I am not surprised--nor should you be--that my favorite parts of July 28th's battle (here and here) of KENTA, 5'8", 180#, and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, 5'8", 187#, against Zack Sabre Jr., 5'10", 180#, and Taishi Takizawa, 6'3", 216#, are when KENTA and Zack face off. KENTA's adrenaline-spiking slaps provide a nice counterpoint to Sabre's side swoop kicks to the calves. The bad guys double-team, pull hair, and, in short, do almost everything right.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but Zack's look has changed over the last year. Maybe it's just the haircut (somewhat de-emo'd, less pouty, but still cute as a manga kangaroo), but it appears that the handsome Brit has lost ten pounds or else worked some loose baby fat into hard muscle. His face looks gaunt, less boyish--and he's adopting a cockier attitude--works for me, all of it.
What has most sustained my interest in the 24-year-old wrestler, though, is his mind. No, really, I mean that. Any pro wrestler who tweets stuff like "Japan is essentially like living in the future, except that there's a worrying amount of Mizuno sportswear being fashioned by the folks here" and "David Lynch releasing a solo record is really bloody good news" possesses just enough wit, refined taste, and imaginative curiosity as to preclude his ever getting a WWE contract.