This was a very solid match even if it was missing the excitement that some of the other Shibata BML main events had.
They took their time getting going. Monma eventually got control. He did not have the killer instinct to finish Shibata off though and that gave Shibata enough of an opening to fire back and defeat him.
This had sound storytelling with fun action mixed in. It just really needed a few more peaks in excitement in order to get to that next level. (***1/4)