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YES: Kento Miyahara (c) -vs- KAI - (Triple Crown Title) [*** 3/4] (AJPW: January 3, 2019)
--- After a weak January 2 show, AJPW comes back on the 3rd with a real good one, headlined by Miyahara and KAI giving it their all, oozing of energy and determination. Lacked perhaps a clear thread, but what they were doing was excellent! In many ways they were mirroring each other in what became a climatic battle, and where KAI showed how great he can be when motivated. Miyahara was superb as always!


NO but Recommended: Naoya Nomura & Yuma Aoyagi (c) -vs- Takao Omori & Black Menso~re - (All Asia Tag Title) [***] (AJPW: January 3, 2019)
--- Cool match. Felt the challengers were a little sloppy, but that only helped get me excited whenever they were close to winning, as I really didn't want to see the belts on Omori & Menso~re. The champs showed good form in a very old school All Japan way.



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YES: CIMA & T-Hawk & Duan Yingnan (c) -vs- Konosuke Takeshita & Akito & Yuki Iino - (KO-D 6-Man Tag Title) [*** 1/2] (DDT: January 3, 2019)
--- This was hot! CIMA bringing his OWE project to DDT for a chaotic spectacle against ALL OUT. At times super amazing! One where Iino really shined with his power among the athletic boys. So entertaining that I might be underrating the effort!


NO but Recommended: Nobuhiro Shimatani -vs- El Lindaman [***] (DDT: January 3, 2019)
--- The opener for DDT's year was a surprise. I've never really liked Lindaman and I still can't remember Shunatani's name when I see him, but here they did a real fun short and sweet exchange. Every little thing counted and put a smile on everybody's face.



TJP

NO but Recommended: Meiko Satomura -vs- Reika Saiki [***] (TJP: January 4, 2019)
--- The highlight of TJP's first show of '19. While TJP wrestlers isn't known for taking too much damage, it was a thrill seeing how the powerful beauty Reika Shiki would tackle Satomura's dangerous offense. They kept it basic and worked smart. Stuff mattered, but I wouldn't have minded a longer climax portion.



CMLL

NO but Recommended: Dragón Lee & Penta 0M & King Phoenix -vs- Cuatrero & Forastero & Templario [***] (CMLL: January 1, 2019)
--- This tag topped CMLL's first, and very uneven, Arena Mexico show of 2019. Lucha Brothers really shakes things up in CMLL and I hope they keep bringing guys like that in to give the often stale booking in CMLL some color. Fine heated stuff.



NJPW

NO: Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask -vs- Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura [* 3/4] (NJPW: January 3, 2019)
--- Someone's hyped for the Tokyo Dome show, I see, already pissing in their pants of excitement loving anything New Japan. Even this dime-a-dozen rookie vs veteran bout. Sure it was solid, but come on! This was pure routine. These guys can do this stuff in their sleep on any given night, and almost did that here.


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Kento's selling didn't bother me too much. But at this point I kind of expect wrestlers not consistently selling damage as the finish has really become the most "important" thing in these big matches.

I know the word important there is very contentious. But rather than poor selling hurting a match when I rate/value it, good selling helps a match. I know most won't agree though.
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Kento's selling didn't bother me too much. But at this point I kind of expect wrestlers not consistently selling damage as the finish has really become the most "important" thing in these big matches.

I know the word important there is very contentious. But rather than poor selling hurting a match when I rate/value it, good selling helps a match. I know most won't agree though.
Totally get what you're saying. It's just unfortunate these days that so many guys barely pay attention to long term selling to where it's such a pleasant surprise when you do find someone that does the job well.
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Zack Gibson selling beautifully is 90% of why I thought so highly of his match vs Noam Dar last year. I liked the sum of the match, but that was just so great and seemingly so rare, it really stood out.

And I'll generally always be a stickler for selling. If you're gonna implement limb work, you better stick with it.

Also, maybe some of us actually really liked that Liger/Tiger Mask vs Young Lions tag. But yes, it's all a mindless hype machine for the other matches. Ugh, stop.

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WK 13

Kenny vs. Tana - ****1/2
Naito vs. Jericho - ****
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Omega vs. Tanahashi - **** 1/2 (YES!!!)
Jericho vs. Naito - *** 3/4 (NO But Recommended)

Didn't particularly find anything else on the show to be worth mentioning, but Ibushi/Ospreay and KUSHIDA/Ishimori were solid.

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No But Recommended

Chris Jericho (c) vs Tetsuya Naito @ Wrestle Kingdom 13 ***1/2

Kenny Omega (c) vs Hiroshi Tanahashi @ Wrestle Kingdom 13 ***3/4

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Okada vs White **** 1/4
GoD vs YB vs Sanada and Evil **** 1/4
Ibushi vs Ospreay **** 1/2
Ishii vs ZSJ **** 1/2
Naito vs Jericho **** 1/2
Omega vs Tana **** 3/4
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I give a No, but strongly recommended to the Elite vs Suzuki-gun vs Chaos vs Yuji Nagata/Jeff Cobb/David Finlay vs Most Violent Players Gauntlet match on Wrestle Kingdom 13.

I gave that very good match a 7.5/10

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Kota Ibushi vs Will Ospreay for the NEVER Openweight title on Wrestle Kingdom 13.

I gave that very good match a 7.5/10

I give a No, but strongly recommended to Chris Jericho vs Tetsuya Naito No DQ match for the IWGP Intercontinental title on Wrestle Kingdom 13.

I gave that very good match a 7.5/10

I give a YES to Kenny Omega vs Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Heavyweight title on Wrestle Kingdom 13.

I gave that great match a 9/10

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Omega/Tanahashi - ****1/4
Ishii/ZSJ - ****
Ibushi/Ospreay - ****1/4

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