Wrestling Review: NJPW The New Beginning in Hiroshima (2021) (Night 2)

After a blistering night of action on night one, the double champion, Kota Ibushi, risks his reign on top of New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) as he defends his double gold against SANADA, at The New Beginning in Hiroshima night two. These two clashed in the finals of the 2020 G1 Climax, so each will have to bust out something special to win the match and the double gold. The NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Titles will also be on the line as the CHAOS trio of Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto and YOSHI-HASHI fast the Bullet club threesome of Jay White and the Guerrillas of Destiny, Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa. Various tag team matches round out the card, as rivals both old and new come head to head with championship implications for the winners.

+ CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) (c) vs Bullet Club (Jay White, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) (NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championships): much like the GoD/Tekkers match from last night, this was a long match where it didn’t feel like much was happening. Different to that match, however, was the fact that this had an actual ending, even if I wasn’t personally a huge fan. The portions between Ishii/White were clearly the best parts, but Goto and Tanga Loa had some fun stuff too. Tama Tonga is not doing it for me lately
+ BULLET CLUB (Yujiro Takahashi, Taiji Ishimori & El Phantasmo) vs Los Ingobernables de Japon (Tetsuya Naito, Hiromu Takahashi & BUSHI): the junior portions of this match were really good, even if I don’t quite understand ELP’s story with Hiromu. ELP on commentary last night just made me love him more, and the continued ELP/Ishimori shenanigans are always enjoyable. But BUSHI is my boy for life, and Hiromu is just the best, so this was a fun match to watch
+ Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru) vs Master Wato, Tomoaki Honma & SHO: bless Wato’s little heart, because he’s trying so hard, but he’s just not very good. SHO/Desperado and SHO/Kanemaru, and even the opening parts of Honma/Suzuki were a lot of fun, so this was good overall. I just don’t know what to do about Wato
+ Gabriel Kidd, Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura vs Suzuki-gun (Taichi, Zack Sabre Jr. & DOUKI): it’s incredible just how good all three of these young lions are, but this match was all about Gabriel Kid. Sabre/Kidd was some fantastic stuff, and made for a good match to open the show with

Kota Ibushi (c) vs SANADA (IWGP Heavyweight & Intercontinental Championships): I don’t know what it is about these two, but they just don’t click when they are against each other. I barely made it through their G1 Final match, and as it turns out that was better than this one. What a disappointment this match was, with an aftermath that I hated just as much
CHAOS (Kazuchika Okada & Toru Yano) vs BULLET CLUB (EVIL & Dick Togo): what in the fuck was this? I’ll tell you, it was a time waster that was literally just to get Okada on the show and I hated it

Should you watch this event: I’m sad to say, this was another below average show. After the two title matches from night one stunk up the place, the tag title match tonight was only slightly better, but the main event was even worse. Avoid Okada on this show like the plague, but don’t bother with this one overall either, and pray that the upcoming Castle Attack is worth our time.

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