New Japan Need To Watch (2/21) New Japan Road *No Spoilers*

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FIRST MATCH: Jushin Thunder Liger & Yuya Uemura vs. Bullet Club (Taiji Ishimori & Robbie Eagles)

Solid opening tag match that showcased Robbie Eagles, upon his return to NJPW. Pretty simple but effective tag match to open the show.

Need To Watch Rating: (1.9)

SECOND MATCH: Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Toa Henare & Tiger Mask vs. Satoshi Kojima, Manabu Nakanishi, Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji

Serviceable match that focused on Henare’s odd rivalry with the Young Lions.

Need To Watch Rating: (1.0)

THIRD MATCH: Yuji Nagata & Shota Umino vs. CHAOS (YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii)

Everything involving Nagata and Ishii is magic. The rest is simply fine.

Need To Watch Rating: (1.8)

FOURTH MATCH: Roppongi 3K (SHO & YOH) vs. Suzuki-gun (El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

Feels like I’ve seen this match too many times to be really hooked by it. Everyone did a very good job, however.

Need To Watch Rating: (3.0)

FIFTH MATCH: Hirooki Goto & Ryusuki Taguchi vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & TAKA Michinoku)

Another very serviceable tag match. Taguchi is back to his goofy ways, Goto is still an ass kicker, Sabre is a prick, TAKA is a little prick.

Need To Watch Rating: (5.0)

SIXTH MATCH: Hiroshi Tanahashi & Will Ospreay vs. Killer Elite Squad (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr)

Not nearly on the level of past team ups between The Ace & The Aerialist. Davey Boy Smith Jr. is the star of the match. Definitely a fun co-main event.

Need To Watch Rating: (6.2)

MAIN EVENT: Takashi Iizuka Retirement Match: Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano vs. Suzuki-gun (Takashi Iizuka, Taichi & Minoru Suzuki)

Look, you’re either here for this match or not. Every combination of guys is a solid matchup, making for a tag match that’s never dull. It all builds to the heartwrenching post-match shenanigans.

Need To Watch Rating: (8.0)