AJPW Champion Carnival N5 (4.10.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N5 (4.10.19) review

AJPW Champion Carnival N5

 

April 10 2019

 

We’re in Hiroshima, Japan. This is the smallest venue of the tour and the crowd is 224. It’s a grim sight. We trundle through a couple a tags before we hit the CC action. Here are the standings:

 

BLOCK A

Yuji Okabayashi [4]

Dylan James [4]

Zeus [4]

Shuji Ishikawa [3]

Kento Miyahara [2]

Ryoji Sai [1]

Atsushi Aoki [0]

Yuma Aoyagi [0]

Gianni Valletta [0]

 

BLOCK B

Naoya Nomura [6]

Daichi Hashimoto [4]

Takashi Yoshida [2]

Suwama [2]

Yoshitatsu [2]

Jake Lee [0]

Joe Doering [0]

Joel Redman [0]

Sam Adonis [0]

 

Joel Redman [0] vs. Sam Adonis [0]

Two gaijin trying to get off the blank. One has impressed already. The other hasn’t offended. Redman wrestles here like a jacked up Zack Sabre Jr. It doesn’t quite work but he’s good enough that it gets a pass from me. Adonis looking suitably flustered across the ring to put that style over.

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Sam is clever to keep everything basic. Clubbing blows and simple holds. It makes him look almost spectacularly disinteresting but that’s his role here. Redman outwrestles him on a roll up and picks the two points.

Final Rating: **3/4

 

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Yuma Aoyagi [0] vs. Zeus [4]

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Zeus has switched gears from underdog hero vs. Miyahara to dominating big bad bully because he’s got Aoyagi. Poor Yuma is essentially ill equipped to deal with the assault. He wants to be a big All Japan badass but he doesn’t have the size or power to compete with someone like Zeus and it’s notable that he’s been blanked thus far when his colleagues have been picking up wins. However Zeus takes Aoyagi far too lightly here and gives him time and space to fight back. That’s the story anyway. Yuma overcoming adversity against all odds and Zeus being dim enough to let that happen. Overconfident after battering Kento last night. He sure batters the shit out of Aoyagi for most of the match and it’s a spirited contest. Aoyagi grinds out the win by hooking Zeus in his submission repeatedly. It’s an upset victory that I barely buy into but Zeus could arguably be tired after a hard fought win last night.

Final Rating: ***1/4

 

*KENTO TAG*

 

Joe Doering [0] vs. Naoya Nomura [6]

Nomura is 3-0 but Doering is surely due a win for taking that job to Yoshitatsu. Nomura is aware he’s out-sized here and starts out fast and gets crushed. Even if Nomura wins this tournament there’s no shame in losing to a man like Doering.

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Doering spends most of the match putting Nomura in holds and making angry faces, which is certainly an increase in effort over the Tatsu match because he’s making faces. I can completely understand Joe’s position on effort because if no one is showing him the power, motherfucker, what’s the point? The more I think about Block B the more I think Doering is in the wrong block. He loves bouncing off other big dudes and Block B is a finesse block. So his only joy is murdering younger, fitter, thinner, shorter men with barbaric lariats and flying crossbodies. The latter finishes Nomura off.

Final Rating: ***

 

Yoshitatsu [2] vs. Suwama [2]

Tatsu has been a revelation in tags for All Japan. No doubt about that. As a singles wrestler I have a few reservations. Namely that he’s not very good at being one and doesn’t belong in this standard of main event match up. Suwama deserves better. He’s been put in a block with a bunch of no hopers and up and comers while everyone in Block A has all the fun.

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He has a laugh roughing up Tatsu here and dominating the match but at twenty minutes the bout is too long and only goes that long to tell a story around Suwama’s conditioning, which isn’t even that bad. Especially in recent years. So instead of Suwama’s incessant pummeling of Tatsu leading to Yoshi counting the lights it’s instead leading to his demise. I cannot support this Akiyama-san. I am very disappointed. Maybe it’s just because I value experience, striking ability and a streak of Triple Crown wins over someone who doesn’t know how to take a Styles Clash. I dunno. The only thing that makes sense is that Tatsu managed to beat Suwama last year too so I guess he has a blind spot but I hated it then and I hate it now. At least Tatsu has his work boots on and finds different ways to get Suwama into trouble. Often slipping out of death moves to catch Suwama in roll ups and whatnot. I don’t buy Tatsu’s sloppy looking finish either and making Suwama pass out to it looks stupid. Oh well.

Final Rating: ***1/4

 

Summary:

Not the worst night of the tournament so far but a solidly middling event for all concerned. Yet another CC show you can basically just skip. I’m starting to think the field wasn’t strong enough this year. Especially in Block B, which now has the travesty of Suwama and Doering on 2 points.

 

 

Standings:

 

BLOCK A

Yuji Okabayashi [4]

Dylan James [4]

Zeus [4]

Shuji Ishikawa [3]

Kento Miyahara [2]

Yuma Aoyagi [2]

Ryoji Sai [1]

Atsushi Aoki [0]

Gianni Valletta [0]

 

BLOCK B

Naoya Nomura [6]

Daichi Hashimoto [4]

Yoshitatsu [4]

Takashi Yoshida [2]

Suwama [2]

Joel Redman [2]

Jake Lee [2]

Joe Doering [2]

Sam Adonis [0]

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