Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs Akebono & Ryuto Hama (All Japan 1/3/12)
Well fuck, I just wrote this long review about how much I loved the match and then realized that Sekimoto was teaming with someone different. I wrote the whole thing about how it was a great rematch with him and Sasaki and made all these references to the last match. So fuck. It would have been the perfect rematch as well. If Okabayashi was Sasaki here is my review:
I still thought the match was great but the fact that it wasn't a rematch takes a lot of the story away from the match. I guess I'll just keep the rating the same since I enjoyed it so much and 3 of the 4 were the same but this just totally sucks.
All Japan Junior Heavywight Championship Match (1/3/12)
Kenny Omega vs. Hiroshi Yamato
Omega was incredible in this match. He probably plays his character in his matches better than just about anyone else out there. He goes into the match really cocky and (he said he had no doubt in his mind that he would win this match in a promo he did) and despite the fact that throughout the match Hiroshi showed to be a real threat he just didn't let up with his antics and overall being an obnoxious jerk. You just want to slap him 10 minutes into the match when he's going around like a fool doing the Rick Rude neck breaker and other stupid things. It's important to remember too that Omega wasn't in control the whole mach either, Yamato had gotten plenty of offense in already at this point and I think had shown he belonged in the ring with Omega. Yet it took Omega so long to realize any of this.
When you really thought there was a chance Yamato would win this match Omega stopped taking him lightly but at that time he was on the verge of losing the match. Omega was perfect here and he made Hiroshi Yamato look incredible. The ending was brutal as Omega dished out some of the craziest looking suplexes I've ever seen and Yamato wouldn't stay down for them. Yamato was good as the babyface and playing his character and he held his own in the ring with Omega.
This was really awesome. A lot of cool looking moves and a kickass story is exactly what I want to see in a wrestling match.