Hirooki Goto vs Tetsuya Naito
Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed as it aired on 01/04/2016) BUSHI and EVIL jump Goto at the beginning, which is fucking stupid to have for the fourth time tonight. Goto gets the advantage when the actual match starts, but Naito rolls to the outside, and does it right again when Goto chases him down and tosses him back in the ring. For some unknown reason, Captain New Japan is ringside, seemingly not even working as Goto’s second, and BUSHI beats him down. EVIL jumps Goto again, drapes a chair by its leg over Goto’s head, and wallops him with a chair shot that sends both chairs flying. Naito sets up a table and gives Goto that weird falling hangman’s neckbreaker through it, and I still can’t tell if it’s a cool spot, or really dangerous and dumb. Naito goes to work on Goto on the inside with some restholds and slow spots, typical Ingobernables Naito stuff. Goto is able to turn the tide with one of his patented rope run lariat spots, and gets some of his typical offense in as well. Naito fights back and goes for a superplex, but Goto blasts him with a headbutt and hits a pretty killer Kaiten for two. Naito regains the advantage with a koppu kick, flying forearm, and Frankensteiner, which gets him a two count as well. Forearms back and forth, and Goto hits his fireman’s carry neckbreaker. He goes for the Shouten Kai, but Naito wriggles free, catches a kick from Goto, throws it into the referee and knocks him down. Naito goes for a low blow dick kick, but Goto catches it and drops Naito right on his head with a lariat. Another Shouten Kai attempt, but EVIL and BUSHI hit the ring. BUSHI goes to mist Goto, but Goto ducks and EVIL is misted instead, and BUSHI eats a fireman’s carry neckbreaker from Goto. Naito kicks Goto in the dick and gets a running jackknife pin for a close two count that I bit hard for, real sure it was the finish. He goes for Destino, but Goto drops him with a headbutt and hits the Shouten Kai for the win. Pretty solid, got real fun by the end, but it suffers from the same problems these two always have: Naito’s Tranquilo gimmick is either slow and boring or non-existent, and Goto often is underwhelming. Still the match was fine. In a nice little touch that the Japanese commentary touches on but not the English, Yohei Komatsu is the one that Naito allows to aid him to the back, after weeks of rumors of Komatsu joining Los Ingobernables.