So I’m currently in the U.S for two months and started traveling as All Japan’s first show of the year hit, so I didn’t get a chance to review it but still watched it nonetheless and agree with most that Doering/Zeus was indeed great. So here’s their second show that has dropped which features the Real World Tag 2017 winners Shuji & Suwama getting their tag title shot against Wild Burning in the main event. Lets see how it goes.
Match 1 – Yohei Nakajima vs. Yusuke Okada
Decent little 5 minute opener to warm things up, they kept a good pace and it was very back and forth with Okada still trying hard to get his first singles win, he has a very close call but in the end Nakajima makes him submit, he still continues to show great spirit though.
Winner: Nakajima (via Boston Crab) **3/4
Match 2 – Masanobu Fuchi & Osamu Nishimura vs. Koji Iwamoto & Ultimo Dragon
Fine enough tag match. Nishimura starts out mat grappling with Iwamoto and then Fuchi comes in and the rest of the match is him doing his usual shtick whilst getting really gassed, I enjoy watching him do it but it did go on for a little too long here. In the Dragon gets him with a La magistral.
Winners: Dragon/Iwamoto (via La Magistral) **1/2
Match 3 – Atsushi Aoki & Hikaru Sato vs. Keiichi Sato & Kotaro Suzuki
Pretty good little match. Aoki and Sato get a bit of control and Kotaro and Aoki have a really nice little sequence when they are first tagged in. In the end Aoki takes a part Keiichi’s back and makes him submit with a nasty looking Cloverleaf.
Winners: Aoki/Sato (via Texas Cloverhold) ***
Match 4 – Black Tiger & Joe Doering vs. KAI & TAJIRI
So this match only goes for around 3 minutes. KAI and Tajiri go right after Tiger and Joe before they even enter the ring and brawl outside for a bit, once they get back in the ring Joe keeps going for the Revolution bomb on KAI but he keeps managing to escape it and the final time Joe goes for it, KAI pushes him into the ref in the corner, which allows Tajiri to spit green mist Joe’s face and knockout Black Tiger with a buzzsaw kick. KAI then hits the Meteor Impact on Joe and does a diving splash on Black Tiger which gives his team a 3 count. It was an effectively done few minutes that showed KAI and Tajiri weren’t messing around and gives KAI good momentum into going after Doering Triple Crown title.
Winners: KAI/Tajiri (via diving splash) **3/4
Match 5 – Naoya Nomura vs. Ryouji Sai
This was very solid match-up, things start out quite even as they do some submission grappling but Sai eventually takes control really laying in the stiff kicks to Nomura. After a few failed attempts Nomura starts to mount a comeback only to to be stopped by a superplex and a running double knee strike which keeps him down for a 3 count.
Winner: Sai (running double knee strike) ***1/2
Match 6 – Kento Miyahara, Yoshitatsu & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Atsushi Maruyama, The Bodyguard & Zeus
This was a good 6 man tag match, they kept the action constant and everyone got to play their own part in it, in the end Miyahara hits a Bridging German suplex hold on Maruyama who tries his best to get out of it, but fails and stays down for the 3 count.
Winners: Miyahara/Yoshitatsu/Aoyagi (via German suplex hold) ***1/4
Main Event – AJPW World Tag Team Title Match: Wild Burning (Jun Akiyama & Takao Omori) vs. Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama
Great main event to the end the show. Both teams get a fair amount of their own control and then lead into a real good finishing stretch with the crowd super into it. Akiyama and Omori really put up a helluva fight but in the end there’s no stopping the Violence Giants and it’s a splash mountain bomb from Shuji that keeps Akiyama down for the 3 count giving the Giants the belts. All Japan have really been delivering strong with their big tag matches recently and hopefully they’ll keep it up in the future, been loving this Suwama and Shuji team. Just awesome stuff.
Winners: Violence Giants (via Splash Mountain Bomb) ****1/4
Pretty enjoyable show overall, Main event is definitely worth checking out, but rest of it was also fine if nothing special, certainly a good start to the year for All Japan though.
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