Big Japan "BJW-ZET" 2014
A Review by Kevin Wilson
Date: February 26th, 2014
This event was released as one half of a two hour show, sharing the other half with a DDT event. At least on these combined TV shows, Big Japan is pretty good at showing full matches or only slightly clipped matches, so we get to see all of the matches that actually did make tape. Even if it was only half the event. Here is the portion of the card being reviewed:
- Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Manabu Soya
So not a lot made tape but we will enjoy what we get!
Hideyoshi Kamitani vs. Manabu Soya
Match Thoughts: Soya has really grown on me over the years and I really like his look, but I think he gave the young wrestler a bit too much here. They started with Soya being the 'monster' but Kamitani knocked down Soya during their very first exchange and Kamitani controlled a good portion of the match. I'd rather have seen Soya control it with just a few hope spots for Kamitani. Aside from not being a big fan of the structure, it wasn't a bad match overall, it just didn't really put over Soya like it probably should have. Score: 5.0
Shinya Ishikawa and Takayuki Ueki vs. Shiori Asahi and Ryuichi Sekine
Ishikawa charges Asahi in the corner but Asahi kicks him back and tags in Sekine. Sekine charges Ishikawa in the corner and hit a double knee followed by a series of kicks to the chest. Sekine goes off the ropes and hits another knee, he picks up Ishikawa but Ishikawa gets off his shoulders. Ishikawa ducks a Sekine high kick and delivers a dropkick, giving him time to tag in Ueki. Ueki picks up Sekine and clubs him into the corner, Irish whip by Ueki and he hits a body avalanche in the corner. Another Irish whip by Ueki and he hits a second one, Ueki goes for a scoop slam on Sekine but Sekine blocks it. Sekine goes for a kick but Ueki knocks him back. Scoop slam by Ueki, cover, but Sekine kicks out at two. Ueki picks up Sekine, Irish whip, back kick by Sekine and he hits a fireman's carry takeover. Sekine tags in Asahi, and Asahi kicks Ueki in the face. Irish whip by Asahi and he hits a jumping heel kick. Cover, but it gets a two count. Asahi goes for an Octopus Hold, Ishikawa runs in the ring but Asahi releases the hold and kicks Ishikawa in the head. Asahi goes back to Ueki, snapmare, and he kicks Ueki in the back of the head. Cover, but Ishikawa breaks it up. Sekine runs in the ring to take care of Ishikawa, while Asahi applies a grounded Octopus Hold on Ueki who quickly submits! Your winners: Shiori Asahi and Ryuichi Sekine
Match Thoughts: A very solid tag match although not spectacular. Asahi looked great here and got over on both Ishikawa and Ueki without any issues. Ueki and Sekine did very little, perhaps their parts were clipped out but it definitely was presented as Ishikawa vs. Asahi as the primary feud. The action was really crisp, the 'battling' Octopus Hold attempts was a bit goofy but since both Ishikawa and Asahi use the move as a finisher it wasn't the worst thing in the world. Overall a good mid-card match that got over what it was trying to. Score: 6.5
Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Kohei Sato
Kicks to the chest by Hashimoto but Sato returns with his own kicks to the chest. Sato kicks Hashimoto back into the corner, Sato charges Hashimoto but Hashimoto moves out of the way. High kick by Hashimoto and he hits the face wash in the corner. He hits a second one, Hashimoto picks up Sato and goes for a backdrop suplex, but Sato blocks it. Elbow to the back of the head by Sato but Hashimoto hits the backdrop suplex. Hashimoto goes off the ropes and hits a PK, cover, but it gets a two count. Hashimoto picks up Sato and goes for a suplex, but Sato blocks it and hits a falcon arrow. Both wrestlers slowly get up and trade elbows, Hashimoto goes off the ropes and hits an elbow smash and two more, and Hashimoto hits a series of headbutts. High kick by Hashimoto, cover, but it gets a two count. Hashimoto goes off the ropes but Sato knees him in the stomach. High kick by Sato and he hits a scoop brainbuster. Piledriver by Sato, cover, but Hashimoto kicks out at two. Sato picks up Hashimoto and hits the German suplex hold, and he picks up the three count. Your winner: Kohei Sato
Match Thoughts: In a lot of ways this is the opposite type of match than what I normally prefer. Lots of strikes and not a whole lot else going on, and since Sato won the vast majority of the strike battles it came across as Hashimoto not having the best strategy to beat Sato. The strikes were certainly snug, I will give them that, but Sato's lack of emotion or displaying that Hashimoto was a threat hurt the match as a whole. I mean I realize they were fighting in front of less than 200 fans so it may not have been a priority to have an earth-shattering match, but it was still a disappointing main event. Score: 4.0
Best Match: Shinya Ishikawa and Takayuki Ueki vs. Shiori Asahi and Ryuichi Sekine. This was the only match on the card that I enjoyed so it sort of won by default, but it was a fun match. Even with the dead weight, the Ishikawa/Asahi exchanges were good and made we want to see a long singles match between those two which I think was the point. Could have used more time or less clipping, but still enjoyable.
MVP: Shiori Asahi. Asahi was clearly the MVP of the best match on the card. He got the better of Ishikawa, the BJW Strong World Heavyweight Champion, and got the pin. This sets up a number of things for the promotion, depending on what direction they want to go in. Asahi was very crisp with his strikes as well and really put on a good performance.
Overall: It is hard to be fair on an overall score for what was only half of a TV show. I can only speak for this half here, but it wasn't very good. This was a small 'house show' type of event, I mean there wasn't even a death match on the card which is obviously unusual, and some of the wrestlers seemed to just be going through the motions (although Sato generally looks like he is just going through the motions). Definitely nothing here anyone needs to go out of their way to see, or probably even see at all.
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review completed on 6/22/14