Friday, 04 January 2013 09:30
Thumbs WAY Up!
Best Match: Tanahashi/Okada (with honourable mentions to Nakamura/Sakuraba and the Jr. 3 Way)
Worst Match: Nakanishi/Strong Man/MVP/Akebono vs. Iizuka/Yano/Yujiro/Sapp
Long time subscriber to the website and yet this is the first time I've ever felt the need to send in feedback on a show (that's how good it was). To say that I was blown away by this show would be an understatement. At this point, the show's been over for 4+ hours, I haven't gone to sleep yet and I have another 8 hours of work to contend with and yet through my exhaustion, I'm still beaming with excitement with how great the show was.
I thought the card built perfectly with each successive match building upon the last and offering a new style/element to the show. Nothing really underperformed in my estimation with the possible exception of the Tenkoji tag which I thought was a tad flat (and I had zero expectation for the opening 8 man tag). I watched the show with 3 other guys and we were all losing our minds at various points during the show show, especially during the 3 way Jr. match and the Nakamura/Sakuraba match which COMPLETELY exceeded our expectations.
The Main Event was of course the best match and fell maybe just a tad shy of their June match but was certainly up there with all of their matches. Found myself a tad disappointed that Okada didn't win but he's still young and still has a young career with New Japan (hopefully) ahead of him so his day will come (again).
I don't know if New Japan will be able to top this show within the next year and the same goes for the rest of the wrestling world; Let's hope.
I have been a subscriber since the 80s and never once have I given feedback to a show until right now. Absolutely fantastic show, one of the best PPVS I have ever ordered, right up there and probably better than the Tanahashi vs Suzuki show a few months ago. Worst match was probably the opener (or the dark matches, which actually aired, even though they weren’t bad at all). I am not good at doing the star rating deal, but to me it just then seemed like a parade of four star matches in a row –Suzuki vs Nagata, the 3 way Jrs Match, an absolutely incredible spectacle with Nakamura vs Sakuraba with one of the more brutal knees to the face you will ever see, and a classic World Title Match. Now THAT’S a World Title Match, not the crap TNA and WWE try and pull off on people. If you’re a fan of pro wrestling and don’t enjoy this show, then you should probably give up watching altogether. Tell Alvarez to do his job for once and watch this show.
WORST MATCH – the opener
BEST MATCH – Impossible to pick between the Jrs 3 way, Nakamura vs Sakuraba , and Tanahashi vs Okada, with Nagata vs Suzuki right in the miz as well
BUY THIS SHOW!
Best Match : Okada/Tanahashi
Worst Match: Nothing really
What an amazing show! Well worth the $35, everything delivered. Sakaruba/Nakamura well over-delivered. The main event was incredible, such an amazing atmosphere. If you are on the fence order it as soon as possible!
Thumbs way up
Best Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs Kazushi Sakuraba
Worst Match: Shelton Benjamin vs Masato Tanaka
This was the best wrestling show I have ever seen. The match quality outside the NEVER title match was off the charts with the opener being fun and Shinsuke and Sakuraba blowing me away filling two matches that seemed like bad spots on the card. The three way Jr match, the Nagata/Suzuki match, and the main event were all spectacular. Even the concert stuff which is usually death on wrestling shows was not bad at all. The presentation of the show was great. The size of the crowd was great as a fan I think NJPW deserved to draw the size of crowd they did. The show felt big. It felt like Wrestlemania. Can't say enough good things.
Hi Dave & Bryan,
Best Match: Low Ki v Fergal Devitt v Kota Ibushi
Worst Match: Opening 6 man (Cpt New Japan, Inoue, Tama Tonga v Jado, Yoshi Hashi, Tomohiro Ishii)
Massive thumbs up for this show. Thumbs up isn’t even strong enough praise for it, this was probably one of the best overall PPV cards I’ve ever watched, and would imagine it will be very hard to top in 2013 for any company. There were three incredible matches (the three way, main event and Nagata/Suzuki), and the Nakamura/Sakuraba was also very very good with a great finish and worked in a completely different style that made it feel special. The Tanahashi/Okada match was probably the weakest of their three, but still a MOTY candidate. There wasn’t a bad match on the card, even the opener was a good match for what it was.
It almost feels wrong to have only paid $35 for this card when WWE is charging $55 for their monthly shows. Including the dark matches I was watching for nearly 4.5 hours and never felt like the show was dragging or I was getting bored. I would recommend anyone who missed it to order the replay immediately, I cannot praise it or New Japan enough for consistently delivering.