BJW at Korakuen Hall
December 30, 2016
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Korakuen Hall – Tokyo, Japan
I’m back to reviewing on a weekly basis, I promise! I’m going to review the last BJW show from 2016. This is the last show of 2016 I will review. We are right into 2017 now lads. I will be reviewing lots of AJPW, BJW and W-1 in this new year. Hope you enjoy this review.
Atsushi Maruyama, Tatsuhiko Yoshino & Kazumi Kikuta def. Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Shinobu**1/2
Fun little opener here, the big story going into this was Shinobu’s hatred for Yoshino. He feels as though Yoshino’s attitude is disrespectful, which is true. Yoshino comes out with his selfie stick, giving the middle fingers to everyone. He’s a little prick but I love him. Shinobu just wanted to kill Yoshino throughout this match, just whenever he could he laid into the younger performer. S.O.S and Maruyama hit some cool dives, Shinobu with his Asai Moonsault. Shinobu looked as if he was going to pick up the win, but Yoshino rolled him up for the shock victory!
Shogun Okamoto, Ryota Hama & Kazuki Hashimoto def. Daichi Hashimoto, Hideyoshi Kamitani & Yasufumi Nakanoue**1/2
This match didn’t click at all. Nothing was overly offensive but I don’t know man. The crowd wasn’t invested into it and it honestly felt like the wrestlers were just going through their paces. Reminder: I like everyone in this match. This was Shogun’s first match in BJW and he impressed, he was great really. Nailed all his spots and came off like a monster. Kazuki and Daichi continued their rivalry which will probably come to a head at the February Korakuen show in a singles contest. Kamitani is taking falls left and right, he was defeated by the outsider Okamoto with a release back drop suplex.
Abdullah Kobayashi, Ryuji Ito, Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka def. Jaki Numazawa, Masashi Takeda, Takumi Tsukamoto & Toshiyuki Sakuda**1/4
This started off promising but as it went on it just made me want to skip to the strong semi main event. Isami and Yuko really tried hard though, and Sakuda was beat to a pulp. This was an elimination match, Sakuda remained last for his team–teasing us about a possible Sakuda push. I do see him as deathmatch champ one day but I see that day being in like 2018 or so. Really nothing of note in this match. Lots of nothing. Some cool spots I guess but nothing you need to go out of your way to view. Kobayashi pinned Sakuda with his elbow off the top to secure the win for team veterans.
Hideki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura def. Daisuke Sekimoto, Yuji Okabayashi & Ryuichi Kawakami***1/2
This was much better than everything else on the card thus far. Really good non-stop heavyweight action. One thing that stuck out to me is that for once the focus was not on Takuya Nomura which is good and bad. Bad in a way that Nomura is so amazing and I always want the focus on him, and good in a way because they needed to get Yoshihisa Uto over huge and they did that successfully. Sekimoto received a huge reaction from the Korakuen audience. Lots of good stuff throughout the match. Nomura did get his ass whooped and made a lovely come back. Kawakami is looking better every time he steps foot into a ring. Hideki is just a beast and will forever look good in everything he does. In the end though Uto shocked the world when he pinned Strong Champion Daisuke Sekimoto with a lariat. Sekimoto was not happy.
BJW Tag Team Championship Table Crash Match: Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa (c) def. Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi***
This was good but nothing too tremendous. That’s what you get with tables matches. I find it very hard to get invested into tables matches. This was probably the most disappointing Twin Towers match I’ve ever seen. It was cool to see Ueki in a main event but he did nothing here, honestly. I feel bad for saying that because Ueki is universally loved but it’s true. No one really did anything too much, though I will say Sato and Ishikawa did some of their awesome double team stuff here. There were some very good teases of putting Sato or Shuji through the table. Sato almost went threw the table on accident, that would have been not good. In the end Ishikawa murdered Ueki with a snap knee strike and ended him with a splash mountain through the trusty old Japanese table.
BJW AT KORAKUEN HALL DECEMBER 30, 2016
OK - 5.0/10
This was a huge let down sadly, probably Big Japan's weakest Korakuen Hall show of 2016. But that's okay! I'm very excited to view their next show that makes tape which is another Korakuen headlined by Twin Towers vs. Strong BJ. Thank you for reading. I'll be back soon.