NJPW Sakura Genesis

Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay vs. Hirai Kawato, Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura

Nice appetitems whetter on the preshow. Good move echanges and transitions ad enough to warm up the crowd.

Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask W & Tiger Mask IV vs. Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Yujiro Takahashi & Chase Owens

Decent match showcasing 8verybgood stars. Never my favourite these big multimedia matches but NJPW do them better than mat and it was great to see some of these guys showcase their skills.

YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero & Barreta vs. Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku 

Nice short sharp match, Yoshi-Hashi is building some real momentum recently in terms of wins and in terms of good performances. He’s been one of may favourites on a lot of recent NJPW shows recently and I hope his push continues.  He was the star for me in this natch,  although everyone played their part well with Taka and Suzuki being the most prominent on the other team.

IWGP Junior Tag Championship Match: Yoshinobu Kanemaru & Taichi vs. Jado & Gedo

This was a well worked Match that told a story in its own right but also furthered a good story well. Lots of outside interference but enough to make you wonder what’s next. An interesting fight.

Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano vs. Kenny Omega & Bad Luck Fale

Excellenthe match. All 4 guys looking good, especially Kenny and Ishii. This told a good story and had some excellentspots. I get the feeling Kenny is going to be getting his title rematch soon.


Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, Ryusuke Taguchi & Ricochet vs. Tetsuya Naito, SANADA
, EVIL & BUSHI

Great match with some amazingly talented guys. Juice is a rising star and this match will have served to boost that. LIJ are a great stable and look to be growing stronger,  Tanahashi is just amazing at all times, Taguchi gets better everything I see him and Ricochet is busy exploding in all markets. Having all 8 of these guys in a match is a dream come true and they certainly didn’t disappoint.

IWGP Tag Championship Match:  Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Warmachine

Amazing match, well worked from two teams who know how to put together a great tag match. Told a great story, had some awesome spots and had some.excellent tag work. The crowd were riveted to it and so was I. Two consistentlygood teams I look forward to seeing more of.

NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Hirooki Goto vs. Zack Sabre Jr.

Amazing match. Goto is massively tough and brutal and Zack is a gifted technician. The styles meshed really well together and the callbacks to the ZSJ debut match were well work and the storyboard well told.

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiromu Takahashi vs.  KUSHIDA

This was an interesting match. Short and sharp and unexpected but long enough for both to get some stuff in and it certainly told a story well.

IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata

This was a great match. Both guys are incredible, two of the very best in the world today, and this meeting was only their second ever and the first had been so long ago that it felt like a first time. There was some incredibly stiff looking strikes,  some amazing high flying stuff and some great mat wrestling and reversals. I had heard going in that Shibata had picked up a possible very serious injury, and that perhaps diminished my enjoyment of the match, but that’s not to take anything away from how good these guys were on the night. Amazing match from two amazing wrestlers.

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