Fujiwara finally appearing on the ballot is fascinating as Dave has rejected multiple requests by voters to include him for several years. I'll vote for him for many of the same reasons I supported Hamada (plus I think Fujiwara is an even better worker), but I do concede that he's a complicated can...
by GOTNW
Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

You can only credit so many people for the same thing.
by GOTNW
Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame
Topic: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion
Replies: 112
Views: 18178

Re: 2016 WON HOF Ballot & Discussion

Fujiwara finally appearing on the ballot is fascinating as Dave has rejected multiple requests by voters to include him for several years. I'll vote for him for many of the same reasons I supported Hamada (plus I think Fujiwara is an even better worker), but I do concede that he's a complicated can...
by GOTNW
Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Japan
Topic: Nominations
Replies: 14
Views: 3782

Re: Nominations

Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (NJPW 4/3/1983) Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (NJPW 4/21/1983) Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (NJPW 7/7/1983) Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (NJPW 8/4/1983 Gran Hamada vs Perro Aguayo (UWF 4/11/1984 ) Riki Choshu vs Genichiro Tenryu (JPW 2/21/1985 ) Yoshiaki F...
by GOTNW
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: United States
Topic: Nominations
Replies: 24
Views: 5096

Re: Nominations

koalachate wrote:Sami Zayn vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE 04/01/2016)
Big fan of people no-selling Sam's guidelines.
by GOTNW
Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: 2016 G1 Climax
Replies: 582
Views: 62118

Re: 2016 G1 Climax

Ditch wrote an article about it years ago: "Chairs: It’s not uncommon to see a chair used in a casual manner during a normal match in a normal fed, with no DQ. Why? Because the average Japanese chair is mostly lightweight plastic. They give a good ‘whack’ sound, but do no actual damage. Bad for fans...
by GOTNW
Mon Aug 15, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: 2016 G1 Climax
Replies: 582
Views: 62118

Re: 2016 G1 Climax

So I'm trying to get a sense of what you think of Omega in summary. Here's my guess, and you tell me how close or far from the mark it is. He's boring, he's uninspired, his act isn't groundbreaking, and the stuff he's been doing has been done long ago. These last two matches were great but he's und...
by GOTNW
Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: 2016 G1 Climax
Replies: 582
Views: 62118

Re: 2016 G1 Climax

I don't really buy Omega is profoundly challenging wrestling or challenging it at all. We've seen goofy pro wrestler before. We've seen pro wrestlers whose characters were literally anime characters. We've seen pro wrestlers reference other companies. The redirection you speak of is something I rea...
by GOTNW
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: 2016 G1 Climax
Replies: 582
Views: 62118

Re: 2016 G1 Climax

Wrestling is an artform, but it it isn't flush with artists who really profoundly challenge the form. They build within it, they succeed, and they change and influence wrestling all along the way. But this Omega feels closer to an avant garde wrestler. He's the artist who challenges the viewer, and...