Kento Miyahara & Yoshitatsu vs Suwama & Shuji Ishikawa
February 3, 2018
Yokohama Bunka Gym in Yokohama, Japan
AJPW Yokohama Twilight Blues Special
AJPW World Tag Team Championship
All Japan continues to quietly accumulate more and more great matches, and the promotion has been steadily on the rise. While they’ve got mountains to climb before they begin to catch up with New Japan, they don’t need to. Eventually more and more fans will take notice and the ball will keep rolling, and they are one or two charismatic guys away from being a thriving underground business again.
Kento Miyahara has Rick Steamboat-like selling ability. The way he took the simple chops from Suwama and Shuji Ishikawa was realistic and garnered sympathy from the crowd. He’s on the thin side, or maybe just appears that way compared to the heels here. He’s excellent and highly underrated. Not sure he can be “the guy,” however he’s still a reliable hand and he’s the one constant in all these great matches All Japan has been delivering.
I’ve noticed with All Japan that their tag matches seem more jumbled with less psychological storyline behind them. Or perhaps I’ve just seen so much New Japan and WWE lately, that I’ve forgotten how groundbreaking All Japan has historically been with tag team matches like this (I used to watch them religiously in the early 90s when they were putting on the best matches in the world on a weekly basis).