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 event has a 60-minute time limit
Match 1: Strong BJ (Yuji Okabayashi & Daisuke Sekimoto) vs Yuji Hino & Masato Tanaka
4 of the hardest hitting and consist wrestlers in the world.
You have Tanaka and Hino. Both men who have had a good 2020 so far especially Tanaka who is many people’s wrestler of the year.
Then you have Strong BJ. Okabayashi and Sekimoto. Bastions of BJW’s strong division. Both men have had a good 2020 especially Okabayashi who’s consistency has him as many peoples.
This match is a sprint. Just a lot of hard hitting action with chops, Lariats and forearms galore. All 4 men going out in a short amount of time trimming some of the unnecessary stuff to get the crowd all fired up and ready for the event and I can’t think of a better way to kick off night 2
In the end Hino and Tanaka pick up the win with Tanaka pinning Okabayashi with the Roaring Elbow.
Result: Tanaka pins Okabayashi after the Roaring Elbow (14:33)
Match 2: Drew McIntyre vs Tomohiro Ishii
From a hard hitting tag team match to a hard hitting Singles match.
In one corner the WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. The man that after he got released went away reinvented himself and got rehired. He became the first Scottish and British born WWE Champion.
The other corner the Stone Pitbull Tomohiro Ishii. Mr Consistency. The man with the joint most reigns of the NEVER Openweight Championship and has held it the most days combined.
This match similar to the last is just a hard hitting affair. Ishii who is very good in the underdog role is in that role here against the much taller McIntyre.
The match is very hard hitting with a lot of forearms and heavy hits. McIntyre uses his height to his advantage. While Ishii tries to avoid McIntyre and try and hit with Lariats and elbows.
In the end the WWE Champion manages reverse the brainbuster and hits the Claymore for the win.
Result: Drew McIntyre pins Tomohiro Ishii after the Claymore (12:36)
Match 3: Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero & Cesaro) vs reDRagon(Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish)
Two of the greatest tag teams in Ring of Honor history. Both teams are in the top 10 for most days held in the Ring of Honor tag team championships.
First the Kings of Wrestling. The 2x Ring of Honor tag team champions. They have held champions almost everywhere they have been. Made up of two of the best wrestlers in Northern America to come together to make one of the best tag teams in their era and they can still go.
Then ReDRagon. The 3x Ring of Honor tag team championship. They have held titles in NJPW, ROH, NXT. Before they were both accomplished singles wrestlers with both winning their fair share of belts. Two people came together to create one of the best teams in the world.
Classic tag team match from the two. The veterans in the kings of Wrestling take control early on and they cut Fish off.
Eventually O’Reilly tags in and is like a house of fire and gets a couple of nearfalls on Cesaro.
The last couple of minutes are just all action with all 4 men trading blows. With Fish and O’Reilly using those educated feet of theirs. While Hero and Cesaro use uppercuts and elbows.
In the end the Kings of Wrestling manage to take control. Hero hits the Hero’s Welcome on Fish for the win.
Result: Chris Hero pins Bobby Fish after the Hero’s welcome (15:18)
Match 4: Samoa Joe vs Minoru Suzuki
Now we go to just a fight.
First Minoru Suzuki. A dangerous man. With an MMA record of 29-19. A hard hitter. Even at the age of 52 he still is one of the most dangerous wrestlers and can knock out any wrestler.
Next Samoa Joe. Whose style resembles MMA more than a wrestling style with an array of strikes and submission holds. Even though he hasn’t done MMA he trains in Judo and Muay-Thai.
The match is really broken down into two parts.
The first part you have your mat wrestling. With both men jostling for position. Exchanging positions and holds with each other. Both men tying each other up and locking in some submissions but not enough to make either one tap out.
Eventually they go to a stand up match and that’s when they start throwing bombs at each other.
I am talking just lefts, rights, forearms, elbows, kicks you name it Joe and Suzuki are throwing it. Really a sort of throwback for Joe as he hasn’t really done a match like this for a while. Suzuki while throwing these bombs is just smiling enjoying himself.
The resulting slugfest turns into a slap fest with both men taking turns to just slap each other. Then the bot start slapping at the same time. Eventually they both connect a slap that hits them in the ear knocking both men down and they can’t beat the 10 count from the ref.
Result: Double Knock out (12:20)
Match 5: AJ Styles vs Naomichi Marufuji
The Phenomenal One vs The Genius of the Ark.
Two of the most innovative men of their generation with both men having more influence over todays wrestlers than most realise.
Now both men are in their 40’s. their style has changed and isn’t what it used to be but both men are still great wrestlers.
The match starts off cagey with both man trying to use their ground based offence to get a foothold in the match.
Styles takes control and starts attack Marufuji’s arms and knees to try and weaken two of Marufuji’s major weapons. His Chops, his kicks and his knee strikes.
Styles manages to keep control for a while before Marufuji manages to catch him with a sweet thrust kick to give him some space.
Marufuji then gets to work. Chopping Styles till his chest is beet red. Also working on Styles arms so he can lock in his submission the Perfect Keylock.
They two really start to kick it up a gear when Marufuji goes for a crescent kick but Styles catches him with a Pele Kick.
The two start to turn back the clock so to speak. With men pulling out moves from their young selfs. Styles hits the fosbury flop. When he gets back in the ring Marufuji hits him with the springboard dropkick. Marufuji pulls out an Emerald Flowsion but Styles gets his foot on the rope.
Styles has hit the Styles clash and it wasn’t enough to put Marufuji away. Marufuji hit the Shiranui but Styles wasn’t done yet. Both men really have thrown the kitchen sink at each other.
Styles goes to the top and tries to hit the Sprial Tap. Marufuji moves before quickly picking Styles up for the Pole Shift and that’s enough to put Styles away
Result: Naomichi Marufuji wins after the Pole Shift (22:20)
Match 6: Azure Revolution (Risa Sera & Maya Yukihi) vs Sky Pirates (Io Shirai & Kairi Sane)
Now we have arguably the best women’s tag team vs two of the best singles wrestlers.
First Azure Revolution. Made up of Risa Sera and Maya Yukihi. Yukihi the current ICExInfinity Champion (the top belt in Ice Ribbon) and current Ace of Ice Ribbon some consider her the best women’s wrestler in the world. Her partner Risa Sera is no slouch either. She has held the ICExInfinity championship twice and holds the second longest reign in the championships history. As a team they have 3 tag title reigns under their belt.
Two thirds of threedom. While they have only held one title together( a trios titles) their singles credentials cannot be questioned. They have held titles in Stardom and in NXT.
Sane and Shirai cut off the ring to begin with. Sera is trapped in Sane’s and Shirai’s half of the ring for a lot of the match. Quick tags in and out between the two. Using their hard hitting and high flying styles to do some major damage to Sera who cant seem to catch a break.
Eventually Sera manages to escape their clutches and get Yukihi tagged in. Yukihi gets to work with knees and kicks galore not slowing down for no one.
The match ends when Yuikihi blind tags back in and while Sane accends the ropes to go for the insane elbow Yukihi pushes her off and hits the Snowton bomb for the win.
Result: Maya Yukihi pins Kairi Sane after the Snowton bomb (15:28)
Match 7: Takashi Sugiura vs Roman Reigns
The dog lover vs the big dog.
First Takashi Sugiura. The killing machine. One of only two men to hold the GHC Heavyweight championship 4 times. A proficient striker as well as a good technical wrestler. It’s hard to believe this man is 50 years’ old.
Next Roman Reigns. A man that is quite divisive. While he might have been shoved down peoples throats he is a good wrestler when he gets the chance to showcase his skills.
The match starts in the two get straight at it. Sugiura goes for a shoulder tackle and Reigns just shakes it off. Sugiura goes again but the same result. On the third one Sugiura hits the ropes twice and finally takes Reigns off his feet.
Reigns rolls out but Sugiura is straight after him. Working on him on the outside. Using the posts, guardrails and the ring apron to hurt Reigns.
Sugiura manages to control most of the match even hitting a spear on Reigns although Sugiura was doing before Reigns was wrestling.
Reigns manages to get control when he reverses Sugiura’s attempt for the Olympic slam.
Reigns now takes control showcasing his power with suplexes, lariats and strikes. As well as targeting Sugiura’s arm so he cant use his deadly forearms and Olympic slam.
These two then start trading their big moves. Sugiura hits the German suplex into the corner, the seated corner forearms. Reigns hits the superman punch, the jumping clothesline and the crucifix power bomb. Neither man stays down.
Reigns goes for the spear but Sugiura picks his ankle and gets him in the ankle lock. Sugiura has him in it yet can’t quite get the grip needed due to the arm work done by Reigns earlier. This allows Reigns to roll out sending Sugiura throat first into the top rope, allowing Reigns to bounce off the ropes and hit the spear for the win.
Result: Roman reigns pins Takashi Sugiura after the Spear (24:50)
Match 8: Mayu Iwatani vs Miyu Yamashita
Icon of Stardom Vs Pink Striker. Ace of Stardom vs Ace of Tokyo Joshi Pro.
Both women are arguably the best women’s wrestler in the world and even just wrestler in the world – that’s how good both of them are.
Miya Yamashita. Ace of Tokyo Joshi Pro. Dangerous striker with an array of kicks and strikes that can hit out of nowhere. The longest reigning Princess of Princess Champion (Tokyo Joshi Pro’s top title).
Mayu Iwatani. Ace of Stardom. An amazing all-rounder who can pretty much do it all in the ring. Iwatani has held every championship in Stardom bar two. The future of Stardom championship which she is ineligible for due to the championships rules and Iwatani has been ineligible for the title since it debuted. The other title is the SWA Undisputed World Women’s Championship which she has never challenged for.
The match begins and its cagey. Both women trying to gain the advantage. Mayu gains the advantage, targeting Yamashita’s legs to try and limit how powerful her kicks will be later in the match.
Iwatani uses the ropes and the ring post to really damage the legs of Yamashita. Yamashita tries to strike back and attack Iwatani with forearms and some kicks but all it takes it a well-placed kick to the leg to knock Yamashita down.
Yamashita gets a break when she manages to avoid a splash from the top rope.
Yamashita goes to work with her strikes and kicks. Her kicks are a lot weaker than usual due to Iwatani’s great work on her legs earlier. Yamashita fights through the pain but it’s clear that her offence is hitting like it usually does.
The match enters the final stretch with both competitors pulling out all the stops. Iwatani with the superkick, reverse rana, even a regular tiger suplex but it’s not enough. Yamashita hits the Skull Kick and the Crash Rabbit Heat but Iwatani gets her foot on the ropes.
Yamashita has Iwatani up for the attitude adjustment. She manages to hit it but Iwatani lands near the ropes and rolls out all Yamashita can do is outstretch her arm in disbelief. The bell goes. The time limit expired. Both of the women showing why they are the aces of their respective companies. Both shake hands and bow for the crowd.
Result: Time Limit draw (30:00)
Main Event: Kazuchika Okada vs Kaito Kiyomiya
We arrived at the main event and what a main event it is.
We have the confident cocky Ace in Okada. Versus the Young filled with fire Ace in Kiyomiya.
Okada the longest reigning IWGP heavyweight champion in history. A man since returning to NJPW in 2012 has taken the crown of ace from Hiroshi Tanahashis and had it placed firmly on his head.
Kiyomiya is the youngest GHC Heavyweight champion in history and has the fourth longest reign in the championships history. Still quite young he is NOAH’s young ace. A man that will become a cornerstone of the company for years to come
Okada stated that he actually wants another Japan super show where companies from all over japan come together to put on a wrestling event.
Kiyomiya has called out Okada saying that he wants to fight him. While it still remains to be seen if this match will happen in the real world. In this fictional world it does.
At the start. Okada doesn’t really take Kiyomiya seriously. Undermining him. Really leaning into the cocky side of the rainmaker. When Kiyomiya tries to shoulder tackle him he just shakes it off not even going down.
Kiyomiya is getting frustrated at this point and this is still early in the match. He goes for a couple more shoulder tackles but same result.
Kiyomiya really frustrated now SLAPS Okada and takes him down with a headlock.
Kiyomiya tries to take control of the match but its Okada who takes control. Kiyomiya really the underdog in this match and he does excel in that role. Okada controls a large portion of this match attack Kiyomiya’s limbs.
Okada takes him outside and uses the guardrails to damage his arms to try and nullify the Tiger Suplex. Okada does his signature crossbody over the rail onto Kiyomiya.
Kiyomiya manages to get some separation when Okada goes for the elbow drop and Kiyomiya gets the knees up. Kiyomiya goes to work on Okada’s arm trying to nullify the rainmaker.
For the most part it works. Okada’s offensive power is weakened. He is struggling to hit his lariats and strikes like usual. Kiyomiya who many not be as experienced as Okada has great basics and knows how to break down an opponent.
The match starts to pick up a gear when Okada gets back on top and hits a couple of his signature moves like heavy rain and locks in red ink. Okada is building momentum he smells the end. Going for the rainmaker when Kiyomiya counters and locks in the crossface chicken wing submission.
The match is building to its climax as both men are trading forearms in the middle of the ring. Okada manages to manages to get the upper hand to hits a regular tombstone and then the rainmaker. Because of the arm damage her puts a lot of power into this and sends himself flying across the ring.
Okada crawls to the pin but the time it took Kiyomiya is able to kick out. Okada goes for another but its reversed into the Tiger Suplex from Kiyomiya but he isn’t able to bridge it due the damage her received earlier. He is quicker than Okada was to make the pin. He drapes his arm across Okada’s chest but Okada gets his foot on the rope.
Kiyomiya picks him up for another Tiger Suplex but Okada manages to flip out and hits the twisting jumping Tombstone. Okada hits the rainmaker for the win.
A nice show of respect from Okada after the match as he shakes and raises Kiyomiya’s hand who has clearly gained Okada’s respect.
Result: Kazuchika Okada pins Kaito Kiyomiya after the Rainmaker (34:58)
Total match run time (3:02:13)
Thats it for night 2. 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