Zack Sabre Jr vs Tetsuya Naito
March 11, 2018
Baycom Gymnasium in Amagasaki, Japan
NJPW New Japan Cup (Day 3)
Exactly what you’d expect from these two. This was helpful in establishing Zack Sabre Jr as a serious player in New Japan, although no matter how good a technical wrestler he may be, he still looks like a dweeb. And Tetsuya Naito doesn’t, so it was almost a travesty of justice to see the cool guy put over the dorky guy. Seriously, can’t this guy change his ring gear or hairstyle so that he doesn’t look like a Computer Science Teaching Assistant? Boggles the mind…
With that said, this match played to each guy’s strengths and featured a very clean submission finish. That takes balls for a booker to do, and when it’s done, it means something.