Wataru Inoue, Captain New Japan & Tama Tonga vs. Jado, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii - *1/2
Not good at all, Tonga's finisher really sucks, would love seeing future match between Ishii and Inoue.
Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask IV & Hiromu Takahashi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, KUSHIDA> & BUSHI - **1/4
Very fun, I wish there will be a rematch and they will get more time. KUSHIDA vs Liger needs to happen at this year BOSJ. Takahashi was pretty good here.
Manabu Nakanishi, MVP, Strongman & Akebono vs. Toru Yano, Takashi Iizuka, Yujiro Takahashi & Bob Sapp - **1/2
Your typical CHOAS match, glad Sapp and Akebono were here, they added a lot to the match and without them I'd skip it because I saw it too many times. Didn't knew MVP was in this match actually and IIRC he only did his "Ballin'" spot lol
NEVER Openweight Championship Match: Masato Tanaka vs. Shelton Benjamin - **1/4
What I exepcted this to be seriously.. both throwing big moves in short match but the crowd didn't cared about it at all which didn't helped it. It was ok I guess.
IWGP Tag Championship Match: “Killer Elite Squad” Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith, Jr. vs. “Sword & Guns” Hirooki Goto & Karl Anderson - ***
This match was great, enjoyed it a lot. Archer and Davey Boy working really well with guys in their size, this whole division has big potentiel and I wish that NJ will crete more teams. Anyway, the match was very good, Archer was great heel as usual and Anderson shined here, glad Goto took the pin.
Yuji Nagata vs. Minoru Suzuki - ****1/4
Holly shit, Suzuki's entrance was EPIC!!!! maybe my fave entrance ever. Suzuki rules. Probably I enjoyed the match more than others because I can watch them wrestle each other every day every night but it was very emotional and the crowd was super into it. Awesome.
IWGP Jr. Heavy Championship Triple Threat Match: Prince Devitt vs. Low Ki vs. Kota Ibushi - ***3/4
Holly fuck Low Ki as Hitman was badass. Low Ki is awesome, don't care what others has to say about him. This pic is just amazing - https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A_x52ulCAAAfXnD.jpg:medium
. The match was exactly what I wanted it to be and the right guy pinned. Wonder what they are going to do with Low Ki now.
Togi Makabe vs. Katsuyori Shibata - ***3/4
It was an all-out war as I hoped, happy that the match was short. Shibata is actually great and I wish we will see more of him (future match with Tanahashi sounds good to me)
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kazushi Sakuraba - ****1/2
I don't have too much to say about this match and Okada/Tanahashi because others said my exact thougts. This match was similar to Lesnear vs Cena but just shorter and even better in my eyes. Early MOTY for me.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada - ****1/4
Incredible match, was shocked when Okada kicked out from the Fly Flow, never saw someone kicking out from this. Well, I don't agree about the result but the match was superb.
Overall the iPPV was amazing and man, this is just the beginning for NJPW. BTW the crowd was fantastic!!! shocked by how alive they were compared to last year