Bad Luck Fale vs. Kazuchika Okada from NJPW 2015

March 5, 2015
Tokyo, Japan

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: ***

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