Tuesday, June 28, 2011

"Project 33" - Match #147: Great Sasuke vs. Take Michinoku

Great Sasuke vs. Taka Michinoku
26 May, 2011
Korakuen Hall; Tokyo, Japan
2011 Best of the Super Juniors Tournament - Block B



If you ever saw any of their matches from the mid-90s, then you were probably expecting a high-flying encounter between these two.  After all, Sasuke was an innovative high-flyer that, much like Ultimo Dragon, spawned a plethora of students that followed in his footsteps, and in the processed changed the way "junior style" wrestlers were perceived, and the way they worked.  Taka was one of Sasuke's earliest students, even taking the surname "Michinoku" in tribute to Sasuke's prior ring name: Masa Michinoku. 

Oh, this match was not a high flying affair.  At all.  In fact, I would say it was slow, plodding at times, and somewhat sloppy.  Sasuke looks like a brick shithouse, but he doesn't have that agility he once had.  After seeing the highlights and now two matches from this year's BOSJ tourney, I gotta believe that Taka just does not work a high-flying style anymore.  So, what we ended up with here was a match based on strikes and stuff that these two probably are not used to doing with each other. 

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