That's all I need to say.
NJPW's iPPV debut, 10-8-12 King of Pro-Wrestling, is the best PPV of the year by far, and better than any PPV from any company since Money in the Bank 2011. NJPW somehow managed to create a show where every match was worth your time, but without the Gabe Sapolsky problem of overloading the card.
First of all, the iPPV actually streamed properly, which I'd long forgotten was possible for wrestling companies to pull off. It's true that the American airing of the show itself only had 900 people watching, around your average ROH iPPV buyrate, but since around 50,000 watched on the Japanese server, you'll be in little to no danger of crashing the Ustream server if you want to watch NJPW's iPPV next month.
Of particular interest is the match between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Minoru Susuki for the IWGP Heavyweight Title, which was so fantastic I encourage anybody reading this to avoid finding out the matches result until you see it for the first time. For people who want to talk the SPOILERS and RESULTS of the show, click on this post to say what you enjoyed the most about it in the comments section. For anyone else, watch the show, then click on this thread to talk.
In the most spoiler free ways I can describe the match: it was like seeing every inclination you logically feel towards how human beings would work on pro wrestling logic brought forth into the real world without ever being boring. All the bodypart work served towards a larger strategic purpose subtle yet easily visible to anyone across Japan's language barrier. One of the contestants in the match finds a way to make one of the most otherwise boring and heatless moves in the entire sport finisher-level exciting, and the other contestant finds a way to play the body part he's targeting not only towards a submission, but towards his opponents offense, and possible counters to his best moves.
I caught this show totally by chance after hearing Bryan Alvarez chatting with Vinny about Big Dave's praise of Tanahashi/Susuki, which earned NJPW its first ***** match rating since El Samuria vs. Kanemoto back in 1997. Like many of you, I have no idea how Meltzer couldn't find it in his heart to give classics like Undertaker/HBK from 'Mania XXV those elusive five asterisks: but I am grateful that he gives out few perfect scores regardless of how much I disagree with his opinion. Dave Meltzer's aspergerish frugality makes me pay attention when he says what he likes, and because of him, I not only got to experience a truly special pro-wrestling event possessing the god damn decency to stream, I got to share how great it was with others.
Watch NJPW's 10-8-12 show, then comment in the jump below. If you're too cheap to pay for it, buy their next show. If you're cheap enough to continue coaxing, just know you'll be stuck with zero trustworthy alternatives to WWE and TNA until our continent gains access to electronic-communication technology functioning on a level above Belarus.
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