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6/24 Match of the Day: TJP vs Prince Devitt

by on June 24, 2011

(Note: Malenko Friday will return next week. Due to less time to work on the site this week, I had to combine my recreational wrestling viewing and site work, so I’m using a match I watched earlier this week for non-MOTD purposes.)

Today’s Match of the Day comes from the May 28, 2011 New Japan event, as TJP faced then-IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Prince Devitt. I usually leave Japanese wrestling on this site up to Dean Knickerbocker, but this match really impressed me. TJP is a guy who’s supremely talented and really stands out in America since he’s a top-level wrestler who doesn’t wrestle everywhere, causing a bigger demand for him by fans across the country. Prince Devitt is very similar in that he’s a European wrestler who primarily wrestles in Japan and has only wrestled in America a proverbial handful of times. The two facing each other is an interesting match to North American fans just due to that reason, but these two really tore it up. They clicked together really well and had great chemistry, having a really, really fun modern junior heavyweight-style match. On top of that, the match is the perfect length at a little over ten minutes. Not too long to risk dragging on, but not too short to leave you thinking it could’ve been much more. Really good stuff.

To see the match in its entirety, click under the cut!

-TOM. 

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One Comment
  1. Dean Knickerbocker permalink

    Nice job! All of the BOSJ matches are fun to watch. There are 18 wrestlers, 8 overall shows and 8 matches per show. So in order to keep the shows under 3 hours and so that the wrestlers don’t gas themselves completely, each match is typically 10 mins and under. The mains usually go 15 mins tops. No matches are bad. Some are great. Highly recommend seeing the Koji Kanemoto vs Fujita “Jr.” Hayato match on 5/26 (plus there match last year from the BOSJ too) if you can. Cheers!!

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