ALL JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 NIGHT 2
APRIL 10, 2022
ACT CITY HAMAMATSU
HAMAMATSU, SHIZUOKA, JAPAN

Watch: AJPW.TV

NON TOURNAMENT MATCHES

  • Total Eclipse (TAJIRI, Ryuki Honda & Kuma Arashi) def. Yoshitatsu, Black Menso~re & Ryo Inoue (8:32)
  • Takao Omori & Hiroshi Yamato def. Evolution (Hikaru Sato & Dan Tamura) (9:23)
  • SUGI & RAICHO def. Izanagi & Shigehiro Irie (8:42)
  • Shotaro Ashino & Hideki “Shrek” Sekine def. Jake Lee & Hokuto Omori (9:47)

CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 A BLOCK
SHUJI ISHIKAWA [2] DEF. T-HAWK [2] (9:43)

T-Hawk attacked Ishikawa before the bell and worked over his left leg for a while. He managed to give Ishikawa a vertical suplex which looked impressive. T-Hawk no sold a Fire Thunder Driver at one point which continued his trend of no selling finishers this tournament. Then he even managed to hit a Crucifix Bomb on Ishikawa which was cool too. But after that move, Ishikawa managed to get up and hit the Air Scissors Drop AKA the Thesz Press for the pin. Some of the work and spots here were good, but it really didn’t add up to much in the end. I am not against flash finishes at all, but I don’t like just how much the Champion Carnival has been relying on them thus far. **¾

CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 B BLOCK
TAKUYA NOMURA [4] DEF. YUMA AOYAGI [2] (11:00)

Going into this, this was one of my most eagerly awaited matches of the tournament. They started with grappling and Nomura established his dominance early. But Aoyagi fought back and delivered some elbows to the head on the ground, retaliating for Nomura doing the same to him early on. Nomura fought back with lots of stiff looking strikes like slaps and kicks. Aoyagi tried to lock in the End Game but Nomura made the ropes. Nomura came back with strikes including some very painful looking slaps and hit a German Suplex followed up by a Dragon Suplex for the pin. These guys definitely have a better match in them, but this was a lot of fun to watch. I hope they meet again. ***½

CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 B BLOCK
KENTO MIYAHARA [1] VS. SUWAMA [1] Went to a TIME LIMIT DRAW (30:00)

Suwama offered a handshake before the match began, but Miyahara wasn’t interested. They certainly gave away this was going to a time limit draw, as Suwama was working holds on the ground early on that he usually doesn’t use. To their credit, they didn’t spend too much time trying to kill time at the beginning. Suwama eventually began to work over Miyahara’s left leg, which is something he usually doesn’t do. Limb work isn’t a Suwama thing, but given Suwama has three singles matches in three days to start off this tournament, it’s understandable he would switch things up to an easier style. But the leg work did begin to drag after a certain point. Miyahara sold the leg until he went back on offense after hitting a Piledriver on the apron, but Suwama went for an Ankle Lock later on and then the leg became a thing again. Miyahara made another comeback with Blackout Knees but was unable to hit the Shutdown German Suplex. Suwama then came back with a flurry of offense and Miyahara kicked out of a Backdrop. Miyahara got a Hurricanrana for a near fall. Suwama hit a big Lariat as the time limit expired. Suwama offered another handshake after the match but Miyahara just gave him a high kick. There was some good stuff in here, and that’s to be expected in a match between these two. But there was definitely a lot of filler in here. I thought this was still pretty good, but nowhere near the upper echelon of matches these two have had against each other. After two matches, All Japan’s top two stars are still without wins in the tournament. ***¼

FINAL THOUGHTS

This show was not as good as Night 1, but there were only three Champion Carnival matches on this show. There wasn’t really anything on the undercard that you need to check out. While two of the matches were good, I’m not a fan of the reliance of flash finishes so far in this tournament. We’ve had three already after only two shows. But overall, things have been good, and this is a good time to jump back into All Japan if you’ve lost interest.