Jun Akiyama & Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Yuji Nagata from Zero1 2001


This was an awesome spectacle. There were a couple of key elements that truly made the match.

They milked the Misawa/Hashimoto interactions for all they were worth pretty much. While none of their sequences truly defined the match, the way they were spaced out kept you wanting more and provided a hook for the match.

The other key element was the pacing of the whole match. The match progressively got more and more intense until you were totally sucked in to the action.

The sudden finish also felt appropriate. Misawa caught Hashimoto with a German for the victory relatively out of nowhere. It was one of those clean finishes that was both satisfying but clearly left matters unsettled. Watch this match. (****)


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