Okada vs Omega – Great Match, but Shut Up Already!


So, Wrestle Kingdom 11 is in the books. Great show! This isn’t going to be a review on it. I don’t do that. I suck at it. I’m here to talk about the one thing that came out of this show and the impact it has had… the mostly annoying impact. That is the main event, Kazuchika Okada vs Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Title. What was annoying about it, you ask? Not the match itself, but the reception it has generated from fans worldwide. What’s annoying about it, you ask? The absolute and utter overrating and over-hyping this match has received for the last week. Terms such as “Greatest match of all time” “Match of the century” “Match that will never be topped” blah blah blah, and of course, the best of the bunch, the UNPRECEDENTED 6-star rating given to it by none other than legendary wrestling ‘journalist’ and king of smark dweebs Dave Meltzer. Let me just get it off my chest why this is all ridiculous.

Things are over-hyped all the damn time, especially this day and age. I understand that. It’s pathetic and idle. Everything from albums to movies to TV-shows to wrestlers and matches, there isn’t a day, month or recent year that goes by without us having to hear about the latest flavor of the week being sucked to the root by every goddamn hipster and their neighborhood hobo and their mother and their ancestor’s corpse. Something that gains an unwarranted level of praise and adulation that far surpasses what it’s actually worth. Then when you yourself get a fill of it, you’re left wondering what the hell all the fuss is about. Then you realize that it was just another slab of mediocrity that schlocks who don’t know any better put up on a pedestal and masturbated to. I see way too muh of that these days and it’s honestly tiring.

I’m not saying this match was mediocre or bad at all. Far from it. It was a great match and great main event. It truly was. Kenny Omega is one of the best wrestlers doing it today and Okada is the biggest star in NJPW for a reason. I’m not taking anything away from either of these two, but I saw this match, and to call it the literal greatest match of ALL TIME, in the entire history of the sport (or whatever you want to call it) is just absurd. As good as it was, it was really not that different from any other really good match we’ve seen all last year or this year thus far from NJPW, WWE or anywhere else. It was great, but what sets it apart from the rest? Not too much. The hype is just too high and the bar is still remains where it has been.

The other thing I want to talk about here is star ratings. This match received a 6-star ‘rating’. First off, the ‘stars’ in this rating or any other one are just like the shooting stars you can supposedly wish upon, completely imaginary. Rating systems mean nothing and are only based off of the opinion of one schmuck who works for some pretentious know-it-all publication on the internet and is paid to pretend to be the all-seeing, all-knowing of anything from music to wrestling and tell people where to spend their money. Same goes for YouTubers who do the same. Why not just state your damn worthless opinion on something and just leave it at that. It’s so simple. You’ll never see me do that shit in my Quick Album Thoughts posts. It’s redundant, it’s meaningless and based off of the opinion of one human being that will differ from all the rest. So take those six stars and shove em’. Stop listening to bullshit critics and be an actual fan and watch or listen and form your own opinion.

That’s all. Just wanted to get that off my chest. Again, it was a great match between two of the best today, but it was ridiculously hyped over the moon. Plus, don’t let pretentious critics and their rating systems tell you how to think and where to spend your money. You have your own mind and taste. Use it.

Until next time.



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