AJPW Champion Carnival N3 (4.7.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N3 (4.7.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N3

 

April 7 2019

 

We’re in Nagoya, Japan. Here are the blocks before we get underway:

 

BLOCK A

Yuji Okabayashi [4]

Kento Miyahara [2]

Dylan James [2]

Shuji Ishikawa [2]

Atsushi Aoki [0]

Ryoji Sai [0]

Yuma Aoyagi [0]

Gianni Valletta

Zeus

 

BLOCK B

Naoya Nomura [4]

Takashi Yoshida [2]

Suwama [2]

Daichi Hashimoto [2]

Jake Lee [0]

Joe Doering [0]

Joel Redman [0]

Sam Adonis

Yoshitatsu

 

Gianni Valletta vs. Zeus

Both guys have yet to wrestle. Valletta is Maltese.

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Zeus is one of the bigger stars in All Japan. Valletta is not. They try and sell it as a muscle guy match with Zeus having to overcome adversity, via press slams. They work in a ref bump and can go fuck themselves for doing so. Shit for brains Valletta hits Zeus with the chain, NEGLECTS TO REMOVE THE CHAIN FROM THE RING, and then encourages the ref to come over for the pin. There’s a chain right there! Right there! Zeus batters him anyway and finishes with the Jackhammer. Good lord, this was awful. Valletta bringing gimmickry and losing. They use this to lead into intermission. That poor crowd.

Final Rating: *1/4

 

Daichi Hashimoto [2] vs. Jake Lee [0]

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This is not a match I have any interest in. I don’t like Jake Lee and Daichi needs someone to dance with. Interestingly enough the best part of the match is when they’re rolling around on the mat trying to get a hold. When they switch to stand up we have to deal with both guys total inability to sell…or strike. It’s fucking terrible. Strike. Selling for way too long. Strike. Selling for way too long. Daichi is usually pretty good at strike exchanges so I blame Jake Lee. The trouble is the bulk of the match is bad stand up. Lee survives submissions but gets belted with the Shining Wizard and Daichi picks up the duke. Good. Fuck Jake Lee.

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Final Rating: *1/2

 

*KENTO TAG*

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Ryoji Sai [0] vs. Shuji Ishikawa [2]

Given the standard so far I’m hopeful that we see an uptick in action here. On paper it’s the best match on the show. Big Shuji brings a quiet confidence that makes him feel special. There’s an hour left on the show at this point and oh no, they’re going to a draw aren’t they?

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This is not a still. They sat in this for ages. Shuji occasionally cranking it to try and make it look like a thing. I start thinking about time limits early and we have thirty minutes here. At one point they decide to tease a big spot, which ends up being a backdrop on the apron but they tease about four spots prior to that. Then they head back to a bunch of rest holds, one after another.

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I end up listening to a podcast and think I got the gist of how this went. It was really long. Ends in a 30 minute draw. I am mystified how they booked this as a time limit draw instead a DCO or something. Sai is not a guy you want in long matches.

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Final Rating: *

 

Joe Doering [0] vs. Yoshitatsu [0]

Tatsu hasn’t wrestled yet, Doering lost on the opening night.

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This is not a match I’m overly excited about. Doering is in first gear. Tatsu is barely above that.

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Do they know this is being televised? It feels extremely like a house show. It goes 16 mins, which is nowhere near as painful as the 30 mins draw but is still an unreasonably long period of time to be made to watch these two gentlemen wrestle each other. Doering brings the goofy arms flailing selling and Tatsu wins with a Codebreaker. Wow.

Final Rating: *1/4

 

Summary:

Holy fuck this was a bad show. The only potentially decent match long outstayed its welcome and everything else was just poor. The difference between a bad G1 show (where you don’t get anything to trouble your Match of the Month column) and a bad Champ Carnival show (where nothing troubles **) is still a staggering contrast and a stark reminder of how far along All Japan are on their road to recovery. I honestly hope they get there because All Japan is always my first love from Japan but at times they really demand your patience. This is one of those times.

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Standings:

 

BLOCK A

Yuji Okabayashi [4]

Shuji Ishikawa [3]

Kento Miyahara [2]

Dylan James [2]

Zeus [2]

Ryoji Sai [1]

Atsushi Aoki [0]

Yuma Aoyagi [0]

Gianni Valletta [0]

 

BLOCK B

Naoya Nomura [4]

Daichi Hashimoto [4]

Takashi Yoshida [2]

Suwama [2]

Yoshitatsu [2]

Jake Lee [0]

Joe Doering [0]

Joel Redman [0]

Sam Adonis

 

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