My personal first NJPW show, and what a first show show to start watching NJPW. This show was amazing and a great way to kick off 2016 for NJPW with 3 MOTYC in one night. Keep in mind, due to this being my first NJPW I wasn’t to up do date on storylines, so apologies in advance if I miss out details on that or don’t comment due to lack of knowledge.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Four Team Tag Team Match
The Young Bucks Def. reDragon (c) Aerial Dogfight & Roppongi Vice (16:42)
We kick things off with a solid four team tag team match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team titles. I feel this match although good, could have been better considering some of the talent involved, but was still a great opener to get the crowd going. The Bullet Club able to nab the Junior tag titles and The Young Bucks tie for most Junior titles of 4.
Vacant NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championship
The Briscoes & Toru Yano Def. The Bullet Club (11:34)
Not much to say about this match, nothing really stood out to me and it felt more like a filler match to get the titles onto a team and nothing more.
ROH World Championship Match
Jay Lethal (c) Def. Michael Elgin (12:00)
Strange to see this match so early on the card, I though this would bridge the show into the final stretch of matches. But still a solid match although not great, had an NWA style feel to it but not much else to comment on, Jay Lethal retains which I think most if not all saw coming.
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship Match
KUSHIDA Def. Kenny Omega (c) (12:48)
This is where the show starts to take off, a really good match between these two with great technical work and wonderful psychology. The finish was great and provided a feel good moment with Kushida winning the title, already Omega has proclaimed that we will be moving up into the main event scene after making himself leader of The Bullet Club whilst subsequently kicking the old leader AJ Styles out.
IWGP Tag Team Championship Match
G.B.H Def. The Bullet Club (c) (12:49)
Not a whole hell of a lot to say about this much but just another great performance from the tag team division of NJPW. Another very hot finish with G.B.H winning the belts.
Hirooki Goto Def. Tetsuya Naito (12:16)
The match I feel should have switched places with the ROH Title match, but was still a solid match. Mainly I feel used for a rest match before the last 3 matches came a long and stole the show. Still overall a good match in it’s own right.
NEVER Openweight Championship Match
Katsuyori Shibata Def. Tomohiro Ishii (c) (17:19)
My personal favorite match of the night and the first of three MOTYC. Holy hell this match was awesome, so physical and stiff, just one hell of a battle these two had. Shibata’s kip up spot was awesome and he’s able to take down Ishii for the belt. Awesome match, I feel I’m going to enjoy the NEVER Openweight division.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) Def. AJ Styles (24:18)
In what many said was the first half of a double main event, HOLY F*CK, this match was awesome. The atmosphere was impeccable, the pace was amazing and the false finishes were very well done to keep you on the edge of your seat. Shinsuke retains and with him and AJ both venturing to WWE, imagine the matches these two could have for their Intercontinental title? Although Shinsuke does have longer on his contract before leaving, so we’ll have to see who he drops the title to before departing.
IWGP Heavyweight Championship Match
Kazuchika Okada (c) Def. Hiroshi Tanahashi (36:01)
From one 5 star match to another we get our MOTN. Jesus Christ, a perfect main event, absolutely perfect. Amazing in ring storytelling, beautiful psychology and the pace added more to the match than harm it. This was simply put, a master class in main event wrestling and an excellent way to end the show.
Wrestle Kingdom 10 was an amazing show, which could have been better believe it or not, with some matches not being bad, but could’ve been better and a few annoying interference’s/weapon usage. I would say if you haven’t watched this show, WATCH IT NOW, WHAT ARE YOU DOING STILL READING?
Overall Rating: 9.5/10