Matt Sydal vs Kyle O’Reilly
May 29, 2016
Osaka Municipal Central Gym in Osaka, Japan
NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII – Day 7
Helluva hard hitting match with more innovative submissions and mat work that are beyond anything you’ll see out there today. There is no one, past or present, with a style like Kyle O’Reilly’s. Think Lord Steven Regal in 1993, but in fast forward with brutal kicks thrown in. Just as Sweden is pumping out the best hard rock bands since the ‘80s, so too is the UK pumping out these awesome wrestlers who are bringing their more realistic style to the US.
This was a great example of how to have a ****+ match without crazy dives and flying, although there were plenty of high risk moves here (such as O’Reilly’s dropkick off the apron onto Sydal, who was sitting on a chair). Can you believe WWE had Matt Sydal and did absolutely nothing with him? Of course you can. Mind boggling.