Wrestling New Classic on 2/27/14
review by Kevin Wilson
Date: February 27th, 2014
Finding new promotions to review is exhausting, I wonder how many different wrestlers I have seen from this year. As of the time I am reviewing this event, WNC has shut down and no longer exists as it merged in with WRESTLE-1. But they had a couple events before that happened so naturally I am going to still review them. Here is the full card:
- AKIRA, Yusuke Kodama, and Horizon vs. Masaya Takahashi, Jiro Kuroshio, and Fujiwara Lion
Such a weird line-up. Well let's get started.
AKIRA, Yusuke Kodama, and Horizon vs. Masaya Takahashi, Jiro Kuroshio, and Fujiwara Lion
Kodaka goes for a tornado DDT but Lion pushes him off and knees Kodaka in the face. Lion tags in Takahashi while Kodaka tags in AKIRA, and AKIRA dropkicks Takahashi. Takahashi and AKIRA trade elbows, Takahashi goes off the ropes but AKIRA dropkicks him in the knee. Step-up kick by AKIRA, cover, but it gets a two count. AKIRA applies a stretch hold to Horizon but Lion quickly breaks it up. Backdrop suplex by Takahashi to AKIRA and he tags in Kuroshio, Kuroshio goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick to AKIRA. Quebrada by Kuroshio, cover, but the pin is broken up. Kuroshio picks up AKIRA but AKIRA elbows him off and hits a DDT. AKIRA tags in Horizon, elbows by Horizon to Kuroshio and he goes off the ropes, but Kuroshio kicks him in the stomach and hits an enzigieri. Irish whip by Kuroshio but Horizon hits an elbow strike. Cover, but Takahashi breaks it up. AKIRA and Kodaka run to clear the ring, Horizon goes up to the top turnbuckle but Kuroshio recovers and joins Horizon up top. Frankensteiner by Kuroshio and he covers him, but Kodaka superkicks Kuroshio in the face to break up the pin attempt. AKIRA comes in the ring too and all three hit running strikes on Kuroshio in the corner. Backstabber by Kodaka and AKIRA hits the Musasabi Press. Horizon picks up Kuroshio and hits a German suplex hold, but Kuroshio barely gets a shoulder up. Horizon picks up Kuroshio but Lion runs in and kicks Horizon in the head. Spear by Takahashi to Horizon, Kuroshio picks up Horizon and hits a brainbuster. Cover, but it gets a two count. Scoop slam by Kuroshio, he goes up to the top turnbuckle and delivers the moonsault. Cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winners: Masaya Takahashi, Jiro Kuroshio, and Fujiwara Lion
Match Thoughts: A pretty basic opener but nothing wrong with it. Six wrestlers weren't really needed but since some are still young it probably didn't hurt to get them some experience. Takahashi I don't think I have seen before but he is a beast, or at least he was portrayed as one in this match, and he left the strongest impression of the six wrestlers. Nothing overly exciting but a fine way to start off the event. Score: 5.5
(c) Makoto and Bambi vs. Takuya Kito and Koharu Hinata
Kito throws Makoto into the corner, Irish whip by Kito and he hits a back elbow. Hinata gets a jump rope and jumps around while Kito elbows Makoto in the head. Kito gets a telephone out of the trash bin and hits Makoto in the back with it. Kito picks up Makoto and he hits a scoop slam. Kito picks up Makoto, Irish whip, but Makoto ducks the lariat attempt and hits a DDT. Makoto tags in Bambi, and Bambi hits Kito repeatedly with a whip. Irish whop by Bambi and she whips Kito again, cover, but it gets a two count. Bambi applies an STF to Kito but it was broken up. Bambi hits a crossbody on Kito, but it gets a two count. Step-up kick by Bambi, cover, but Hinata breaks it up. Bambi tags in Makoto, and Makoto kicks Kito in the head. Double stomp by Makoto and she hits a cartwheel double kneedrop. Makoto goes up to the top turnbuckle but Kito recovers, he joins her up top and he hits a superplex. Cover, but it gets a two count. Kito goes off the ropes and he hits a lariat, cover, but it gets a two count. Hinata comes in the ring, she picks up Makoto and she rolls up Makoto for a two count. Hinata goes off the ropes and she hits a crossbody on Makoto, but it gets another two. Hinata goes for a crucifix, it is blocked, but Hinata still rolls her up for two. Kito comes in the ring but he is hit from the apron with a fan. Bambi pours milk I am guessing on Kito, while Makoto goes off the ropes and hits a spear onto Hinata. Cover by Makoto and she gets a three count. Your winners: Makoto and Bambi
Match Thoughts: I am not sure why items such as ketchup and milk are considered hardcore, but Japanese indies can be a strange place. Even with the oddness it wasn't much of a match, and really none of them impressed me as particularly good wrestlers. Maybe it was just the situation, I don't know, but just based on this one match they all seemed pretty lackluster and the props were needed just to string the match along. A poor match with sub-par wrestlers using silly gimmicks to try to mask their lack of ability. Score: 2.5
Lin Bairon vs. Haruka Yoshimura
Match Thoughts: Yoshimura is going to be one hell of a trivia question one day, who can say their official debut and retirement match were the same match? Aside from that oddity it was a pretty basic trainee/trainer match. Yoshimura looked fine on the mat and you could tell she had some training, but her dropkicks lacked elevation (a Joshi staple) and at times the match slowed down a bit to I assume let the rookie catch back up. Bairon winning was naturally no surprise at all so it was a bit anti-climatic. It wasn't a bad match, just obviously a pretty by the numbers one as most debut matches are. Score: 5.0
Ikuto Hidaka vs. Koji Doi
Match Thoughts: I enjoyed this match in general. Doi wrestles as a brute, which works I guess on the indy scene (he isn't that big, but big enough) and Hidaka gave him a lot of offense here. The leg work was good even if Doi didn't really sell it much later on, and even though there were a few moments that weren't very fluid in general they worked well together. Wish Doi could have gotten the win since Hidaka's role in life is pretty set in stone, but overall an enjoyable way to spend 13 minutes even if it did lack a 'wow' factor. Score: 6.5
Kyoko Kimura and Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Shuri and Kaho Kobayashi
Nakagawa applies the Muta Lock to Shuri but it is broken up. Nakagawa tags in Kimura, and Kimura throws Shuri to the mat. Slaps by Kimura but Shuri comes back with a kick combination but Kimura returns with more slaps. Kimura picks up Shuri and goes for a suplex but Shuri blocks it and applies a grounded facelock. Kimura muscles out of it and hits a vertical suplex. Back up Kimura headbutts Shuri, but Kobayashi tags in. Kobayashi goes off the ropes and tries to knock down Kimura unsuccessfully, she goes off the ropes again but Kimura hits a shoulderblock. Kimura picks up Kobayashi and goes for a vertical suplex but Kobayashi lands on her feet. Kimura knocks Kobayashi to the ground, Nakagawa holds Kobayashi from the apron but Kobayashi moves and Kimura hits Nakagawa by accident. Shuri runs in and hits a German suplex onto Kimura, then Kobayashi goes up to the top turnbuckle, hitting a missile dropkick. Cover, but Kimura kicks out. Kobayashi goes up to the top turnbuckle and hits a seated senton, cover, but Nakagawa breaks it up. Nakagawa runs in and hits an enzigieri to Shuri, Nakagawa picks up Kobayashi and throws Kobayashi into the corner, Nakagawa hits a jumping elbow as does Kimura, then Nakagawa hits a Fisherman Suplex. Kimura throws Nakagawa onto Kobayashi, cover, but Shuri breaks it up. Nakagawa throws Shuri out of the ring, Kimura picks up Kobayashi and applies a sleeper. Kobayashi gets into the ropes to force a break, Kimura grabs Kobayashi and keeps the hold applied but Shuri runs in and breaks it up with kicks to the back. Shuri elbows Kimura and they trade elbows, Shuri goes off the ropes but Nakagawa grabs Shuri from the floor. Kimura picks up Kobayashi and hits a running boot to the head, cover, but it gets a two count. Kimura waits for Kobayashi to get up, she goes off the ropes but Kobayashi ducks the boot and hits a roll-up for a two count. Kobayashi goes off the ropes but Kimura this time nails the big boot, cover, but Kobayashi gets a shoulder up. Kimura picks up Kobayashi and hits a headbutt, cover, and she picks up the three count. Your winners: Kyoko Kimura and Tomoka Nakagawa
Match Thoughts: This was really fun, all of these girls are great at what they do so I knew when I saw the card this match would deliver. Kobayashi is a little thing and she plays the part well. Shuri is fantastic and Kimura played her role very well also. I really liked the Kobayashi and Shuri team, Kobayashi was rather defenseless but Shuri is an ass kicker that kept trying to help her little partner out, while Kimura was vicious towards the little one the entire match. No real down time or wasted effort, they went straight to the point and kept at it during the entire match. Very entertaining from start to finish. Score: 8.0
(c) TAJIRI vs. Starbuck
TAJIRI pulls Starbuck back into the ring and applies a kimura. Starbuck eventually gets to the ropes for a break, kick to the arm by TAJIRI and he throws Starbuck into the corner. High kicks by TAJIRI and he goes for Starbuck's arm in the corner, TAJIRI picks up Starbuck and chops him in the chest. Irish whip by TAJIRI to the corner but Starbuck elbows TAJIRI when he charges in. Superkick by Starbuck, punches by Starbuck, Irish whip, and Starbuck punches TAJIRI in the stomach before hitting a leg sweep. Cover, but it gets a two count. Starbuck elbows TAJIRI in the corner and he hits a bulldog. Cover, but again it gets two. Starbuck picks up TAJIRI and elbows him in the back of the head, and he hits a backbreaker. Starbuck goes up to the second turnbuckle and hits a forearm drop. Cover, but TAJIRI kicks out. Starbuck picks up TAJIRI, Irish whip, but TAJIRI hits a handstand elbow strike. TAJIRI goes for the Buzzsaw Kick but Starbuck ducks it and hits an atomic drop. Starbuck goes for the piledriver but TAJIRI gets out of it and applies an arm submission hold. Kicks to the arm by TAJIRI, he goes off the ropes and delivers a back kick. TAJIRI goes for the Buzzsaw Kick but Starbuck blocks it, TAJIRI charges Starbuck but Starbuck hit a stun gun. Starbuck picks up TAJIRI and drops him with a piledriver, cover, and he picks up the three count. Your winner and new champion: Starbuck
Match Thoughts: There was nothing wrong with this match but it was a flat main event. Both of these guys are over 40 years old, and TAJIRI in particular has a lot of hard years on him (WWE touring, ECW/BJW, etc.), so this isn't the same match these two probably could have had 15 years ago. TAJIRI did really solid work on Starbuck's arm, my only issue with it is that the arm work didn't set up TAJIRI's finisher at all which then led to him losing when he couldn't connect with the Buzzsaw Kick. I also thought for a main event and championship match that TAJIRI went down too easily. The piledriver has gotten more protected over the years but it still isn't normally viewed as a finisher... and if it was the finish I'd preferred that TAJIRI had been weakened up a bit first. A little slow and the ending was disappointing, but the match in general was perfectly acceptable. Score: 5.5
Best Match: Kyoko Kimura and Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Shuri and Kaho Kobayashi. This match was great and played to everyone's strengths perfectly. Shuri is a badass but Kimura was equally so in this match, and Kobayashi played the role of 'face in peril' very well. Nakagawa was fine too but she was out-shined by everyone else in the match. After watching this match it made me really want to see Kimura vs. Shuri, as even though Shuri tried to save her partner she just wasn't able to overcome Kimura and Nakagawa often enough to keep making the save. Overall just a really entertaining match.
MVP: Kaho Kobayashi. I know she lost the match for her team, but Kobayashi really stood out in the match as the one that held it together. Kimura and Shuri were great, but it was Kobayashi's selling that really made Kimura look evil and Shuri look heroic for trying again and again to save her smaller and weaker teammate. Her 'hope' spots were really received by the crowd because of this, and overall I thought she just did a fantastic job in the match.
Overall: If the main event had delivered, this would have been a really solid indy event. As it is, it is still good but it was saved by the women. The Joshi tag match was fantastic and the Hidaka/Doi match was good as well. It had some of the typical indy sleaze stuff you see with the weird hardcore title match, but beyond that nothing was really offensive. The main event wasn't bad, it just wasn't inspiring in any way. There are worse indy events out there and since this is one of the last WNC events to ever make tape, if you enjoy their brand of events you probably should pick this one up.
review completed on 10/5/14