4.21.2007

Some of that wrestling stuff. I don't know.

There's been a complete reevaluation of my top 20, according to me putting matches that were just fun a little too high, plus a complete turnaround on Miyamoto/Sasaki. I blame sleep deprivation.



Also, I've decided that I'm going to divide the top 20 of puro by college semester, so I can have a better way to associate what was good when. So that's New Year's to June 5th, June 5th to whenever fall starts (schedule isn't out), and fall to end of the year.





#1 -- Yuji Nagata Vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, 4/13, NJPW

A lot of people are saying things about this match a lot more eloquently, and in a lot more detail than I am, so I'm just going to sum up what I think. This match is what you would expect 2007 NJPW to look like if you were in the year 2001, when Nagata was king, and the rookie class had a ton of promise. I don't think anyone expected the rookie to have the gold and Nagata to have to fight his hardest for it against him. In a sense, this whole match somes off as a combination of Nagata/Mutoh from the 2001 G1 Finals, and Cena/RVD from ONS2. Tanahashi is Cena and Mutoh: The immaculate babyface that the men hate, only with a hold centric style that's outsmarted many and brought him to the top. He's in a hostile environment against Nagata, so he's absolutely ready to throw out all the stops. Nagata is RVD and, well, Nagata. A favorite combatant who's always had a sort of grassroots support base, but has been slacking off until a fire is lit under him. It's been far, far too long since he's held meaningful singles gold, and it seems like the whole world is pulling for Nagata. And Tanahashi says "damnit, if this is my last defense, I'm going to go out kicking, screaming, and antagonizing, and when I win, I'll be holding my gut laughing." Tanahashi goes above and beyond the call of duty in this match,  throwing out everything he can to ground and hurt Nagata, first in anger at the crowd it seems, then as the match wears on, in complete desperation. Nagata won't fall, though, even to some of Tanahashi's strongest weapons. Tanahashi throws the hardest strikes I've ever seen him throw, just to keep up, but Tanahashi's hardest isn't as good as Nagata's hardest. Nagata channels the entire kick-submission-suplex style in the end, with a sickening roundhouse kick, and huge backdrops. And, like both the G1 Final and the ONS2 match, the right man wins.





~2007 Spring Semester~

1. Yuji Nagata Vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, 04/13, NJPW

2. Yuko Miyamoto Vs. Takashi Sasaki, 03/14, BJPW

3. Shinjiro Otani & Takao Omori Vs. Yoshihiro Takayama & Kohei Sato, 02/18, Z1MAX

4. Ryouji Sai Vs. Mammoth Sasaki, 02/18, Z1MAX

5. Meiko Satomura Vs. Mayumi Ozaki, 02/12, LLPW

6. Takeshi Rikio & Jun Akiyama Vs. Mohammed Yone & Takeshi Morishima, 04/01, NOAH

7. Daisuke Sekimoto Vs. Kengo Mashimo, 03/22, Wakamusha

8. Yoshihiro Takayama, Hirotaka Yokoi, & Kohei Sato Vs. Takao Omori, Shinjiro Otani, & Kazunari Murakami, 01/19, Z1MAX

9. SUWA, Yoshihiro Takayama, & Minoru Suzuki Vs. Takeshi Rikio, KENTA, & Naomichi Marufuji, 01/21, NOAH

10. Jun Akiyama Vs. Go Shiosaki, 01/21, NOAH

11. Doug Williams Vs. Yoshinari Ogawa, 03/04, NOAH

12. Osamu Namiguchi Vs. Atsushi Aoki, 03/08, Z1MAX

13. Shinsuke Nakamura Vs. Toshiaki Kawada, 01/04, NJPW

14. Keiji Muto Vs. Toru Owashi, 03/27, AJPW

15. Tiger Mask, Koji Kanemoto, Wataru Inoue, Kaz Hayashi, & TAKA Michinoku Vs.  Jushin Thunder Liger, Minoru, Milano Collection AT, Shuji Kondo, & "brother" YASSHI, 01/04, NJPW

16. Tamon Honda, Tsuyoshi Kikuchi, & Go Shiosaki Vs. Masao Inoue, Kishin Kawabata, & Atsushi Aoki, 03/04, NOAH

17. Fuuka Vs. HIROKA, 1/14, JD

18. Bison Smith, Chris Hero, & Bobby Fish Vs. Takeshi Rikio, Akitoshi Saito, & Ricky Marvin, 03/04, NOAH

19. Jun Akiyama Vs. Mohammed Yone, 03/04, NOAH

20. KAZMA, Daichi Kakimoto, KAGETORA, & Soldier Vs. Akira Raijin, Super Dolphin, Munenori Sawa, & Takeshi Minnamino, 3/22, Wakamusha

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