Remember my complaint about mediocre tag-team action? I was thinking about cards like this. A night of New Japan dads vs Bullet Club backbenchers. There was a chance it would be God awful. The things I do for wrestling. Let’s dish out some stars.
The Bullet Club (Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi) (2) defeated Yuji Nagata and Manabu Nakanishi (0)
For the majority of this, the New Japan dads seemed to have the Bullet Club scrubs in hand. Nagata was better technically while Nakanishi bulldozing through them. The only way that Hangman and Yujiro were able to get back into the action was through nefarious means. The highlight of which came when Yujiro was failing to hit a Sunset-Flip, so Hangman catapulted him into Nakanishi’s balls. I can safely say I’ve never seen that spot before.
Eventually, that cheating would open them up to getting the win as Yujiro pinned Nakanishi with the Pimp Juice. There was every chance this would be a disaster, and it wasn’t. In fact, it was quite fun. The New Japan Dads are still able to pull out a performance when they want to, and the scrubs did what they needed to do. It wasn’t a classic, but for a ten-minute match, it did the job.
Verdict: Two Stars
The Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale and Chase Owens) defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima)
Wow, deja-vu. It’s another New Japan Dads vs Bullet Club line-up. The Bullet Club team did at least have a bit more credibility with the inclusion of Fale and my favourite jobber, Chase Owens.
Owens has been building a bit of a background story between himself and Tencozy in recent times. He’s been taking every chance he can to mock them and steal their signature spots. It’s nothing major, but it added a bit of extra spice here when he did again.
The spice wasn’t enough to elevate this over perfectly fine. Which, to be honest, is an achievement because the age of Tencozy and the size of Fale could have turned it into a slow and lumbering bore. Chase Owens was left with a lot of work to do (by which I mean the running around) and – as he tends to do – he did it well.
Much like the first one, I wouldn’t be seeking this out. However, if you stumble on it. You won’t be offended.
Verdict: Two Stars
I went into the show with my expectations at rock bottom, and it surpassed them. It was by no means great, but it also wasn’t awful. Which is about the best you can expect from the eight men involved.