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Post by TJ Hawke:
This was the finals of the 2010 G1.
This was a classic case of wrestlers spending the first half of the match laying the foundation for a great match and then all but abandoning what they had built in the second half for reasons that will never make sense to me. Kojima had a taped-up left arm coming into this, and Tanahashi wisely went after it. Kojima started going after Tanahashi’s right knee. Both men were finding success with their strategies, and both men were left more vulnerable in those areas. Naturally, both stories were almost entirely dropped in the second half of the match. (Kojima, to his slight credit, acknowledge the pain in his arm after connecting on a lariat with it late in the match.)
They got the crowd invested in them for sure though. While I can appreciate the art and importance of that, to just see sloppy storytelling like this in such a prominent match is nothing but discouraging. They lost me along the way, and I no longer cared about who won (Kojima) or how they did it (lariat) by the end. We can argue about selling and the good vs. bad ways to do it, but in all mediums I do not want stories dropped halfway through. Skip this one. (**1/4)