ALL JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2019 NIGHT 5
APRIL 10, 2019
HIROSHIMA JMS ASTER PLAZA MULTIPURPOSE STUDIO
HIROSHIMA, JAPAN

Watch: AJPW.TV

BLOCK B: JOEL REDMAN (2) DEF. SAM ADONIS (0)

Hey this wasn’t bad at all. They start by feeling each other out and doing some mat work. Redman has being winning over crowds with his athleticism. He does so again with things like a headstand on the turnbuckle and some somersaults.

Eventually Adonis takes control for a bit and then they exchange Sunset Flips with each other and the crowd is into this.

Finish comes when Adonis has Redman up in what looks like a Running Powerslam and Redman escapes and wins with a School Boy in just under nine minutes. This was probably better than many were expecting. **3/4

BLOCK A: YUMA AOYAGI (2) DEF. ZEUS (4)

Aoyagi comes out of the gate swinging and hits a dropkick early on and Zeus rolls out of the ring. Then Aoyagi follows that up with a Plancha.

Back in the ring, Zeus goes on the offensive with a Gorilla Press Slam, chops, and a nasty looking Crab Hold.

While Zeus is the aggressor most of this match, Aoyagi gets in a lot of offense of his own with fast moving stuff like a Diving Crossbody, Jumping High Knees and running forearms. Aoyagi even gets a near fall after a couple of German Suplexes.

Down the closing stretch, it looks like Zeus in in control he lands a dropkick and Lariat and goes for the Jackhammer. Aoyagi escapes and Aoyagi locks in a seated Front Neck Lock that is called the End Game. Zeus tries to escape with strikes but Aoyagi locks it in tighter for the submission in about 11 minutes.

Fun match. Biggest win of Aoyagi’s career. And unlike some fluke wins from young talent, Aoyagi actually got to hang with Zeus and get in his own offense during the match. ***1/2

BLOCK B: JOE DOERING (2) DEF. NAOYA NOMURA (6)

Nomura goes on the offensive first and they end up on the floor where Doering takes over.

We’re back in the ring and Doering starts working over with a bunch of different holds.

Nomura manages to get in a couple of Shoulder Blocks and a Spear to take control.

Crowd is solidly in Nomura’s corner and Nomura has now reached the point where he can go toe-to-toe with a big man like Doering.

They trade power moves and Nomura Bodyslams Doering and hits two top rope splashes for a near fall. Nomura looks to finish the match with a Death Valley Driver and Doering escapes. Nomura with a flurry of forearms on Doering but then Doering floors Nomura with one big stiff forearm strike. Doering follows that up with a big Lariat for a 2.9 count and then a Running Body Press for the three count.

Great selling from Nomura in this match and this was the best Doering has looked in the tournament so far. After the match in a backstage interview, Doering really puts over Nomura saying he’s gotten much stronger and nearly beat him. This was a nice touch. ***1/4





BLOCK B: YOSHITATSU (4) DEF. SUWAMA (2)

Yoshitatsu has his working boots on here and hits a Plancha on SUWAMA very early on in this match.

SUWAMA soons takes control and uses several rest holds. Match grounds to a halt, but the crowd actually stays fairly hot throughout.

However this match soon picks up and Yoshitatsu hits a bunch of moves like an enziguri and a Springboard Dropkick.

SUWAMA retaliates with lots of chops and Lariats and a German Suplex.

But through all this Yoshitatsu is hanging with SUWAMA, countering some of his moves like the Last Ride.

SUWAMA manges to finally hit his Backdrop and for a 2.9 count and the crowd goes crazy for Yoshitatsu.

SUWAMA has another Last Ride countered with a Sunset Flip and then Lariats Yoshitatsu, but Yoshitatsu recovers, hits a Code Breaker from the second rope and then hits his Complete Shot/Koji Clutch combo for the big submission win on SUWAMA in just over 20 minutes.

I am going to admit I’ve never seen Yoshitatsu look this good. This was a pretty good match with only a few slow spots in the first third of the match. This also continues the story of SUWAMA being unable to beat Yoshitatsu in the Champion Carnival, as Yoshitatsu got one of this three wins in the tournament last year against him. ***1/2

FINAL THOUGHTS

This was a solid top to bottom show. Though not spectacular, it’s still worth a watch even just to see Yoshitatsu have a good match.