Kevin’s Top 130 Matches of 2017: #80-71: Usos vs. New Day, Styles vs. Shane, More

80. Kota Ibushi vs. Tomohiro Ishii – NJPW G1 Climax 7/23/17

The second Kota Ibushi was announced for a G1 Climax, this was one of a initial matches that came to my conduct in excitement. I’d seen them combat usually once before and it was implausible (****¾ behind in 2014). Not putting this compare in Sumo Hall, Osaka or Korakuen was a travesty, as it deserved one of those good crowds. Ibushi’s character is a illusory mix of aerial skills and unbending strikes. That distinguished ability is right adult Ishii’s alley, and within a opening minutes, they were already murdering any other. Though Ibushi hits hard, Ishii brushed off his kicks like nothing. It wasn’t that they didn’t hurt, it usually seemed like Ishii refused to uncover him that they did. If that creates sense. Eventually, it was Ibushi’s spin to no sell, that usually led to a aloft spin of violence. They traded slaps, headbutts and suplexes, with conjunction holding anything back. A fibre of positively heartless slaps led to an Ibushi lariat and his unbending knee strike. The Last Ride was all that was left to hit, that got him a feat in 17:14. When we see these two, we usually wish them to go to fight for about 15 minutes, that is usually what we got here. Not utterly on a spin of their 2014 outing, yet still in a top row of G1 matches. [****¼]

79. CIMA, Dragon Kid, Eita, Naruki Doi Takehiro Yamamura vs. Brother YASSHI, El Lindaman, Punch Tominga, Shingo Takagi T-Hawk – Dragon Gate Glorious Gate 3/8/17

When Dragon Gate decides to put on a good multi-man tag, they do it adult large time. To tighten out this Korakuen Hall show, these teams competed in a ridiculously paced categorical event. It didn’t delayed for a whole 27:44. Since Dragon Gate does these tags so often, something customarily contingency hang out for one to arise above a rest. In this match, it was Takehiro Yamamura. He was a company’s dermatitis star in 2017 and this compare was a large reason why. He killed it with any communication conflicting a VerserK guys. The interactions with T-Hawk set a theatre for a good compare a following month. The fans totally bought into Yamamura and got behind him 100%. The finish came when Shingo incidentally strike Tominga with a Pumping Buster, that authorised Yamamura to measure a outrageous win with a Skytwister Press. Just a illusory run of exchanges between everybody and it gets a bit of an additional strike for a large Yamamura moment. [****¼]

78. WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championships: The Usos [c] vs. The New Day – WWE Battleground 7/23/17

Even in a year though a best tab group in a universe (The Revival), a WWE still managed to furnish several extensive tab matches in 2017. The adversary between a New Day and a Usos was a high point. Though their initial compare was during Money in a Bank, this was where it unequivocally got going. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston represented New Day, permitting for some-more speed, that they showcased right from a start. After removing a prohibited tag, Kofi achieved a dive onto a Usos, usually to get held and planted with a heartless powerbomb on a outside. Left alone, Woods fought valiantly. He survived all a Usos threw during him. It led to one of a best spots in any association this year, as Woods did attempted his wire travel elbow, usually to get drilled with a ill midair superkick. It was a best superkick given Shawn Michaels and Shelton Benjamin, bar none. Somehow, that wasn’t a finish and conjunction was an Uso splash. That done it transparent that new champions would be crowned, that happened after Trouble in Paradise and a Woods bend during 13:46. The gait was furious and it done for one of a best tab matches all year. It turns out they were usually warming up. [****¼]

77. GHC Heavyweight Championship: Katsuhiko Nakajima [c] vs. Go Shiozaki – Pro Wrestling NOAH Great Voyage in Yokohama 3/12/17

Pro Wrestling NOAH had a satisfactory share of struggles in new years. From Jado’s engagement to a overshoot of Suzuki-Gun shenanigans, it was rough. Putting a pretension on Katsuhiko Nakajima didn’t do wonders for business, though it led to copiousness of peculiarity matches. Go Shiozaki was ostensible to be a male for NOAH a while back, though that didn’t vessel out. This was tough attack from a start. They went outside, where Go broken a champion with a fusillade of chops. Each time Nakajima fought back, Go had an answer. It eventually became a conflict of Go’s chops conflicting Nakajima’s kicks. They usually traded tons of large blows as a compare progressed. Go clearly knocked Nakajima out with a lariat that left him out on his feet. When it looked like all wish was lost, Nakajima dismissed adult and delivered one of a stiffest kicks you’ll ever see. He combined a Vertical Spike to keep in 27:01. we desired that this was fundamentally a anti-Jado categorical event. It was purify and decisive, rather than full of nonsense overbooking. [****¼]

76. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii – NJPW G1 Climax 8/6/17

With a G1 Climax circuitous down, a win for Tomohiro Ishii here would’ve kept him alive, while a Hiroshi Tanahashi set a theatre for it to come down to himself and Tetsuya Naito. In a G1 23, Ishii kick Tanahashi in a classic, while Tanahashi bested him in their subsequent dual G1 meetings. Ishii was a invader early. He was winning a conflict of strikes, so Tanahashi took it to his knee and looked for a Texas Cloverleaf. In a good twist, Ishii strike a dragon screw and destitute out a Sharpshooter. we adore that move. Unfortunately, we never bought it as a energy finish. we usually trust Tanahashi would daub to a some-more determined move, or something to his harmed arm. Anyway, things picked adult late as a guys racked adult a nearby falls. They survived a signature offense of a other, before Tanahashi won with dual High Fly Flows in 23:30. These guys are always strenuous together. They brought energy and drama, generally down a stretch. Ishii was a G1 MVP. [****¼]

75. RPW British Heavyweight Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. [c] vs. Will Ospreay – RevPro Global Wars UK 11/10/17

Up until about median by 2016, we was all in on Will Ospreay. One of a reasons was a WrestleMania weekend hidden compare with Zack Sabre Jr. during Evolve 58. I’ve soured on him severely given then, though another compare conflicting Sabre was usually what a alloy ordered. The exchanges by this 24:59 compare were insanely quick paced. The story consistently saw Sabre one step forward of Ospreay. Will would do a high drifting mark and Sabre would trap him in some kind of submission. Being a Suzuki-Gun member, Sabre was all about perplexing to take a easy approach out, scarcely winning around countout. When that didn’t happen, Ospreay went behind to a skies. He ceaselessly found counters that Sabre found counters for. They knew any other so good and it led to a ridiculously liquid match. Ospreay incited Sabre’s European Clutch into his possess pin that a fans totally bit on as a finish. The Oscutter couldn’t do it possibly and conjunction did a imploding 450 splash. A array of counters led Sabre to put Ospreay in a ill looking acquiescence to retain. This was their second best compare together and a good approach to top a RevPro/NJPW corner shows. [****¼]

74. Anthony Henry vs. Fred Yehi – Style Battle S1:E5 6/16/17

While WWN was partnered with FloSlam for many of a year, we followed Style Battle. For those unfamiliar, any part facilities a one night contest and a winners of any eventually accommodate in a final contest to establish a deteriorate winner. On part one, Fred Yehi was a favorite to win, though ran into a section wall named Anthony Henry. They wrestled to a thirty notation pull (***¾) and given then, conjunction male had claimed a Style Battle win. On part four, Henry vowed to never contest in Style Battle again if he mislaid on part five. It came down to these dual in a finals and it felt like a large deal. They both came out throwing bombs, that was a conflicting of their draw. They wrestled a intelligent compare and focused on a physique tools that were enervated progressing in a tournament. There was a clarity that Yehi was superior, though Henry had too many heart and integrity to stay down. He survived all Yehi threw during him, including a Koji Clutch, before nailing a Kudoh Driver to win in 19:06. Not many will move this compare adult as something to remember, though it’s value checking out. [****¼]

73. AJ Styles vs. Shane McMahon – WWE WrestleMania 33 4/2/17

The discuss over who a best wrestler in a universe is starts and ends with AJ Styles. This compare competence be Exhibit A. It’s one thing to have good matches when operative with your many gifted peers. It’s one thing to have a good gimmick compare with Shane McMahon. Yet here, on a biggest theatre possible, AJ and Shane had a true adult wrestling match. And for 20:28, it was awesome. They didn’t rest on fume and mirrors or tons of shenanigans. AJ was arrogant since a ring is his domain. Shane showed off some grappling skills of his own, though never to where it done AJ demeanour bad, usually like AJ took him too easily and it cost him. That’s an critical distinction. we contingency admit, we popped when Shane did some acquiescence transitions and even held a springboard 450 dash into a triangle choke. We did get a ref bump, so it wasn’t totally abandoned of stunts. However, it usually set adult a seashore to seashore spot, so it wasn’t overdone. Shane eventually missed an considerable Shooting Star Press, that set adult a Phenomenal Forearm to give AJ his initial Mania victory. AJ had a illusory compare with a non-wrestler and didn’t rest on a approaching tropes. There’s a reason he’s a GOAT. [****¼]

72. Lucha Underground Championship Career vs. Career Match: Prince Puma [c] vs. Pentagon Dark – Lucha Underground Ultima Lucha Tres 10/18/17

Ultima Lucha Tres was scheduled to finish with Prince Puma vs. Johnny Mundo, that was also a categorical eventuality of a initial ever Lucha Underground show. Puma’s career was on a line and he overcame a contingency to win his second Lucha Underground Championship. His jubilee was cut brief by Dario Cueto. He announced that Pentagon Dark was cashing in his Gift of a Gods Title for a shot during Puma. Dario threw in a combined spin of both their careers were on a line. Like their Cueto Cup Finals meeting, this was kept short. It went usually 8:26, though was packaged with uninterrupted action. Pentagon pennyless Puma’s arm early on, though a unfortunate Puma popped it behind into place and taped it adult to keep going. They had some implausible exchanges before Puma strike a Benadryller. He went for a 630, though Vampiro pulled Pentagon out of a way. Pentagon afterwards won with a Package Piledriver, finally capturing a pretension that eluded him for so long. The compare was a blast though a story was even better. Vampiro and Pentagon had a prolonged story and Vampiro spent this deteriorate utilizing Puma, all to spin on him and side with Pentagon in a end. [****¼]

71. IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinals: Kenny Omega vs. Michael Elgin – NJPW G1 Special in USA 7/1/17

Their 3 matches final year got gradually reduce scores any time (from **** down to ***¼), with this being their initial assembly in 2017. Michael Elgin had never mislaid to Kenny Omega in a true singles match. That gave him a mental edge, that he usually combined to by strenuous Kenny with his energy advantage. After a tighten countout tease, one that came too early for me to truly buy, they usually threw bombs during one another for a rest of a 22:31. Omega threw all he could during Elgin, while still handling to strike like a maniac for him. Elgin delivered an apron German and furious center wire crucifix explosve to lead to one of a improved nearby falls of a tournament. we desired Omega tackling a Elgin Bomb to an inside cradle. It beaten home his recklessness to finally kick Elgin. Omega came behind with a array of V-Triggers, before winning with a One Winged Angel. This was usually what we wanted from these guys. It was furious and, notwithstanding a common NJPW delayed start, didn’t have a nonsense prong work shred that leads nowhere. Limb work wasn’t entrance into play during a end, so they never went to it. Wise. Tons of action, with Omega creation Elgin’s offense demeanour even improved than usual. [****¼]

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