Monday, June 27, 2011

"Project 33" - Match #145: Taichi vs Omega

Taichi vs Kenny Omega
26 May, 2011
Korakuen Hall; Tokyo, Japan

2011 Best of the Super Juniors - Group A

Taichi has been somewhat of a journeyman in Japan, working for various promotions (All-Japan, Hustle, New Japan), but has settled in as an "outsider" in New Japan.  Kenny Omega is a Canadian who has made the rounds at many of the various "super indy" promotions in the US, and has settled in with New Japan as an "outsider" as well, as he represents the DDT promotion. 

Omega was a very bright spot in this years BOSJ, as his matches came across very well on the "BOSJ Digests" that New Japan uploaded on their YouTube Page.  Taichi I am somewhat familiar with from when he was sent on a learning excursion to CMLL last year, and I wasn't really impressed with him. 

This match shows why I think Omega is gonna be a big star in Japan - Taichi isn't much to work with.  He seems to just coast thru his matches doing the bare minimum, and working his spin on a Memphis "cowardly heel" gimmick, while Omega brings the fighting spirit and some flashy and impactful moves.  Once Omega takes control for the big comeback, you can just tell  it is all over, as Taichi doesn't really fight back much, and Omega's offense is just crisp and pointed. 

An okay match, but a great showing from Omega. 

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