New Japan Need To Watch (4/14) Road To Wrestling Dontaku *No Spoilers*

New Japan Need To Watch (4/14) Road To Wrestling Dontaku *No Spoilers*

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New Japan Pro Wrestling continued their Road To Wrestling Dontaku Tour on Saturday. 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: Ren Narita vs. Yota Tsuji

A special start to the show, Yota Tsuji delivered a slap heard round the world. Definitely a must-see Young Lion match. Like Uemura, Tsuji is a unique talent.

Need To Watch Rating: (5.0)

SECOND MATCH: Yuji Nagata vs. Shota Umino

Nagata took Umino to the School of Blue Justice. Umino has begun to get this crazed look in his eyes. Like Henare, it can make him utterly terrifying at times. Another Young Lion spotlight match.

Need To Watch Rating: (5.0)

THIRD MATCH: Tiger Mask, Hiroyoshi Tenzan Tetsuhiro Yagi vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Manabu Nakanishi Tomoyuki Oka

A good, not great, tag match that highlighted everyone nicely. Tiger Mask gets more offense in this match than it feels like he’s gotten all year. Nakanishi and Tenzan are the highlights, while the Young Lions Yagi and Oka  continue to be top of their class.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.5)

FOURTH MATCH: Roppongi 3K (Sho, Yoh Rocky Romero) vs. Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka, TAKA Michinoku Taichi)

Far superior to the six men’s previous encounter. Roppongi 3K continue to tread water in chaotic 6-man matches, while Taichi is becoming more and more confident.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.9)

FIFTH MATCH: Toa Henare Togi Makabe vs. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii Toru Yano)

A good outing from all involved. Henare has no direction but lots of fire. Ishii continues to tease and taunt the New Zealander. Fun but inessential match.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.0)

SIXTH MATCH: KUSHIDA, Michael Elgin, David Finlay Juice Robinson vs. CHAOS (Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI, Jay White Will Ospreay)

Ospreay’s injured neck continues to be the center stage in these wild tag matches. Finlay continues to steal the show in his feud with Jay White. Even White’s teammates don’t know what to do with their irrational teammate.

Need To Watch Rating: (7.9)

MAIN EVENT: Elimination Tag Match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, SANADA, EVIL, Hiromu Takahashi Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado, Yoshinobu Kanemaru, Lance Archer, Davey Boy Smith Jr. Minoru Suzuki)

An essential chapter in the Suzuki-gun/Los Ingobernables de Japon war. Where last night’s main event was a fun stunt, tonight’s elimination tag match was a novel. Every rivalry received a healthy dose of gasoline in this must-see affair. No joke. Seek out this match.

Need To Watch Rating: (10.0)