Air Date: 18/1/16
As part of the partnership between Big Japan and All Japan these joint shows will be produced every month as a way to highlight some of the lower card talent in both promotions. The Big Japan version of these is known as D-RIZE which will alternate with the All Japan version called AJ PHOENIX. I don’t know what to really expect from this show, there are a few matches which look very interesting on paper.
Jake Lee vs. Kazumi Kikuta
This was technically the opener but for some reason the video I have has it in the middle. These are two young boys from either promotion, and they had a pretty solid young boy match. Jake Lee pins Kazumi Kikuta with a back suplex ** ½
Daisuke Sekimoto vs. Yuma Aoyagi
This was basically just Sekimoto beating on Aoyagi for ten minutes, and it was amazing. The aggression and intensity Sekimoto brings to his matches is always great, and after a little bit Aoyagi started to match that intensity. What a great way to open the show. Sekimoto submits Aoyagi to the sharpshooter *** ¼
Seiya Sanada vs. Shinobu
These two lower card BJW guys had a pretty fun match built around Sanada working over Shinobu’s leg, with a fair bit of brutality. Shinobu sold the limb work very well, which is something I am not normally very critical on if the rest of the match delivers. Sanada submits Shinobu with a figure four leg lock ***
Hideyoshi Kamitani and Yasufumi Nakanoue vs. Yuji Okabayashi and Tatsuhiko Yoshino
This was just a straight up fight between four big motherfuckers. I am not normally a fan of time limit draws, but since this was only twenty minutes it never felt like it was dragging or forced. This was also partly used as a way to build up a potential title match between Kamitani and Okabayashi, who completely went after each other. Time Limit Draw ****
Atsushi Aoki and Atsushi Maruyama vs. Team Yamato (Daichi Hashimoto and Kazuki Hashimoto)
This took a little while to get going, but when it did it was a lot of fun. Team Yamato brutalising Aoki and Maruyama was awesome, and Aoki standing up to them was all sorts of fun. After the match Kazuki and Maruyama brawled at ringside which added an extra quarter star for me. Fun as hell tag match. Atsushi Aoki pins Daichi Hashimoto *** ½
Naoya Nomura vs. Yoshihisa Uto
Nomura and Uto are two of the top younger wrestlers of their respective companies. This was pretty weird as a main event match, we got a pretty basic match that wouldn’t look out of place on the undercard of a bigger show. That said, the finishing stretch of this was a lot of fun and redeemed the match a little. Nomura pins Uto with a top rope splash *** ¼
This was a pretty easy to watch show with everything being at least watchable, and at least one really good match. I am very excited for the rest of these shows.