ALL JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2020
SEPTEMBER 13, 2020
CULTTZ KAWASAKI
KAWASAKI, JAPAN

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NON-TOURNAMENT MATCHES

  • JIN (JAKE LEE & FUMINORI ABE) DEF. YUSUKE OKADA & BALIYAN AKKI (5:04)
  • TAKAO OMORI & TAMURA DEF. SHUJI ISHIKAWA & RYUKI HONDA (8:51)
  • PURPLE HAZE (SHIGEHIRO IRIE & IZANAGI) DEF. EVOLUTION (HIKARU SATO & DAN TAMURA) (5:57)
  • ENFANTS TERRIBLES (KOJI DOI & YUSUKE KODAMA) DEF. KENTO MIYAHARA & FRANCESCO AKIRA (8:22)
  • KOJI IWAMOTO, TAJIRI & ATSUKI AOYAGI DEF. FUMINORI ABE, BLACK MENSO~RE & HOKUTO OMORI (9:52)

CHAMPION CARNIVAL A BLOCK
ZEUS [2] DEF. KUMA ARASHI [0] (8:34)

Members of Enfants Terribles and Purple Haze accompanied their members to the ring. This started slowly with tests of strength and headlocks. Eventually, things picked up with these big boys hitting each other with big moves. While that was cool, the match never really got to any big highs. Zeus got the tap out with a Front Facelock. They should have just started throwing bombs at each other right out of the gate given how long this match ended up going. But at least this continued to get over Zeus’ new submission move. **3/4

CHAMPION CARNIVAL B BLOCK
SHOTARO ASHINO [2] DEF. YUMA AOYAGI [0] (10:21)

This had Koji Doi distracting Aoyagi early on, which I am not so big on, but it did lead to a great stretch of Ashino just destroying Aoyagi’s leg, so I won’t deduct marks for that. Also when Aoyagi got back on offense, he kept selling the leg. Aoyagi then targeted Ashino’s arm. They had a great European Uppercut battle and then traded German Suplexes. Aoyagi managed to out maneuver Ashino and locked in the End Game for the referee stoppage. Ashino sold like the move knocked him out cold which was a nice touch. After the match, the rest of Enfants Terribles delivered a beat down to Aoyagi. Then Kento Miyahara ran out and confronted the bad guys and cut a promo on them to heat up his match against Ashino on the 15th. That might have been Aoyagi’s official turn back babyface. This was the match of the tournament so far. ***1/2



CHAMPION CARNIVAL A BLOCK
JIRO “IKEMEN” KUROSHIO [2] DEF. SUWAMA [2] (14:00)

Jiro’s entrance, while not his longest, was still too damn long. SUWAMA worked over Jiro for a while. Jiro finally managed to take control, and worked over SUWAMA’s arm. I will say, though while he didn’t eliminate all of the goofiness, Jiro dialed it back here and worked a lot more seriously. This was a good big man versus smaller man match, with Jiro’s offense and counters being pretty credible. Jiro scored the huge upset with a Sunset Flip like move while countering a Powerbomb. The final few minutes didn’t quite have the drama of a big match, but the work was solid otherwise. ***1/4

FINAL THOUGHTS

This was a cursed show. Seigo Tachibana and Yoshitatsu missed it due to injuries, while Ikuto Hidaka missed the show because he had been in contact with someone with COVID-19. Plus, there were also issues with the ring that delayed the show after the first match so it could be fixed.

However, like the previous show, the undercard was solid. Koji Doi & Yusuke Kodama vs. Kento Miyahara & Francesco Akira is worth a watch. The Champion Carnival matches on this show also peaked higher than on the first show, despite Yoshitatsu vs. Shuji Ishikawa getting canceled.

Hopefully, the tournament kicks into a higher gear on the show at Korakuen Hall on the 15th, which features Kento Miyahara vs. Shotaro Ashino, my most eagerly awaited match in the whole tournament, as well as Jake Lee vs. SUWAMA.