HARASHIMA & Yuji Okabayashi vs Konosuke Takeshita & Takuya Nomura
Toshiwasure! Shuffle Tag Team Tournament 2020 Semi-Finals
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 10/13/2021) Great little match, one that delivers on the sort of interesting matchups and unique action I always want out of this New Year’s Eve tournament and unfortunately don’t often get. Takeshita winds up doing a whole lot of nothing, getting his arm worked over for most of the match before hitting a few signature moves toward the end, so the brunt of this thing comes down to the veteran team doing their thing and Nomura squaring off with HARASHIMA. I especially appreciate the latter. Those are two great strikers who can also take to the mat and they explore both aspects of their craft with great gusto here. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a “hey I’ll let you hit me and then you can let me hit you” exchange but it works with this pair of guys who don’t cross paths often taking stock in each other and finding, somewhat comically, that the other guy can hit really hard. Along with longtime nemeses Nomura and Okabayashi swinging at each other repeatedly it makes for a very enjoyable tag match, one that goes to a time limit draw and features a 30 second sudden death period but doesn’t at all feel like it’s sacrificing anything because of that. Fun fun fun all around.