Naomichi Marafuji vs. Prince Devitt - NJPW - 1/30/10 - 6
Really great match up pitting the returning Marafuji putting his Jr. Heavyweight title on the line against the massively over gaijin, Devitt. I honestly feel like the hiatus that Marafuji took didn't impact him at all, as there was no evidence of any ring rust. Great back-and-forth action. Devitt deserves all the hype in my opinion because of how he paces the match. Not only can he fly, but can work on the mat as well. Really good match with a great sprint.
Markus Crane vs. Neil Diamond Cutter - IWA-MS Prince of the Deathmatch - 4/23/10 - 4
The final match in what turned out to be a pretty damn good tournament. I didn't have to high of hopes for the entire event, but there wasn't really an actively bad match on the show. I really liked the story here: Diamond Cutter is probably the smallest guy on the roster, yet he went through three rounds of deathmatches to earn a place in this year's KOTDM. Pretty cool spots in this match featuring a sick suplex off of a ladder that ended up ripping the barbwire that held the contract, which I thought was a unique finish. Crane looked pretty good throughout the tournament. I was especially excited to hear that he was trained by my boy, Chris Hero. Pretty good match. I enjoy Crane's vocal selling, especially in a barbwire match.
Nobuhiko Takada & Akira Maeda vs. Super Strong Machine & Kuniaki Kobayashi - NJPW - 8/2/87 - 7
The energy in this match was off the chain. Kobayashi was the smallest man in the match but he brought the most energy. His facials and the straining on his face was immense as he stood toe-to-toe with the two crazy shooters. I dug what I saw from SSM. His ability to get out of holds on the mat were very impressive as was his ability to work a mat style. Maeda and Takada kicked ass like always in a great match that I recommend you seek out.
Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston - WWE - 6/4/10 - 6
My dudes facing off again? Yes, please. McIntyre's intensity is so awesome. This guy is the future of WWE. Drew hit this really sick spinning rib-breaker that was sickeningly awesome. Kofi brought the intensity, too. The recently suspended Matt Hardy got a ringside ticket, so Drew was distracted to the match. Drew's facials were great in this match and shouldn't be ignored. Paced well and had good ups and downs.
Larry Zbyszko & Doug Summers & Buddy Rose vs. Jimmy Snuka & Mike Rotundo & Steve Pardee - AWA - 1986 - 4
Pretty good tag. Really good sense of balance in the match with both the heels and the faces getting the upper-hand. After watching this I now want an 8 hour tape with only Larry Z matches. Snuka was really over here, being called "The young man from Fiji." I was annoyed that fan reactions were being spliced into the match -- so much so that the camera missed some moves. Not a fan of that. Again, a good match, but one that didn't really set itself apart from any other AWA six-man.