Jon Moxley vs Minoru Suzuki – NJPW New Beginning in Osaka 2020

Jon Moxley (c) vs Minoru Suzuki

IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship


Osaka-jō Hall, Osaka, Japan

(reviewed 02/09/2020) All the goofy fun I could ever ask for from a Saturday morning cartoon villain taking on a Snake Plissken cosplayer. Wrestling need not be anything more than that but this, thankfully, is. Along with the goofs and the scenery-chewing, these guys take time to hit each other real, real hard, which includes an instance of someone refusing to go down to a lariat every bit as exciting as the other two big instances of it in New Japan’s history. Aside from just walloping each other, they also take one or two direct shots at fanfic freaks like me without doing anything out of character or coming across like tone deaf pandering. I’m sure diaper babies the world over are stamping their feet right now, crying for MOAR SPOTZ, but I can’t imagine thinking there was somehow a lack of incredibly cool shit in this match.