Friday, 13 September 2013

Tenryu Has no Friends, Only Subject and Enemies

Genichiro Tenryu & Jun Akiyama v Kenta Kobashi & Go Shiozaki (NOAH, 4/25/05) - GREAT

So this had plenty of potential for dickheaded Tenryu shenanigans, and it did not disappoint. If you know who these guys are then you'll look at the teams and think Go Shiozaki is very likely getting abused in this match. And well, Go Shiozaki gets thoroughly abused in this match. Akiyama kicks the shit out of him in a sort of businesslike way; he has nothing against the kid and isn't out to humiliate him, but he has a match to win and Go is on the opposite side, so what needs to be done is going to be done. Tenryu is...not Akiyama. He chops him in the throat, kicks him in the face, punches him dead in the teeth, and pretty much smashes him to bits whenever he can. And fair play to Go, because he takes it all and tries to dish out some of his own. Kobashi is like the older brother standing up to the bullies. The Kobashi/Tenryu exchanges are phenomenal and someone tell me there's a singles match between them. Right from the jump they lay into each other, then Tenryu picks up a table and throws it at him. They're both standing on the apron, so Tenryu takes a drink of water, casually walks around the other side of the ring and chucks the bottle at Kobashi. Then they get in the ring together and good GRIEF does Kobashi just fucking chop him to ribbons. And like the crazy old fuck he is Tenryu even blades his chest for added effect. There's a bit where they're on the floor and Kobashi's throwing chops while Tenryu's propped up against the ring post, and Tenryu's drooling and grimacing like he's having a stroke. The lariat Tenryu throws at the end is truly hideous. This ruled.

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