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KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH 07/15/07)

Posted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:02 pm
by SammyJ_D
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Re: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH 07/15/07)

Posted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 12:18 am
by InYourCase
I'd like to think this will be on my list but I've seen this match twice and I'm not as high on it as most people would think. I like all four guys a lot and while this is a great match, I don't consider it an all-time great. Believe I had it at ****1/2 last time I watched it.

Re: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH 07/15/07)

Posted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 5:43 am
by Joe Lanza
Maybe my favorite tag team match ever. This to me was the official coming out party for Ibushi.

Re: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH 07/15/07)

Posted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:43 am
by sternness
I recently watched this again for the first time since I think the week it happened (whenever it hit DVDVR, I always downloaded and watched the NOAH shows same day) and I don't know if it'll end up high on my list, but it'll definitely be on there. Absolutely out of this world match.

Re: KENTA & Taiji Ishimori vs. Kota Ibushi & Naomichi Marufuji (NOAH 07/15/07)

Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:40 pm
by supersonic
KENTA & Ishimori vs. Ibushi & Marufuji - July 15, 2007

As usual with puroresu, this became incredible at the end, just a hot finish with all kinds of scouting on display. Ibushi & Marufuji thought they had a good strategy early by targeting KENTA's sore left knee, but that ultimately proved to be a non-factor.

It was surprising to see a Crippler Crossface used just a few weeks after the Benoit tragedy, and perhaps it was a tribute to a wrestler that made an obvious puro impact in the 1990s. Perhaps due to such a regional, cultural distance, it didn't come across as sleazy at all as it would several weeks later in PWG (although I never was put off by WWE stars using it later in attempts to win matches since they had been defeated by Chris Benoit in that hold.)

Ibushi was on point in this one and came across as the real star even in defeat. His evasion kip-up against Ishimore was amazing, but KENTA picked up on it at the end for the victorious Go to Sleep. Before that also, Ishimori hit a mesmerizing Handspring Moonsault Back Elbow.

Ibushi & Marufuji also had an amazing sequence on KENTA. Ibushi went for a Moonsault but KENTA scouted it by rolling away; this was for naught though as Ibushi landed on his feet and hit his trademark swift Standing Moonsault on KENTA, who then fell to a Marufuji frog splash, followed by a Standing Shooting Star Press by Ibushi for a near-fall.

As mentioned, Ibushi was outmatched at the end by KENTA, who scouted his evasion kip-up to eventually hit the Go to Sleep. A sensational match and I'll be curious how the ROH match involving Katsuhiko Nakajima instead of Ishimori compares to this when ROH comes back to Japan the following year. ****1/2