The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) (c) vs Roppongi Vice (Rocky Romero & Beretta)
IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 01/04/2017) Greg gives Dustin a shoutout in his entrance and my heart just melts. I love these beautiful boys so much. The Bucks come out with all their belts (IWGP junior tag, ROH tag, and PWG tag) as well as some backyard wrestling belts they’ve apparently dubbed the “Superkick Party championships”, and they proceed to call out the Hardy brothers, ruining the good feelings I felt from Greg’s entrance. They get right to work, even before the bell, and Roppongi Vice quickly recover from some cheap shots to hit some tandem offense. The Bucks powder, walking to the back in protest, but when the challengers go to retrieve them, the Bucks bait them in for a pair of superkicks before dashing back to the ring, and Roppongi Vice just barely make it back in time to avoid the countout. It’s a real phony spot, but there’s enough theatrics to be enjoyable as long as you don’t think too hard about it. The champs isolate Beretta and do their usual stuff with him, but a pair of double teams go south for the brothers and Beretta’s able to make the hot tag out. Rocky floors both the Bucks with the Forever Clothesline, getting the crowd behind him, and he avoids a Meltzer Driver attempt when his shiranui is reversed before taking out Nick with a tope suicida. A backbreaker rack/kneedrop combo earns Roppongi Vice a two count, but Nick cleverly foils their spike gin n’ tonic attempt a few moments later. A superplex attempt from the Bucks is turned into a German off the top from Beretta, who subsequently murders himself on a tope con giro to the floor, the fucking madman. Be careful Greg 😦 . Rocky does what he can on his own, surviving the numbers game and superkicks, and he does it just long enough to reverse a More Bang for Your Buck into a crucifix pin on Matt, with Beretta holding onto Nick on the top rope, for the sneaky victory. Heavy-handed and samey in the way that just about every Bucks match of the last five-ish years has been, this is still pretty solid, as there are a few neat spots and mostly enjoyable action.