Match 1: New Japan Rumble Match
*A mild heads up, I"m going to get confused with who is who in this match a whole lot.
*The match begins with Liger, Fujiwara, and Tiger Mask. Fujiwara kepts a decent amount of offense in.
*Fujiwara's expression of disbelief comes out is fantastic.
*So minute intervals I guess.
*Mascara Dora's entrance outfit is great.
*The Mascara vs. Dorada sequence is real great where they just go at it.
*Captain New Japan gets elminated by Fujiwara, who then gets eliminated by the remaining people in the ring. It shouldn't surprise me that Captain New Japan was first out. Of course he is.
*I love how Nakanishi is going for multiple top rope moves in this match, even though it makes no logical sense.
*Did Yuji Nagata's shirt say anti-aging?
*Saito eliminates Tiger Mask after a splash. Also it took me awhile to realize that you can do pin or submission to eliminate somebody in this match.
*It's kind of a bummer that all these guys who have awesome masks end up taking them off when they wrestler.
*I don't really have a lot to say about this mch, except it's nice to see these older guys getting the chance to mix it up and do their spotlight moves at a spotlight event.
*King Haku really fills out a Bullet Club shirt. I like how they let Haku enter the ring and at least wreck some fools.
*The Great Kabuki's entrance is like "here our my karate moves and nunchucks" - now hold on, lemme saunter to the ring.
*Cheeseburger is actually pretty great in this, really plays up to his strong points of being cowardly.
*The Great Kabuki doing a karate kick-off I don't know if that was well advised. And then he gets disqualified for mist? Mist shouldn't be a disqualification.
*I love how the match completely stops for Jado's entrance and I like the firey spirit of his valet (Momoka Ariyasu).
*Though, I'm not enitrely sure how the ring cleared out so quickly. It seems like there were a few eliminations that weren't shown.
*Last person in wins, never my favorite outcome of a rumble. But Jado is so thrilled so it works.
Bonus: Doraemon segment.
*I know nothing about Doraemon at all or what is going on here. But I will try to make sense of it.
*So I'm guessing that this girl is the main lead and hangs out with this nerd boy in glasses, and the E.T. looking character somehow plays a role either as an imaginary character type or something. I don't know what caveman underwear dude's do though.
*I think the most confusing part of this is why Japanese underwear man needs to wear the workout clothes.
*Why isn't the English commentary trying to make sense of this?
*Whatever problem or presentation was going on leads to a dance off, and everybody in the crowd is going to get some nachos. (I don't know if they eat nachos in Japan).
*I'm mostly disappointed that the alien figure didn't have more of an impact/role in this segment.
Match 2: The Young Bucks vs. reDRagon vs. Roppongi Vice for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
*Cody Hall made the show, as the designated piggyback guy. And the crowd loves The Young Bucks.
*The Roppongi Vice theme is so so good.
*Really excited to see what Matt Sydal & Ricochet bring to this match. I haven't seen them tag before.
*I will always laugh at a crotch chop.
*Trent goes to the top and Nick Jackson hitsthe rope which makes him crash into the ring buckle hard.
*The Young Bucks work so fluidily with each other and are totally in synch with what they want to do. Actual tag team parternships rule.
*I love how Ricochet gets in the ring and starts to take over, leaving to a sweet double flip onto one of the Jackson's.
*Cody Hall hurling Ricochet with a Razor's Edge to the floor is pretty good.
*I can't believe that Ricochet manages to kick out even after that beating he got from Hall and the Jacksons.
*I love the psychology of how this match is paced. It's funny how you don't see a team for awhile and then they just come in and tear the house down.
*Cody Hall is makin ga huge impact in this match, but he is also getting a lot of comeuppance for interfering too.
*An everybody gets suplexed spot is awesome. In fact so awesome, that NJPW actually bothered showing a replay on that.
*Rocky Romero being a clothesline machine is awesome.
*The Jacksons win after hitting More Bang For Your Buck.
Match 3: The Briscoes & Toru Yano vs. Bullet Club for the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship
*Tama Tonga looks like a a juggalo, but is he the best juggalo wrestler.
*The pairing of the Briscoes with Yano seems super random.
*Match starts out with the Briscoes in control and super into performing in the Dome.
*Bad Luck Fale is not very good. He looks godo when he actually kicks it into another gear, but it takes him awhile/forever to get there.
*Tama Tonga was really the only strong point of his team. The Briscoes made that match decent, and Yano's influence finally paid off.
*I'm a fan of how the Briscoes get a nice spotlight moment in NJPW.
Match 4: Jay Lethal vs. Michael Elgin for the ROH World Championship
*Elgin wearing a pretty boss robe.
*Elgin begins in acontrol nd looks impressive as all hell. Especially when he is just refuseing to take these knee strikes and holding up Lethal forever.
*Lethal jumps to the outside and just crunches hard against the guard rails. Apparently that only souped him up for a second dive.
*Jay Lethal deserves some credit for some of these stiff shots that he takes from Elgin.
*Lethal somehow manages to take the unrelenting assault from Elgin and manages a comeback.
*Elgin's rolling series of Geran suplexes is great. I like how Elgin seems poised in this match.
*Lethal kicking out of that Deadlift from the top rope is crazy.
*Lethal hits Elgin with the Book of Truth, which makes Elgin loopy. He then follows it up with the Lethal Injection to maintain the title.
*Not sure where Elgin goes from him, thought this was going to be a redemption match for him. Either way, still an impressive showing from him.
Match 5: Kushida vs. Kenny Omega for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
*Kushida is dressed up like Marty Mcfly which is sweet.
*Doc Brown/Taguchi getting superkicked before the match starts is ridiculous. But I do like how Omega begins by just whipping the snot out of Kushida with his own vest.
*I do love how the Bullet Club seems like a strong unit here, unlike in that Bad Luck Fale match. The Young Bucks doing all of this while wearing their championships is a nice touch too.
*Young Bucks drumline, why not.
*Kushida is focusing on one target which is somethign that I always like, also his kicks look good.
*Kushida gets some huge air when he dives at Omega on the outside.
*When wrestlers come in with a game plan and just stick to it, I love it.
*Both Kushida and Omega are doing a nice job of selling the impact of every single move.
*Taguchi finally gets summoned back to life after forever and takes out the Young Bucks.
*The strikes in this match are brutal.
*Omega has a weird fascination where he likes to grab on the trunks a lot.
Match 6: Great Bash Heel vs. Bullet Club for the IWGP Tag Team Championship
*Crowd is really behind Makabe and Hona. When Makabe first gets tagged in they explode.
*Doc Gallows very explicitly yells out "Fuck You Makabe."
*Not that this ref is even counting, but I think that a twenty count is probably better for outside of the ring segments than a ten count.
*Frustration in wrestlers is awesome. I love where Anderson goes for three straight pinfalls in a row and I also like how Striker actually makes a solid point on commentary about this. He mentions that at the very least it takes a lot of energy for a wrestler to kick out.
*This match has a ton of brawling outside the ring with whoever isn't involved in the match at the time for some reason.
*This spot where Makabe and Gallows both get the hot tag and just throw shot after shot after each other is great.
*Makabe is a workhorse in this match. Everything from Lariat after lariat to reviving HOman just to toss him into Anderson.
*I feel like Makabe started bleeding and that set him into a completely other gear.
*Match started off slow, but the ending made up for it.
Match 7: Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito
*Evil has a pretty sweet entrance. Really everything about Los Ingobernables de Japon entrance is awesome.
*Attacking before the bell, what a trend.
*Goto gets driven through a table and this table seems to have far less give than WWE tables.
*I like how eeven though Naito is trying to cheat his way through this match, he is also balancing this out by imploring tons of submission moves and grinding down Goto.
*Goto delivers a ridiculous top rope flip maneuver to Naito, that Naito somehow manages to kick out from.
*Goto is getting stronger through the absorbing of kicks.
*Ref takes a bump, Los Ingobernables interfere and this doesn't seem to work out. Naito responds with a huge kick to Goto's dick.
*Despite everything, Goto manages to overcome the odss and prevail in that match. Makes the Ingobernables look like chumps.
Match 8: Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii for the NEVER Openweight Championship
*Shibata's entrance has so many spotlights, but I like how he just goes by 'The Wrestler' and seems so determined on only fighting.
*I expected that these two just wanted to beat the hell out of each other, and I wasn't wrong. The intro starts extremely furious and fast.Hell, they start to do the forearm trade off spot super uickly.
*I love how these guys are just sitting down to take kicks from each other back and forth. Bunch of tough bastards. I never thought this match would just be let's see how much we pain we can tolerate.
*Both of these men are tough s hell, but there is no denying the speed advantage and quickness that Shibata has over Ishii.
*More of war than a match.
*This feels like a never ending battle of punching brick walls, but in a good way.
*Every once in awhile, one of these men do attempt to do a subission or wrestling move and it just feels so so wrong in ways.
*There are multiple instances in this match where both men just seem to grow exhausted at the same time after a series of beatings and just collapse at the same time. It's such a nice touch and puts them over as both super strong.
*Every single collision in this match looks completely devastating.
*Ugh, trading headbutsss. Ouch.
*After a long brutal, hard hitting battle, Shibata comes away with the win.
Match 9: AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for IWGP Intercontinental Championship
*AJ Styles doesn't really seem intimitidating in his Bullet Club mask. He just kind of seems like a dork.
*Crowd really got so much hotter with this match.
*Match starts out interesting with a series of strength tests and submissions.
*Match continues going back and forth, and AJ uses his back as an advantage to lure Nakamura into a false sense of safety which allows AJ to gain control in the match.
*These guardrails will get involved in every single match I"m pretty sure.
*Nakamura is brutal and continues to target the back.
*A weird subtext in this match is "how many times can Nakamura miss his finisher?"
*And he finally hits it, but doesn't have the energy to make the pin. And the matches continues.
*After a series of exchanging blows left and right, Nakamura goes for the cocky pin. Doesn't get the win.
*Nakamura refuses to give up after AJ hits him with a BOO MA YE (sp?) and the 450 splash.
*This match picked up heavily. Mostly, I think the story of this match is that both of thes guys are equally matched with each other and that this match is mostly a competition of wills.
*No matter has really been able to gain an advantage at any point in this match.
*Nakamura finally manages to retain after hitting two consecutive Bom Me YEAs.
*A sign of respect at the end of the match always rules.
Match 10: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship
*Okada's entrance is on such a bigger level than anybody else's on this show (except for Doraemon).
*Lots of good back and forth wrestling and countering. Obviously opponents who have faced time and time again.
*Tanahashi finally gets sent to the outside, which gives Okada and opportunity to rest up. Of course since Tanahashi is outside, he has to get thrown into the the guardrail, which Okada then uses to fly over the guard rail and nail Tanahashi.
*Okada continues to control Tanahashi, who misses epcially on a swanton. Okada seems to be a slight step ahead throughout most of this match.
*Tanashi has a pretty wise game plan by going after Okada's various limbs.
*This spot where Okada barely meets the 20 count after being laid out on the outside by Tanahash was well done/well timed.
*The battle wages on as both men find the strength to get to theri feet and start exchanging harsh blows to each other.
*Okada's dropkicks are beaitufiul. Four dropkicks in a row, dang.
*Okada is just hitting finisher after finisher and it's having no effect. Tanahashi can not be defeated in this match.
*I will never root against anybody who is rocking the Texas Cloverleaf.
*In a similar fashion, Okada also won't go down without fighting.
*Okada pulls off the victory, oh yea.
*I went with the English commentary on this out of curiosity. I really don't want to harp on commentary too much, but I don't think Yoshi Tatsu is very good.
*I like the set up around the ring. The led screens are a nice touch.
*So awesome that they are just hitting each other's finishers on each other now.
*I definitely lost track of how many fnishers there were awhile ago, but it doesn't m