Evil vs Hiroshi Tanahashi
March 11, 2017
Aiichi Gym in Nagoya, Japan
NJPW New Japan Cup – Day 1
Technically and psychologically this was solid and built into a great match with a lot of back and forth spots. They kept it relatively safe, but it looked stiff. Hiroshi Tanahashi did do a flying body press onto the floor, but otherwise it was a low risk match. Evil showed he can hang with the big boys.
Only problem is Gedo has no idea how stupid ref bumps look in Japan. It just doesn’t fit with their style, and worse, Red Shoes counted the pin after Evil sprayed mist into Tanahashi’s face (after a quick ref bump). So how does the ref miss this obvious black ooze all over Tanahashi’s face and body?? So stupid. But great match nonetheless.