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NJPW Alive 2015 house show report: Taguchi and Goto vs. Nakamura and Okada


by Bryan Rose,

The following are quick results from today’s New Japan World house show entitled “New Japan Alive 2015”. It was held in Fukushima as Big Palette Fukushima arena. Overall a very run of the mill house show, but the crowd was hot and the action was generally fine, nothing worth going out of your way to see however.

Yohei Komatsu defeated Sho Tanaka with a half boston crab. Good, solid back and forth opening match.

Tiger Mask and Jushin Thunder Liger defeated David Finlay and Jay White when Tiger Mask defeated David Finlay after a butterfly suplex from the top rope. This got a lot of time and turned out to be a basic, but really good match.

Satoshi Kojima, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Kushida defeated Captain New Japan, Mascara Dorada and Manabu Nakanishi when Kojima pinned Captain New Japan after a lariat. Good, typical six man New Japan tag bout. Kushida and Dorada in particular had a hot start, these two should really have a program somewhere down the line.

Yuji Nagata and Tetsuya Naito defeated Cody Hall and Yujiro Takahashi when Nagata pinned Hall after a back suplex. Felt really long, though nothing totally wrong with it. Naito continued his quasi-heel gimmick, coming in late, only caring when doing a comeback and left immediately after Nagata got the win.

Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomoaki Honma and Togi Makabe defeated Yoshi Hashi, Toru Yano and Tomohiro Ishii after a top rope Kokeshi by Honma and a high fly flow from Tanahashi. It was every New Japan six man you’ve ever seen. With that said, it was fine and the crowd was into it.

Kazuchika Okada and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Hirooki Goto and Ryusuke Taguchi after Okada pins Taguchi with the rainmaker. Another solid match, but nothing to write home about. Originally this was to be a six man with Gedo and Shibata involved, but it was announced earlier in the show that Shibata was removed from the match without a reason given. Okada and Gedo cut promos after the match concerning the upcoming G1 Climax tournament.