Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Sanada from NJPW 2019

This was a 2019 G1 Climax match.

What an extremely dopey match. It was not bad exactly but instead seemed completely like a missed opportunity. They were theoretically doing a competitive, back-and-forth “mat wrestling match. A lot of those individual moments were perfectly fine. In fact, there probably could be a decent clip compilation of cool shit that was executed in this match.

The in-between moments though that you would not see in a compilation were really weird tonally. The competitiveness was not seen in those moments between the grappling “high spots,” and that made those moments feel significantly less meaningful. These two showed here they have the physical chemistry to have a truly killer match, but they need to get their shit together. (**1/2)

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