This was a very odd match with a faulty premise that Takagi being a “junior” competing in a heavyweight tournament requires some sort of storyline? It is impossible look at and watch Shingo and Juice together and not think that Shingo is physically stronger. It’s just so weird.
Anyway, that issue was small potatoes to the far larger issue. The structure of this contest was very much of the “let’s do a big match” variety. The problem was they really did not have the substance, energy, or pacing to make that work. That caused the match to feel a little forced which is never a good thing. [Juice won cleanly.] (**1/2)