NJPW Wrestling World in Singapore – Review

NJPW Singapore, November 15th:

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Juice Robinson defeated David Finlay

This was a really good opener, which the crowd were extreme excited for. Both guys have had an excellent 2016 and have improved so much, which showed here. Finlay is becoming as physical as his Dad used to be.  He hit a nice spear and deadlift German suplex combo. Robinson won after a gutbuster and an unprettier.

Rocky Romero & Beretta defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Ryusuke Taguchi

This was a fun tag match with RPG Vice playing the heels. They tore up a Liger sign before the match and raked at the eyes of Liger as they worked him over. Taguchi got the hot tag and dished out hip attacks until Beretta put a stop to it. The finish saw Romero pin Liger after RPG Vice hit Strong Zero.

Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa defeated Gedo & Tomohiro Ishii

The Guerrilla’s of Destiny have made huge improvements lately and this was further proof of that. There were sizeable GOD chants and the hot crowd went back and forth with chants when Tonga & Ishii faced off. Ishii has been doing a tremendous job of making Loa look like a bad ass, and he did it again here. At one point Loa popped up out of a German suplex and looked like a beast. Gedo got a great near fall near the end before Tonga hit him with a Gun Stun before GOD finished him with Guerrilla Warfare. This was really good.

Hirooki Goto defeated Tomoaki Honma

This was like a mid card G1 match on a small town show. This was a good solid back and forth match, again the hot crowd helped it. They were way into Honma’s Kokeshi attempts and popped when he finally hit the move. Honma missed a diving Kokeshi. Goto got the win after the Ushigoroshi and the GTR.  Another very good match.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe & KUSHIDA defeated BUSHI, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito

The crowd were red hot for this right from the entrances. This was the match of the show of this point. This was non-stop action right from the opening bell. Naito & Tanahashi had some excellent exchanges. SANADA looked great in the ring too. The finish saw a huge dive from KUSHIDA as he leaped from the top rope to take out Naito & SANADA with a cross body before Tanahashi pinned BUSHI after a High Fly Flow.

Kazuchika Okada & YOSHI-HASHI defeated Yujiro Takahashi & Kenny Omega

This crowd absolutely loved Kenny Omega. They serenaded him with soccer chants of “ohh Kenny Omega” similarly to how UK fans greet Zack Sabre Jr. Okada got a major reaction too. This was a good match, but nothing out of the ordinary. There were some very good teases of what we can expect from Okada vs Omega on January 4th. The finish saw Yujiro eat a Rainmaker.

NEVER Openweight Championship

Katsuyori Shibata defeated EVIL

Well EVIL’s NEVER title reign lasted for all of ten days as Shibata is once again champion. This was a hell of a match and right on par with their excellent match at Power Struggle. Shibata carried the British Heavyweight title to the ring with him. Shibata tried to attack EVIL with a chair in revenge for what happened in their last meeting, but it backfired. This had all the physicality and hard hitting you’d expect from both these men. EVIL brought chairs into the ring and used the same tactics as he did at Power Struggle, but Shibata was able to turn it around and hit an STO of his own. The finish saw Shibata hit a sleeper suplex, lock in a sleeper and hit the PK to regain the NEVER title.

EVIL’s reign, just like the IWGP Jr title reign of BUSHI, was completely pointless. It makes no sense to have these short reigns if the belt is just going to go back to where it came from.  That being said, this was an awesome match that brought out “this is awesome” chants from the crowd.

This was a really great show. It was almost like watching an NJPW show in front of a hot American indie crowd. The chants were all very Americanised and it made for a really fun and different atmosphere. This show is available now at njpwworld.com.

Not a boxer but a pro wrestling fan. If there’s a ring I’ll watch it, so naturally I have a lot of opinions (complaints).