Friday, January 6, 2017

Wrestle Kingdom 11: Omega vs. Okada

A few days ago, a wrestling match happened that got the whole internet talking.  Kenny Omega took on  IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11.  Here it is in case you haven't got a chance to watch it yet.

People are calling it the greatest match in wrestling history.  Dave Meltzer gave it six stars.  Is it really that great?

No, but it's pretty fucking great just the same.  Omega takes some crazy bumps and puts his body on the line with some daredevil maneuvers but for me, the best part of the match was the suspense.  Who will hit their finisher first?  Each man teased his signature moves multiple times.  By the time Omega got hit with the Rainmaker, it was almost orgasmic, especially after he kicked out.

It's a testament to the quality of the match that I knew the finish going in and I was still in suspense, flinching when either man kicked out.

While I didn't think it was the greatest match of all time, it was the best match I've seen in a long time and had everything I like in a pro wrestling match.  Kenny Omega is the real deal.