moon vulcan (Hideki Suzuki & Takuya Nomura) vs Kohei Sato & Kazuki Hashimoto
taped 12/30/2017, aired 01/07/2018
Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
(reviewed 01/15/2018) Very much my shit, this match. Midcard Korakuen tag with uneven teams featuring mean-spirited veterans, a plucky rookie trying to prove himself, and a junior who couldn’t back down from a fight if he tried? Great stuff. After some quality grappling in the opening minutes from the two older members of the match, this breaks down into the strike-and-slam-based affair you’d imagine, with Nomura in particular doing his best to hang with his betters as he transitions from a fresh-faced rookie to an established roster member. Along the way everyone takes some chippy shots at each other, so what more could you ask for? Eventually Sato makes Nomura pay for daring to kick out of the falcon arrow, finishing the youngster off with a piledriver for the win.