Tiger Mask W vs Tiger the Dark – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11

Tiger Mask W vs Tiger the Dark

Anime Match

01/04/2017

Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan

(reviewed 01/04/2017) Tiger the Dark is ACH and Tiger Mask W is Kota Ibushi, meaning that as long as the masks aren’t too awkward, this match could rule. They start with the usual universal spots before Tiger the Dark hits a pretty nutty Fosbury Flop that causes Milano Collection AT on commentary to go “oh SHIT”, bless him. W responds with his triangle corner moonsault after doing a big pose. Avoiding a strike sequence, Dark gets his knees up on a standing moonsault back in the ring, slapping on an abdominal stretch afterward before hitting a Tombstone piledriver for a two count. A few reversals lead to W hitting a good snap German suplex and then a much sloppier tiger suplex, topping it off with his big Last Ride powerbomb for the win. Not much here (though shit, it’s not like I should have expected much), but aside some moments of sloppiness probably attributed to these getups, this is an enjoyable little junior opener.

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