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Csonka’s NJPW Lion’s Gate 13 Review 06.13.18

June 13, 2018 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s NJPW Lion’s Gate 13 Review 06.13.18

– Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura ended in a draw @ 10:00 [**¾]
– Ren Narita defeated Shunsuke Sayama @ 8:20 via submission [**¼]
– Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Dinosaur Takuma & Hiroyoshi Tenzan @ 10:30 via pin [**½]
– Yuji Nagata defeated Tomoyuki Oka @ 12:40 via pin [***¼]
– Ayato Yoshida defeated Shota Umino @ 16:45 via pin [***¾]

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Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura: They are aggressive right away, locking up and showing a real sense of urgency. Uemura looks to take control, working the arm, but Tsuji quickly cuts him off and grounds the action and tries to rip off Uemura’s leg. Uemura makes the ropes, but Tsuji continues to attack. Repeatedly slamming his knee to the mat. Tsuji is showing great focus on the leg, and nothing is being worked loose or half ass, you believe he wants to rip off Uemura’s leg. Uemura hits the desperation dropkick, and follows with a slam for 2. Tsuji fights the crab, Uemura gets it but Tsuji quickly makes the ropes. Tsuji hits a dropkick and follow with strikes and a hip toss for 2. Uemura fires up with chops, but Tsuji cuts him off with a backdrop and looks for the crab. Uemura fights it off as time expires. Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura ended in a draw @ 10:00 [**¾] The two continue to build their young lions rivalry, fighting to another hard fought draw. This was pretty good, worked with nice urgency, and they made everything they did mean something as they continue to show a ton of potential.

Ren Narita vs. Shunsuke Sayama: They immediately work into a grappling exchange and to the ground. They work into a stalemate, and then lock up, looking for an advantage. Sayama lays in some strikes. Sayama looks to work the arm, and then takes Narita down and lays in kicks. They trade chops now, but Sayama lays in kicks and covers for 2. Narita starts to fight back, but Sayama lays in hard strikes. Narita fires back, hits a hip toss and covers for 2. He lays the boots to Sayama, hits a slam and works a half crab. Sayama makes the ropes, and then cuts off Narita with a spin kick. Both get fired up and lay in strikes, Sayama slaps the shit out of Narita, and follows with an enziguri for 2. Narita keeps battling back, and finally locks on the crab for the win. Ren Narita defeated Shunsuke Sayama @ 8:20 via submission [**¼] This was an ok match, but there really wasn’t much to it. It was nice to see Narita pick up a win though.

Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Dinosaur Takuma & Hiroyoshi Tenzan: Tenzan may be old and busted with a creepy ankle, but his music still kicks ass. Takuma and Nakanishi start us off, working the power game. Takuma fires up and lays in strikes, but Nakanishi has dad strength and fights him off. Henare and Tenzan tag in, they lock up and work to the ropes. They now trade shoulder tackles, and Tenzan takes him down. Tenzan lays in Mongolian chops, Takuma in and they work double teams. Takuma takes control, for a bit, but gets cut off as Nakanishi tags in. He’s rocking some Henare like face paint tonight. He works over Takuma and tags in Henare. Henare lays in strikes and then whips Takuma to the buckles, covering for 2. Nakanishi back in and works chops on Takuma, frustrating Tenzan. Nakanishi then grabs his tail to cut off the tag and follows with a slam and then misses the leg drop. Takuma hits a shoulder tackle and tags in Tenzan and works Mongolian chops on Nakanishi and then lays the boots to him. The suplex follows and Tenzan covers for 2. The falling head butt connects for 2. Nakanishi cuts him off, takes out Takuma, and tags in Henare. They do the little Nakanishi dance and hit clotheslines, covering for 2.Stereo torture racks follow, but Tenzan & Takuma escape. Tenzan hits the spin kick on Henare, Takuma tags in and runs wild. The senton connects for 2 as Tenzan takes out Nakanishi. Double teams follow on Henare, Nakanishi is sent back to the floor as Takuma hits an AA for 2. Henare makes the comeback with a spear on Takuma. The uranage follows and that’s enough for Henare to pick up the win for his team. Toa Henare & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Dinosaur Takuma & Hiroyoshi Tenzan @ 10:30 via pin [**½] This was a nice and solid tag match, with Henare picking up a rare win. He and Takuma did well here while Tenzan & Nakanishi played the hits to keep the crowd happy.

Yuji Nagata vs. Tomoyuki Oka: We have the old dojo dad vs. young lion pairing here. They work to the ground, with Nagata taking early control. Oka works to his feet and lays in some chops. This pisses off blue justice, who fires back with kicks and then takes out the knee. Oka cuts him off with a shoulder block and slam, covering for 2. He then lays the boots to Nagata in the corner. Nagata trips him up and tosses him to the floor. Nagata follows with some father/son floor brawling. They work back in and Nagata continues to fire away with kicks, and then gets an arm bar, but Oka makes the ropes. Nagata keeps firing away, but Oka finally cuts him off with a running back elbow. He follows with corner attacks and an XPLODER for 2. He then grounds things, working a half clutch to maintain control. He transitions to the full camel clutch, but Nagata makes the ropes. Oka cuts him off with a belly to belly for 2. He follows with the crab, but Nagata fights and powers his way to the ropes. Nagata counters a slam, but Oka lays in uppercuts. Nagata quickly counters back with the arm bar, but Oka is too close to the ropes and gets the break. Nagata continues to attack, hits the running knee strike and XPLODER, covering for 2. The Nagata lock follows, but Oka manages to make the ropes. They fire up and trade strikes, throwing bombs center ring. Nagata finally cuts off Oka with the rolling kick and the backdrop driver finishes it. Yuji Nagata defeated Tomoyuki Oka @ 12:40 via pin [***¼] This was good, Oka continues to improve and has been putting in a lot of quality and consistent performances. Nagata gave him a lot before putting him away, and this was fun and enjoyable.

Shota Umino vs. Ayato Yoshida: Yoshida (K-Dojo) has become a regular on these shows, putting in consistently good performances. Umino is one of the top young lions, always delivering good performances while still improving. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a Sho like role in a few years. They don’t mess around as they light each other up with chops to begin. They just light each other up, rolling to the mat for some ground and pound. Yoshida finally cuts Umino off, laying in kicks as he grounds the action and lays in rapid-fire elbow strikes. Yoshida then hits a flapjack for 2, and then goes right back to the kicks. The rear naked choke follows, with questionable application, and that allows Umino to make the ropes. Yoshida continues to control, grounding things and now attacking the arm of Umino. Yoshida ties him up as Umino works a great fight spot to make the ropes. Umino fires up, lays in chops but Yoshida fires back. Umino cuts him off with a dropkick. The missile dropkick follows for 2. Umino locks on the crab, Yoshida counters out and now looks for a chicken wing. Umino fights it off and Yoshida lays in knee strikes, but Umino cuts him off again and locks on the crab. He has him trapped center ring, Yoshida fights but Umino pulls him back again only for Yoshida to make one last fight for the ropes and making it. Yoshida looks for a choke, and then hits a side effect for 2. Yoshida lays in kicks, but Umino cuts him off with a spinebuster and top rope missile dropkick for a good near fall. The German follows by Umino for another 2. Yoshida cuts him off with a pop up knee strike, and they both fire up trading strikes center ring. Yoshida finally locks on the chicken wing, taking Umino to the mat and trapping him center ring. Umino fights and manage to barely makes the ropes. Yoshida hits a running kick, covering for 1 as Umino fires up. The head kick and backdrop driver finally put Umino away. Ayato Yoshida defeated Shota Umino @ 16:45 via pin [***¾] This was a great, great main event. Yoshida was a great heel foil for babyface Umino here, it was a simple story and layout, just heel vs. face with Umino refusing to give up no matter what an constantly showing great fire in his best singles outing to date. Yoshida bullied him, he never gave up, his fight spots came at the right time, and they had the crowd invested. Yoshida is very good for only being around for a few years, and Umino kept up with him and delivered in the main event spot. Umino is going to be very good.

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The final score: review Good
The 411
Today’s NJPW Lion’s Gate 13 event was an overall good show, containing to show off the evolution of the young lions, allowing the dads to teach, and also bringing in some fun outsiders like Takuma & Yohshida. If short on time, catch the final two matches.