New Japan/CMLL feedback

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These shows are really fun. No 5 star matches or anything, but I thought both the Mascara Dorada/El Desperado vs Bushi/Volador Jr and Okada/Guerrero/Ishii vs Tanahashi/Sombra/Naito matches were really really good. Okada is amazing. How he just went in full Lucha mode so effortlessly was just eyebrow raising.

JP Mulligan

Hello Dave,
Thumbs up for NJPW/CMLL joint show.
I thought the show was better than the first one, and fairly solid throughout , especially the second half.
Worst Match:  Maximo vs. Jado vs. Taichi
Best Match:  Hiroshi Tanahashi, La Sombra, and Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii, Kazuchika Okada and Ultimo Guerrero.  Very solid throughout and a good preview of Naito and Ishii squaring off going into the Feb. 11 show.  I also thought Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Rush was rather fun as well.  
Can't afford tonight's show, but I wished I could, considering it is a 9:00 start for me.  New Japan should have announced it earlier in the week, because I sure would like to watch it.  New Japan really just needs to come out with special ippv package for the whole year.  
Have a good one,
James McElroy
, Illinois

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Best Match:  Tanahashi, La Sombra & Naito vs. Ultimo Guerrero, Okada & Ishii

Worst Match:  None

Top to bottom this was a much better show than the 1/14 tour opener (which wasn’t bad by any means).  Opening comedy 3-way was fun.  The Okumura & Yujirio vs. Rey Cometa & Stuka Jr. match was probably the most forgettable match on the card but it wasn’t bad.  The eight-man tag was a good, short action-packed match.  El Desparado & La Mascara vs. Bushiroad & Volador Jr. was fine.  Volador wrestled in the mask and wore white version of his Captain America gear.  El Desparado went over using his finisher on Bushiroad while Volador and La Mascara built to their singles title match on tomorrow’s show.

Top three matches were all good.  Rush and Nakamura was what you would expect from those two – hard-hitting with good action.  Not a lot of heat though and I thought their CMLL match from last summer was a little bit better.  The trios semi-main was the best match on the card, I thought.  The early exchange between Okada and Sombra was really great.  Okada especially pulled out some flying and agility spots that you don’t often see from him.  The match ran around 20 minutes and set up La Sombra/Ultimo Guerrero for tomorrow (Guerrero got the victory over Sombra) and continued the Naito/Ishii feud.  The booking also seemed to tease a possible La Sombra/Okada singles match somewhere down the road.  That’s not a match I would have necessarily been asking for prior to this show, but after seeing their exchange here I am looking forward to a potential singles match down the road in 2014.

Main event was fine and was really a showcase for Mistico.  I was surprised that Mephisto won as Mistico had been positioned as the big CMLL star of the tour and this match seemed like a prime spot for a title change.  Mistico hit several dives including a very nice shooting star press to the outside. The match ran about 15 minutes in the main event slot.

Most of the matches got more time than on the 1/14 iPPV and that helped.  No matches overstayed their welcome either and the show was done in a tidy 2 ½ hours.  All in all, it was a good show and well worth the $15 price tag.

Paul Cooke

Baltimore, MD

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