A Review by Kevin Wilson
Date: May 3rd, 2015
Location: Fukuoka International Center in Fukuoka, Japan
Announced Attendance: 5,180 (Super No Vacancy)
It is that time of the year again for Wrestling Dontaku! This has been a tradition for New Japan for many years, to have a big wrestling event during Golden Week in Japan. We have three Championship matches on the card, including both Jr. Heavyweight Championships as well as the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Plus, Maria is wrestling on the event! So there we go. Here is the full card:
- Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, Taguchi, and KUSHIDA vs. Yuji Nagata, Liger, Tiger Mask, and Máscara Dorada
- Kota Ibushi and Yohei Komatsu vs. Tetsuya Naito and Sho Tanaka
- Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Cody Hall vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Tomoaki Honma
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Rocky Romero and Barreta vs. The Young Bucks vs. Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly
- IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega vs. Alex Shelley
- Michael Bennett, Matt Taven, and Maria Kanellis vs. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and Amber Gallows
- Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, and Katsuyori Shibata vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano, and Tomohiro Ishii
- AJ Styles and Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada and YOSHI-HASHI
- IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto
Lots of good stuff here, let's get to it!
Manabu Nakanishi, Captain New Japan, Taguchi, and KUSHIDA vs. Yuji Nagata, Liger, Tiger Mask, and Máscara Dorada
Taguchi and Liger start off, Liger gets Taguchi to the mat and applies a stretch hold.
Back up, Taguchi hits a hip attack but Liger blocks the next one with an atomic drop. Taguchi hip attacks Liger out of the ring but he fakes a dive before dancing in the ring. Liger tags in Dorada while Taguchi tags in KUSHIDA and this may be the only entertaining pairing of the entire match. They flip around, KUSHIDA blocks the armdrag attempt with a cross armbreaker attempt, but Dorada gets to the ropes. Missile dropkick by Dorada and he makes the tag to Tiger Mask. Tiger Mask and KUSHIDA trade strikes, enzigieri by KUSHIDA but Tiger Mask hits a backbreaker. Tiger Driver by Tiger Mask, but it gets a two count. Tiger Mask tags in Liger. Liger stretches KUSHIDA and tags in Nagata. Nagata kicks KUSHIDA in the chest but KUSHIDA flips out to the apron. Nagata punches KUSHIDA as he springboards into the ring but KUSHIDA hits the handspring back elbow. KUSHIDA tags in Nakanishi and Nakanishi mauls everyone, Nakanishi chops Nagata back into the corner and he hits a lariat. Nagata kicks him back and they trade elbows before trading slaps.
Nakanishi gets the better of it, he clubs on Nagata and puts him in the Argentine Backbreaker, Nagata's friends come in the ring but Nakanishi throws Nagata at them all. Nagata catches Nakanishi with an exploder but Nakanishi makes the tag to Captain New Japan. Everyone attacks Nagata in the corner, Captain New Japan goes up top and he hits the diving headbutt for a two count. Liger comes in and Shoteis Captain New Japan but Taguchi hip attacks Liger out of the ring. Tiger Mask hits a tope suicida on Taguchi, then KUSHIDA hits a pescado on Tiger Mask. Dorada sails out on all of them wit a step-up tope con hilo, then Nakanishi hits his version of a pescado. Nagata and Captain New Japan are still in the ring, Taguchi goes to hip attack Nagata but he hits Captain New Japan on accident. Nagata busts out the wrist-clutch exploder on Captain New Japan, and he picks up the three count. Just once, New Japan needs to surprise me in these opening matches and have Captain New Japan pin Nagata or something. A couple neat spots but otherwise just your regular opening tag match. Its a bit of a tired formula but it is what it is, nothing offensive anyway.
Kota Ibushi and Yohei Komatsu vs. Tetsuya Naito and Sho Tanaka
Seems like an odd match for Ibushi and Naito but it should be a fun one. Ibushi and Tanaka start off and trade waistlocks then wristlocks. Ibushi knocks Tanaka to the mat and follows with a shoulderblock. Ibushi goes off the ropes but Tanaka hits an armdrag followed by a dropkick. Tanaka tags in Naito so Ibushi tags in Komatsu. Naito gets Komatsu into the ropes but switches with him and chops Naito in the chest. They trade chops and Naito elbows Komatsu in the back of the head. Komatsu goes off the ropes and he hits a hurricanrana, he tries to pick up Naito but Naito blocks it. Big back bodydrop by Naito and he starts working over Komatsu's back. Naito tags in Tanaka, Tanaka kicks down Komatsu in the corner and he hits a scoop slam for two. Tanaka tags in Naito, scoop slam by Naito and he knocks Ibushi off the apron. Sidewalk slam by Naito but Komatsu kicks him away. They trade elbows, Komatsu knocks Naito off his feet and tags in Ibushi. Ibushi hits a swandive missile dropkick on Naito followed by a kick combination. Standing shooting star press by Ibushi but the cover gets two. Powerslam by Ibushi and he goes for a moonsault off the second turnbuckle, but Naito gets his knees up.
Elbows by Naito and he dropkicks Ibushi. Somersault senton by Naito and back up they trade elbows. Ibushi catches Naito but Naito hits an enzigieri. Pele Kick by Ibushi and both wrestlers make it to the corner to tag out. Tanaka and Komatsu trade elbows, and Komatsu gets the better of the exchange. Single arm suplex by Komatsu but it gets two. Komatsu applies a crab hold but Tanaka makes it to the ropes. Komatsu goes for a suplex but Tanaka lands on his feet, scoop slam by Tanaka and he invites Naito into the ring. They throw Komatsu into the corner and they hit an assisted dropkick. Tanaka applies a crab hold, but Ibushi breaks it up. Tanaka gets rid of him and goes for a suplex on Komatsu, but Komatsu rolls him up for two. Tanaka slaps Komatsu and he hits a modified powerbomb, but Komatsu rolls him up for two. Tanaka charges Komatsu but Komatsu seamlessly rolls Tanaka into a single leg crab hold, and Tanaka has to submit! This was fun, as I expected. Tanaka and Komatsu have shown a lot in what opportunities they have been given, obviously they are not on Naito or Ibushi's level but they acted like they were which is important. Naito and Ibushi also gave them a chance to shine while still participating in the match. About as good as it gets for New Japan's undercard. Mildly Recommended
Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, and Cody Hall vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, and Tomoaki Honma
The Bullet Club attack to start the match but Tenzan and company regain control, hitting a double vertical suplex on Hall. Tonga is isolated in the ring as Tenzan knocks him onto the corner, Irish whip, and Tenzan hits a lariat. Calf Branding attempt by Tenzan but he is knocked off the apron. The action spills outside the ring for some general carnage until Tenzan finally makes it back in, and Tonga immediately stomps on him. Tonga tags in Fale, and Fale sits on Tenzan. Fale tags in Hall and Hall starts working over Tenzan's arm. Hall suplexes Tonga onto Tenzan and covers him for two. Tonga hits Mongolian Chops on Tenzan but Tenzan hits a heel kick. Tenzan tags in Kojima, and Kojima chops Tonga into the corner. Irish whip by Kojima and he hits an elbow in the corner followed by the diving elbow drop. Cover, but it gets two. Tonga fires back with a dropkick and he tags in Fale. Kojima avoids Fale when he charges in and he hits the Koji Cutter. Kojima tags in Honma and Honma hits a jumping elbow on Fale. Fale avoids the Kokeshi and he tosses Honma to the mat. Honma and Tonga come in the ring and Honma is triple teamed in the corner. Discus Lariat by Hall, cover, but Honma kicks out. Hall goes for the Outsiders Edge but Kojima lariats him to break it up. Mongolian Chops by Tenzan to Fale and he lariats him out of the ring. Tonga comes in but he is dropped with a double neckbreaker. Kojima lariats Hall, Honma goes up top and he delivers the avalanche Kokeshi for the three count! This was fine, it wasn't long enough to get old as the action never slowed down from start to finish. An above average match but still skippable.
(c) Rocky Romero and Barreta vs. The Young Bucks vs. Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly
This match is for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship.
O'Reilly and Barreta start off but Nick tags himself in so Barreta has to leave. O'Reilly shoulderblocks Nick but Barreta tags himself in when O'Reilly goes off the ropes. Shoulderblock by Barreta but Nick hits a dropkick. Barreta tags in Romero but Nick tags in Fish. Fish works the headlock before they start trading elbows, but Romero hides behind the referee. Romero elbows Fish and kicks O'Reilly to the mat before tagging in Barreta. Barreta and Romero double team Fish, Nick comes in but he is double teamed as well. O'Reilly comes in to help Fish but Romero sends them both out of the ring. Romero hits a jumping knee off the apron to O'Reilly, Barreta goes to do a dive but eats a double superkick from the Young Bucks. O'Reilly yanks Matt's arm into the apron as Fish and Barreta resume fighting in the ring and Fish tags in O'Reilly. O'Reilly applies a bodyscissors to Barreta before tagging Fish back in, and Fish punches Barreta in the ribs. Senton Atomico by Fish but the cover gets two. Barreta elbows Fish off and he hits an enzigieri. Barreta can't make the tag to Romero as he is pulled off the apron, but Matt pulls Barreta to his corner and Nick tags himself in. Fish kicks Nick but Nick hits a slingshot facebuster. Matt runs in and they kick O'Reilly down to the floor, Fish puts The Young Bucks in different corners and Nick kicks Matt by accident. Fish slams Nick to the mat but Romero comes in with a swandive crossbody. Things break down as the tend to do in these types of matches as Romero clears the ring, lariating both of the Young Bucks in the corner. Romero and Nick stay in the ring, Barreta comes in and Romero hits a swandive dropkick to Nick followed by a Barreta knee for a two count. O'Reilly and Fish come in the ring and they hit an assisted DDT on Barreta. Both hit running strikes on Romero in the corner followed by a kneedrop for a two count.
O'Reilly grabs Romero but Matt comes in the ring, Matt is knocked back out of it and Romero hits him with a pescado. O'Reilly applies an armbar over the top rope to Barreta but The Young Bucks break it up with a double superkick. Matt goes up top but Barreta joins him and he superplexes him down to the floor on top of everyone. They slowly get back into the ring as Romero and Fish trade elbows, but Matt dropkicks Romero out of the ring. O'Reilly hits a strike combination on Nick, but the Young Bucks position Romero and Fish in the corner so they can powerbomb O'Reilly into both of them. Nick hits a diving senton on Romero, cover, but it gets two. They for for the More Bang for Your Buck but Romero gets his knees up. Barreta suplexes Matt off the top turnbuckle, Barreta grabs him and with Romero they go for the Strong Zero, but Nick breaks it up. Nick elbows O'Reilly but O'Reilly knees him back, elbow by Nick but O'Reilly catches the superkick attempt. Scissors kick by O'Reilly but Nick kicks him back. O'Reilly calls out of the ring, Matt catches him in a tombstone position and Nick jumps off the second turnbuckle with an assisted tombstone piledriver on the floor. O'Reilly is likely done for this match. Barreta spits at Matt but Nick superkicks him, Matt grabs Barreta and they nails the More Bang for Your Buck, picking up the three count! The Young Bucks are your new champions! This was chaotic but had some awesome spots and was given plenty of time. They had the chance to build up to the craziness instead of just starting off with it, but once the action picked up it never stopped. A few of the spots were illogical and goofy but for the most part everything was very on point. Not a big fan of these titles changing hands so often but still an entertaining match. Recommended
(c) Kenny Omega vs. Alex Shelley
This match is for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship.
They trade holds to start and Omega clubs down Shelley in the corner. Shelley comes back with elbows and he lariats Omega out of the ring. Shelley goes off the ropes but Nick Jackson grabs him from ringside. Omega gets a trash can and he throws it at Shelley as he goes to do another dive. No idea where Omega found an aluminum trash can. Back in the ring Omega elbows Shelley and throws him into the corner. Chinlock by Omega and he hits a backbreaker for a two count. Omega throws Shelley into the corner and he hits a jumping elbow. Shelley elbows Omega back but Omega kicks him into the corner. Omega gets the trash can lid but the referee gets it from him. Omega gets the trash can itself and kicks it at Shelley, cross-leg brainbuster by Omega but it gets two. Omega knocks Shelley out of the ring, he puts the trash can on Shelley's head and then hits him with a broom. This match is silly. Omega grabs Shelley and goes for a powerbomb but Shelley slides away, hitting a reverse STO into the trash can. Omega gets on the apron as Shelley is in the ring, and Shelley hits a slingshot DDT all the way down to the floor. Back in the ring Shelley hits a doublestomp to Omega's back, cover, but it gets two. Omega goes for a schoolboy but Shelley rolls through it and hits a superkick.
Omega clubs on Shelley but Shelley knees him, boot by Omega but Shelley hits a DDT. Shelley goes up top but Omega gets his knees up when he goes for a diving body press. Sit-down powerbomb by Omega, but it gets a two count. Omega picks up Shelley but Shelley elbows himself free, running elbow by Shelley but Omega chops him. Snap dragon suplex by Shelley and they trade strikes back up, enzigieri by Shelley and he nails the superkick. Automatic Midnight by Shelley, cover, but Matt Jackson pulls the referee out of the ring. KUSHIDA runs down to help and he kicks both The Young Bucks out of the ring before diving out onto them. Shiranui by Shelley, cover, but it gets a two count. Wristlock by Shelley but Omega kicks him away and hits a big jumping knee. One-Winged Angel by Omega and he picks up the three count. Omega is still your champion! Can't say I enjoyed this one even though Omega and Shelley are both great wrestlers. The trash can stuff was silly, I felt like I was in ECW or something, it just didn't fit in. Then the interference that for some reason is not a DQ, it just made the match seem like a farce all the way around. Some cool spots but disappointing for a title match.
Michael Bennett, Matt Taven, and Maria Kanellis vs. Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, and Amber Gallows
The match everyone has been waiting for! Maria is hot so I’m good. Bennett and Doc start the match while Maria dances on the apron. Bennett punches Doc and he tags in Taven. Double dropkick to Doc, and Taven hits a quebrada. Doc punches Taven as we get a shot of Maria, and Anderson is tagged in. Anderson immediately jumps out of the ring and runs after Maria, but Bennett punches him in the head. Back in the ring Taven hits a neckbreaker and he tags in Maria. Anderson tags in Amber as the women face off, Amber clubs on Maria and hits mounted elbows. Amber chops Maria but Maria hits a superkick. Doc and Taven are tagged in, and Doc hits a scoop slam. Elbow drops by Doc and he tags in Anderson. Punches by Anderson and he tags in Doc, and Doc headbutts Taven. Doc picks up Taven and he hits a backbreaker for a two count cover. Doc tags in Anderson but Taven kicks Anderson off the ropes. Taven tags in Maria but he has to tag out, so he tags in Amber. Maria hits a series of lariats on Amber, Maria hits a Lou Thesz Press before punching Amber. Diving crossbody by Maria, but it gets a two count. Chaos ensues as Taven sails out of the ring onto Doc. Doc grabs Maria from the apron but Bennett kicks him. Bennett goes off the ropes but Anderson runs in and hits the Gun Stun. Taven dives off the top turnbuckle but he also gets a Gun Stun. This leaves Maria alone with Anderson and they dance before Maria kicks Anderson in the nuts. Amber kicks Maria but Maria sneaks in a small package for the three count! After the match, Doc and Anderson hit Maria with the Magic Killer which may end this silly feud. People that complain about this match are dopes. I didn’t like it at the last event because it involved the titles but this was just mid-card amusement. No it wasn’t a good match but it was designed for comedy. Sort of. Either way it was no worse than an eight man tag that normally would have filled this spot. It was definitely different and will be remembered, that’s for sure, even if it wasn’t quality pro wrestling.
Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, and Shibata vs. Sakuraba, Toru Yano, and Tomohiro Ishii
Makabe and Ishii start off and they trade strikes, with Ishii getting the better of it. Shibata and Sakuraba are tagged in, Shibata applies a kimura they roll to the mat. Neither can get anything locked in, so they tag in Tanahashi and Yano. Tanahashi and Yano trade wristlocks before Yano hides from Tanahashi in the ropes. Sakuraba grabs Tanahashi from the apron with a choke, but Shibata returns the favor with Yano. Yano gets away and takes off a turnbuckle while Sakuraba keeps choking Tanahashi. Everyone brawls outside the ring before Yano and Tanahashi return, and Yano tags in Ishii. Ishii chops Tanahashi and he hits a vertical suplex. Tanahashi elbows Ishii but he is knocked back to the mat. Ishii tags in Sakuraba but Shibata runs in and boots him. Sakuraba knocks Tanahashi into the corner and he tags in Yano. Atomic drop by Yano but Tanahashi hits a dragon screw leg whip. Tanahashi tags in Makabe while Ishii is also tagged in and Makabe hits a powerslam. Lariat by Makabe in the corner and he hits a Northern Lights Suplex for two. Makabe goes off the ropes but Ishii catches him with a powerslam. Ishii chops Makabe into the corner and he hits a lariat, and Ishii shoulderblocks Makabe off his feet. Ishii and Makabe trade lariats, and Makabe hits a hard lariat to win the battle.
Shibata and Sakuraba are tagged back in and Shibata elbows Sakuraba down in the corner. Single arm suplex by Shibata and he goes for Sakuraba’s arm, but Sakuraba reverses positions with him. Knees by Sakuraba but Shibata picks him up and hits a death valley bomb. Sakuraba tags in Yano but Shibata gets away from him and tags in Tanahashi. Tanahashi hits a jumping elbow, Irish whip by Tanahashi to Yano and Tanahashi hits a crossbody out of the corner. Yano rolls over on the crossbody and he drops Tanahashi in the exposed corner. Inside cradle by Yano, but it gets two. Elbow by Tanahashi, Yano goes off the ropes but Tanahashi hits an atomic drop. Yano tries to throw Tanahashi out of the ring but Tanahashi skins the cat. Sling Blade by Tanahashi, cover, but it gets two. Tanahashi picks up Yano, scoop slam, he goes up top but Yano gets his knees up on the High Fly Flow. Yano rolls up Tanahashi but Tanahashi kicks out. Yano picks up Tanahashi but Tanahashi pulls down Yano and he picks up the three count! This was your standard “everyone pair up with the wrestler they are feuding with, tag out, next pair, tag out, etc.” match. The action was solid but it was just non-original, and the ending wasn’t smooth at all. I’d rather watch Maria, at least that is different.
AJ Styles and Yujiro Takahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada and YOSHI-HASHI
Naturally the Bullet Club attacks before the match officially starts,
with Styles and Okada trading shots in the ring. Okada hits a big back bodydrop, YOSHI-HASHI and Takahashi come in the ring and YOSHI-HASHI knocks Takahashi to the mat. Okada and Styles come back in, elbows by both but Okada hits a sliding kick. Okada tags in YOSHI-HASHI but Styles elbows him and tags in Takahashi. Takahashi slaps at YOSHI-HASHI but YOSHI-HASHI hits a hurricanrana. Takahashi powerbombs YOSHI-HASHI into the corner, Styles comes in and he takes YOSHI-HASHI outside the ring and throws him over the table at ringside. YOSHI-HASHI slowly makes it back and Takahashi works him over with punches. Takahashi drops YOSHI-HASHI's neck on the top rope and he covers him for two. Styles is tagged in as the assault on YOSHI-HASHI continues, but after a few minutes YOSHI-HASHI reverses Takahashi's Fisherman Buster into a neckbreaker. YOSHI-HASHI tags in Okada and Okada elbows Takahashi and Styles. Okada puts Styles on the top turnbuckle and knocks him to the floor before hitting a DDT on Takahashi. Okada hits a flap jack on Takahashi, cover, but it gets two. Styles elbows Takahashi in the corner before hitting a scoop slam, Okada goes for a boot but Takahashi catches his foot and hits a Fisherman Buster. Takahashi tags in Styles and Styles suplexes Okada into the turnbuckles. Styles calls for the Styles Clash but Okada hits a reverse neckbreaker.
Okada and Styles trade waistlocks and Styles hits the Pele Kick. He goes off the ropes but Okada drops him with a dropkick. Okada tags in YOSHI-HASHI, YOSHI-HASHI chops Styles and he hits a rolling neckbreaker. Lariat by YOSHI-HASHI, he puts Styles on the top rope and delivers a dropkick. Cover, but it is broken up. Okada comes in and Styles is elbows by both in the corner, neckbreaker off the top turnbuckle but YOSHI-HASHI but Styles kicks out. YOSHI-HASHI grabs Styles but Styles slams him to the mat for a two count. Takahashi hits a leg drop on YOSHI-HASHI then Styles hits a jumping knee drop. Double vertical suplex to YOSHI-HASHI, cover by Styles but Okada breaks it up. YOSHI-HASHI hits a lariat on Takahashi but Styles hits a swandive elbow strike. Styles puts YOSHI-HASHI on the top turnbuckle but YOSHI-HASHI punches him off. Styles avoids YOSHI-HASHI's dive, he slams YOSHI-HASHI in front of the corner but Okada grabs Styles when he goes up top. YOSHI-HASHI punches Styles and joins him up top, but Styles slides away. Bloody Sunday by Styles to YOSHI-HASHI, he picks him up and nails the Styles Clash for the three count! This was a fun tag match, they kept it random and chaotic so it stayed entertaining. YOSHI-HASHI took his beating well and Styles and Okada are both of course awesome. Nothing meaningful in the grand scheme of things but a solid co-main event. Mildly Recommended
(c) Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Hirooki Goto
This match is for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
They feel each other out to start, Nakamura gets Goto in the ropes but he gives a clean break. Nakamura and Goto trade strikes, shoulderblock by Goto and Nakamura bails out of the ring. Goto slides out after him and he throws Nakamura into the ring post. Nakamura throws Goto into the guard rail, he lays Goto over it and he hits a running knee to the chest before hitting a knee drop to the back of Goto's head. Back in the ring Nakamura applies a side headlock but Goto gets to the ropes. Knee drop by Nakamura and he knees Goto into the corner. Nakamura misses a knee but he rakes Goto in the eyes. Nakamura goes off the ropes but Goto does as well and he hits a lariat. Goto kicks Nakamura into the corner and he hits a heel kick. Backdrop suplex by Goto, cover, but it gets two. Back up they trade elbows until Nakamura delivers a jumping kick. Knee by Nakamura and he hits another jumping kick. Grounded knees by Nakamura and he applies a front necklock, Nakamura goes for the Boma Ye but Goto avoids it. Nakamura puts Goto over the top rope and he hits a running knee to the stomach. Nakamura picks up Goto but Goto blocks the inverted powerslam. Nakamura gets on the second turnbuckle but Goto hits a heel kick, sending Nakamura crashing down to the floor. Nakamura gets on the apron but Goto kicks him and goes for a suplex. Nakamura lands on his feet on the suplex attempt and Nakamura applies a sleeper, but Goto slams his way out of it.
Goto picks up Nakamura and drops him face-first onto his knee, and Goto hits the Ushikoroshi. Goto picks up Nakamura but Nakamura knees him and hits a backstabber. Inverted powerslam by Nakamura but Goto lariat Nakamura when he goes for the Boma Ye. Goto and Nakamura trade elbows on their knees and then back on their feet, Nakamura goes off the ropes and he nails a jumping kick. Goto falls out to the apron, Nakamura grabs him from the ring but Goto blocks the powerslam. Nakamura goes for a kick but Goto ducks and hits a lariat. Goto goes up top but Nakamura joins him, Goto blocks the superplex attempt but Nakamura blocks the Kaiten attempt. Boma Ye off the second turnbuckle by Nakamura, he goes off the ropes and nails the sliding Boma Ye but Goto barely gets a shoulder up. Headbutts by Goto, Nakamura headbutts him back but Goto hits a big lariat for two. Goto picks up Nakamura, he puts him on the top turnbuckle and joins him before hitting an avalanche Ushikorishi. Cover by Goto but Nakamura kicks out. Goto picks up Nakamura, he delivers the Shouten Kai and he picks up the three count! Goto is your new champion! This was a great match with a nice slow build up to climax without any overkill. Matches that just have bombs from start to finish can be fun too but it is nice when a match has that right balance without just having the wrestlers start trading big moves a few minutes in. A lot of good counters and blocks here as the wrestlers know each other well, and everything felt natural. Just a great match between these two and I'm happy to see Goto finally get a big title win, I love the guy. Highly Recommended
This is one of the better full events that New Japan has put on in awhile. The Jr. Heavyweight tag got plenty of time for a change (even though I don't love the titles changing hands so much), and the Young Lion match was a nice change of pace. Then of course the main event was fantastic and a must-see for any fans of puroresu. The Maria stuff was certainly silly but didn't take up much time, the only real disappoint of the show was the Jr. Heavyweight Championship match which just didn't do much for me. Overall definitely a solid event and worth checking out.
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