New Japan Pro Wrestling
Road to Power Struggle 2018 – Night 4
October 20, 2018
Uwajima City General Gymnasium
Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
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We are in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan at the Uwajima City General Gymnasium in front of 1,222 fans and we are deep into the single cam no commentary portion of the tournament. The fact that you can see the beamer they use for the entrance videos really makes New Japan look a bit low rent. In cases like this, it might be better to just leave out the videos all together. It doesn’t help that they look tiny on the wall.
Here are you non-tournament results:
- Ryusuke Taguchi & ACH def. Tomoaki Honma & Yuya Uemura (11:38)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi) def. Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino (8:01)
- Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) def.Jushin Thunder Liger & Ren Narita (10:00)
- Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku) def. CHAOS (Rocky Romero & Tomohiro Ishii) (10:23)
- Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi def. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Toa Henare (10:21)
- Bad Luck Fale, Gedo, Jay White, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa def. CHAOS (Beretta, Hirooki Goto, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano) & Chuckie T (13:21)
KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin (2) def. Volador Jr. & El Soberano Jr. (2)
Going into this match KUSHIDA and Sabin are 0-2 having lost to both Suzuki-gun and LIJ so it’s a must-win situation for them if they want to have any chance of advancing to the final. Volador and Soberano come into this match at 1-1 having won against ACH and Taguchi before coming up short against the veteran team of Liger and Tiger.
We start of with Sabin and Volador doing your standard 2000s indie wrestling beginning sequence ending in a standoff, which is very appropriate given who is in the ring. Sabin and Kushida gel really well together and it’s a shame that Alex Shelley is basically retired, as these three men seem to be born to tag with each other. Even at age 37 Volador’s speed is unreal at times. If he would come around now I could see him get booked a lot outside of Mexico à la Fenix, Pentagon or Bandido. Alas, he seems pretty comfortable in CMLL at this point, with New Japan really being the only promotion outside of Mexico he works for.
While Soberano is an up and comer in CMLL he seems a bit awkward in this match. Previously he has been on two Fantastica Mania tours, but those are pretty much lucha shows and here he has to work a different style. Down the stretch, we get some sweet double team moves from Time Guns? Motor City Splitters? and they finish off Soberano with the Outatime combo to stay alive in the tournament.
Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) (4) def. Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles (4)
Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles enter this match unbeaten at 2-0 having beaten both Liger & Tiger and the comedy team of ACH and Ryusuke Taguchi. With a win here they would take a big step towards securing a spot in the finals. Roppongi 3k stand at 1-1 after losing against LIJ on night 1 before bouncing back with a win over Suzuki-gun.
I have to say I’m not awfully familiar with Robbie Eagles, but a lot of people whos wrestling opinions I respect have said that he is great. So let’s see what he’s got here. There is a noticeable size difference here as SHO has started to fill out his frame a bit more and in a few years he might be due for move up to heavyweight. We get a beatdown of SHO before we transition into a hot tag from YOH, who has really grown into a smooth and crisp wrestler. While SHO isn’t quite as smooth he is great for his level of experience as well and based on his charisma could be a big star.
Eagles is showing a lot of innovative offense and just seems to fit in like a glove in the New Japan Junior division. He clearly didn’t go all out in this match and he shouldn’t at a single cam show in Uwajima, but he did show that can hang with some of the best the division has to offer. In the end though his and Ishimori’s unbeaten run ends as Roppongi 3k puts him down with their 3k finisher to move up to 2-1.
Now let’s take a quick look at the current Super Junior Tag League standings:
- Tiger Mask & Jushin Thunder Liger (2-1, 4 Points)
- Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi) (2-1, 4 points)
- Roppongi 3k (SHO & YOH) (2-1, 4 points)
- Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles (2-1, 4 points)
- Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (1-2, 2 points)
- El Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. (1-2, 2 points)
- Chris Sabin & KUSHIDA (1-2, 2 points)
- ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi (1-2, points)