I’ve been going back and forth on reviewing this show as it is headlined by someone I believe to be scum. However, there is a solid undercard to blab about, so I’ve decided to go ahead with it. Just don’t expect me to focus on the piece of shit.
Night four and we’re back to the full production. We also have a big main event as we finally get a Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado singles match. Those two have been teeing off on each other for a while and have developed a bit of a blood feud. Let’s see what they go do one on one.
I’m going to be reviewing a lot of these shows over the next few weeks. Let’s not waste all my good intros now, eh?
Best Of The Super Juniors kicked off on Friday with a packed show from A Block. If you’re here for the first time and not sure what’s going on, then make sure to check out our Beginner’s Guide. If you’re an old hand, then we better not dilly dally, eh?
It’s the big one motherfuckers. Tanahashi vs Okada, the feud that carved the modern landscape of New Japan. Am I excited? You better believe it.
Hi No Kuni is in a weird position, falling slap bang in the middle of the Dontaku tour. Part of it and yet also separate. However, it’s giving us a handful of big matches all involving LIJ vs Suzuki-gun, so let’s not complain too much. Even more importantly, that means there isn’t a sniff of Roppongi 3K vs Suzuki-gun. Thank God for that.
I understand New Japan splitting up their big matches onto multiple cards from a business point of view. More shows = more tickets = more money. However, when it comes to valuing my time, it’s an awful decision. Particularly when it means I have to sit through another card packed with nothing multi-man tags and Suzuki-gun antics. It’s a good thing I have Goto and Juice to enjoy.
In a lot of ways, this card is a mirror image of the one from the night before. While the matches have had a few tweaks, they’re hitting the same storyline beats, and in reality, it’s all about the main event – or at least it was. Because then they only went and added Ishii vs Henare. I’ve been calling for that since Tag League, suddenly, I’m quite excited.
Quick note: I’m going to change things up slightly and replace the pictures with NJPW’s post-match interviews. They’re an important part of the company’s storytelling, so it seems fitting.
After a short break, New Japan is back with a long old tour. With business being up, those in charge have realised that rather than selling out one super card, they can instead sell out multiple decent ones. That’s how we end up with the Junior Tag Titles main eventing. Not that we should complain too much, we all love wrestling, right? More of it can only be a good thing.
I can’t imagine anyone was coming into this year’s New Japan Cup expecting it to be as good as it has been. There have been a handful of world-class matches combined with some great stories. In the undercard alone we got Naito vs Suzuki. Then the tournament saw the return of Tanahashi and the blossoming of Zack Sabre Jr. The question is, which one of those two is going to be hoisting that trophy and taking the title shot that comes along with it? Let’s dish out some stars.