New Japan Cup 2013 - Day 2
Jushin Liger & Tiger Mask vs. Cpt. New Japan & BUSHI: **1/4
CHAOS (Gedo, Takashi Iizuka & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Togi Makabe: **3/4
Shinsuke Nakamura & Jado vs. TAKA Michinoku & Lance Archer: ***1/4
Round 2: Yujiro Takahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.: ***
Round 2: Hirooki Goto vs. Tomohiro Ishii: ****1/2
Laughter7 (Kazushi Sakuraba & Katsuyori Shibata) vs. Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi: ***1/2
Time Splitters (KUSHIDA & Alex Shelley) & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Apollo 55 (Prince Devitt & Ryusuke Taguchi) & Tama Tonga: ***1/4
Round 2: Toru Yano vs. Minoru Suzuki: **
Round 2: Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson: ***1/4
- Goto/Ishii was amazing. Ishii obviously is the man but I don't think enough credit is being given to Goto. He was also really good in this match. Easily top 3 of the year match for me thus far.
- Misu/Yano wasn't as bad as I expected it to be thanks to Suzuki carrying the action and finish being executed well. But this still wasn't that great, went 5 mins. Suzuki relied too heavily on the sleeper which didn't come off as what he intended I assume. Yano wasn't given much offense thankfully, he doesn't deserve it against Suzuki and it would have been unrealistic booking. Also
at him blatantly stealing the thumbs from RVD. Someone mentioned that Archer stole the water spitting from HHH but at least he makes it his own and whilst Jado uses Flair's gimmick it is obviously done for comedy which he does exceptionally well at. Yano pretty much just uses part of RVD's sthick and does nothing to make it his own. Thank god he was facing Suzuki to make him look good at the finish.
- Okada/Anderson was good but a bit disappointing for their standard. I agree with Hayleysabin that they seemed to hold back a little bit but I still really enjoyed it for the time it went. Also glad to see the rainmaker again.
- Laughter 7 and Nagata are awesome, that is all that needs to be said. The exchanges between Sakuraba and Nagata were fucking awesome
- CHAOS vs Suzukigun multi tag was so much fun. I love Jado, he is extremely entertaining and funny to watch. The exchanges with him and Taka were a pleasure to watch. Archer and Nakamura were also great here as expected. Taka's selling of the Boma Ye was GODLY
- Rest of the card was solid. Another notable point are how good Smith's selling was during his match with Takahashi which made Takahashi look like a genuine threat.
Another really strong show from NJPW. Really enjoyed watching this thing. Time to watch the NJPW cup final.