I almost shed a tear with this exchange during Hashimoto vs Nomura from 4/11.
Catching up a little bit with the CC, only watched stuff that looked interesting/good on paper from the first week, after the first day.
Yuji Okabayashi vs Yuma Aoyagi - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/6/19
Nice little 5 minute match. Loved the start with Aoyagi wrestling a different match than usual and not letting Okabayashi do his routine shit, you could be urgency from the young kid. Once Yuji is able to establish control the match is basically over, because that's what should happen with this kind of discrepancy in status and physique :dame: @SubZeroDegrees
Jake Lee vs Daichi Hashimoto - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/7/19
Nope, Lee still doesn't have it. Very mild performance by him - his spotty no selling was Seth Rollins levels of bad -, Daichi is fine but isn't able to elevate this 10 minute match to anything better than "Ok".
Kento Miyahara vs Zeus - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/9/19
The majority of this match was worked like a fun house show encounter. Some comedy with Kento's and Wada's antics as Miyahara was in control and that's how he works those segments most of the time. Zeus wasn't fucking around though, every chop he threw was vicious. The last 5 minutes the match does a 180° and it's basically a super sprint with a bunch of moves and kickouts until the finish. It's a harmless, fun match. Crowd was really into it all the way through.
Will keep catching up with the rest of the days, hopefully next week.
From today's show...
Joe Doering vs Daichi Hashimoto - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/21/19
Crowd makes this a lot more compelling than it could've been. The story is there and it's pretty damn simple, Joe is bigger and Daichi wants to prove a point. Fans REALLY want to see Hashimoto prove that point, but there wasn't enough for it to go beyond a fun little match. It was worked like a young lion's match, would've like a little more from the underdog. Really liked the finish though.
Suwama vs Jake Lee - AJPW Champion Carnival 4/21/19
Honestly this had a really hard job having to follow Yuji/Zeus (which I nominated on the MOTYC thread) so I can't honestly say if the firs half was good, too slow or just meh. This was pretty much Suwama's show, his control section was pretty good, and then he did an awesome job selling Jake's comeback, which lead to his own comeback, which was pretty dope. I would've cut like 5 minutes but as this was the main event, I guess they felt they needed a longer match.
So...Nomura vs Suwama face off in the final day of B Block on 4/24, both with 8 points, leading the group. Lee will probably enter the final day with 8 points too (he has 6, but has 1 more match before the Korakuen Hall show and it's against Sam Adonis) but he needs Nomura and Suwama to be a draw and to beat Doering to reach the Finals.
Daichi or Yoshitatsu could also sneak in with mathematical chances for 4/24. But none of them have big matches for that final day, so they are out of contention really. And Daichi already had "big" Ws over Nomura and Lee so he's been protected enough.
For Block A, Yuji has to lose 1 of the two matches he has left before 4/23 (his block's final day) to leave the block wide open going into Korakuen. One has to think his match with Kento will be the de facto semifinal, though they could also work it as Miyahara playing spoiler and fucking Yuji's chances to give the final spot to Zeus/Ishikawa (or maybe even Dylan James, depending on how he does against Shuji on Tuesday).
If I had to guess: Zeus (8 pts) beats Shuji (9 pts, most likely) and then Yuji (9 pts, most likely) beats Kento (8 pts, most likely), so Okabayashi can reach the Finals and lose to whoever wins Block A.
Man, y'all really don't give a flying fuck about All Japan do you?
Dylan James got a huge W over Ishikawa today and eliminated him from contention (Shuji loses every tie breaker) and he leads block A heading into Korakuen too.
1. Dylan James 
2. Zeus 
3. Shuji Ishikawa 
-. Ryouji Sai 
-. Yuji Okabayashi [IMG] 
6. Kento Miyahara 
-. Gianni Valletta 
-. Atsushi Aoki 
9. Yuma Aoyagi 
1. Suwama 
-. Naoya Nomura 
-. Yoshitatsu 
-. Daichi Hashimoto [IMG] 
5. Takashi Yoshida [IMG] 
-. Jake Lee 
-. Joel Redman 
-. Joe Doering 
9. Sam Adonis 
Tomorrow is Kento/Sai & Yuji/Aoki for Block A. Lee/Adonis & Doering/Redman for B, which will probably have a 6-way tie heading into the it's final day