OSAMU NISHIMURA vs. HIROSHI YAMATO
Osamu looks a little out of it, which I imagine is from him splitting his time with the campaign trail. Nothing much going on, though I'm a little disappointed Yamato, who's proven himself to be a solid junior wrestler, can't pick up a win over Nishimura. I like Nish, but he's not wanting to stick around, go with the guy who's the future.
SUPER HATE, MINORU, TARU, & MAZADA vs. KAZ HAYASHI, NOSAWA RONGAI, BUSHI & SHUJI KONDO
This one goes by pretty fast and I'm thankful. Shuji and Kaz both wanted Minoru and neither were satisfied by the time this ended. Super Hate and TARU were used sparingly, and BUSHI got to heat it up with Mazada. Nosawa and Minoru worked pretty well together and I wouldn't mind seeing them mix it up again. Decent work but nothing to go out of your way for.
|Looks like some one misplaced their bento box.|
Pretty sweet match. Hama being the grumpy fat boy, angry that the Big Japan guys are in his ring, is fantastic. Daisuke is solid per usual and I don't seem to remember much about Okabayashi. I will say this match showed me who Nakanoue might be. His forearms are pretty tight and they give a great thud. His clotheslines on Daisuke were pretty tough looking too. If he could bulk up some more, he might be some one to look out for, because I think he could work a harder hitting style and do it well.
KAI vs. SUWAMA
Kai gives it his best shot but it just isn't good enough. Suwama's work on the ribs was fantastic, and the strategy around it was sound as, in theory, it would limit what Kai could do. Kai did a great job selling them early on, but the one moment when he needed to was the moment he ignored it. He hit a beautiful frogsplash for a near fall, and it would have been just perfect if he had sold the ribs before going for the pin. The idea would be that all that hard work Suwama put into working those ribs would have paid off in the end. Something like that little detail would have taken this match from "pretty good" to "kick ass".
MASAKATSU FUNAKI & AKIRA vs. MINORU SUZUKI & KEIJI MUTOH
Really awesome work here. I can't remember the last time I watched AKIRA and enjoyed it. Maybe when he and Liger were tag champs in New Japan a few years back. Everyone was really good in this. There was lots of great chemistry between AKIRA and Mutoh, which added to the already awesome stuff between Suzuki and Funaki. The triangle choke on Mutoh was awesome and he sold it so well. I thought for sure it was over then.
Yeah this one is worth checking out.
ALL-ASIA TAG TITLES MATCH
MANABU SOYA & SEIYA SANADA vs. TAMON HONDA & TSUYOSHI KIKUCHI
This felt like a struggle from both sides to make this fun. The pacing felt off, kind of like there were moments where they looked at each other said, "Now what do we do?" Kikuchi makes it almost passable with his facials. He's gotta have the best facials in wrestling right now. Soya was really good knocking guys around, but the decent parts didn't add up
|Cobra Clutch Suplex does not end well for Kono.|
This stunk and the crowd didn't know whether to care or get involved or what. KENSO, who's apart of the heel group Voodoo Murders, acts all happy and tries to clap it up for crowd support. The crowd is perplexed. Soon Kono turns on Kenso and decks him with a chair. Bloodied and shaken Kenso is taken to the back and Kono just keeps fighting a handicap match against AKE FREAKING BONO and Taiyo Kea. The crowd still sounded perplexed. Eventually Kenso comes back to keep fighting Bono and Kea, and I'm looking at my watch wondering how much longer this is going to go. Of course Bono and Kea win, due to the other team not being a very good team, and the VM kicks out Kenso.....But man, it went a long round about way of getting there. Bad match by design, and uncharacteristically poor booking execution from All-Japan.
HEAVYWEIGHT BATTLE ROYAL
Much like the night before there's plenty of good comedy spots only this time they involve awesome vets like Kikuchi and Masanobu Fuchi. Mutoh pulls off the miracle and wins in the end, thus winning both the Heavy and Junior division battle royals. Because he's a genius.
Some weak business here. There was two good tag matches and a decent singles with Suwama and Kai. Everything else ranged from bad to boring. I'm looking forward to the blow off at the end of the tour though. We'll have a 3 way for the Junior title, and Suwama is taking on Kea. If Akira, Mutoh, Funaki and Suzuki all have awesome chemistry together so I can hope that the card features them mixed together some how. I'm not, however, interested in what the hell happens to Kenso. Not liking that guy so far.