Hey everybody, this is Sam giving you a different wrestling take with New Japan Strong results for November 13, 2020. This is their first night of the New Japan Showdown. I wanted to try it out to see how much I like it. So we got four matches tonight and as always a great mixture of talent and styles. This wasn’t a bad show at all. I enjoyed discovering the new talent that I had only heard or read about.
Adrian Quest and Alex Zayne defeating ACH and Blake Christian
This match was an aerial show which I enjoyed a lot at first. The issue you have to have a reason to do the high spot within the flow of the match. Not just to show off. You could easily tell that ACH was more experienced. I was really wanting to see Alex Zayne since he recently was signed by WWE. Let’s just say he is still a little green, but hopefully NXT will get him going.
Filthy Tom Lawlor with Kratos and Rust Taylor defeated Fred Rosser
Now, of course, those of you who listen to my podcast know I’m not a big fan of former WWE Darren Young, who is Fred Rosser, but I’m a huge mark for Filthy Tom Lawlor. I can’t help it. I listen to his podcast every week with Bryan Alvarez and no Bryan, you are not the star of that show. Tom has now created a faction with Kratos and Rust Taylor. I’m assuming that they are considered an all American faction? I enjoyed the Strong Style brawling back and forth. Lawlor showed a lot of MMA submission style. He got Rosser in a full body hook.
Juice Robinson, Brody King and Karl Fredericks defeated The Bullet Club (Jay White, Tanga Loa and Chase Owens)
This was a pretty good tag match. I thought Brody King was an absolute beast and I liked Chase Owens. I’ve seen him before and enjoyed his Southern style heel performance better. He didn’t play up that character with the Bullet Club. I have to say I was a little disappointed with Jay White and Tanga Loa. I felt like they didn’t hold up their end of the show. Definitely not like they usually do in other News Japan shows. I was a little shocked that Bullet Club lost.
Tama Tonga defeated PJ Black
The main event for tonight started really slow and I got bored for just a little bit. I thought Tama Tonga was only a tag team wrestler. I was racking my brain earlier I don’t think I’ve ever seen him wrestle a singles match. After the whole match though I would enjoy him having a run as a singles wrestler to show his growth. Tonga looked good and they sped the match up as it went. Overall, not a bad ending to this show.
I enjoyed New Japan Strong now and I liked how they filled you in on the characters with their development. I think that they produce a really good show on their hands. They need to continue developing some of their factions. I can’t wait to see Kratos and Brody King get together. The new wrestlers that I hadn’t seen before like Chase Owens may be enough for me to want to watch it again. I enjoy following wrestlers as they climb to different promotions and watching their characters grow.
Do you watch or follow New Japan Strong? What do you think of it? Let me know.