Here are results from this morning’s Lion’s Gate Project 5 show, a collaboration between New Japan and other promotions held at Shinjuku Face:
Hirai Kawato defeated Tetsuhiro Yagi
Yagi is another New Japan young lion making his debut here. There seem to be a lot of new lions coming out of the system lately. For his first match, he looked perfectly fine. It was a short match overall, and fine for what it was. Kawato submitted Yagi with the Boston crab.
El Desperado defeated Syota Umino
This felt pretty long and plodding. Desperado worked a lot of the match. He’s not a bad worker, but he’s not someone I would call special. He eventually won with the Guitarra de Angel.
Tiger Mask & Hiroyoshi Tenzan defeated Dinosaur Takumura & Toru Sugiura
Takumura is from Kaientai Dojo, with his gimmick being an actual dinosaur, complete with tail. Sugiura is from FREEDOMS and currently holds the King of FREEDOM tag titles with Mammoth Sasaki. Tenzan submitted Takumura while Sugiura kept Tiger Mask busy on the outside in a pretty solid match.
YOSHI-HASHI defeated Daisuke Kanehira
This was fine. YOSHI-HASHI dominated a lot of the match early on, but Kanehira (who is from HEAT UP) made a comeback. This was another solid match overall, with YOSHI-HASHI gaining the submission win with the butterfly lock.
Satoshi Kojima defeated Ayato Yoshida
Yoshida is also from Kaientai Dojo. They had another solid match, like many others on this card. It felt just kind of there crowd-wise.
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Tomoyuki Oka & Katsuya Kitamura
Lo and behold, this too was just a solid match, nothing more, nothing less. All of the matches tonight were pretty basic, though nothing was terrible. Oka and Kitamura looked good here and could totally be stars in a few year’s time if given the right direction. Both are really green, but it’s easy to see their potential, even beyond the impressive size.
Nagata cut a promo to close out the show.