As usual, first the tournament matches and the the results for the rest of the show:
A Block – Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi defeated Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma in 10:06 via pinfall:
Solid stuff from Makabe, Nagata and Honma. Nakanishi really needs to think about hanging up his boots because even stepping through the ropes is apparently a challenge now. Fortunately it was Nagata and Honma who worked for the most part, with Makabe helping out with some fun double moves. End came when Nagata nailed Honma with his backdrop hold. Its seems I was totally wrong in my predictions as Honma and Makabe are more and more likely to be the jobber team of this particular Block.
B Block – Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima defeated AJ Styles and Yujiro Takahashi in 11:56 via pinfall:
You would think AJ Styles would take it easy during this tournament, coming out of a back injury and with that big WK10 match lined up, but taking it easy just isn’t AJ’s style (pun intended). Even Takahashi looked slighlty better than usual, but then anyone would look good with Styles there to help him out. TenKoji was also effective in their role and all of that gave us a good, fun little match. TenKoji countered the Styles Clash with the TenKoji Cutter (3D) before Kojima destroyed Takahashi with a lariat to finish things.
A Block – Kazuchika Okada and YOSHI-HASHI defeated Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga in 11:16 via pinfall:
After their loss on the first day, Okada and YOSHI HASHI came back with a vengeance. Okada worked the majority of the match, revisiting his feud with Fale which gave the match a nice touch. After Fale was taken out, it was time for Tama Tonga to shine a bit, and he worked well with the Champion, proving once moreNJPW really needs to do more with him. Ending was predictable at that point, with Okada finishing Tonga off with the Rainmaker. Good match.
Standings (Number of matches – points won)
Hiroshi Tanahashi and Michael Elgin (1-2)
Kazushi Sakuraba and Toru Yano (1-2)
Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi (1-2)
Kazuchika Okada and Yoshi-Hashi (2-2)
Tama Tonga and Bad Luck Fale (1-0)
Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma (2-0)
Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian
Tetsuya Naito and Evil (1-2)
Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata (1-2)
Satoshi Kojima and Hiroyoshi Tenzan (1-2)
Shinsuke Nakamura and Tomohiro Ishii (1-0)
Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson (1-0)
A.J. Styles and Yujiro Takahashi (1-0)
Michael Bennett and Matt Taven
In other results:
Yohei Komatsu, Mascara Dorada and Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Sho Tanaka, KUSHIDA and Tiger Mask. Dorada pinned Tanaka after the Dorada Screwdriver.
The Addiction (Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels) defeated Jay White and Katsuyori Shibata. Celebrity Rehab on White for the win. The Addiction hasn’t really set NJPW on fire until now, with their matches primary used to introduce them to the Japanese crowd.
Gedo, Matt Taven and Michael Bennett defeated Cody Hall, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. Spike Piledriver on hall for the win. Chaotic but with a few fun spots.
Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Juice Robinson, Michael Elgin and Hiroshi Tanahashi. Nakamura pinned Robinson after the Boma Yé. This was the main event for the show. Good match but the presence of Robinson gave away the ending. Incredibly fun and heated exchanges between Elgin and Ishii, those two need to clash at Wrestle Kingdom 10. Fine exchanges also between Yano and Robinson (who’s definitely improving) and Yano and tanahashi. The end is basically Nakamura sizing up Robinson for a Boma Yé for a few minutes. Very amusing. Good main event.
Not a must see show, but the tournament matches was solid and the main event was tons of fun.
Tags: AJ Styles, bad Luck fale, hiroshi tanahashi, kazuchika okada, Manabu Nakanishi, Michael Elgin, shinsuke nakamura, Tama Tonga, TenKoji, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Yoshi Hashi, Yuji Nagata, Yujiro Takahahsi