Koji Doi & Kumagoro Produce
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Shinjuku Face – Tokyo, Japan
Yohei Nakajima vs. Kohei Fujimura**3/4
Very fine opening contest here, great to see another Fujimura match. The young lad is incredible at what he does and has a bright future ahead of him. This was a very different Nakajima match as he was positioned as the veteran and worked like Akiyama whenever he faces a young wrestler. So in saying that, Nakajima was in control for most of the contest using his kicks to his advantage. He even busted out a DDT on the exposed floor. Fujimura shined when he needed to, he did one spot where he outsmarted Yohei and hit a plancha to the outside. He kicked out of a couple kicks but in the end Yohei picks up the win with a German suplex hold.
Yusuke Kodama & Hiroki Murase vs Masaya Takahashi & Shota Nakagawa***1/2
My GAWD. This came out of nowhere and blew me away! What a tremendous match. I forgot this match was even on the show. This was my first ever time seeing Shota Nakagawa and I can guarantee it won’t be the last time. SHOTA NAKAGAWA IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDERRATED FELLAS IN JAPAN. I’ve heard his name for about a year but I’ve never seen him wrestle and for me to not see him wrestle means he is very under the radar. I urge all of you to watch this match and tell the world about how good Shota Nakagawa is. I’ll start a hashtag as well, let’s go with #ShotaNakagawa2017. This man needs more eyes on him, I hope he branches out from Asuka Project in 2017 more. He would be a great addition to the WRESTLE-1 Cruiserweight Division. Masaya was awesome here as well, he has the best drop-sault in wrestling. Kodama and Murase are a lethal tag team, Murase has turned down the cringe levels a lot and is now just getting better day by day. Kodama was amazing here, he did probably the best dropkick of 2017 so far in this bout. I jumped out of my seat for a goddamn dropkick. In the end Nakagawa was pinned via Kodama Frog-Splash.
Shotaro Ashino & Seigo Tachibana vs. Tank Nagai & Yuki Sato**1/2
Was a good match up here, definitely an intriguing group of individuals. Ashino teaming up with one of the stand out rookies is cool and anytime we get to see more Yuki Sato & Tank Nagai is good times. I would really love to see a Tank Nagai run in W-1, he could have bangers with Soya, Kono & Ashino. But he’s getting ready for the 2017 Champions Carnival but shhhhhh, don’t tell anyone. Ashino is a monster and suplexed Sato through the mat on numerous occasions. Sadly in the end Nagai squashed Seigo with a big boy senton to pick up the victory for Magatsuki.
Andy Wu & Seiki Yoshioka vs. Isami Kodaka & Yuko Miyamoto***1/4
Out of all the matches on this card I was probably most excited for this one. Anything with Wu or Seiki is usually very good and obviously the same can be said about Yankee Two Kenju. Isami Kodaka in 2017 is going to be working on and off for WRESTLE-1. I don’t know how he does it because he honestly works for nearly every company in Japan. This match was very good though, Andy Wu was established as the babyface and crowd favorite. He and Yoshioka both had numerous moments to shine, both hitting dives in the bout. Isami took a lot of punishment throughout this match, including two consecutive tornado DDT’s. All guys were on fire and I hope they wrestle a tag re-match soon. In the end Isami pinned Andy Wu with his world famous Isami-Ashi-Zan.
Shinjiro Otani vs. Daiki Inaba***1/2
This is awesome because these guys have faced before when Inaba was much earlier intpo his career and Otani killed him. Like, actually murdered him throughout the match. So now Inaba is much more experienced and has held his companies top title. He’s got more in his resume, Otani at the time of this match was the reigning Jr. Champion in ZERO1 and was on a roll of sorts. This was a long ass match, going over 16 minutes. Both guys brought it, Otani once again played veteran as he is the veteran but he wasn’t bullying Inaba like he was in their previous bouts. He was ahead of Inaba but not by much. This was worked very smartly lots of spots throughout the match were laid out to get sympathy for Inaba. There were lots of Otani fans in the audience. Otani still has some of the best release Dragon suplexes in the game. Otani finally finished off Inaba with the Kesagiri Chop, something his been finishing his opponents off with as of late.
Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi vs. Koji Doi & Kumagoro***1/2
Best match of the show, very close to going just below ****. I thought this was tremendous, great hoss work with a hot crowd. Kumagoro stepped up big time like he has been the past few months. There were moments were you could tell he was behind the other wrestlers, but for the most part he held his own. Koji Doi obviously belongs with talent like Strong BJ, he really worked well with Big Japan’s finest. He brought the fight to Sekimoto throughout which played well into the finish. Strong BJ could have taken it easily but no; they went all out to put on one heck of a main event. Doi & Kumagoro do this double back suplex and I cringe every time, it’s so easy to mess up and easily break a neck. Sekimoto killed Doi in the end with lariats, rebound Germans and finally the coupe de grace–the best deadlift German suplex hold in professional wrestling today.
KOJI DOI & KUMAGORO PRODUCE - JANUARY 25, 2017
Very Good - 7.5/10
I really liked this show, it was different and I love different. It was some of the best W-1 talent going toe to toe with the best outsiders. I hope more of these shows happen in the near future, thanks Kumadoi! I had lots of fun.