March 5, 2015
New Japan Cup 2015 First Round Match
Originally reviewed here.
I don’t see Okada being a guy who can get a watchable match out of Fale. Fale cut Okada off early and then worked him over. Okada started to fight back, but Fale gave him a body slam to the floor. Okada fought back again, and they did a bloody forearm exchange. Fale reversed the Rainmaker into a Samoan Drop. He then hit a spear for a nearfall. Okada avoided the Bad Luck Fall and the Samoan Spike. He hit a pair of dropkicks but then ate the Samoan Spike: 1…2…NO! Superfly Splash from Fale: 1…2…NO! BAD LUCK FALL: 1…2…3. Sigh.
The crowd was really ready for Okada to win after he survived the diving splash, and it came across like a huge miscalculation to have Fale win. Unless Okada is leaving the company, this bottoming out/loser storyline for him is a chore for no good reason.
The match itself was better than I thought it would be. Hard to care though when you know it leads to more Bad Luck Fale though.
Match Rating: ***