Saturday, December 26, 2009

Best of 2009 Nominations (Jan 2009)

Finally moved and now with the break I'm Catching up on 2009.

I'm running a Best of 2009 poll on another forum so I'm trying to catch up with 2009 matches.

Any suggestions to what I should check out is appreciated!

Here's what Ive seen so far!:

Dec 2008 (Since it's eligible in the voting)

Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Kotaro Suzuki Vs. KENTA & Taiji Ishimori (NOAH - 12/7/08) - Typically Fun NOAH Jr. match but nothing special. ***3/4

Nigel McGuinness Vs. Naomichi Marufuji (ROH - 12/27/08) - Didnt get into this as much as others. McGuiness defends the title. ***1/2

Bryan Danielson Vs. Takeshi Morishima (ROH No-DQ - 12/27/08) - Intense finish to their class series! ****1/4

Jan 2009:

Shinsuke Nakamura & Hirooki Goto Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Takashi Sugiura (NJ - 1/4/09) - Fun mostly due to a hot crowd. ***3/4

Keiji Mutoh Vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJ - 1/4/09) - Featured 10,407 Dragon Screws. Actually Big Japan should have a 10,000 Dragon Screws Deathmatch. ***

Alex Shelly Vs. Chris Sabin (TNA - 1/11/09) Tournament finals. Tag partners fight over the title. ***3/4

Kurt Angle Vs. Jeff Jarrett (TNA No-DQ - 1/11/09) Loser gets Karen Angle match. ****

Shawn Michaels Vs. John Cena (WWE Raw - 1/12/09) Alot better than I expected, went over 20 minutes too.. The camera showed more of JBL standing at ringside expressionless than on the match. ***1/2

Jimmy Jacobs Vs. Austin Aries (ROH I-Quit match - Taped 11/22/08 - Aired 1/16/09) - I didn't get into this as much as others. Blow off to Lacy angle. ***1/2

Nigel McGuinness Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - Taped 11/22/08 - Aired 1/16/09) - ANother awesome match from these two.****1/2

KENTA Vs. Kotaro Suzuki (NOAH - 1/25/09) - Suzuki mistreats the ref and does the best blade job ever. ***3/4

The Colony Vs. Osirian Portal (Chikara - 1/25/09) - Fun spotfest but nothing special. ***1/2


I think I'm getting too old and jaded for wrestling. Nothing stood out for me this year so far.

Any suggestions to what I should check out is appreciated!

Here's what Ive seen so far!:

KENTA Vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (Kensuke Office - 2/11/09) - Saw this pimped as a high MOTYC but didn't love it as much. Epic feel with the long length for the Jr. title. Sometimes epic is 10 minutes too long. ***3/4

RAW Elimination Chamber (WWE - 2/15/09) - Final moments is what makes this match great with Cena getting eliminated right away. ***3/4

Alexander Otsuka Vs. Yujiro Yamamoto (Battle Arts - 2/15/09) - I've been seeing MOTYC all over the place for this one. I just don't see it. But then again I don't think Mark Henry's all that either. Someone get me those glasses from "They Live" and maybe then I might. ***

Yuji Nagata Vs. Hirooki Goto (NJ - 2/15/09) ***1/2

Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (NJ - 2/15/09) - Solid title match. Can Nakamura beat that punk Tanahasi again? ****

The Dynasty Vs. Paul London & The Young Bucks (PWG - 2/21/09) - Even Paul London blowing every 3rd move he tried didn't detract from this fun 6-man main event. ***3/4

Christian Vs. Jack Swagger (ECW - 2/24/09) - Great TV match but not the MOTYC I've heard. What the hells wrong with me? ***1/2

Takashi Sugiura & Go Shiozaki Vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Milano Collection AT (NOAH 3/1/09) - Hot crowd. I'm really digging these NJ VS. NOAH tags. ****

Katsuhiko Nakajima Vs. KENTA (NOAH - 3/1/09) - Awesome title match for free agent Nakajima's Jr. title. Can KENTA bring it home? ****1/2

Jay Briscoe Vs. Roderick Strong (ROH - 3/13/09) - Good short opener. ***1/2

Kaz Hayashi Vs. Minoru (AJ - 3/14/09) - Good ending but kinda dragged on for me and my Russo-like attention span. ***1/2

Ultimate X Match (TNA - 3/15/09) - Guys busted their ass but I didnt go crazy like I should've. I'm becoming numb To Ultimate X matches, not good. ***

Nigel McGuinness Vs. KENTA (ROH - 3/21/09) - Nigel was f**k with both arms out of action so they built the story around it. He refused to go down! Didn't hear much from this match but I really like it. ****

El Generico Vs. Jigsaw Vs. Kota Ibushi Vs. Nick Jackson (Chikara - 3/28/09) - Short but really fun 4-way match. Spotfest spotfest spotfest. ***3/4

Mistico Vs. Negro Casas (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 3/28/09) - Mistico defends his title against old man Casas. I'm overrating this, but it was really fun with Casas pulling out all the stops and shocking the world! ****1/4

Roderick Strong Vs. Katsuhiko Nakajima (ROH - 4/3/09) - Great opener, maybe the best all year. ***3/4

KENTA Vs. Davey Richards (ROH - 4/3/09) - Hard hitting action to a super hot crowd. I liked this tons more on my replay. ****1/2

KENTA & Tyler Black Vs. Katushiko Nakajima & Austin Aries (ROH - 4/4/09) - Two feuds mix together in this dream tag team match-up. Last few minutes are awesome. ***3/4

Money In the Bank Ladder Match IV (WWE - 4/5/09) - OK MOTY match. Hornswoggle brought his own ladder. Shelton kills himself again and doesn't get a push. ***1/4

Shawn Michaels Vs. The Undertaker (WWE - 4/5/09) - Awesome main event atmosphere. Will most likely win MOTY on most lists. ****1/4

Taiji Ishimori Vs. Kota Ibushi (DDT - 4/5/09) ***1/2

Tomohiro Ishii Vs. Wataru Inoue (LOCK-UP - 4/12/09) - Stiff and exhausting back-and-forth battle. Kinda like Kobahsi Vs. Sasaki but smaller. ****1/4

John Morrison vs. Evan Bourne (ECW - 4/14/09) - Great ECW TV match. ***3/4

Negro Casas Vs. Mistico (CMLL 2/3 Falls - 4/18/09) - The rematch! Featured 300% more Casas prancing. ****

American Wolves Vs. Bryan Danielson & Tyler Black (ROH - 4/18/09) - From Tag Title classic. And it's really good but I don't rate it as high as others have. ***3/4

Edge Vs. John Cena (WWE - Last Man Standing - 4/26/09) - Surprised how much I liked this. Lots of dramatic moments of people trying to get up to stop the count. ****

Hiroshi Tanahashi Vs. Hirooki Goto (NJ - 5/3/09) - Solid defense in their long awaited rematch. Both guys are exhausted at the end. ***3/4

Kensuke Sasaki & Morishima Vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Go Shiozaki (NOAH - 5/6/09) - Finals of the tag league. Shiozaki basically gets killed but doesn't give up. Morishima & Sasaki are awesome as a tag team. ****1/4

Jerry Lynn Vs. Bryan Danielson Vs. Tyler Black Vs. Austin Aries (ROH - Taped: 4/12/09 - Aired: 6/6/09) - Fantastic 4-way match for the ROH World title. Best TV match of the year so far. ****1/4

Kota Ibushi & Kenny Omega Vs. Dino & Yoshihiko (DDT - 5/4/09) - After Jack Evans gets hurt mid-match a famous WWE superstar takes his place. ***3/4

Shingo Vs. Yoshino Vs. KAGETORA Vs. Cyber Kong (DG Elimination Match - 5/5/09) - Fun 4-way elimination match with lots of spots and Cyber Kong throwing midgits around. ***3/4

Hirooki Goto & Kazuchika Okada Vs. Takashi Sugiura & Atsushi Aoki (NJ - 5/5/09) - Yet another awesome NOAH Vs. NJ tag. A bit better than the 3/1 one. ****1/4

KENTA & Go Shiozaki Vs. Kensuke Sasaki & Katsuhiko Nakajima (NOAH - 6/22/09) KENTA/Nakajima brings the kicks, Go/Sasaki brings the chops. ***3/4

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Koji Kanemoto Vs. Takeshi Morishima & Kota Ibushi (NJ - 5/5/09) - Fun NJ Vs. NOAH tag, especially Ibushi. I would love to see a Tanahasi Vs. Morishima title match. ***1/2

Manabu Nakanishi Vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJ - 5/6/09) - Yeah right! Like Nakanishi's got a chance in hell in winning the IWGP title! ***3/4

American Wolves Vs. Kevin Steen & Bryan Danielson (ROH - 5/9/09) ***1/2

KENTA Vs. Jun Akiyama (NOAH - 5/17/09) OK match with Jr. champ taking on the World champion. People seemed to like this tons more than me. ***1/2

Rey Mysterio Jr. Vs. Chris Jericho (WWE Judgment Day - 5/17/09) - The feud begins in a good match. ***1/2

Edge Vs. Jeff Hardy (WWE Judgment Day - 5/17/09) - OK match for Edge's title. ***1/4

F.I.S.T. Vs. The Colony (Chikara Hair vs. Masks - 5/24/09) All the marbles are on the line! Oh no ref bump! ****

American Wolves Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (ROH Tables match - 5/30/09) ***1/2

Milano Collection A.T. Vs. Prince Devitt (NJ - 5/30/09) - Short but muy excellante match in the BOSJ tourn! ****

Kota Ibushi Vs. Koji Kanemoto (NJ - 5/30/09) ***1/2

X-Division King of the Mountain (TNA - 6/21/09) I'm the only guy who actually likes the funky King of the Mountain rules. And this match ruled. ****

KENTA Vs. Ricky Marvin (NOAH - 6/4/09) ***3/4

Rey Mysterio Jr. Vs. Chris Jericho (WWE Extreme Rules - 6/7/09) - No-DQ match and Rey looking for revenge! ***1/2

Edge Vs. Jeff Hardy (WWE Ladder match - 6/7/09) ***3/4

American Wolves Vs. Kevin Steen & El Generico (ROH Submission match - 6/13/09) ***1/2

Koji Kanemoto Vs. Prince Devitt (NJ Jr. finals - 6/14/09) - BOSJ finals! ****

Rey Mysterio Jr. Vs. Chris Jericho (WWE Mask Vs. Title - 6/28/09) - Im in the minority but I still like this better than the Taker/HBK match. The mask is on the line and the nearfalls are dramatic. Maybe the best babayface and heel in the WWE (IMO). ****1/4

BxB Hulk Vs. Yamato (DG USA - 7/25/09, Aired: 9/4/09) - Great opener to probably the best show of the year. ***3/4
The Young Bucks Vs. Susumu Yokosuka & CIMA (DG USA - 7/25/09, Aired: 9/4/09) ****

Naruki Doi Vs. Singo Takagi (DG USA - 7/25/09, Aired: 9/4/09) ***3/4

Hallowicked, Amasis, Gran Akuma & Icarus Vs. Fire Ant, Solider Ant, Mike Quackenbush & Jigsaw (DG USA - 7/25/09, Aired: 9/4/09) - Chikarariffic! Great sampler platter. Non-stop action and antics. ****1/4

The Young Bucks Vs. 2 Skinny Black Guys (PWG - 7/31/09) - A high MOTYC for alot of people I didn't get as into this. The final few minutes were awesome. ***1/2

CM Punk Vs. Jeff Hardy (WWE TLC match - 8/23/09) ****

Yoshihiro Takayama Vs. Suwama (AJ - 8/30/09) - A manly match. With manly men doing manly things. Ending was AWESOME. But Takayama's getting to the Scott Hall/Misawa level where I feel bad seeing him in the ring. ***3/4

Dragon Kid Vs. Masato Yoshino (DG USA - Taped 9/6/09, Aired: 11/6/09) ***3/4

Naruki Doi Vs. Bryan Danielson (DG USA - Taped 9/6/09, Aired: 11/6/09) - Great well paced match. Doi's getting really good. ****

Davey Richards Vs. Shingo (DG USA - Taped 9/6/09, Aired: 11/6/09) - Davey Richards is looking more like the Dynamite Kid every match (hopefully minus the social problems) ****1/4

Chris Hero Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 9/18/09) - Dragon takes on that young Knock Out kid! (Part II) ***3/4

Austin Aries Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 9/19/09) - His tour continues againt the World champ. ***1/2

El Generico Vs. Shingo Takagi (PWG - 9/4/09) - Awesome! A very nice surprise. ****1/4

Randy Orton Vs. John Cena (WWE I-Quit match - 9/13/09) - You know the story was really great some of the time. Other times it was really boring. Cena just won't quit! ***1/2

American Wolves & Chris Hero Vs. Bryan Danielson, Roderick Strong & KENTA (ROH - 9/21/09) - Dream TV match. ***3/4

Davey Richards Vs. Bryan Danielson (ROH - 9/25/09) - I shouldve liked this more but dfidnt get into it. Near 40 minute back and forth match from 2 of the indys best in 2009. ****

Kurt Angle Vs. Desmond Wolfe (TNA - 11/5/09) - Kinda disappointed given the hype it got. Still a good match, these guys work well together. ***3/4

AJ Styles Vs. Samoa Joe Vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA - 11/5/09) - Not as good as their classic one but still a great match! All 3 guys looked great especially Samoa Joe who at times looked like his 2005 version. ****1/2

Hirooki Goto Vs. Masato Tanaka (NJ - 11/8/09) - Not as good as I expected, but still worth seeing. Tanaka's ripped lately! ***1/2

Shinsuke Nakamura Vs Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJ - 11/8/09) - Nah I liked their Feb match alot more. Nakamura brings those knees. ***1/4

Jun Kasai Vs. Ryuji Ito (BJW Razor Board - 11/20/09) - The Tokyo Sports MOTY. It was good but I dunno about MOTY. A rematch A long time coming. They had a cross shaped board with razor blades sticking out of it. Lots of cool moments. ***3/4

Kurt Angle Vs. Desmond Wolfe (TNA Final Resolution - 12/20/09) - Like it better than the more taunted 2st match, finish kinda dragged. The main problem was it was free Niquil-dose night at Orlando studios cause the audience was dead. ***3/4

AJ Styles Vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA Final Resolution - 12/20/09) - Great match for Styles World title. Neat counters and moves. Danielson looked like a main eventer. ****