Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Minoru Suzuki & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) - 5/10
The Suzuki vs Uemura rivalry got to the climax, a lot of this match was about having those two fight each other and Susuzki gate Uemura so much, he even got a Boston Crab on Suzuki for a couple of minutes. Suzuki did end up submitting Uemura with a single leg Boston. This was short, but great for what it was.
BUSHI vs. Master Wato (w/Hiroyoshi Tenzan) - 7/10
Wato's look keeps getting better, the current haircut looks soo much better than his blue wig he returned with. Match saw BUSHI target Wato's leg, while Wato went for the upper body, looking to end it with RPP, but BUSHI dodged and finished him of with a draping MX and the proper second rope MX. Good performances from both.
I was surprised that BUSHI won, it does feel like they're having him go through a trial series against the Jr. Heavyweight veterans, but I figured that at this point, he'd be taking the win and build him to his first title shot at Castle Attack.
CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. BULLET CLUB (El Phantasmo, EVIL, Jay White, Taiji Ishimori & Yujiro Takahashi) (w/Dick Togo & Gedo) - 7/10
Overall, this was great, but it was also all over the place. I was really really hoping to see ELP and Okada pair up, but obviously, we only got EVIL v Okada and Ishii vs White as the single's pair ups. The stuff between Ishii and White was particularly good and something that I'm excited to see as a full singles match at Castle Attack or even the New Japan Cup. Finish saw Yano roll up Yujiro after some spots with the exposed corners.
Post-match - Okada and EVIL antagonized each other into a small pull-apart. Ishii and White teased each other, but they didn't actually touch.
Kota Ibushi & Tomoaki Honma vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) - 6.5/10
I don't have to mention that this was hurt by Honma being there, but for what it's worth, when it comes to Honma, I didn't think he was a big detriment to the match, he played his part correctly and pulled off a couple of good moves. The stuff with Ibushi and SANADA was great, no complain, I personally like the pair up.
Post-match - Ibushi and SANADA fist bumped and seemed to be friendly and ready for tomorrow.
IWGP Tag Team Title Match
Guerrillas Of Destiny (w/Jado) (c) vs. Dangerous Tekkers (w/DOUKI) - 9.25/10
What the fuck, Jado is getting more and more ripped. Tama Tonga came out with a bag, full of paper bags, where one of them hid Taichi's iron fingers that he inherited from IIzuka, and that is where this whole feud comes from at this point, the Guerrillas heel work this last month, the way that Tama Tonga has antagonized Taichi for the last month, it's all been great, Tama has been fantastic, to the point that they have me rooting for Taichi like I hadn't before.
I seriously loved this match, the story, the wrestling, and yes, event the finish. It made perfect sense to me. The match started really chaotic because they were playing out the angle with the iron fingers, as they started brawling and opening bags. Once they got that out of the way and they started wrestling, the match was awesome. The stuff between Taichi and Tama was seriously good, and Taichi and Sabre have become such an synched team, they have their timing on point and they work well to complement each other. In addition, they're so different from each other, that they can go both and have different types of matches against either Guerrilla.
The match layout was basic when it comes to in-ring work, but it all broke down at the end, when Jado came down with the iron fingers. Tama prepared to take out Taichi, but Sabre saved Taichi, and he finally got his hands on the fingers, he took out Tanga Loa, he took out Jado, all he had left was Tama Tonga. The referee reminded him that if he did it, he'd be DQ, but Taichi couldn't help himself anymore and attacked Tama with the fingers.
Taichi sacrificed the titles for his personal revenge, he gave in to his primal hate rather than think of professional success.
Post-match - After finally giving in to the rage and getting his payback, Taichi had a mental breakdown, it took Sabre and Kanemaru to calm him down, get the fingers away from him, and take him to the back.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Hiromu Takahashi (c) vs. SHO - 9/10
Great match, really really intense, but I did have some trouble at times. This was striking based, top to bottom, striking exchanges, and don't get me wrong, I love my striking exchanges, but it was soo much, that I think I hit my peak excitement, and then they kept striking each other, and I must have started to go down, and so it took a bit more to get me excited again, hoping for progression. Eventually, they did transition the match into submissions, some bigger moves, and later into chasing the signature moves, and the match got somewhat dramatic with some decent near falls, but near falls that I never expected SHO to win anyway. At the end, it took Time Bomb and Time Bomb II to finally put down SHO.
Post-match - ELP ran down to attack Hiromu, but BUSHI made the save. Ishimori joined ELP and took care of BUSHI, but it had been enough time for Hiromu to recover and dodge and counter ELP's superkick attempt. ELP cut a shitty promo that he was tired of Hiromu making a fool of him and was only the champ because this 'dumb company' gave him the title. ELP challenged for the title.
Hiromu accepted the challenge, but ELP and Ishimori had to put the tag titles on the line against him and BUSHI on a different date. Afterwards, Hiromu cut his winner's promo, quite passionate.
Good show, but mostly because of the two title matches of the night. The rest of the card was good for any road to show, but in a show like this, they tend to feel underwhelming.