AJPW Champion Carnival N10 (4.16.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N10 (4.16.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N10

 

April 16 2019.

 

I used to dream of a time I could watch every night of Champion Carnival as it happened. The reality of this situation isn’t quite as good but I’m still watching every last one god damn it. We’re in Hamamatsu, Japan for night ten. Daichi vs. Suwama main events.

 

Standings:

 

BLOCK A

Zeus [8]

Shuji Ishikawa [7]

Dylan James [6]

Ryoji Sai [5]

Yuji Okabayashi [4]

Yuma Aoyagi [4]

Kento Miyahara [4]

Atsushi Aoki [0]

Gianni Valletta [0]

 

BLOCK B

Naoya Nomura [8]

Takashi Yoshida [6]

Daichi Hashimoto [4]

Yoshitatsu [4]

Jake Lee [4]

Joel Redman [4]

Suwama [4]

Sam Adonis [4]

Joe Doering [2]

 

Gianni Valletta [0] vs. Yuji Okabayashi [4]

I am less than thrilled that All Japan decided to put Okabayashi and this Maltese nobody in the same block. I can take consolation that we’re heading towards Miyahara vs. Okabayashi and that, ladies and gentlemen, is going to fucking rule. This does not rule. There’s a ref bump and Valletta clonks Yuji in his big bald dome with a chain shot and that’s it. Valletta finally picks up a win in the most unlikely of circumstances. The only good news here is that Okabayashi sold this like a pro.

Final Rating: ¾*

 

Yuma Aoyagi [4] vs. Atsushi Aoki [0]

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Aoyagi has a couple of wins, along with most of the field, but Aoki remains pointless and now he’s alone in that regard. He is the only official junior heavyweight in this thing so perhaps it’s not a shock. This match is very basic with Aoki working the arm and them accepting their undercard spot. There’s one exceptionally cool looking spot where Aoyagi tries for a superplex and Aoki breaks free and turns it into a knee drop onto the arm. The match turns into Aoki arm work versus Aoyagi’s defensive holds and it’s decent. Aoyagi is getting steadily close to having a huge break out match in this promotion and he’s got Kento Miyahara next. Aoki upsets him here with a German suplex and Yuma is left holding his arm but this was a fine showing from him. Now everyone is off the mark!

Final Rating: ***

 

Takashi Yoshida [6] vs. Joe Doering [2]

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Yoshida can actually go top in Block B here and Doering is actually bottom already. This is not a scenario I saw coming.

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Big Joe certainly has “a look” doesn’t he? Fur coat, cowboy boots and hat. You’d think he’d fill in that fur coat blank with something a bit more cowboy but he’s too much of a pimp to do that. Fashion fusion baby! Yoshida, usually a big dog in Dragon Gate, discovers the true meaning of power here. Giving up six inches in height and around 40lbs in weight. Yoshida shows depth to his arsenal here with a mix of power, striking and flying. Considering how easily Joe overwhelms him in the early going it’s an intelligently constructed match. Joe clocks him with the crossbody and they botch the pinfall. Nikkan Lee claiming a shoulder is up when it clearly isn’t. Joe covers again and we’re out of here. Knock a little off for the finish here.

Final Rating: **3/4

 

Daichi Hashimoto [4] vs. Suwama [4]

Both these guys are in that tangle in Block B. There are seven guys on four points.

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Here they go at it like two skunks fighting over a…what do skunks eat? Anything I guess. Whatever is around. Through googling I discover that there’s an animal called a “stink badger”.

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This is definitely Daichi. This is a pretty sluggish main event by the way, which is why I’m googling pictures of badgers. Suwama decides to loudly vocalise his selling, which may or may not be mockery of Daichi for doing the same. Hashimoto’s failure to put together an intriguing 20+ minute match reminds me of this bombed run on top of Big Japan. Where’s Yasufumi Nakanoue when you need him? There’s a definite improvement as the match progresses, as you’d expect from a main event, and there is a lot of support for Daichi. They smack each other around quite a bit as the match reaches a conclusion. Some of Suwama’s throws look devastating. The trouble is when Daichi tries to no sell Suwama cuts him down with a less devastating move like a dropkick. Backdrop Driver with a bridge finishes Daichi off and this did get good but it took a long time to get there. You can probably skip to halfway through and get the gist of what they were going for.

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Final Rating: ***1/2

 

Summary:

One of the weaker tour shows but the last three matches all had some value. Main event is solid, although you could probably skip this show if you’re cherry picking.

 

Standings:

 

BLOCK A

Zeus [8]

Shuji Ishikawa [7]

Dylan James [6]

Ryoji Sai [5]

Yuji Okabayashi [4]

Yuma Aoyagi [4]

Kento Miyahara [4]

Gianni Valletta [2]

Atsushi Aoki [2]

 

BLOCK B

Naoya Nomura [8]

Takashi Yoshida [6]

Suwama [6]

Daichi Hashimoto [4]

Yoshitatsu [4]

Jake Lee [4]

Joel Redman [4]

Sam Adonis [4]

Joe Doering [4]

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