NJPW – 45th Anniversary

Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomoyuki Oka

This pretty show match was an excellent was to warm up the crowd. These “young lions” showed some stuff striking and some great matt work. I look forward to seeing them develop.

Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Jado & Gedo vs. Minoru Suzuki, Davey Boy Smith Jr., El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku

Some exciting names in this match so I was looking forward to it. It was very enjoyable for a big multimedia match with some good segments and I was pleased to see Yoshi-Hashi pick up the win.

Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & David Finlay vs. Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa

Another big multiman match with some exciting names in it that was a lot of fun. Some great spots and a good chance for.all involved to get themselves over.

IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: Rocky Romero & Barreta vs Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi

This normal tag match pitted two good teams against each other. This was a good quick paced match that was enjoyable to watch. Gpod spots and a good story. The aftermath set up possible interesting future angles.

British Heavyweight Championship Match:  Katsuyori Shibata vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

This was an amazing match, and it’s an interesting finish. The match had the brutality of a Shibata match and all the technical wizardry of a ZSJ match. I’m pleased to see ZSJ with all the titles and I think he will be a good fit to Suzuki gun. Over the last year he has migrated towards a heel persona and recent turns in US promotions mean this fits Suzuki gun. The interference ending was a great way to further Shibata Suzuki feud and take the title from Shibata without weakening him.

IWGP Tag Championship Match: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii vs Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima

This was a good match that told a good story.  All 4 guys looked good and the match was enjoyable. Some good spots.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Michael Elgin, Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, EVIL & BUSHI

Tanahashi, Naito and Juice are three of my favourite New Japan wrestlers so.this match was very exciting. This match was my favourite of the multiman matches on the card and Naito and Tanahashi both looked amazing, as did all the guys. 

IWGP Junior Championship Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryusuke Taguchi

I very much enjoyed this match. It told an excellent story and both guys laid it all out and left everything in the ring. I was transfixed throughout.

NJPW 45th Anniversary Commemorative Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Tiger Mask W

I love Okada, and I love Ibushi – who is this incarnation of Tiger Mask. This match had potential to be epic, and epic it was. It  was a good length. Tiger mask w looked massively strong throughout and Okada ended up looking invincible. A great match that certainly elevated the champion to a higher lever.

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