NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Review: Dragon Lee vs. Taiji Ishimori


  • Show: NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 
  • Location: Fukuoka Convention Center in Fukuoka, Japan
  • Date: Friday May 3rd, 2019 

Ren Narita, Shota Umino & Tomoaki Honma def. Yuya Uemura, Toa Henare & Yota Tsuji  Umino delivered a seated dropkick to Tsuji for a near fall. Honma delivered chops to Tsuji. Umino applied a Boston Crab but Tsuji grabbed the ropes. Henare delivered a vertical suplex to Umino for a near fall. Uemura delivered a running dropkick into the turnbuckle for a near fall. Uemura applied a Fujiwara Armbar but Narita placed his foot on the ropes. Uemura delivered a double underhook suplex to Narita but Umino made the save. Narita delivered a bridging belly-to-belly suplex for the win. ⭐️⭐️ 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a fine match as the Young Lions on both sides worked hard)

Minoru Suzuki, Taka Michinoku, El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru def. Tiger Mask, Jushin Liger, Ryusuke Taguchi & YOSHI-HASHI  Suzuki whacked Taguchi with a chair. Suzuki delivered a running boot into the corner and a PK to Taguchi for a near fall. Liger delivered a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker to Desperado and a Shote too Suzuki. Suzuki applied a Cross Arm-Breaker but Liger grabbed the ropes. Tiger Mask delivered a flying crossbody to Taka. Tiger Mask delivered the Tiger Bomb but Taka kicked out. Taka delivered an enzuigiri and a Michinoku Driver to Tiger Mask for the win. ⭐️⭐️

(Amin’s Analysis: A fine match as the interaction between Liger and Suzuki was the highlight

Will Ospreay, Togi Makabe & Toru Yano def. Hikuleo, Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa  The match began with Yano’s comedy routine. Hikuleo delivered a vertical suplex for a near fall. Makabe delivered strikes to Loa in the corner. Loa delivered a spear too Makabe. Ospreay delivered a springboard lariat to Hikuleo and a handstand corkscrew kick to Tonga. Jado whacked Ospreay with a kendo stick. Hikuleo delivered the Tongan Twist but Ospreay kicked out. Ospreay delivered a hook kick. Ospreay went for the OzCutter but Hikuleo countered by delivering a clothesline for a near fall. Ospreay caught Hikuleo with an OzCutter on the second attempt for the win. ⭐️⭐️ 

(Amin’s Analysis: Ospreay was the highlight but this was an average match)

Kota Ibushi, SHO & YOH, def. BUSHI, Shingo Takagi & Tetsuya NaitoIbushi delivered KENTA strikes to BUSHI. Naito delivered a Claymore Kick to Ibushi. Naito delivered a Slingshot Dropkick to Ibushi. SHO delivered a spear and a suplex to Shingo for a near fall. Shingo delivered a German suplex to SHO who responded by delivering a lariat. YOH delivered a Falcon Arrow to Shingo for a near fall. SHO and YOH delivered a stereo jumping knee to Shingo. Shingo delivered a double suplex to SHO and YOH. BUSHI delivered a missile dropkick and a DDT to YOH for a near fall. YOH delivered a dragon screw to BUSHI. Ibushi delivered a powerslam and a middle rope moonsault to BUSHI for a near fall. Ibushi delivered a double backflip kick too Naito and Shingo. YOH delivered a tope to Naito. Ibushi delivered the Bomb Ye to BUSHI and then delivered the Kamigoye Knee Strike for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4

Ibushi asked Naito if he wanted to have the IWGP Intercontinental Title match on the second night of Wrestling Dontaku. Naito noted he will make Ibushi wait. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good match as everyone worked hard. The interaction between Ibushi/Naito and SHO/YOH and Shingo were the highlight)

Juice Robinson, Hirooki Goto & Mikey Nicholls def. Chase Owens, Bad Luck Fale & Jay White (w/Gedo) – Fale, Owens and White thwarted a triple plancha attempt and worked over Mikey in the corner. Mikey delivered a DDT to White. Goto delivered a wheel kick to White in the corner and a Saito suplex for a near fall. White delivered a Saito suplex to Goto. Juice delivered a spine buster to Owens. Juice applied a Boston Crab but White made the save. Fale delivered a running splash as Owens delivered a backbreaker for a near fall. Owens delivered a Final Cut to Juice but Goto and Mikey made the save. Goto delivered the Ushigorishi to White. Owens delivered a rebound clothesline to Mikey. Juice delivered a jab and the Pulp Fiction to Owens for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a good match as the interaction between Goto and White were the highlight

EVIL & SANADA def. Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada via Submission – There was a great early sequence as Okada and SANADA countered each others signature spots. EVIL and Ishii exchanged strikes and shoulder tackles. EVIL and Ishii had a forearm exchange. EVIL delivered a side slam to Ishii as SANADA rammed Okada into the barricade. EVIL delivered a scoop slam and a senton to Ishii for a near fall. Ishii delivered a powerslam to SANADA and a suplex to EVIL. Okada delivered a plancha and a DDT to EVIL for a near fall. Okada delivered a flapjack to SANADA. SANADA delivered a dropkick to Okada and a high angle backdrop suplex for a near fall. Okada went for the Cobra Clutch but SANADA broke free. Okada delivered a shoulder breaker to SANADA. SANADA delivered a springboard dropkick to Ishii. EVIL delivered Darkness Fall to Ishii for a near fall. Ishii delivered a backdrop suplex to EVIL. EVIL delivered a running clothesline to Ishii for a near fall. Ishii delivered a German suplex to EVIL as Okada delivered a dropkick to SANADA. Ishii delivered a running clothesline to EVIL for a near fall. EVIL and SANADA delivered the Magic Killer to Ishii. SANADA placed Okada in the Skull End as EVIL placed Ishii in the Sharpshooter. Ishii refused to quit but the referee called the bell for a stoppage win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match as everyone worked really hard. What a great as EVIL/Ishii and Okada/SANADA mostly faced off and told completely different stories)

Taichi def. Jeff Cobb to win the NEVER Openweight Title – Cobb delivered a dropkick to Taichi. Cobb rammed Kanemaru into the barricade. Taichi attacked Cobb with a mic stand. Cobb delivered a deadlift Superplex to Taichi. Cobb delivered clotheslines to Taichi in the corner and then delivered a Samoan drop. Taichi delivered an enzuigiri in the corner. Taichi delivered a hook kick and then delivered a Buzzsaw Kick for a near fall. Taichi delivered leg kicks but Cobb responded by delivering forearm strikes. Cobb delivered a Fallaway Slam. Cobb delivered a forearm strike but Taichi responded with a step-up enzuigiri. Taichi delivered a belly-to-back suplex and then applied the Stretch Plum. Taichi released the Stretch Plum and covered Cobb for a near fall. Cobb delivered back-to-back Gutwrench Suplex. Cobb maintained control and delivered a Piledriver to Taichi. Cobb delivered a spinning slam. Taichi delivered a hook kick and a jumping enzuigiri to Cobb. Cobb delivered a lariat and a standing moonsault. Taichi delivered a low blow and then applied a Gedo Clutch for near fall. Taichi delivered a Superkick and then delivered Miquisto for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/4

(Amin’s Analysis: It started slow but this turned in a good match as both Cobb and Taichi worked hard

Dragon Lee def. Taiji Ishimori to retain the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title – The match started with some chain wrestling. Ishimori delivered a head scissors to Lee. Lee delivered a running boot but Ishimori responded with a running clothesline. Lee delivered a hurricanrana to Ishimori and then delivered a Tope Con Hilo on the floor. Lee delivered a running dropkick to Ishimori into the turnbuckle. Ishimori delivered a handspring kick to Lee. Ishimori placed Lee in the Tree of Woe and then delivered sliding dropkick. Ishimori applied a chin lock but Lee grabbed the ropes. Ishimori delivered a sliding German suplex and a Golden Triangle on the floor. Ishimori delivered a Woo dropkick and a running double knees into the turnbuckle for a near fall. Lee caught Ishimori off the ropes and delivered an STO. Lee delivered a straitjacket German suplex for a near fall. Ishimori delivered a Crucifix Bomb for a near fall. Lee delivered a one-arm Powerbomb to Ishimori for a near fall. Lee delivered a flying hurricanrana sending Ishimori to the floor. Ishimori delivered a handspring arm drag sending Lee into the barricade. Ishimori and Lee exchanged forearm strikes. Lee delivered a Superkick but Ishimori delivered a Pump Kick. There was a cool sequence as Lee delivered a snap German suplex but Ishimori no sold it and delivered a Canadian Destroyer. Lee delivered a Falcon Arrow. Lee placed Ishimori in the Tree of Woe and delivered a double stomp for a near fall. Ishimori delivered a spinning head scissors and then transitioned into the STF but Lee placed his foot on the ropes. Ishimori delivered a jumping gut buster for a near fall. Lee delivered a jumping knee, a reverse hurricanrana and a German suplex to Ishimori. Lee delivered a running knee strike but Ishimori kicked out. Lee delivered the Desnucadora for the win. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/4

Lee said the win was for Hiromu Takahashi and said he’s waiting for him to comeback. 

(Amin’s Analysis: This was just a fantastic match as both Lee and Ishimori are amazing wrestlers as they worked really hard and at a terrific pace. There were so many great counters, transitions and the finishing sequence was really well done)

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