review by Kevin Wilson
Date: December 10th, 2014
Location: Tokyo Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan
Announced Attendance: 1,600
Kenta Kobashi’s Fortune returns for their second event of the year. I guess Kobashi is going the Tenryu route of just running his own events when he wants to with his own favorite wrestlers. Whatever makes him happy I guess. We get participation from a lot of different promotions here, the full card is as follows:
- Hayato Mashita vs. Minoru Tanaka
- Kairi Hojo vs. Meiko Satomura
- Koji Kanemoto and Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Masaaki Mochizuki
- Shane Haste and Quiet Storm vs. Shuji Ishikawa and Tank Nagai
- Kohei Sato, Katsuhiko Nakajima, and Takuma Sano vs. Takashi Sugiura, Daisuke Sekimoto, and Shiro Koshinaka
- Joe Doering and Shingo Takagi vs. Kento Miyahara and Yuji Hino
I won’t be reviewing Kobashi and Tenryu’s “talk battle,” I am sure it was interesting but I don’t speak Japanese so it would go a bit over my head.
Hayato Mashita vs. Minoru Tanaka
Tanaka and Mashita circle each other to start, and they trade kick attempts with none landing. Takedown by Tanaka, front facelock by Mashita but Tanaka gets out of it and both men return to their feet. Tanaka and Mashita lock knuckles, kneelock by Mashita but Tanaka gets to the ropes to force a break. Kick by Tanaka, snapmare, and he kicks Mashita in the back. Mashita returns the favor, Tanaka gets back up, snapmare, and he kicks Mashita in the back. Again Mashita does the same to him, and they go back in forth for a few minutes, then they switch to kicks to the chest. Kicks by Mashita but Tanaka catches one and hits a dragon screw. Tanaka goes off the ropes and delivers a dropkick. Knee drop to the arm by Tanaka, cover, but it gets a two count. Wristlock by Tanaka and he elbows Mashita in the arm. Mashita gets into the ropes, Tanaka picks him up and kicks him into the corner. Kick by Tanaka to the stomach and he hits a headbutt. Irish whip by Tanaka, reversed, and Mashita hits a jumping knee in the corner. Vertical suplex by Mashita and he kicks Tanaka repeatedly in the chest. Cover, but it gets a two count. Mashita punches Tanaka in the corner, Irish whip, but Mashita kicks Tanaka back before hitting a missile dropkick. Release German suplex by Tanaka and he hits a jumping kick to the head. Kick by Tanaka, cover, but it gets a two count. Tanaka applies a cross armbreaker but Mashita gets out of it and applies an ankle hold, but Tanaka gets to the ropes. Kicks to the leg by Mashita but Tanaka kicks Mashita in the head and hits a Minoru Special. Mashita can’t reach the ropes and quickly taps out. Your winner: Minoru Tanaka
Match Thoughts: A basic opener but not a horrible one. It was pretty one-sided, Mashita got a few licks in but Tanaka stayed in control. This wasn’t surprising since Tanaka is the seasoned vet, it just made the match less compelling as it never really felt like Mashita had a chance to pull off the upset. Also I hate hate hate the ‘trading sitting down so you can kick me’ spot, one of my least favorite spots in all of wrestling. So I have to score it down for that but it wasn’t the worst opener I have seen. Score: 3.5
Kairi Hojo vs. Meiko Satomura
They lock knuckles to start, wristlock by Satomura, Hojo rolls out of it but Satomura keeps the hold applied. Satomura applies a stretch hold on the mat, side headlock by Satomura but Hojo reverses the hold. Satomura slams Hojo to the mat, cover, but it gets a two count. Quick roll-up by Hojo, but it gets a two, and back up they trade elbows. Hojo chops Satomura into the corner, Irish whip by Hojo and she hits a running shoulder tackle. Hojo goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving elbow smash. Cover, but it gets a two count. Hojo picks up Satomura and puts her onto her shoulders but Satomura slides off and elbows Hojo. They trade elbows, kick to the stomach by Satomura and she elbows Hojo into the corner. Irish whip by Satomura and she hits a jumping elbow. Satomura throws Hojo to the mat before picking her back up, uppercuts by Satomura and an Irish whip, and she hits another uppercut. Knees by Satomura, she goes off the ropes but Hojo hits a spear. Hojo goes to pick up Satomura but Satomura pushes her to the mat. Satomura goes for a kick but Hojo catches her leg and applies a kneelock. Single leg crab hold by Hojo but Satomura gets to the ropes to force a break. Hojo goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits an elbow drop to Satomura’s back, cover, but it gets a two count. Hojo picks up Satomura, she goes off the ropes and hits a running elbow strike. Hojo ties up Satomura in the ropes and hits a dropkick. Hojo applies a cross legged submission, but Satomura gets out of it and kicks Hojo in the back. More kicks by Satomura, she picks up Hojo and hits an uppercut. Satomura goes off the ropes and hits a cartwheel double knee strike. Cover, but it gets a two count. Satomura goes up to the top turnbuckle but Hojo dives out of the way of the diving body press. Hojo covers Satomura but she only gets a two count. Hojo goes off the ropes and hits a sliding elbow smash, cover, but it gets a two. Hojo goes off the ropes but Satomura catches her with a high kick to the head. Spinning kick by Satomura, cover, but Hojo kicks out at two. Elbows by Hojo and Satomura, Hojo goes off the ropes and she hits a spear, but Satomura pushes her off and applies a sleeper. Cover, but it gets a two count. Satomura puts Hojo on her shoulders but Hojo slides off, but Satomura nails her with a Pele Kick. Satomura picks up Hojo and drops her with a death valley bomb, cover, and she picks up the three count. Your winner: Meiko Satomura
Match Thoughts: Some really shady transitions but good overall. Hojo is adorable and Satomura is a seasoned vet that generally puts on entertaining matches. Some of the move combinations were just odd, like Hojo successfully hit the spear but Satomura no-sold it to go on to her next move, at that point why not just have Satomura reverse the spear? Silly things like that happened throughout the match but it didn’t take away from the overall enjoyment too much. A solid joshi match. Score: 6.0
Koji Kanemoto and Kazuki Hashimoto vs. Yoshinobu Kanemaru and Masaaki Mochizuki
Kanemaru and Hashimoto start things off. Hashimoto pushes Kanemaru into the ropes and he gives a clean break. Wristlock by Kanemaru, Hashimoto reverses it into a wristlock but Kanemaru quickly gets out of it and both men return to their feet. Tie-up, waistlock by Kanemaru, Hashimoto applies a hammerlock but Kanemaru reverses it. Hashimoto takes Kanemaru to the mat before picking him back up and tagging in Kanemoto. Mochizuki is also tagged in, Kanemoto tries to shoulderblock him down but Mochizuki stays up. They trade kicks, both wrestlers go off the ropes and continue kicking each other before they fall to the mat. Kanemoto knees Mochizuki into the corner and tags in Hashimoto. Hashimoto and Kanemoto knee Mochizuki into the corner, and Hashimoto applies a reverse chinlock. Snapmare by Hashimoto and he kicks Mochizuki in the back. Mochizuki gets up, snapmare, and Mochizuki kicks Hashimoto in the back. Kanemoto comes in the ring, Mochizuki grabs him and they fight into the corner. Hashimoto attacks Mochizuki from behind before tossing Mochizuki out of the ring. Hashimoto elbows Mochizuki as all four wrestlers battle outside of the ring. Kanemaru elbows Kanemoto against the railing and he hits an uppercut. Hashimoto on the other side is kicking Mochizuki in the back. Hashimoto and Mochizuki get back into the ring and he tags in Kanemoto. Kanemoto kicks Mochizuki in the chest repeatedly, snapmare, and Kanemoto kicks Mochizuki in the back. Elbow by Kanemoto, Kanemoto picks up Mochizuki and he hits an elbow. Mochizuki kicks him back and they trade strikes, snapmare by Kanemoto and he tags in Hashimoto. Hashimoto applies a single leg crab hold and Kanemoto kicks Mochizuki in the leg. Hashimoto and Kanemoto stomp on Mochizuki, and Hashimoto kicks him in the chest. Hashimoto kicks Mochizuki in the head repeatedly, but Mochizuki gets up and kicks Hashimoto in the chest. Mochizuki grabs Hashimoto and throws him out of the ring, and Kanemaru scoop slams him on the exposed floor. Kanemaru is tagged in by Mochizuki, and Mochizuki slides Hashimoto back into the ring for him. Irish whip by Kanemaru and he hits a big boot. Vertical suplex by Kanemaru to Hashimoto, cover, but Kanemoto breaks it up. Kanemaru kicks Hashimoto in the back, and Kanemaru kicks Hashimoto in the leg. Kanemaru tags in Mochizuki, and Mochizuki headbutts Hashimoto low. Mochizuki picks up Hashimoto and chops him in the corner. Mochizuki tags in Kanemaru, Kanemaru picks up Hashimoto and hits a scoop slam. Slingshot senton by Kanemaru, cover, but it gets a two count. Scoop slam by Kanemaru to Hashimoto and he applies a crab hold. Mochizuki comes in the ring but Kanemoto takes him out, while Kanemaru stomps on Hashimoto in the ring. Hashimoto elbows him back but Kanemaru elbows Hashimoto to the mat. Mochizuki applies a kneelock but it is broken up, Mochizuki tags in Kanemaru and Kanemaru hits a scoop slam to Hashimoto.
Another scoop slam by Kanemaru, Irish whip, and Kanemaru hits a back elbow. Kanemaru tags in Mochizuki, double Irish whip to Hashimoto but Hashimoto kicks them both in the chest. Dragon screw by Hashimoto to Mochizuki, but Hashimoto is stopped from making the tag. Kanemaru picks up Hashimoto, Irish whip to the corner but Hashimoto hits a lariat. Hashimoto tags in Kanemoto, Kanemoto elbows Mochizuki, Kanemoto goes off the ropes but Kanemaru hits him from the apron. Kanemoto kicks Mochizuki down in the corner and hits a facewash. Mochizuki tags in Kanemaru, Irish whip by Kanemoto but Kanemaru dropkicks him in the knee. Kanemaru goes up top and hits a diving crossbody, Kanemaru slams Kanemoto in front of the corner and hits a split legged moonsault. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kanemaru picks up Kanemoto but Kanemoto elbows him and the two trade shots. Uppercut by Kanemaru but again Kanemoto returns the favor, Kanemoto goes for a kick but Kanemaru catches his leg. Kanemaru goes off the ropes but Kanemoto kicks him in the chest and tags in Hashimoto. Hashimoto picks up Kanemaru, double Irish whip but Kanemaru dropkicks both of them. Mochizuki comes in the ring, and they both hit facewashes on their opponents in opposite corners. They go for running kicks but Kanemoto and Hashimoto catch their legs and switch positions with them, hitting facewashes of their own. Jumping kick by Hashimoto to Kanemaru and he hits a Fisherman Suplex, cover, but it gets a two count. Kanemoto goes off the ropes and kicks Kanemaru in the chest, he picks him up and hits a snapmare, then Hashimoto kicks Kanemaru in the chest. Cover, but Mochizuki breaks it up. Hashimoto picks up Kanemaru and goes for a slam but Kanemaru blocks it. Elbows by Hashimoto, he goes off the ropes but Kanemaru hits a lariat and tags in Mochizuki. Mochizuki picks up Hashimoto, Irish whip, reversed, but Mochizuki kicks Hashimoto back and hits a big boot. He hits another big boot as Hashimoto doesn’t go down and then a third, kicks to the chest by Hashimoto but Mochizuki kicks him back. Big boot by Mochizuki in the corner and he hits a kick to the chest, cover, but Hashimoto gets a shoulder up. Kanemaru goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a diving body press onto Hashimoto, then Mochizuki kicks Hashimoto in the chest again. Cover, but Kanemoto breaks it up. Mochizuki and Kanemoto trade strikes until Kanemaru comes over, and Kanemoto starts trading elbows with him. Mochizuki picks up Hashimoto and they start trading punches as well, and Mochizuki applies an ankle hold to Hashimoto. He releases the hold to help out Kanemaru, and both Kanemaru and Mochizuki hit brainbusters to Hashimoto and Kanemoto. All four wrestlers are down, and they trade slaps as they get to their knees. Mochizuki goes for a choke on Hashimoto but Hashimoto gets a foot on the ropes. Mounted punches by Mochizuki to Hashimoto, he picks him up and slaps him but Hashimoto slaps him back. Back kick by Hashimoto but Mochizuki kicks him to the mat, cover, but it gets a two count. Hashimoto goes for Mochizuki’s ankle but the bell rings, as time as expired. The match is declared a Draw.
Match Thoughts: You could tell they were going for the draw by the end of the match but overall it wasn’t bad. A little too kicky for my personal taste but you know that is what you are getting with these guys. At times it didn’t really feel like a tag team match as there wasn’t a ton of cooperation between partners, but the teams were kinda thrown together so at least it made sense. A perfectly acceptable match, it not a bit repetitive at times, but really not my favorite match style and as always I prefer a definite ending if possible. Score: 5.5
Shane Haste and Quiet Storm vs. Shuji Ishikawa and Tank Nagai
Ishikawa and Haste start things off. Ishikawa pushes Haste into the ropes and he gives a clean break. Side headlock by Haste, Ishikawa Irish whips out of it and Ishikawa hits a shoulderblock. Another shoulderblock by Ishikawa, he goes off the ropes and he finally knocks Haste off his feet. Haste goes off the ropes, and he holds the rope down when Ishikawa charges which sends Ishikawa out of the ring. Haste then goes off the ropes and hits a tope suicida out onto Ishikawa. Haste slides Ishikawa back into the ring and he tags in Storm. Ishikawa tags in Nagai, Nagai and Storm tie-up, side headlock by Nagai, Irish whip, and they collide with both men staying up. Nagai goes off the ropes but he can’t knock Storm over, and Storm hits a jumping shoulderblock. Storm picks up Nagai and chops Nagai into the corner. Storm tags in Haste, snapmare, and Haste dropkicks Nagai in the back of the head. Haste picks up Nagai and they trade elbows, and Haste hits an uppercut. Haste picks up Nagai and tags in Storm. Storm hits a lariat onto Nagai in the corner, and Storm hits a neckbreaker. Elbow drop by Storm, cover, but it gets a two count. Storm tags in Haste, double Irish whip and they hit a double shoulderblock. Standing moonsault by Haste, cover, but it gets a two count. Uppercut by Haste and he stomps on Nagai. Haste tags in Storm, Storm picks up Nagai, Irish whip, and Storm hits a bridging suplex for a two count. Storm throws Nagai into the corner and hits a chop, Irish whip, Nagai kicks Storm back and he hits a diving shoulderblock. Nagai tags in Ishikawa and Ishikawa stomps Storm. Irish whip, and Ishikawa hits a lariat. Scoop slam by Ishikawa and he hits a double stomp off the second turnbuckle. Cover, but it gets a two count. Ishikawa picks up Storm, Irish whip, and Ishikawa knees Storm before hitting a snap vertical suplex. Cover, but it gets a two count. Ishikawa applies a sleeper but Storm makes it to the ropes to force a break. Ishikawa picks up Storm and goes for a suplex, but Storm blocks it. Elbow by Ishikawa and Storm elbows him back as they trade shots, knee by Ishikawa but Storm hits a vertical suplex and tags in Haste. Haste hits a dropkick to Ishikawa and then hits a leg lariat in the corner. Haste hits a cannonball on Ishikawa, he picks him up and goes for a German suplex but Ishikawa elbows out of it. Ishikawa goes off the ropes but Haste hits a falcon arrow. Cover, but it gets a two count. Haste picks up Ishikawa and they exchange elbows, uppercut by Haste but Ishikawa hits a release dragon suplex. Ishikawa tags in Nagai and he hits a shoulder tackle on Haste in the corner. Bridging fallaway slam by Nagai, but it gets a two count. Nagai picks up Haste and elbows him into the corner, double Irish whip and Nagai hits a back elbow. Lariat by Ishikawa, Irish whip and Nagai hits a spinebuster. Running knee by Ishikawa, Nagai picks up Haste and hits a side slam. Cover, but it gets a two count. Ishikawa takes care of Storm, Nagai waits for Haste to get up but Haste leapfrogs over him and hits a lariat. Haste picks up Nagai, double Irish whip to the corner and Haste hits a lariat. Storm hits a lariat as well, and Haste hits an uppercut. STO by Storm and Haste hits a running knee, cover, but Ishikawa breaks it up. Haste goes off the ropes but Nagai hits a spear. Nagai goes up to the top turnbuckle, but Haste recovers and joins him, hitting a superplex. Jumping kick to the back of the head by Haste, cover, but Ishikawa breaks it up. Storm and Ishikawa trade elbows, and Ishikawa hits a running knee. Storm lariats Ishikawa and pushes him out of the ring, while Haste suplexes Nagai for a two count. Haste picks up Nagai and drops him with the Dynamic Bomb, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Shane Haste and Quiet Storm
Match Thoughts: A good hard hitting match that went straight to the point. Not a lot of ‘feeling out' here, just a bunch of brutes slugging it out with each other which sometimes in wrestling is all that you can hope for. Some little selling issues here and there and Storm seemed a step below the rest, but generally just a fun mid-card match that didn’t do any harm even if it wasn’t memorable. Score: 6.0
Kohei Sato, Katsuhiko Nakajima, and Takuma Sano vs. Takashi Sugiura, Daisuke Sekimoto, and Shiro Koshinaka
Sekimoto and Sato start things off. Tie-up, but they break cleanly. Tie-up again, side headlock by Sekimoto, Sato Irish whips out of it but he can’t shoulderblock Sekimoto down. Sekimoto goes off the ropes but he has the same luck, they trade shoulderblock attempts until finally Sato shoulderblocks Sekimoto down. Sekimoto gets back up and trade chops with Sato, but Sato hits a hard elbow. Kick to the back by Sato, he picks up Sekimoto and knees Sekimoto in the stomach. Sato tags in Nakajima, Nakajima throws Sekimoto into the corner and Sekimoto tags in Koshinaka. Nakajima and Koshinaka tie-up, side headlock takedown by Koshinaka but Nakajima quickly gets out of it. Kick by Koshinaka and he rakes Nakajima in the eyes before hitting a hip attack. Another hip attack by Koshinaka, he picks up Nakajima and tags in Sugiura. Double Irish whip to Nakajima and he is hit with a double shoulderblock. Cover, but it gets a two count. Sugiura applies a reverse chinlock to Nakajima but Nakajima gets to the corner and tags in Sano. Side headlock by Sugiura, Sano Irish whips out of it but Sugiura can’t shoulderblock him down. Sano and Sugiura trade elbows, Sugiura goes off the ropes but Sano hits a back kick. Sano drives Sugiura into the corner and tags in Nakajima. Double Irish whip to Sugiura and he is hit with a double shoulderblock. Reverse chinlock by Nakajima to Sugiura, Sugiura elbows out of it but Nakajima elbows him back. Kicks by Nakajima, and he knocks Sugiura to the mat. Nakajima picks up Sugiura but Sugiura drives him back and tags in Sekimoto. Sekimoto chops Nakajima in the corner, he picks up Nakajima and chops him. Nakajima and Sekimoto trade chops until Nakajima kicks Sekimoto in the chest. Nakajima picks up Sekimoto and he tags in Sato. Snapmare by Nakajima and Sato kicks Sekimoto in the back. Nakajima kicks Sekimoto in the back, and Sato kicks Sekimoto as well. Cover by Sato but it gets a two count. Sekimoto chops Sato but Sato elbows him to the mat. Kicks to the chest by Sato, cover, but it gets another two.
Sato picks up Sekimoto and goes for a suplex, but Sekimoto blocks it and hits a vertical suplex of his own. Sekimoto tags in Koshinaka, and Koshinaka hits hip attacks on everybody. Koshinaka hits a hip attack off the apron onto Sato, he then throws him towards the stage and hits a hip attack off of it down to the floor. Koshinaka returns to the ring with Sato slowly following, and Koshinaka hits a side Russian leg sweep. Hip attack by Koshinaka, he picks up Sato and goes for a powerbomb, but Sato blocks it and hits a back bodydrop. Sato tags in Nakajima, Irish whip by Nakajima to the corner and he hits a big boot. Nakajima goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick, cover, but it gets a two count. Nakajima goes off the ropes but Koshinaka drops him with a hip attack before tagging in Sugiura. Sugiura hits a big boot onto Nakajima followed by a second one, but Nakajima returns with his own big boot. Spear by Sugiura, he picks up Nakajima and they trade elbows. Nakajima goes for a vertical suplex but Sugiura throws him to the mat. Big boot by Nakajima, he goes off the ropes but Sugiura knees him in the stomach. Sugiura picks up Nakajima and drops him onto the ropes. Cover, but it gets a two count. Sugiura picks up Nakajima and applies a waistlock, reversed, and Nakajima drop toeholds Sugiura into the turnbuckles. Backdrop suplex by Nakajima, he picks up Sugiura and gets him onto his shoulders, but Sugiura slides off. Sugiura and Nakajima trade elbows, kicks by Nakajima but Sugiura catches one and hits Nakajima. Kick to the chest by Nakajima, and both wrestlers are down. Nakajima tags in Sano while Sekimoto is also tagged in, Irish whip by Sano but Sekimoto elbows him back. Back kick by Sano, snapmare, and Sano hits a second turnbuckle doublestomp. Cover, but it gets a two count. Sano picks up Sekimoto, waistlock by Sekimoto and both wrestlers lariat each other. Back kick by Sano and he hits a release German suplex. Sato comes in and hits a Falcon Arrow onto Sekimoto, then Nakajima kicks him in the chest. Sano goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a doublestomp, cover, but Nakajima breaks it up. Sano hits a back kick to Sekimoto before kicking him in the back of the head. Cover, but Sekimoto gets a shoulder up. Sano picks up Sekimoto but Sekimoto hits a vertical suplex. Sugiura picks up Sano and Koshinaka hits a top turnbuckle hip attack. Sugiura then goes up top and hits a diving headbutt to Sano, then Sekimoto comes off the top with a body press. Cover, but it is broken up. Sekimoto goes off the ropes and hits a lariat to Sano, cover, but it gets a two count. Sekimoto picks up Sano and hits a German suplex hold, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Takashi Sugiura, Daisuke Sekimoto, and Shiro Koshinaka
Match Thoughts: I barely recognized Nakajima, he is sporting some odd teenager goatee or something and he is a little thicker than I remember. Anyway, there were too many wrestlers here to get a real flow going but it wasn't a bad match. It was an odd assortment of wrestlers, I can't remember the last time I saw Sano and having representatives from so many different promotions meant that team work was a bit limited since they weren't really familiar with each other. Koshinaka running around doing hip attacks off any elevated location he could find was fun though and Sekimoto looked impressive as usual. It just didn't have much of a structure and at times just felt too much like "do a few moves, tag out, do a few moves, tag out" etc. Nothing exciting but not a bad showing by the veterans, one of those weird matches you'll only see on an indy event like this. Score: 5.5
Joe Doering and Shingo Takagi vs. Kento Miyahara and Yuji Hino
Miyahara and Takagi start things off. Tie-up, Miyahara pushes Takagi into the ropes and he gives a clean break. Waistlock by Takagi, Miyahara reverses it into a wristlock and he applies a hammerlock. Drop toehold by Takagi but Miyahara quickly gets into the ropes and both wrestlers return to their feet. Tie-up, side headlock by Takagi, Miyahara Irish whips out of it and they collide. Miyahara goes off the ropes and he can’t shoulderblock Takagi down, big kick by Miyahara and they trade strikes, Miyahara goes off the ropes but Takagi shoulderblocks him down. Big boot by Miyahara, they take it to the mat but neither can get an advantage and both wrestlers return to their feet. Hino and Doering are tagged in and Hino makes it clear he is not intimidated. Tie-up by Doering, he pushes Hino into the ropes and delivers a chop before backing off. Hino chops Doering back and they trade chops, they then trade elbows as well, side headlock by Hino, Doering Irish whips out of it but Hino can’t shoulderblock him down. He tries again with the same result, Doering goes off the ropes and he shoulderblocks Hino against the ropes. Clubs by Doering and they fight into the corner but Doering tags in Takagi. Takagi and Hino tie-up, Hino pushes Doering into the corner and he tags in Miyahara. Snapmare by Miyahara to Takagi and he applies a reverse chinlock. Back up and they trade elbows, Miyahara goes off the ropes but Doering lariats Miyahara from the apron. Miyahara falls out of the ring, Takagi goes out after him and he throws Miyahara into the guard rail. Doering stomps on Miyahara but Hino comes over and chops Doering. Takagi throws Hino into the guardrail, then Doering throws Miyahara into the railing. Takagi slides Miyahara back into the ring, and Takagi hits an elbow drop. Senton by Takagi and he tags in Doering. Doering and Takagi yank on Miyahara’s legs, Doering picks up Miyahara and applies a stretch hold. Miyahara makes it to the ropes and Doering tags in Takagi. Double Irish whip to Miyahara and they hit a double shoulderblock. Takagi applies a grounded facelock, Irish whip to the corner but Takagi blocks Miyahara’s kick and hits a lariat. Takagi hits a dragon screw leg whip into the ropes on Miyahara before tagging in Doering. Elbow drop by Doering, cover, but it gets a two count. Elbows by Doering but Miyahara elbows him back, Miyahara goes off the ropes but Doering hits a shoulderblock. Cover, but it gets a two count. Doering tags in Takagi, and Takagi elbows Miyahara in the stomach. Takagi picks up Miyahara, Irish whip, and Takagi elbows Miyahara in the stomach. Takagi picks up Miyahara and goes for a suplex, but Miyahara blocks it. Takagi goes off the ropes but Miyahara hits a big boot. Miyahara tags in Hino, Irish whip by Hino to Takagi and he hits a shoulderblock.
Doering and Hino exchange elbows, but Takagi attacks Hino from behind. Belly to belly suplex by Hino to Takagi and he hits a senton. Irish whip by Hino but Takagi avoids his charge and tags in Doering. Elbows by Doering, Irish whip, reversed, and Doering hits a shoulderblock. Doering picks up Hino, Irish whip, but Hino ducks the lariat and hits a big one of his own. Hino knocks Takagi off the apron, Hino goes off the ropes and hits a tope suicida onto both Takagi and Doering. Hino rolls Doering back into the ring, he goes up to the top turnbuckle but Doering hits him and slams Hino to the mat. Lariat by Doering and he hits a second one followed by an elbow drop. Doering picks up Hino and he hits a delayed vertical suplex. Doering picks up Hino and Hino hits a back bodydrop. Lariat by Hino, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and he hits a diving body press. Cover, but it gets a two count. Hino tags in Miyahara, big boot by Miyahara and Doering tags in Takagi. Miyahara and Takagi trade elbows, Irish whip by Takagi but Miyahara dropkicks Takagi in the knee. Another dropkick by Miyahara and he hits a jumping elbow. Northern Lights Suplex by Miyahara to Takagi but it gets a two count. Waistlock by Miyahara, he goes for a vertical suplex but Takagi blocks it and hits a suplex of his own. Lariat by Takagi, he goes off the ropes and hits a discus lariat but Miyahara hits a boot and tags in Hino. Irish whip by Hino to the corner but Takagi elbows him back. Hino chops Takagi down into the corner but Takagi gets back up and jaws with Hino. Takagi and Hino trade chops, Takagi goes off the ropes but Hino hits a lariat. Cover, but it gets a two count. Hino picks up Takagi and goes for a powerbomb, but Takagi slides away and hits a lariat. Lariat by Takagi and he hits a backdrop suplex. Hino hits an exploder but Takagi fires back with a lariat. Hino tags in Miyahara while Takagi tags in Doering, Irish whip by Doering but Miyahara moves out of the way and hits a jumping knee in the corner. Waistlock by Miyahara but he drives Doering back in the corner and Miyahara runs in with a lariat. Body press by Doering, cover, but it gets a two count. Doering picks up Miyahara and goes for the powerbomb but Miyahara hits a hurricanrana. Big boot by Miyahara and he knees Doering in the head. German suplex hold by Miyahara, but it gets a two count. Miyahara picks up Doering and applies a double underhook but Doering gets out of it and hits a crossbody for a two count. Doering picks up Miyahara and goes for the powerbomb again but Miyahara slides down his back and rolls him up for a two count. Back up they trade elbows, a battle which Doering wins. Cover by Doering but Hino breaks it up. Doering picks up Miyahara and hits a death valley bomb, cover, but Miyahara barely gets a shoulder up. Doering drags Miyahara up and nails the Revolution Bomb, cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Joe Doering and Shingo Takagi
Match Thoughts: A really solid main event. Hino is a boss, and the All Japan guys were fun. Takagi seemed a bit out of place as he isn't the biggest guy (compared to everyone else in the match), but generally speaking he held his own. It was a bit repetitive in parts, lots of shoulderblocks and things like that, but once they really got into it the second half of the match the action never slowed down to the finish. Just for the sake of mixing things up I wish it wasn't Doering and Miyahara in the home stretch, I know it probably made things easier to have the finish just include the two All Japan wrestlers but I'd like to have seen something more fresh. Still, a fun hard hitting match, lots of clubberin' here, and not a bad way to end the show. Score: 7.0
Best Match: Joe Doering and Shingo Takagi vs. Kento Miyahara and Yuji Hino. It wasn't really memorable in the grand scheme of things or a match I'd recommend people go out of their way to see, but it was still a really fun main event match. It is always fun to see wrestlers from different promotions mixing it up, especially when one of those wrestlers is Hino as he simply doesn't care what promotion you are from. He was going toe to toe with Doering as if he was just another wrestler, not a Triple Crown Champion. They also went non-stop from bell to bell and never let things slow down, and overall it was an entertaining match.
MVP: Yuji Hino. It is not unusual for Hino to be the MVP of the indy events he is on, because he just stands out as more of a force than everyone else. I mean here he is against the Triple Crown Champion and he is standing there trading shots with him, or going out of his way to attack him just to show that he isn't afraid of him. And even though Doering is a lot taller than Hino, it didn't seem unrealistic that he could stand with him as Hino has such a commanding presence. I just wish that he was in the match more as he was the one showing the most drive in the match. I don't think he will ever get a chance in the big promotions but he has done a lot this year to show that he deserves it.
Overall: This Fortune event was a big step down from the last one. While on the last event it seemed like everyone was putting on maximum effort, this just felt like another indy show. The main event was good, and some of the other matches were solid but it lacked emotion for the most part. Sometimes random pairings work, other times it is lackluster and this event had more of the latter. Just a lot of middling action with little standing out, nothing was really terrible but nothing will stick in your mind for more then a few days. Not much here I can recommend even though the main event was fun.
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review completed 12/31/14