Re: Better New Japan Show: June 16th or October 8th
I lined them up match by match.
I liked KOPW's opener more because I didn't expect it to actually engage me. The Jr. Tag opener in Dominion was good, but it was exactly what I expected from the Jr.'s and the DDT guys. I didn't expect Nakanishi to be selling so well, and Yano and Iizuka working as well as they did. Ok, I'm learning to expect that from Yano, but not Iizuka.
If a match has both Inoue and Yoshi-Hashi in it, it takes like two stars away in general IMO. Plus, I liked the Jr. Tag title match quite a bit. In fact, the CHAOS vs Blue Justice match is a major strike in this comparison. Way more than Naito/Yujiro could have been.
However, the Dominion Jr. Tag match was not only better than KOPW's jr. tag match by a large margin IMO, but I also liked the Jr. Title match from Dominion more than Low Ki/Ibushi. And usually I like Ibushi way more than Taguchi. So from the Jr. standpoint, Dominion wins.
The tag title match in Dominion was way more fun than the one from KOPW due to how out of control the whole fight was. The KOPW match was a near squash, while the Dominion title match was an antics filled brawl with massive CHAOS trolling.
The Laughter7 match was the most underrated match from KOPW. I absolutely loved it. Unfortunately, Dominion had Karl and Tama vs The Black Guys (lol jk, it's MVP/Shelton). No contest, easily KOPW.
Nakamura/Tanaka vs Naito/Goto was awesome... But that was because of everyone but Goto. However, I'm comparing it to Goto/Nakamura to negate that, lol. Either way, Dominion wins on this.
I also really liked Makabe/Suzuki... However, it's against Okada/Anderson, which was IMO better than the G1 Climax finals. So... It's practically a toss up, but I'll give it to Okada/Anderson because I'd rather rewatch it than Makabe/Suzuki.
As for the main events... Another toss up. Both matches were incredible IMO. However, I have to give it to KOPW's main for one reason. This match up between Tana and Suzuki was very different than the ones they had in G1 and in Wrestle Kingdom. They really stepped it up. On the other hand, Tana vs Okada 2 was pretty much like the last one to me, but with a different winner.
Hmm... It's pretty much tied. Well, I'll make a new deciding factor.
How many matches would I skip on a rewatch?
CHAOS vs Blue Justice
Anderson/Tama vs MVP/Shelton
And maybe Low Ki/Taguchi
So yeah, I think KOPW was a better show overall. However, I think Dominion may have had more awesome, must see moments.
Marking for: Asuka