NJPW New Beginning in Osaka 2017 Review


So here’s my review of today’s big New Japan event, I actually managed to watch all of this one, so lets get right to it.

Henare vs Taka Michinoku

This was a good little opening contest with the Young lion Henare taking on the veteran Taka. Henare looked impressive here with his strength and his agility but Taka used his smarts taking advantage with dirty tactics that helped get him a quick win. Winner: Taka (via eyepoke and pinning clutch) ***

Tenkoji vs Kushida/Yoshi Tatsu

bit of an odd match up to have but that’s because a couple of injuries had to make them change a few things last minute. It was originally meant to be Suzuki-gun vs Tenkoki & Kushida, but we get this little thing instead. It was pretty decent though, always love a bit of Tenkoji and Kushia, Tatsu is the only weak link here, I used to like him in WWE but in NJPW he just haven’t clicked. He takes the fall which means another loss for him and then refuses to shake Kojima’s hand and tries to attack him, showing Tatsu frustration at failing again. Winners: TenKoji (via Kojima Lariat on Tatsu) **3/4

Jado/Gedo/YOSHI-HASHI/Hirooki Goto vs Juice Robinson/Yuji Nagata/Jushin Liger/Tiger Mask

Fun little multi-man, just some nice back and forth action, Juice gets the win gaining him more momentum, which could mean another potential NEVER Title match against Goto as he does stares at Goto post-match. Winner: Juice (via Pulp Friction on Jado) ***

Taichi/Yoshinobu Kanemaru/Minoru Suzuki vs Kazuchika Okada/Roppongi Vice

This was  good, you had Suzuki-gun using their usual dirty antics as well as Suzuki being his usual rough self, him and Okads had some good exchanges and I liked the ending where Suzuki traps him in the corner with a sleeper as Romero takes the fall from Taichi and Kanemaru’s double team, which puts them in the running for the Jr tag titles. Winners: Suzuki-gun (via Deep Impact on Romero) ***1/4

NEVER 6-Man Title Match: EVIL/Sanada/Bushi vs Hiroshi Tanahashi/Ryusuke Taguchi/Manabu Nakanishi (c)

Tanahashi, Taguchi and Nakanishi are such an odd team but it makes for an interesting dynamic and Los Ingobernables are just a great team in general so this lead to a solid match with lots of entertaining action and LiJ going over being the right move, I know the 6 man titles are kind of worthless but might as well put them on the best faction in New Japan. Winners Los Ingobernables (via Skull End on Nakanishi) ***1/2

RPW British Heavyweight Title Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Will Ospreay

This was great as expected, Ospreay worked a little smarter here being a bit more grounded and using the high flying stuff when he as an opportunity. he tries his best to match Shibata’s toughness but in the end it just wasn’t quite enough. One spot in particular I loved, is Ospreay landing on his feet twice from a back/German suplex, going for a handspring getting, but Shibata catching his leg and doing a leg trap german so he can’t flip out. Also love Ospreay trying to flip out of the sleeper suplex but Shibata keeping it locked in. Great stuff. Winner: Shibata (via PK) ****1/4

IWGP Tag Team title match: GBH vs Ishii/Yano(c) vs Takashi Iizuka/Davey Boy Smith Jr

This was another match that changed as Archer is also out with an injury, so he’s been replaced by good ol’ Iizuka. This was alright definitely not up to par with the match on the last show. everyone did their usual shtick and it was fine. Winners: Yano/Ishii (via low blow then schoolboy)**3/4

IWGP Jr Heavyweight title match: Hiromu Takahashi(c) vs Dragon Lee

When these two wrestle, you know it’s gonna be great and this is no different, just incredible stuff, lots of crazy spots and moves as these two try to pretty much end each other and I love it. Winner: Hiromu Takahashi (via Time Bomb)  ****1/2

IWGP Intercontinental title match: Tetsuya Naito(c) vs Michael Elgin

It was gonna be tough for these two to follow the previous match, but my god did they do it. These two have had great matches before and this one is their best yet and I’d even go as far to call this my current match of the year. It’s Just a tremendous back and forth contest, and Elgin and Naito just have such good chemistry together. The match was mainly Elgin’s power vs Naito’s Agility and cunning leading to some great moves and spots. Naito also works on Elgins leg and Elgin sells it well, there’s even really great bit where Elgin is struggling to get Naito up for the big Elgin bomb, so he instead has lift him up on to the turnbuckle to try and do it, I always love little things like that. It was just overall fantastic and I applaud these guys thoroughly. Winner: Tesuya Naito (via Destino) *****

What a great show this was, much better than last weeks New Beginning show, with The Intercontinental, JR Heavyweight and RPW title matches all delivering big time and highly recommend checking them out. Rest of the card is pretty much skippable but was still enjoyable overall and I’d still recommend the NEVER 6 man title match at least. NJPW are doing awesome so far this year.****1/4



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