BJW Saikyo Tag League Finals
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Korakuen Hall – Tokyo, Japan
Saikyo Tag Strong Semi-Final: Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa vs. Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi****
This may be the best opening match all year. The only other match that comes to mind as being an incredible opener from this year is Ryota Nakatsu vs. Ikuto Hidaka from BASARA. This was a super match in every sense of the term. These four guys simply cannot produce bad matches. It’s not in their DNA. This is the second match in what will be a trilogy of Towers vs. Strong BJ matches for 2016. Yuji and Shuji start off the match just running full speed at one another then Sekimoto and Sato do the same, but Sato absolutely kills Sekimoto with a forearm to knock him down. Big strikes from all, but especially Sato. The Towers were killing Sekimoto with kicks, elbows and shoot headbutts. Yuji made one of the best hot tags packed full of charisma. Shuji hit a tombstone piledriver variation, but then Yuji hit a flash powerslam. Yuji was just straight up man handling Shuji Ishikawa. They do their stronk spot which always pops me. It’s essentially no selling and trading lariats. Sato used a piledriver on Sekimoto for a near fall. Strong BJ were running wild with lariats. Sekimoto pins Kohei Sato with a deadlift German suplex hold for Strong BJ to move on to the finals!
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabyashi def. Kohei Sato & Shuji Ishikawa to advance
Saikyo Tag Deathmatch Semi-Final: Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka vs. Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi ***1/2
Another really good match that wasn’t nearly as good as the opener, but honestly what could be better than that? All the guys tasted light tubes early on. The Yankees took control, basically killing Ueki from the get go. Ueki has sort of been feuding with Isami and Yuko all year, even picking up the victory against them in May. Isami isn’t here to play around. He just wants to beat fellas up. Yuko was thrown into the barbed wire board. Miyamoto used a middle rope hurricanrana on Ueki. The last couple minutes were done so well. Isami hit Ueki with a Brainbuster onto light tubes which then transitioned into a diving double knee drop from the top of the ladder; which Ueki kicked out of. Ueki made a mini comeback which was great, but in the end Isami pinned Ueki with the Isami-Ashi-zan.
Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto def. Takayuki Ueki & Masaya Takahashi to advance
Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Kota Sekifuda vs. Kazuki Hashimoto, Atsushi Maruyama & Tatsuhiko Yoshino***
This was fun and pretty well worked from all guys involved. Kota Sekifuda has all the potential in the world but something’s just not clicking with him for some reason. He doesn’t click with the fans either which is likely the biggest issue. Everyone looked good in their opening exchanges. Speeds of Sound double team all their opponents. Kota hit a plancha then S.O.S hit tandem Silver King dives, and lastly Maruyama tope con hilo’s onto the pack for an insane sequence. They all go back into the ring and get their shit in until Kazuki murders Kota with a PK then a killer submission to pick up the win.
Kazuki Hashimoto, Atsuhi Maruyama & Tatsuhiko Yoshino def. Tsutomu Oosugi, Hercules Senga & Kota Sekifuda
Hideyoshi Kamitani, Daichi Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta vs. Hideki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura***1/4
This had potential to be amazing like all of Hideki’s six man tags, but this one just didn’t click. It didn’t click because of Kikuta. He did not fit in this match. He was matched up with Hideki throughout and he just didn’t belong in there with him. It wasn’t good as all of his strikes looked weak and had no purpose. Hideki didn’t get to go full murder mode which saddened me. The highlights of this match were Daichi and Nomura’s interactions. Talk about heated wrestling; these guys wanted to kill one another. I loved that Nomura showed more personality, he was smiling whenever Daichi kicked him as if he was saying “come on, that’s all you got?!” Nomura again was the star of the match as well as being the best worker. He had the crowd going nuts for every move he made. You need to watch this match for the first sequence between Nomura and Daichi. It was incredible. Later in the match Daichi killed Nomura with a spinning back kick. Hideki just about broke Kikuta’s arm with a double wrist-lock which was the finish.
Hideki Suzuki, Yoshihisa Uto & Takuya Nomura def. Hideyoshi Kamitani, Daichi Hashimoto & Kazumi Kikuta
Abdullah Kobayashi, Akebono & Ryota Hama vs. Ryuichi Kawakami, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Shinobu*
This went five minutes and was an absolute terrible match. But that doesn’t matter. Bono, Hama and Abby all wore the same glasses/bandanna combo which was amazing – decked to the gills for Halloween. Kawakami dressed up for Halloween wearing horns on his head which eventually broke, sadly. Unless you care about the clothing then you can skip this. Abby pinned Kawakami after getting splashed from both of his partners whilst he was on top of Kawakami. Weird.
Abdullah Kobayashi, Akebono & Ryota Hama def. Ryuichi Kawakami, Yasufumi Nakanoue & Shinobu
Saikyo Tag League Final Match: Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Yuko Miyamoto & Isami Kodaka****1/4
We all knew going into this it would be great. And the verdict was in after watching. It was goddamn great, which it being the perfect way to end what will be the best tag league of 2016. This match meant so much to me because these are probably my four favorite Japanese performers. Isami and Sekimoto are my two favorites in the world. I loved this so much, HOLY COW! LIKE ISAMI AND SEKIMOTO AND YUKO AND YUJI OKABAYASHI WRESTLED FOR OVER 15 MINUTES AND MY HEART COULDN’T TAKE IT. They showed respect to one another early on as well, via shaking hands. Yuko traded holds with both members of Strong BJ. Isami and Sekimoto worked a little and it was great as those two have unreal chemistry. Yuko hit a over head belly to belly suplex on Sekimoto. Isami busted out some new offense. Yuji used a top rope powerslam on Isami which always garners quite the reaction. Yuko went for a handspring elbow but Yuji caught him in a torture rack. Isami and Yuji trade big time strikes, the commentator was in awe of Yuji’s chops. Tope suicida from Isami, hand spring pele from Yuko. Fire thunder driver on Sekimoto for a near fall. STRONG BJ USED THE DOUBLE GERMAN ON ISAMI. Deadlift German suplex hold but Miyamoto kicks out! That’s a big deal because NO ONE KICKS OUT. Yuko was pinned eventually via a chaos theory German suplex hold. Congratulations to Daisuke Sekimoto and Yuji Okabayashi, Strong BJ, on their first ever Saikyo Tag League victory. They will more than likely challenge Twin Towers at Death Vegas for the Tag Team Championships.
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabyashi vs. Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto to win the Saikyo Tag League
BJW SAIKYO TAG LEAGUE FINALS
Great - 8.0/10
This was an awesome show that provided us with two great matches and many awesome moments. Big Japan, in my opinion, has the most consistent Korakuen Hall shows out of any company in Japan except maybe Dragon Gate. The opener and main event are must see and I hope most of y'all have already watched because YOU KINDA NEED TO WATCH ASAP. Thank you for reading.