Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto (3-12-2016)

Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto (3-12-2016)

Tetsuya Naito vs Hirooki Goto
****1/4

March 12, 2016
Shin-Aomori Prefectural Sports Park Arena in Aomori, Japan
NJPW New Japan Cup – Day 6
New Japan Cup Final Match

Exxxxcellent main event and finish to the New Japan Cup. Tetsuya Naito is underrated as far as being a top worker, as his selling is believable and his facial expressions add to his matches. And he has great rock star hair that makes him come across as a real star. Hirooki Goto showed great fire in his comebacks, but I almost wish they slowed down the pace toward the end and cut the number of spots in half so they meant more.

There was a superplex spot that took awhile to set up, and it made its impact more dramatic than usual. Goto also did a neckbreaker over the knee from the top rope, which looked far too dangerous and isn’t something I’d ever do again. Worse, he kicked out of it even though in real life that could’ve killed someone. Some American style interference at the end from Evil and Bushi that the crowd hated (really wish New Japan wouldn’t do this), but the idea was to set up a later save from Okada to build their match at Invasion Attack the following month. Naito’s selling as he was handed the NJ Cup was tremendous and really put the match over the top. Highly recommended.

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