Great episode of the show this week. Everybody should take two hours on a boring weeknight and check these matches out, front to back. The only thing of note last week was a couple of NJPW matches off of the “Destruction in Okayama” card, so I skipped out last Monday. The main event is still listed below, however. Tons of good ones this week though, from all kinds of different rosters.
DG: T-Hawk & Eita vs. Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora
Can you say Tag Match of the Year? It’s right there, neck-n-neck with Bucks/Splitters from Dminion 621. If you aren’t familiar with T-Hawk & Eita, you’re missing out on the best this sport has to offer. They’re the tag champs, but this is non-title, for the Finals of the yearly Tag Tournament, so you have no idea one way or the other who’s winning. Seriously just pick a team, bet your buddy next to you $20, and lose your mind in the near falls. Great match. Had a friend call it Top 10 for the year.. I can’t argue that..
Wrestle-1: Kaz Hayashi vs. Shuji Kondo – [9/22/14]
I’d be shocked if you get anything better than this out of the W-1/TNA rosters on Sunday for Bound For Glory. That’d be awesome, but this one was pretty decent. If the Minoru Tanka match, or Hayashi’s quest for the X title get this good, that’ll be great. Until then, this one here might be the best this brand has to offer. Live from Kōrakuen Hall, the same building as TNA. So this is exactly what you’re going to be getting from BFG. Keep in mind, W-1 has a much more important show later in the month. This TNA ppv is like a Survivor Series Showdown on USA to them.
NJPW: Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson – [9/23/14]
The main event of the 2-day Destruction event from NJPW. These guys always have good matches together and this is no exception. I thought the guys in the truck did a pretty poor job on this show with the commentators too high, and the crowd too low, coupled with the ROH-ish lighting.. The production value leaves something to be desired. If you’re into the grimy indy look, you’ll be fine with it.
ZERO1: Dangan Yankees (Mastao Tanaka & Takashi Sugiura) vs. Ikuto Hidaka & Fujita Jr Hayato – [9/19/14]
Holy shit, this match. This is for both of the Yankees tag titles: the GHC Tag titles & the
NWA/ZERO1 Intercontinental Tag titles. They’ve had killer tag matches
all year long, the one against Kazuki & Sekimoto comes to mind
immediately. This is another banger. A really, really solid show from
ZERO1, loaded with fun title matches. This was the main event, and this
one took the cake. Full show AVAILABLE HERE, and those 2 hours just
breeze right by. Recommended.
AJPW: Jun Akiyama vs. Kento Miyahara
Sounds like AJPW has run out of money for the last time, and this may be the end of the road. That said, they’re not going out with a whimper like AWA with jobbers galore, but rather with a makeshift roster that puts on pretty decent shows. It’s clear that Kento Miyahara here is slated to be the next young star, in the mold of a Tanahashi, and he delivers once again. If they do fold, it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up.
DDT: Konosuke Takeshita & Tetsuya Endo vs. KUDO & Masa Takahashi
KUDO & Takahashi were like really great on offense here, in control. Takeshita being a normal sized wrestler looks so much bigger than everybody in this match. That said, he moved as well as you could ever ask for. He was great when he was in there. A nice climax, good match.