For Day 2 of NJPW at C3 CharaExpo 2016, me and two other friends ran into Yoshi-Hashi at Changi City Point during lunch, and managed to snap a photo with him. 😉
I made it back in time for another small talkshow segment in the ring at 1pm. This time it was with Ryusuke Taguchi and a boyband group called PrizmaX. Taguchi revealed that while he was training to be pro wrestler when he was younger, he was also studying to be a sports teacher and actually obtained a sports certificate. He would have become a sports teacher if not for pro wrestling.
Taguchi also revealed that his maximum bench press weight is 120kg (he’s 90kg), and he showed off a split-legged pushup routine that helps target the lower abdomen and gluteus maximus. Will give this a try some day.
The matches for Day 2 started at 4pm again. One thing I forgot to mention in my Day 1 report was that Ryo Horikawa, the Japanese voice actor for Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z, was the special-guest English ring announcer for both days.
– Juice Robinson defeated David Finlay by pinfall after a Killswitch.
A battle between NJPW’s Young Lions. There was a nice sequence of counter-wrestling at the start, some springboard strikes from Finlay, before Robinson took control and finished the match with a Killswitch — much to the delight of the spectators around me. We miss you Christian.
– Team of Toru Yano / Yoshi-Hashi defeated the team of Tomoaki Honma / Ryusuke Taguchi. Yano with the pinfall roll-up on Taguchi after a low blow.
Unlike Day 1, the pace of this match was faster and more energetic. Yoshi-Hashi, one of the highly under-rated wrestlers of NJPW, was the star of this tag match. Yano was up to his usual antics again. He even stole the ring-bell hammer from the announcer and hid it in his trousers, before using it to strike and choke Honma. Yano landed a low blow on Taguchi when the referee wasn’t looking, and scored the pinfall with Yoshi-Hashi restraining Honma on the outside.
– Team of Kazuchika Okada / Gedo / Hirooki Goto defeated the team of Tetsuya Naito / EVIL / Bushi. Okada with the pinfall on Bushi after a Rainmaker.
As expected, CHAOS got the win on Day 2 after Los Ingobernables won their four-man tag match on Day 1. Naito was more agile this time, hitting a turnbuckle Frankensteiner on Okada. There was a great tag-team combination between EVIL and Bushi, and Okada landed his signature springboard senton from the apron and a diving elbow. I really wanted to see Naito perfrom his Destino finisher, but it was blocked by an elbow from Okada before he could even attempt it. The fans kept cheering for Gedo throughout the match, much to the surprise of even the man himself. We love your booking, keep it up and keep showing Vince McMahon what a clueless moron he is.
Thank you Okada and Naito, for helping to carry NJPW these few months after Shinsuke Nakamura’s departure. See you again this November at Wrestle World 2016.