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NJPW/CMLL Fantasticamania results: Tanahashi/Volador/Mistico vs. Okada/Mephisto/Guererro

NJPW

Titan and Mascara Dorada vs. Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu

Good opener. It mostly was Titan and Mascara Dorada looking excellent with a bunch of high flying spots. Titan in particular looks amazing, his fluidity is outstanding. He reminds me a lot of Ricochet in terms of confidence. Tanaka and Titan had some great back and forth, including Tanaka dropping Titan on his head with an awesome German suplex for a nearfall. Titan rollied back and got the win with what looked like a variation of the figure four.

Fuego, Juice Robinson and Kushida vs. Hechicero, Yoshi-Hashi and Gedo

Fuego came to the ring and danced, with Kushida and Robinson following suit. Robinson had a cool flame jacket and Kushida still had the watch mask from the previous night. Solid match. Robinson looked good in spots. Fuego is really one of the more charismatic guys on this tour. Everyone overall looked pretty good; it was your atypical six man tag. Hechicero got the win, submitting Fuego.

Arena Coliseo Tag Team Champions Guerrero Maya Jr. and Angel de Oro vs. Okumura and Bobby Z

This felt flat. Not the work, because it was solid throughout, but the crowd wasn’t into it until the last minute or so, and before that they only popped for the big dives. Maya and Oro did some good stuff, and Okumura and Bobby were fine as rudos but something didn’t click here that would have made it a good match as opposed to just a solid one. Guerrero got the pin for his team, pinning Okumura with a bodyslam into a piledriver.

Ryusuke Taguchi & Stuka Jr. vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cavernario Barbaro

The entrances were something else. Taguchi came out with all the young lions and they did a choreographed pharaoh dance on the outside. Cavernario and Nakamura came out with new outfits - Cavernario wearing a Fred Flintstone outfit and Nakamura wearing a skull version of his Mexico mask. Nakamura came out with nunchucks shaped like bones while Cavernario took out his outfit revealing “KING OF CAVEMAN STYLE” was painted on his back. As far as a match goes, this was fine, a lot of focus on comedy, but that was the theme of the bout anyway. In terms of presentation, this was one of the better matches on the show. Match as far as ring work was solid. Cavernario submitted Stuka with the la cavernaria.

Jushin Liger & Atlantis & Tiger Mask vs. Tetsuya Naito & Evil & Bushi

Naito did the same deal from yesterday where he had the announcer talk about him for like 2-3 minutes while he stalled in the ring. He teased something with Milano Collection AT again as he shook his hand twice. Atlantis is 53 years old, and doesn’t move super great but still moves very well at his age. Just typical six man stuff throughout, though Atlantis and Los Ingobernables looked good. Evil and Naito were working over Tiger Mask when Naito got the flash roll up he’s done in previous matches and got the abrupt win there.

CMLL Lightweight Champion Dragon Lee vs. Virus

This was good while it lasted, but got less than ten minutes. Weird it got so little time as the crowd was into this and everyone was just kind of surprised when the finish came. Virus did something i’ve never seen before as he countered a hip toss on the outside by running across the apron, launched off and did an arm drag back outside then followed that with a rana. Lee came back, did a double footstomp off the top rope then pinned Virus with a German suplex.

Dragon Lee was celebrating when suddenly someone in a mask came from behind and gave him a German suplex. He unmasked, revealing himself to be Kamaitachi, who had been absent from his tour and was still saying how he was in Mexico. He cut a promo saying there has been a change and tomorrow he’ll take his title back.

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Volador Jr. & Mistico vs. Kazuchika Okada & Ultimo Guerrero & Mephisto

Really exciting main event with a ton of crazy dives. Everyone worked hard, including Tanahashi and Okada and that helped make it a great match, one of the better ones on this tour so far.This was a match dedicated to Black Cat, as his family were in the ring carrying a photo of him and thanked the two promotions before the match. Mistico and Ultimo Guerrero did their same routine yesterday as they were fighting over fan. It was mentioned on my timeline a lot during this match so I have to ask - whatever happened to Mephisto being a part of Bullet Club Latin America? Maybe that part of the BC just fizzled out or something.

There was a very cool triple dive spot from Mistico, Volador and Tanahashi as they took out all of their rivals at once. Ultimo Guerrero have really good chemistry with one another. Mistico has such a small frame though that it’s no wonder he’s injured a lot. Lots of crazy stuff towards the end as Volador, Mistico and Tanahashi all wiped out Guerrero with dives. Volador took out Okada and looked to do something with Mephisto on the top rope but Mephisto countered and his a double underhook facebuster from the top rope and pinned him.