It’s another big All Japan show with a tag team title re-match Triple Crown Title and Shuji Ishikawa defending his newly won Triple Crown Belt against Jake Lee. Lets see how it goes.
Match 1 – Ayato Yoshida, Masanobu Fuchi, Ryouji Sai & Takao Omori vs. Fuminori Abe, Koji Iwamoto, Yohei Nakajima & Yusuke Okada
Fun little opener that kept a good pace throughout. Obviously Fuchi and Omori were used minimally to allow the younger guys to have a good go at each other and they certainly did with a lot of stiff strikes being thrown about, pretty sure Sai was trying to straight up break Abe’s spine with the kicks he was throwing at his back at one point. At the end Fuchi finally gets tagged in and wins the match with a small package.
Winner: Fuchi/Yoshida/Sai/Omori(via small package) ***
Match 2 – !BANG! TV World Heavyweight Title Match: Osamu Nishimura (c) vs. Rikiya Fudo
Very simple and short match. Fudo completely dominates Nishimura with his size and strength but Nishimura manages to avoid his top rope splash and gets Fudo with a cobra twist cradle to get the 3 count. Not much to it at all but still kind of fun.
Winner: Nishimura(via Cobra Twist Cradle) **1/2
Match 3 – Evolution (Atsushi Aoki & Joe Doering) vs. NEXTREAM (Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi)
short but fun little match. Evolution get most of the offense but NEXTREAM manage get some in here and there. In the end Doering gets the win with a revolution bomb.
Winner: Evolution(via Revolution bomb) **3/4
Match 4 – TAJIRI, Minoru Tanaka & Yutaka Yoshie vs. Atsushi Maruyama, Jun Akiyama & Ultimo Dragon
Pretty good match between these veterans, everyone got a chance to do their part and it was enjoyable. It’s nice seeing Tajiri back in Japan and he ends up winning the match using the green mist and a Buzzsaw kick.
Winner: TAJIRI/Tanaka/Yoshie(via Buzzsaw Kick) ***
Match 5 – AJPW World Tag Title match: KAI & Kengo Mashimo (c) vs. The Big Guns (The Bodyguard & Zeus)
So this was a re-match from last time and while the previous match was better, this was still quite good. KAI & Kengo continued to not gel very well as a team in the beginning which allowed Big Guns to take advantage and dominate a good majority of it. Towards the end though things start going well for KAI and Kengo and their double team stuff starts working leading them to actually shaking hands for the first time. Unfortunately Kengo injures his knee out of nowhere, which appear to be legit as he’s now gonna be out of action to have knee surgery. This leaves KAI to take on the Big Guns by himself but he ends up taking a Jackhammer from Zeus which put him down for the 3 count and ends his and Kengo’s very short reign as tag team champions. Such a shame what happened to Kengo, him and KAi had a nice dynamic going on and I’m sure they would have held the tag titles at least a little longer. Still it was an enjoyable match overall and wish Kengo a successful recovery.
Winners: Big Guns(via Jackhammer) ***1/4
Match 6 – Kento Miyahara vs. Suwama
Very good match between these two. It’s mostly back and forth though Kento has a portion of control working on Suwama’s right arm and he continues focusing alot of his offense on it throughout. This does affect Suwama at certain points like stopping him lifting up Kento for the Last Ride, but by the end Suwama manages to fight through the pain and deliver two backdrop drivers to get the win. This was obviously quite an important match for both guys especially for Kento who probably wants to regain his momentum as soon as possible so he can recapture the Triple Crown, unfortunately his strategy and effort just didn’t quite work here, so it’s gonna take him longer to get back on his game. The win for Suwama though definitely puts him in better contention for a title shot. Solid work from both guys overall.
Winner: Suwama(via backdrop driver hold) ***3/4
Main Event – Triple Crown Title Match: Shuji Ishikawa (c) vs. Jake Lee
So this is Shuji’s first title defense and Jake certainly didn’t make it easy for him, a great main event with Jake showing incredible determination throughout to try to stay in things and get the win. But despite a strong effort the champ was still the better man and retained his title with the Giant Slam(which isn’t the Miyahara Killer after all). Just a straight up physical back and forth match that was very enjoyable, also Shuji looks great in trunks and hope he continues to wear them from now on. Jake may not have got the win but he certainly left a good impression whilst Shuji looks pretty unstoppable at this point. Awesome stuff.
Winner: Shuji Ishikawa(via Giant Slam) ****1/4
Another very solid show for All Japan, enjoyable from top to bottom and the last two matches, especially the main event deliverd really well. All Japan have been staying consistent and strong and I’m very glad that I have continued to follow them this year.