9. El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru (C) Vs. Roppongi 3K (IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Titles)
Two of NJPW's scuzziest met the Junior Heavyweight tag division's bright young things, Roppongi 3K, in the night's opener, and successfully warmed the crowd up with a 10-minute scramble rife with fun action, but ultimately decided by the champions' heelish ways.
Fresh off an outstanding Best of the Super Juniors run, R3K's Sho was in strong form once again. His partner, Yoh, stood out with some great face-in-peril selling, but Sho is fast emerging as the star of the group. He's fire on the hot tag, and whether brawling on the floor or hitting big tandem moves with Yoh, Sho now looks incredibly polished in every aspect of his performance, marking him as a potential ace in the JHW singles division.
Though R3K fought valiantly, they had no answer for the Suzuki-gun duo's shenanigans. El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru short-cutted their way through the match like they always do, dragging the bout into the crowd early on, and capitalising on a referee bump to score the win. Kanemaru belted his opposite number with a whiskey bottle. The official counted 1-2-3, and it was over.
Exactly what you need from an opening match, if nothing blow-away.
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