AJPW Champion Carnival 2018: Recommended Matches

AJPW Champion Carnival 2018: Recommended Matches

AJPW Champion Carnival

 

Recommended Matches:

 

Chronological:

 

Shingo Takagi vs. Kento Miyahara (April 7) ***3/4

Jun Akiyama vs. KAI (April 10) ***3/4

Yuji Hino vs. Shingo Takagi (April 15) ****

Suwama vs. Jun Akiyama (April 15) ***3/4

Shuji Ishikawa vs. Naoya Nomura (April 16) ***3/4

Ryouji Sai vs. Yuji Hino (April 18) ***1/2

Ryouji Sai vs. Naoya Nomura (April 20) ***1/2

Joe Doering vs. Shingo Takagi (April 20) ***1/2

Suwama vs. Naomichi Marufuji (April 21) ***1/2

Zeus vs. Jun Akiyama (April 21) ****

Shingo Takagi vs. Naoya Nomura (April 25) ***3/4

KAI vs. Zeus (April 25) ***3/4

Dylan James vs. Suwama (April 25) ***1/2

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Jun Akiyama (April 25) ****1/2

Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shingo Takagi (April 29) ****1/4

Kento Miyahara vs. Yuji Hino (April 29) ***3/4

Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kento Miyahara (April 30) ****3/4

 

In Order of Recommended Preference:

 

  1. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Kento Miyahara (April 30) ****3/4
  2. Naomichi Marufuji vs. Jun Akiyama (April 25) ****1/2
  3. Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shingo Takagi (April 29) ****1/4
  4. Yuji Hino vs. Shingo Takagi (April 15) ****
  5. Shuji Ishikawa vs. Naoya Nomura (April 16) ***3/4
  6. Suwama vs. Jun Akiyama (April 15) ***3/4
  7. Zeus vs. Jun Akiyama (April 21) ****
  8. Kento Miyahara vs. Yuji Hino (April 29) ***3/4
  9. Shingo Takagi vs. Kento Miyahara (April 7) ***3/4
  10. Shingo Takagi vs. Naoya Nomura (April 25) ***3/4
  11. Jun Akiyama vs. KAI (April 10) ***3/4
  12. KAI vs. Zeus (April 25) ***3/4
  13. Ryouji Sai vs. Naoya Nomura (April 20) ***1/2
  14. Ryouji Sai vs. Yuji Hino (April 18) ***1/2
  15. Joe Doering vs. Shingo Takagi (April 20) ***1/2
  16. Suwama vs. Naomichi Marufuji (April 21) ***1/2
  17. Dylan James vs. Suwama (April 25) ***1/2

 

There are some slight oddities in my recommendations. Mainly that I’ve dropped Zeus/Akiyama lower than several ***3/4 rated matches because I have better memories of them. I guess that means a re-grading is in order. Probably pushing at least one of those***3/4 bouts up to **** and Akiyama/Zeus down to ***3/4 but hey, let’s not lose any sleep over a quarter flake.

 

My main point is that I wanted Shuji vs. Nomura in my Top 5 because it’s such a great match and I’d hate anyone to miss it. Everything above it is absolutely essential viewing. Marufuji came good at the finish. Pro Wrestling was the big winner.

 

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