Twin Towers (Shuji Ishikawa & Kohei Sato) (c) vs Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi)
BJW Tag Team Championship
taped 01/02/2017, aired 01/10/2017
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 10/19/2017) Most of the way through this match I was ready to chock it up as an entertaining but lesser installment of this long-running rivalry that I love. It’s the same old song and dance of Sekimoto getting worked over as the smallest man here, Okabayashi making a hot tag, a bunch of wacky and wild heavyweight shenanigans from all four men as the tag format breaks down towards the end, etc etc. Nothing particularly new in the first 90% of this match. Nothing particularly new in the last chunk either, but man, the finishing stretch with Sekimoto and Shuji here is something else. After the signature Strong BJ double German suplex spot, Sekimoto starts unloading on the much bigger man and Shuji is right there with him, firing back. He connects with a solid headbutt that sends Sekimoto bouncing off the ropes and returning with a lariat, and while it’s hardly the craziest headbutt I’ve seen even this year, it busts Sekimoto up something fierce to the point that half his face is drenched with blood by the time he gets back up from the lariat a few seconds later. It’s the sort of immediate, eye-opening escalation that turns a pretty run-of-the-mill tag match into something that edges more into straight up good territory, and they smartly capitalize on the momentum of that with Sekimoto hitting a huge stalling German suplex for the win. Fun stuff here. The opening preamble and middle portion of the match won’t knock you off your feet if you’re anything close to a regular BJW viewer, but the finishing run is a delight.