ALL JAPAN PRO WRESTLING
CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 NIGHT 4
APRIL 13, 2022
YOKOHAMA HODOGAYA PUBLIC HALL
YOKOHAMA, KANAGAWA, JAPAN

Watch: AJPW.TV

NON-TOURNAMENT MATCHES

  • Yoshitatsu & Izanagi Def. Shuji Ishikawa & Ryo Inoue (9:14)
  • Total Eclipse (TAJIRI & Hokuto Omori) Def. Takao Omori & Black Menso~re (7:58)
  • Nextream (Yuma Aoyagi, Atsuki Aoyagi & Rising HAYATO) Def. Evolution (Suwama, Hikaru Sato & Dan Tamura) (10:45)

CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 A BLOCK
SHOTARO ASHINO [4] DEF. RYUKI HONDA [0] (9:40)

The feud between these two has been a highlight of All Japan so far this year. If you haven’t seen it, check out their Last Man Standing match from March 21. Even if you hate that stipulation, they manage to pull off a great match.

They started with a forearm battle. Ashino was out for blood, and even shoved the referee while he was pummeling Honda in the corner. With the referee down, Honda threw Ashino to the outside and hit him with a chair. This allowed Honda to work Ashino over for a while. They did the no-sell and exchange German Suplexes spot. Ashino escaped from the Final Event, hit some Suplexes and locked Honda into a grapevine Ankle Lock for the submission. Ashino is victorious in their rubber match. A nice little bout and though it had no aspirations to be anything epic, it established that Ashino has finally put Honda in his place. ***¼

CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 A BLOCK
JAKE LEE [4] DEF. SHIGEHIRO IRIE [2] (13:01)

As soon as Lee entered the ring, he mocked Irie’s height compared to his. Lee continued his use of high flying moves here, as he did a leapfrog to avoid an Irie charge. Irie attempted a Tope Suicida to the outside, but Lee moved to the side and just kicked him to prevent it which looked cool. Lee toyed with Irie for a short while, throwing him out of the ring a couple of times. Lee did a Moonsault but overshot it a bit. Irie managed to make a comeback, but not for very long as Lee managed to roll out of being trapped by Irie who was giving him elbows to the head and neck. Irie made one more attempt at a comeback that featured a barrage of headbutts. Lee blocked a jumping headbutt with a knee, hit a Backdrop then pinned Irie after the D4C. I dug this. While Lee controlled most of this match, it never felt dragged out, in part because Irie is very good at fiery comebacks. Lee’s heel work has really improved since his return from injury. I might be turning a corner on him. ***½

CHAMPION CARNIVAL 2022 B BLOCK
KENTO MIYAHARA [3] DEF. TAKUYA NOMURA [4] (16:03)

This was my most eagerly awaiting match of the tournament. Nomura wasted no time and charged at Miyahara with a running high kick at the bell. This established that they did not like each other very much. Nomura targeted Miyahara’s left arm. The selling by both men in this was top notch. Nomura also had great facial expressions of frustration whenever Miyahara managed to escape a predicament. Nomura controlled most of the match and this allowed the crowd to really get into Miyahara’s comebacks towards the end. There was a spot where Nomura reversed a Blackout Knee attempt into a Cross Armbreaker that got an audible gasp from the crowd. Miyahara escaped from that by turning it into a pin that Nomura kicked out of, Miyahara hit another Blackout Knee and then the Shutdown German Suplex for the three count. This was great, and the closing stretch of this match was really strong. These guys have to have another match at some point. Nomura has been a godsend for this year’s Champion Carnival, though with only one match left, he can only get six points which is probably not enough to get into the finals unless there is some really wonky booking. ****

FINAL THOUGHTS

Another really good show as the Champion Carnival picks up more steam. This show was an extremely easy watch, and I also recommend the Evolution vs. Nextream six-man tag match on the undercard. Check out the Champion Carnival if you haven’t had the chance yet.

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