Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs Ryota Hama & Akebono
Another really good match from these two teams. Sekimoto/Okabayashi trying to outpower SMOP was the usual storyline from the match, but it was still very entertaining. ***3/4
Shinsuke Nakamura & Kazuchika Okada vs Suwama & Shuji Kondo
. Oh yeah and Kondo is there as well. We get Suwama and Nakamura trading holds, Suwama takes a cheapshot at Okada, Okada tags in and he is OVER! Good stuff. Suwama and Kondo playing the dominating team was great with a really good control segment, and when Nakamura eventually got the tag in he was even more over than Okada! Basically just breaks down in to the finishing stretch which was loads of fun. Any combination of these guys in singles matches would be awesome. I thought the Okada/Suwama exchanges were great, but then along comes the Nakamura/Suwama exchanges and they were even better! Suwama was a beast in this. The right guy went over the right guy too which was a bonus. This was further comfirmation that Okada is indeed legit. Really fun stuff, just what I wanted from a match with three of my favorite guys in Japan right now. ****
Jun Akiyama vs Taiyo Kea - Triple Crown
I wasn't sure about watching this since I don't care for Kea but I'm a huge Akiyama fan so I watched it. Turned out to be really good. I thought both guys going after the neck worked really well, especially since both guys offense is mostly focussed on that area. A couple of good control/workover segments from both, and then the finishing stretch was really good, helped along by the fact everything was aimed at the necks of each guy. There wasn't much long term selling at all which hurt the match and kept it from being great though. Still a very good match. ***3/4 - ****
I'll probably watch Tana/Makabe tomorrow, or maybe wait until I've seen Tana/Okada from the event before that hasn't been put online yet.
edit: sorry for the double post.