My review for NJPW's King Of Pro Wrestling Show:
Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Strong Man vs Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka & Tomohiro Ishii
Meh. Yano promoting his DVD and the heel shenanigans at the end were the highlights. That says it all really.
Rocky Romero & Alex Koslov vs KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championships
Fun. A few overly coreographed spots, but they didn't detract from the match that much.
Kota Ibushi vs Low Ki - IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship
Low Ki is awesome. The beginning was as well, and I was like NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU~! when they started working a normal wrestling match. Ki did his best to carry Ibushi by being BOSS while cutting of ibushi's silly flips but Ibushi didn't really add anything to the match except a few cool spots. Also needed a few more minutes.
Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. - IWGP Tag Team Championships
OK match. Nothing really spectacular to see here. They came up with a cool finishing stretch and gaijins did well cutting of TenKoji.
TENZAN IS NOT THE UNIFIED TRIPLE CROWN IWGHC CHAMPION OF THE UNIVERSE. THAT IS NOT RIGHT. TENZAN DA BEST
Davey Boy Jr.'s mannerisms are too cheesy. Like......Cena cheesy.
Tetsuya Naito vs Yujiro Takahashi
Naito's leg selling was entertaining. That's really all there is to say about this one.
Togi Makabe & Wataru Inoue vs Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata
Chaotic, anarchic, stiff and insanely fun. I love how Laughter 7 get bigger reactions at just ATTEMPTING submissions than anyone does for actually locking them in.
Kazuchika Okada vs Karl Anderson-Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Contendership
Loved everything about this one. Okada selling Elbows like a big deal, Anderson's arm work, even the attempts of stealing each others moves, everything was executed perfectly, flew naturally and felt like a big deal. These two have great chemistry.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs Hirooki Goto-IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Nakamura is awesome. Goto is not. Thankfully there's enough Nakamura kicking Goto's ass and not a lot of weak forearm exchanges and Gotoism. A fine Nakamura carry job.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Minoru Suzuki-IWGP Heavyweight Championship
So yeah, here it goes...........
I don't think this was anything special really. Everything before the air guitar spot was pretty irrelevant. I didn't mind the spot itself as it fits into Tanahashi's persona. Suzuki looked pissed after it and I was ready to see him slap the shit ouf of Tanahashi. Instead we get a LOCK UP? Really? If they started the match with it, I'd be fine. But MiSu expresses his anger with a LOCK UP? Really? Then the arm work started and as soon as Tanahashi was back in control he slaped MiSu with his left arm. That particular detail really seemed like a big fuck you to all Misu's effort. Tanahashi's arm selling wasn't fine, it was awful. It never seemed like Tanahashi's arm was hurt. At all. MiSu's selling of Tanahashi's leg work, along with Misu's crisp offence, was easily the highlight off the match.
I thought a big problem in their Wrestle Kingdom match was that it was just......directionless. Like the Sekimoto vs Suwama matches were. Here, they filled that time with slaps. And I would have loved that IF it was set up like it could've been with the air guitar spot or if it was just two badass dudes beating the shit out of each other like the Sugiura/KENTA and Misu/Akiyama slap exchanges were. But it wasn't.
Someone said Tanahashi did a great job of selling fainting. I didn't think so. It looked like a bad wrestling cliche where the face somehow manages to reach the ropes. Yay.
That's pretty much it regarding my thoughts on the main event.
I didn't think it was a bad match or anything. I'd have it at ***1/2
: A very good show. Didn't think of it as highly as some other people did, but I reckon there will surely be something someone, no matter what his taste is, will enjoy in this show. Check it out.