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NJPW POWER STRUGGLE

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Best match: Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuyori Shibata

Worst match: Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka

BUSHI, KUSHIDA, Captain New Japan & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Alex Koslov, Rocky Romero, YOSHI-HASHI & Yujiro Takahashi: No complaints, just a typical dark match with a lot of talent. Romero and KUSHIDA were great together. The Captain continued looking stronger.

Taichi & TAKA Michinoku vs. Nick Jackson & Matt Jackson: This really didn't do it for me. It failed sparking to life and there was some real sloppy work. Two examples were Nick holding a chair in place on his back and Matt not selling after tapping to the chin-lock. The dives were pretty spectacular, though. And the potential fatal four way is a juicy prospect.

Tomoaki Honma vs. Katsuyori Shibata: Shibata took the brutality to terrifying new levels. I feel for Honma, he got more potatoes than Idaho. The stiff slaps and the sensational finisher were one thing, but the head crushing corner drop-kick was sickening. I think the envelope got pushed a bit too far in this one. That being said, what an incredible match.

Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Toru Yano & Takashi Iizuka: Just when I thought I was getting bored of Iizuka beating up Shinpea, he turns him into a cat. From there it went downhill. I'm tired of seeing the same old spots from Yano and Iizuka. I always switch off during the obligatory five minutes of brawling and it rarely gets any better.

Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr. vs. Rob Conway & Jax Dane: Probably Conway's best performance so far and Dane didn't disgrace himself. Definitely got better as it progressed. In the end, not bad.

Togi Makabe & Kota Ibushi vs. Prince Devitt & Bad Luck Fale: Ibushi and Devitt got me hooked on New Japan back at the Dome in 2011 and if this match was a sign of things to come they're going to have a five star classic in 2014. Besides those two working up a storm, I enjoyed Makabe's action with Devitt, and Fale continues to improve.

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii: Not as good as their legendary G-1 war and it looked like this wasn't going to catch fire, but Tanahashi isn't a hall of famer for nothing. It finally got there and the last few minutes were electric.

Tetsuya Naito vs. Masato Tanaka: Before this, I wondered what more could they do and for the most part it was like all the other matches they've had, then it got special. The table spot looked lethal, there was a fast paced sequence that culminated in a devastating DDT and a wicked drop-kick from the top which nearly decapitated Masato. The finish surprised me, I half expected Naito to tap Masato out. I guess he's ditched that finish because he needed to get it over before the Dome.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Minoru Suzuki: Not the show-stealer I was expecting, nevertheless another brilliant match. Two great stories here, one centring around Shinsuke's knee and the other being Minoru's attempts at the Gotch Piledriver. Even though I could watch these two go at it a few more times, Shinsuke challenging Tanahashi should be special.

Kazuchika Okada vs. Karl Anderson: After watching so many great matches, the interference actually helped this contest differentiate itself from the pack and remain interesting. Some of the highlights were the Gun Stun off the guard rail, the two Gun Stun's off the top rope and the counter battle to see who could hit the decisive finisher first.

Jonny Clare

NJPW Power Struggle
rating--- Thumbs Up!
Match of the Night--- Honma vs Shibata
worst match--- Nagata/Sakuraba vs Iizuka/Yano
Wow crowd not into Naito at all when he came out to challenge Okada. He might have to find a way to play heel at Tokyo Dome.
Dan Petucci

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