“NJPW 40TH ANNIVERSARY – WRESTLING DONTAKU 2012” Review


“NJPW 40TH ANNIVERSARY – WRESTLING DONTAKU 2012”
03.05.2012
Fukuoka International Center
6,500 Fans – Super No Vacancy Full House

Six Man Tag Team Match
CHAOS (Jado, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Captain New Japan, Strong Man & Tama Tonga = Pretty fucking solid opener, very fun, never dragged. FUN!
Tag Team Match
KUSHIDA & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Suzuki Army (Taichi & TAKA Michinoku) = Nice little match, great finish. TAKA & Taichi are great heels. Satisfactory

Tag Team Match
Gedo & Rocky Romero vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask = Not bad, not great, not too long. Okay match

IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Prince Devitt © vs. Low Ki = From what I heard I thought this match was going to be the second coming of Owen Hart, from what I saw it was more like the second coming of Ahmed Johnson. Not that it wasn’t a good, or even a very good match, it was, but a serious match of the year candidate it was not. I loved everything Ki did, and I loved how methodical he was, and I semi appreciated Devitt’s selling, but this was a one man show, and Low Ki was the man in that match. 78%
IWGP Tag Team Title Match

TenKoji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. CHAOS (Takashi Iizuka & Toru Yano) = This match was most definitely chaotic, pun intended. Typical Iizuka entrance here, only it was a little funnier with the commentator being whipped with his own sport coat and all. TenKoji put a rag tagging on the Chaos boys for that one! But as soon as the match went to the outside and became no holds barred it was all heel for the next 7 or 8 minutes. This was a good heel verus face match and it rarely dragged, except for when it needed to to get heat on YanZuka. Overkilly near the end, but it was justified. Good match. 70%
Tag Team Match

Suzuki Army (Suzuki Minoru & Takayama Yoshihiro) vs. Makabe Togi & Nagata Yuji = Heel 101 with you teachers Takayama Yoshihiro & Suzuki Minoru, these boys could give Iizuka & Yano a few lessons. This match started as a firecracker and ended up a time bomb. Just four tough guys kicking the shit out of each other, and you had great teamwork from SuzukiGun! Best match of the night, at least up to this point. 79%

Singles Match
Karl Anderson vs. Shinsuke Nakamura = One criticism of The Machine Gun, yelling Shinskay’s name before you run at him is probably a good way to catch a knee straight to the orbital bone! Good match, short match, fun match. 74%

Tag Team Match
Complete Players (Masato Tanaka & Yujiro Takahashi) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Tetsuya Naito = Is Yujiro a hipster? Going in I really wanted to see Tanaka vs. Tanahashi, without having to see Naito vs. Yujiro again, at the end I wanted to see Yujiro destroy all three of them! To me the clear point of the match was to display Tanahashi, but it was Yujiro who stole the match. 69%

IWGP Heavyweight Title Match
Kazuchika Okada © vs. Hirooki Goto = To be quite honest I was bored for the first 12 minutes or so, but during the last 7 or 8 minutes I was riveted. Match was too long, but even so it was easily 73%

Overall: 7 Rainmakers out of 10

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