New Japan Pro Wrestling began their Road To Wrestling Dontaku Tour on Friday. As the show began at 5:30am EST, here’s a spoiler-free match listing for the non-nite-owl New Japan fans. Each match receives a Need To Watch Rating of 0.0-10.0
FIRST MATCH: Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Yuya Uemura
Uemura is fresh off his NJPW debut on 4/10 and Yagi is desperate to earn his first singles win in his career. A fun and fiery opener. Uemura is one to watch in 2018.
Need To Watch Rating: (4.5)
SECOND MATCH: Manabu Nakanishi vs. Tomoyuki Oka
Oka continues to grow into a confident superstar. Nakanishi is his usual ass-kicking self. Fun nut inessential match.
Need To Watch Rating: (2.2)
THIRD MATCH: Ryusuke Taguchi, Togi Makabe Ren Narita vs. Yuji Nagata, Tiger Mask Shota Umino
Another match where the Young Lions stole the show. Nagata continues to mentor spectacularly. Tiger Mask looks more dominant than he has all year.
Need To Watch Rating: (3.3)
FOURTH MATCH: Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh Rocky Romero) vs. Suzuki-gun (TAKA Michinoku, Takashi Iizuka Taichi)
Shenanigan-filled. Your typical Suzuki-gun six-man.
Need To Watch Rating: (1.0)
FIFTH MATCH: Toa Henare Hiroyoshi Tenzan vs. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii Toru Yano)
Fun, inoffensive tag match. Henare makes a case for G1 consideration. Tenzan is always a delight.
Need To Watch Rating: (3.5)SIXTH MATCH: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, Hiromu Takahashi, SANADA EVIL) vs. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru, El Desperado, Lance Archer Davey Boy Smith Jr.)
The foot soldiers of LIJ Suzuki-gun got ample time to shine in this hectic 8-man tag. EVIL digs deep in his arsenal, while Lance Archer meets his toughest baby yet.
Need To Watch Rating: (7.0)
MAIN EVENT: Elimination Tag Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Juice Robinson, David Finlay, Michael Elgin KUSHIDA vs. CHAOS (Will Ospreay, Jay White, YOSHI-HASHI, Hirooki Goto Kazuchika Okada)
Elimination Tag match with over-the-top rope eliminations made for a wild, unpredictable main event. Definitely the highlight of the show. Recommended viewing.
Need To Watch Rating: (8.0)