Monster Express (Masato Yoshino & Akira Tozawa) & Kzy vs VerserK (YAMATO, Naruki Doi, & Kotoka)
Taped 02/14/2016, aired 02/25/2016
Hakata Starlanes, Fukuoka, Japan
(reviewed 01/11/2017) VerserK jump the faces during their announcements before brawling into the crowd. Everyone pairs off for short sequences once they return to the ring, highlighted by Tozawa interrupting YAMATO’s sexy hair spot and Big R introducing himself to his new unit partners during the match. The heels take advantage of the fooling from Monster Express, isolating and working over Kzy, but the ragtag faces quickly turn things around again with their speed and flying. Each team gets some trios offense in on their opponents, hitting the usual sorts of signatures. Tozawa has to check to see if there’s enough room for his superplex in a funny moment, and Kotoka’s selling after it is great as always. DoiYAMA’s teamwork looks to have the match won, but Tozawa survives both a Bakatare sliding kick and Gallaria, and after a sequence of spots in which everyone hits a move or two, he traps Kotoka with a bridging German suplex for the win. Ok stuff here, a slightly subpar trios match hurt by a weaker crowd but carried by an above average Tozawa performance.