New Japan Need To Watch (10/26) Road To Power Struggle *No Spoilers*


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FIRST MATCH: Yota Tsuji, Shota Umino & Toa Henare vs. Ayato Yoshida, Ren Narita & Yuya Uemura

Solid opening tag match. Umino is the center of the match, and his rivalry with Yoshida. Neither Young Lion wants to share the spotlight.

Need To Watch Rating: (5.0)

SECOND MATCH: CHAOS (Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & TAKA Michinoku)

Yano & Ishii are the perfect foils for Suzuki & TAKA. Ishii & Suzuki trade elbows numerous times, in a preview of their impending British Heavyweight Title Match. Solid but not exactly essential.

Need To Watch Rating: (3.9)

THIRD MATCH: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma) vs. Bullet Club Elite (Kota Ibushi, Chase Owens & Yujiro Takahashi)

Tanahashi vs. Ibushi. Need I say more?

Need To Watch Rating: (5.0)

FOURTH MATCH:  The Firing Squad (Jay White, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Bad Luck Fale & Gedo) vs. CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Beretta, Chuckie T & Rocky Romero)

Everything about Jay White’s Bullet Club is working. Okada’s core CHAOS is a mighty fine unit as well. This is a good chapter in the Okada/Jay White/Gedo rivalry.

Need To Watch Rating: (4.5)

FIFTH MATCH: Super Jr. Tag League Match: KUSHIDA & Chris Sabin (4 pts) vs. Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask (4 pts)

This is an absolutely thrilling match. Everything that is good and true about the Super Jr. Tag League. Sabin & KUSHIDA are a seamless tandem. Liger & Tiger are always on their top game during tournaments. This is a spectacular gem of a match.

Need To Watch Rating: (10.0)

SIXTH MATCH: Super Jr. Tag League Match: Soberano Jr. & Volador Jr. (2 pts) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) (4 pts)

Suzuki-gun’s mayhem blends nicely with the CMLL tandem’s lucha bona fides. A chaotic whirlwind of a match. Not quite the spectacle that the other matches were on this show.

Need To Watch Rating: (8.5)

SEVENTH MATCH: Super Jr. Tag League Match: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI & Shingo Takagi) (6 pts) vs. The Firing Squad (Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles) (4 pts)

This is a Dragon Gate match in a NJPW ring. Fast and furious, with drama aplenty. Shingo Takagi and BUSHI keep adding new moves to their repertoire, while Eagles & Ishimori continue to prove their worthy of the Bullet Club brand. Definitely worth a watch.

Need To Watch Rating: (9.8) 

MAIN EVENT: Super Jr. Tag League Match: ACH & Ryusuke Taguchi (2 pts) vs. Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) (6 pts)

This match is a beautiful tribute to DDT Pro. A ridiculous main event, that is an utter delight to watch. ACH and Taguchi are reminding folks why they are former IWGP Jr. Tag Champs. Roppongi 3K have reached a whole new level as a team. The two together really make for a unique piece of art. Seek out this match and revel in its utter ridiculousness.

Need To Watch Rating: (10.0)