Before we begin
This is only going be featuring people from promotions I watch or wrestlers that I have seen a fair amount of matches from. Usually I watch a lot of Japanese wrestling because I fell out of love with western wrestling. That doesn’t mean that I don’t recognise the talent that western wrestling has that’s why the card features some wrestlers from AEW and WWE.
Each match has a 30-minute time limit other than the main event. The main even has a 60-minute time limit
Match 1: Zack Sabre jr vs Chad Gable
Starting off the first night are Zack Sabre Jr and Chad gable. Two great technical wrestlers. Many consider ZSJ to be the best technical wrestler and he certainly has a case. Gable is an extremely underrated talent. An amateur wrestler who competed in the Olympics (sound familiar). A truly great talent who unfortunately isn’t getting the spotlight that he deserves. The stage is set for a great match
Both men are well versed in submissions so the match suits both men. ZSJ controls most of the match just to show how good his technical ability. While Gable comes close a couple of times in the end ZSJ makes him tap out.
Result: Zack Sabre Jr defeats Chad gable via submission (18:25)
Match 2: Horsewomen (Sasha Banks, Bayley, Becky Lynch) vs SENDAI (Chihiro Hashimoto, Mika Iwata, DASH Chisako)
The first of two matches in a series that pits the 4 Horsewomen of WWE vs 4 of the biggest stars of Sendai girls.
This match sees Sasha Banks, Bayley and Becky Lynch take on Chihiro Hashimoto, Mika Iwata and DASH Chisako.
Sasha banks actually trained with Meiko Satomura and members of the Sendai roster after Wrestlemania 35. Bayley and Banks are the current womens tag team champions in WWE so they have chemistry but there may be doubts over the chemistry as a trio.
The Sendai members have teamed together as a tag team so they have the chemistry.
The WWE trio have the edge when it comes to experience with the trio have 37 years of in ring experience compared to the 22 years of the Sendai trio and 14 years of that experience comes from DASH.
Its anyone’s ballgame. The match is fast paced almost like a sprint. With all the women getting to showcase their styles and what they bring to a wrestling match.
It looks like the Sendai trio are going to win as Iwata has Bayley on the ropes but Banks slides in a title belt and distracts the ref so Bayley hits Iwata with the belt and then the Rose plant for the win.
Result: Bayley pins Mika Iwata after hitting the Rose plant (13:22)
Match 3: Daisuke Harada vs PAC
Simply put two of the best juniors in the world today.
Daisuke Harada is the ace of Noah’s junior division having won everything that there is to win in the division. A ground based junior who employs a range of suplexes and hard hitting strikes. He may not be flashiest junior but Harada can quicken up the pace when needed and has some dives that he pulls out on occasions.
PAC used to be and still is sometimes a very flashy and aerial based junior. With a range of high flying moves he can attack his opponent from all angles. However, he has had more of a ground based offence in recent years. Having added a range of submissions he really has become the total package as a wrestler. He is a dangerous foe who shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Similar to the last match this match is a full on sprint of a match. In an ideal world they would be given 20+ minutes to give us an epic. However, as we don’t want the event going to long they can give us an all-out match.
The match is quick paced with PAC trying to get the speed advantage but Harada matches him. Hard strikes, suplexes, submissions they both throw everything but the kitchen sink at each other.
Harada goes for the top rope German suplex but PAC sends him crashing to the canvas before hitting the Red Arrow for the win.
Result: PAC pins Daisuke Harada after hitting the Red Arrow (14:59)
Match 4: LIJ (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi, Shingo Takagi ,BUSHI, EVIL, Sanada) vs Kongoh (Kenoh, Masa Kitamiya, Haoh, Nioh, Manabu Soya, Yoshiki Inamura)
Two factions that are at opposite ends of the success spectrum.
LIJ are really successful at the moment. Naito holds both the IWGP heavyweight and intercontinental championships. Takahashi holds the IWGP Junior Heavyweight championship. Takagi holds the Never openweight championship as well as the Never Openweight 6-man championship alongside stablemate BUSHI and former stablemate Evil . Sanada is the only one not to hold a title currently.
Kongoh are opposite. They haven’t really tasted success just yet Kenoh did win the N1 victory but couldn’t capture the GHC Heavyweight championship. Kitamiya and Inamura couldn’t capture the GHC Tag Team championships. Nioh and Haoh couldn’t capture the GHC Junior Heavyweight Tag Team championships. Soya failed to capture the GHC National title.
So two factions, different styles and levels of success. sounds like it could be a mismatch.
This match is just action, action, action. All of the men getting show case there stuff. We get the juniors pick the pace up, Kitamiya and Sanada go at it with Sanada trying to subdue Kitamiya but Kitamiya being too powerful . Soya and Takagi showcasing their power. Kenoh and Naito going at it.
In the end the more successful faction wins as Naito pins Nioh after hitting him with a Destino.
Result: LIJ wins after Naito pinned Nioh (18:53)
Match 5: Charlotte vs Meiko Satomura
Part two of the Sendai vs WWE Horsewomen miniseries on Night 1.
This match pits two of the best women’s wrestlers in the world against each other.
Charlotte regardless of what you think of her and her amount of screen time is no doubt one of the best women’s wrestlers not only in WWE but the whole of professional wrestling. She can do it all, take to the sky, keep it on the ground and throw strikes with the best of them.
In the opposite corner stands a legend. Meiko Satomura. A cornerstone of Joshi for the last 2 decades. Founder of Sendai girls. Even known as the final boss. That alone should tell you what she’s about. Hard hitting and can also take to the air and ground just an all-rounder.
This match is just an epic battle. Both women refusing to lose. Charlotte pulls out the moonsault, Natural selection and the figure 8 but it’s not enough to Satomura away. Satomura pulls out Scorpio Rising, the overhead kick and the Death Valley Bomb put Charlotte still fights on.
Both women are exhausted. Charlotte goes for another moonsault and that’s where she makes her crucial mistake. Satomura catches her and hits the Death Valley Bomb from the top rope and it’s enough to claim the win.
Result: Meiko Satomura pins Charlotte Flair after a top rope Death Valley Bomb (23:36)
Match 6: Hideki Suzuki vs Daniel Bryan
Another technical masterclass incoming with this match.
Hideki Suzuki. Technical wizard. Catch as catch can. Trained by the legendary Billy Robinson. People consider him the best match wrestler and one of wrestling best kept secrets. He can strike as well trading blows with the best of them.
Daniel Bryan. What can you say that already hasn’t been said? One of the best in the world. A technical dragon. Can adapt to any style and opponent. Can hit just as hard when he needs to. A legend.
This match is what you would expect from the two. Both men wrestling. Going hold for hold, counter for counter who can get the upper hand. Just when the crowd think one men is on top the other counters.
The crowd are amazed by all the counter by the two gasping as each counter happens. Suzuki decides enough is enough and catches Bryan with a European uppercut.
The match tone changes now a strike fest breaks out. Going back and forth hitting each other with hard strikes. Bryan busts Suzuki open and blood is just dripping down his face. We get shades of the old Daniel Bryan, shades of Bryan Danielson.
The match ends when Suzuki throws a lariat but Bryan catches his arm but instead of going for the Yes lock he locks in the cattle mutilation. Suzuki doesn’t tap but passes out. The ref stops the match.
Result: Daniel Bryan beats Hideki Suzuki via referee stoppage. (20:10)
Match 7: AXIZ vs Violent Giants
The two best tag teams in the world today period.
A match that NOAH and All Japan fans have wanted for a long time.
Violent Giants. The current All Japan World Tag Team champions. Made up of Shuji Ishikawa and current Triple Crown champion Suwama. Winner of the Tokyo sports best tag team award 3 years in a row (2017,2018,2019). Two heavy hitters. Simply put an amazing tag team that has a case for the best tag team right now.
AXIZ. Made up of the current GHC National Champion Katsuhiko Nakajima and the current GHC World Heavyweight Champion Go Shiozaki. Two great singles wrestlers that came together to form a tag team. Their chemistry was off the charts and quickly became the best tag team in NOAH and put their name in the hat for best tag team in the world.
This match is everything you can imagine. Hard hitting, emotional, full of fire. Violent Giants managing to isolate Shiozaki and keep him away from Nakajima. Just putting a hurting of Shiozaki trying to take him out of the match so it’s just them and the smaller Nakajima.
For the most part they do what they planned to do. For a large portion of the match Shiozaki is a non-factor. Violent Giants are dominating. AXIZ have never been in this position before.
At this point its Nakajima fighting Suwama and Ishikawa by himself. Nakajima is using his speed to stay out of their clutches long enough for Shiozaki to recover and give him some support.
Nakajima while taking some big hits manages to accomplish that as Shiozaki rocks Ishikawa with a huge lariat. They have Suwama in the middle of the ring and he is stuck between Shiozaki’s chops and Nakajima’s kicks.
The match is near the end when Violent Giants hits the last mountain on Nakajima. Suwama falls into the pin. Ishikawa is looking for Shiozaki to make sure he can’t break it up. In an act of desperation Shiozaki hits the Gowan Lariat on Ishikawa and he falls onto Suwama breaking up the pin. All 4 men lay in the middle of the ring exhausted. Then the bell rings. The time limit has expired.
Both teams get to their feet and shake each other’s hands as a sign of respect. The audience give all 4 men a standing ovation for an excellent match.
Result: Time limit draw (30:00)
Match 8: Kana vs Konami
Kana lock vs Triangle Lancer. Teacher vs student.
In one corner you have the student Konami. The only person trained by Kana. One of the best in Stardom and the world. Trained in MMA, Konami is an excellent technical wrestler – one of the world’s best. Mix that with her vicious kicks and submissions and you have one of the deadliest women’s wrestlers on the planet.
The other corner Kana. Not Asuka. One of the world’s best. Entertainer to the masses with KanaChanTV. An amazing in-ring technician, a vicious striker. As tough as they come.
Though these two have faced each other in the past twice, it was when Konami was less than a year into her wrestling career. One was Konami’s debut match, with the other 5 months later. Konami wants to show how she’s grown and become much better than she was then.
The bell rings. Konami runs straight at Kana and starts putting those educated feet to work. just laying kicks right into Kana’s chest while she is in the corner. Konami is aggressive from the get-go.
Kana being the crafty veteran manages to capture one of Konami’s legs and takes her down.
Kana then starts to put her technical prowess to work.
Now we are in the technical section of the match. Both women going back and forth trading counters, holds and submissions. Both women trying to lock in their preferred signature submission.
After Konami almost locks in the Triangle Lancer Kana snaps and just starts to unleash a flurry of strikes. Becoming more and more aggressive. She takes Konami outside and starts working her arm by throwing her into the ring post, apron and more. Trying to limit her ability to lock in the Triangle Lancer. now she is back in control.
The match ends when Konami tries to lock in the Triangle Lancer. Due to the arm damage she can’t quite lock it in. This gives Kana the chance to slip out and counter into the Kana lock. Konami tries to hold on and for a while she does but eventually she taps out.
Kana helps Konami to her feet. Gives her a hug and raises her hand. With a big smile on her face. A proud smile. Proud of her student.
Result: Kana wins via submission (24:35)
Main Event: Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kento Miyahara
Main event time. Ace vs Ace.
Hiroshi Tanahashi. The ace of New Japan. The man that helped carry them through some tough times and into being what many consider the best wrestling company in the world.
The opposite corner Kento Miyahara. The ace of All Japan. Considered to be the best wrestler in the world. The face of modern All Japan helping the to be considered as the best wrestling company in the world.
As you can see there is similarities between the two. Many people think that both carried their respective companies for a while. With Both men less is more. They have an uncanny ability to tell a story in the ring.
The bell rings the match is on.
A cagey opening with both men trying to feel each other out. Miyahara gets the advantage after a couple minutes of them trading holds. He throws Tanahashi outside and whips him into the guardrail before delivering a wicked headbutt.
Miyahara then decides to work on Tanahashi’s notoriously bad knees. Working on it with holds and knees even delivering a dragon screw leg whip. Miyahara continues to stay in control with Tanahashi struggling to get an offence in.
Tanahashi finally starts to turn the tide after catching one of Miyahara’s knees and hitting dragon screw leg whip. It’s now Tanahashi’s turn to work on Miyahara’s knees in attempt to stop Miyahara’s deadly knee strikes.
The match is now starting to reach its climax with both men using their entire arsenal in an attempt to put the other away. Miyahara with his knees which doesn’t have the same effect they usually do and his range of suplexes. Tanahashi with the cloverleaf, twist and shout and even a dragon suplex which isn’t enough.
Tanahashi is going to the top rope. Going for the high fly flow. He’s crouched up on the ropes when Miyahara catches him with a knee strike causing Tanahashi to fall into a heap. Miyahara picks him up and hits him with the straight jacket suplex for the win.
Result: Kento Miyahara pins Hiroshi Tanahashi after a straight jacket suplex (32:46)
Total match run time (3:14:46)
Thats it for night 1. did you enjoy it let me know. what matches would you have on your show? Let me know.
Check out the piece that inspired this one here