Will Ospreay vs Ricochet
May 27, 2016
Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan
NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII – Day 6
This was arguably the best match of the quarter, and because of the huge amount of attention it got online, it will get a ton of votes for match of the year.
Of course I’m not going to list all the ridiculously amazing moves this match had, but needless to say this felt like you were watching something groundbreaking that will change the business for the next ten years. The two went into the match cold and came out of it as superstars and the crowd was really into it.
What kept this from five stars for me was the selling; not so much the lack of it (which is a given in matches like this), but it bordered on silly at times. Will Ospreay needs to cut down on the swearing, as there’s no reason to turn off people watching who might be watching with their families when it adds nothing to the match, and instead it comes across as low class. I like Ricochet a lot better as Prince Puma, because in this match he came off too much like he was seeking approval from the crowd for his incredible athleticism. In a match like this, more modesty would have a far greater effect.
But that is nitpicking perfection, because everything else about this match was mind blowing. It will not appeal to some older wrestling fans who prefer storyline driven matches with more select high spots, but you cannot deny this match got over huge, and that’s the whole point. You can argue this style should be avoided because of the injury risk, and it’s pretty hard to argue that point. Still, a great match is a great match, and this one will be remembered for years to come.