NJPW’s final stop before the build to WrestleKingdom 10 and I found it quite enjoyable.
Yohei Komatsu and Sho Tanaka defeated Juice Robinson and David Finlay Jr.
Mascara Dorada defeated Jay White
Tiger Mask IV and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Jushin Thunder Liger and KUSHIDA
Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi and Tama Tonga defeated Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi
Matt Taven and Michael Bennett defeated Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian
Shinsuke Nakamura and Toru Yano defeated Bad Luck Fale and Cody Hall
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata and Michael Elgin defeated Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Kazushi Sakuraba and YOSHI-HASHI
WTL Finals: Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma defeated Tetsuya Naito and EVIL in 21:36 via pinfall to win the 2015 World Tag League
The show opened hot with a good Young Lions tag match and then one Young Lion taking on Mascara Dorado in the onle singles match of the card. Jay White is one to keep an eye out for cause he’s going to be big but also check out Dorada. Great high flier and did this amazing diving over the guard rail hurricarana in his match. I dug the next tag match which was really about furthering Liger and Masks storyline but I found KUSHIDA the best participant there. The 8 man with the NJPW vets taking on Bullet Club was one of the better ones,
After intermission ROH tag champs the Kingdom took on the Addiction, ending the Addictions first tour of New Japan (though Daniels use to wrestle there, this was his partner Kazarians first time. I was surprised by this, it was both teams best match of the tour in my honest opinion. The fans were behind Kingdom and got mroe into it towards the end. Very much in the style of a WWE PPV type match here. Nakamura/Yano vs Fale/Hall was the weakest on the show but was followed but by a great 8 man tag match featuring CHOAS on one side and the tag team runner ups od A block and B block. Okada and Tanahashi had their interactions continuing the build to their big title match at WrestleKingdom. Elgin got the hot tag and tore down the house, continuing his rise as one of NJPW’s newest sensations, but the main focus was Shibata and Ishii. Hard hitting stuff with Shibata pinning the NEVER champ and setting up their match.
The next match may have a dark cloud on it depending on how you feel about Honma, the popular babyface jobber was recently accused by his long term girlfriend of abuse. My own attitude has shifted on a guy was in the running of my years top 10. That said, while my support has faded away I can still respect the mans talents and judge the match accordingly. It was the bets match on the show as far as I’m concerned. Makabe and Honma make a pretty decent tag team and Honma is good at playing the good guy in peril role for Makabe’s tag but the real gem was Los Ingobernables de Japon. Some have criticized their WTL matches as running the same theme. Crowd brawling, EVIL using chairs, low blows, BUSHI utilizing mist on opponents. I get it but that made the story here better. How does Makabe/Honma succeed? They worked Honma over good including a rare table spot with Naito using a neckbreaker. BUSHI pulled the mist out once successfully but the second time stopped by a chop in a great spot that crowd ate up and they ate this match up. My problems with Honma aside this was one of the best WTL matches.
Overall I dug the show and now onto WrestleKingdom including two amazing Road to Shows which, unlike the usual Road to Shows for NJPW feature some important one on one match ups.