This was for Sugiura’s GHC Heavyweight Championship.
The story here was solid, but the execution was unfortunately not what it needed to be. Bernard dominated Sugiura in this contest, and the champion barely did anything of note for the first 80% of the match. The match kind of died here though, and Sugiura’s eventual comeback lost a lot of steam as a result. It was not a bad match mind you. The pace just needed to be better, and they needed to cut down on the length of the bout. Sugiura won via Angle Slam. (**1/4)