Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to Wrestling With Words’ review for New Japan’s biggest event of the year: Wrestle Kingdom 10! Unlike most of our reviews, this time around we’ve selected a panel of all star staff members to bring unique takes on the action that takes place throughout the show and give our best reactions and ratings. Without further ado, here is our panel:
- Al (@amcmahon_www) – One of the owners here at Wrestling With Words alongside Trask. Interestingly enough, this time last year Al knew nothing about New Japan, and has decided what better time to get into reviewing it than his first Wrestle Kingdom experience!
- Tanner (@Tanner1495) – A founding member of the site, Tanner brings with him six plus years of New Japan knowledge, and also has a wonderful article out right now about the rise of one Kazuchika Okada, who will defend his IWGP Heavyweight Championship later on in the main event of the evening.
- Skillcrane (@naturalbornheel) – The grizzled veteran of our reviewing panel, Skillcrane has numerous years of knowledge of the product of New Japan and is equally as enthusiastic as Tanner and Al about what’s in store for Wrestle Kingdom 10!
Skillcrane: Dome atmosphere feels very big. Multi-screen set-up, huge lighting rigs, etc. Cody Hall making his presence felt. Young Bucks start off against reDRagon. Double dropkicks on Fish. Keeping him in their corner. Fish & O’Reilly take out the Bucks and Sydal tags in to face Trent. Gutwrench from Trent before he goes flying over the top rope to splash Bucks. Trent tripped off top rope by blonde. Kyle O’Reilly hits a dropkick to even things up. Tag in to Trent who double foot stomps The Bucks. Ricochet & Sydal in to make this wrestling thing look easy. Match quickly turned into the expected spot fest, but I’m not complaining. I signed up for this when the match was made. Cody interference to Razor’s Edge Sydal out of the ring into the outside opposing team. Swanton off the top rope onto Rocky by Matt, then hurricanrana by Sydal to pull Nick down. Ricochet out of the ring to knock down Cody Hall. Attempted double shooting star press by Sydal that was derailed by reDRagon. RD double teaming Nick but Hall pulls out Fish to break the pin, then O’Reilly takes out Hall. Back and forth between Bucks & RD. 6 man suplex silliness. This one is impossible to keep track of, and was exactly what I expected. Double shooting star press from Sydal & Ricochet interrupted by Young Bucks. YB steal the match at the end. Just back and forth non-stop motion from all teams w/Sydal & Ricochet really shining here. **1/2
Suck it count: lost track at 10 (including one by Rocky)
Tanner: What is becoming a yearly tradition now at Wrestle Kingdom, we start with a four way opening tag. The first half is pretty dull with these teams actually working HEADLOCKS, four exciting junior tag teams doing headlocks! However, the last half of this match was actually quite fun and everyone ended up getting their shit in. The Cody Hall interference didn’t offend me so I was cool with it. Not as fun as the previous two years, but still a good time to be had despite the time. ***1/4
Al: Per usual, we get the cookie cutter Wrestle Kingdom opener. Nothing exciting happens during the beginning moments of the match, but things pick up towards the conclusion and we have a fun little match. As Tanner mentioned, Cody Hall interferes and it’s nothing incredibly offensive, but the Young Bucks end up picking up the win here, which if you know me, you’ll know I am NOT a fan of that decision. ***
Winners and NEW IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions: The Young Bucks
Al: When this match was announced, I’ll be honest, I had no reason to really care about it. However, once they threw in the fact that we now have the NEVER Openweight Six Man championship, it at the very least adds some intrigue to all of these six man matches that are essentially a must-have on a New Japan show. I think things went a tad bit too long, but otherwise I’m perfectly cool with Yano and The Briscoes picking up the win here. The last thing we need is more Bullet Club members holding gold. **
Tanner: This match is for the fresh looking NEVER Six Man Titles. It is cool to finally see DEM BOYZ in the Tokyo Dome, but I would have never thought that they would be teaming with Toru Yano to get there. This match had some bright spots such as Jay and Mark being Jay and Mark, but other than that this was practically a throw away that went a few minutes too long. Happy to see Briscoes holding some gold together though, hopefully this means we get Toru Yano visiting the farm out in Delaware soon! **
Skillcrane: Fale, Tama Tonga & Yujiro (w/NOT MAO aka Shiori-chan)