NJPW: Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Riki Choshu (January 4, 1992)

I want to try to review all the Wrestle Kingdom main events while they’re free on New Japan World.

I liked this one. It wasn’t amazing, but it also wasn’t too long. I thought they really worked the feeling out process at the beginning in a way that made it feel organic, like it belonged in the match. It felt like what they should be doing, unlike most of the matches today where it’s serves no purpose other than stalling before they get to the actual part of the match that mean something.

I liked that they kept going back to that headlock. Fujinami really made it look like something more than a rest hold, and when Choshu finally countered it into a backdrop, it felt like a turning point. And Fujinami was foolish to go back to it again later, because he just got backdropped again, leading to him getting a trio of lariats that finished him off.

It’s not an amazing match, but it’s not long, it’s subtly entertaining, and it’s historic for being the first main event of the first Wrestle Kingdom Tokyo Dome show.

Winner – Riki Choshu

Rating – Good

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