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May 30, 2009 / Case Lowe

Prince Devitt vs. Milano Collection A.T from NJPW 2009

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Post by Case Lowe:

This is a match from the 2009 Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Prince Devitt is a bright, young babyface in the land of Japan and is tasked with battling the charisma machine, Milano Collection A.T. Milano is a product of the Dragon System and one of the most charismatic individuals I’ve ever seen. Milano is winding down his career while Devitt is clearly being positioned as a future star of the junior division. This creates a really interesting dynamic and a super fun match.

After a hot start from Devitt, Milano takes him to school. He establishes early that it’s not polite to counter his moves and because Devitt did, he’s going to work Devitt’s leg to death. Devitt isn’t immobilized by the limb work which I have no issues with. If you’re stingy about limb work and it paying off later on in the match, it’s probably best you just finish the review and don’t watch the match. If you can understand that Milano never put Devitt in danger of giving up, keep on going. It gets great. Devitt fights back on the outside and is able to land a suplex on Milano in which Devitt stood on the barricade to deliver it – a superplex of sorts on the outside. That suplex spot is a nice bridge to an incredible finishing that I “shoot fist pumped” for the first time watching this.

I’m not a guy that does play-by-play reviews (anymore) so I encourage you to watch this match and let the action speak for itself. What I will say is that the last seven or so minutes is excellent professional wrestling. Devitt is positioned as an incredible babyface here. You can tell that Korakuen wants to like Milano. He’s been performing there for almost 10 years at this point and his best work has come in that building. The way Devitt continues to fight, however, completely wins the crowd over. The finish comes at the perfect time. Devitt took nearly everything Milano had and was still able to fight out. If you get annoyed by Devitt kicking out of a Superkick at one – you’re no fun. That was where I fist pumped. Milano hits a lovely suplex to finally put Devitt away for the three count.

I love this match. Milano is a veteran junior with something to prove to the youngster and he’s able to do it. Devitt shows such great fire down the stretch that I got completely sucked into a random match from six years ago. It’s not for everyone, of course, as I’m sure people will complain about Devitt using his legs and not selling them enough, but as I said earlier, I have no issues with it. If you come in with an open mind and aren’t looking for something to complain about, I’m sure it won’t bother you either. This is good stuff.

Rating: ****1/4

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