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New Japan Need To Watch (9/8) Road To Destruction *No Spoilers*

New Japan Need To Watch (9/8) Road To Destruction *No Spoilers*
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FIRST MATCH: Yuya Uemura & Shota Umino vs. Ren Narita & Yota Tsuji

Stellar opening bout from the Young Lions. Tsuji has developed a look that will likely take him far. Can’t recommend this tag match enough.

Need To Watch Rating: (9.9)

SECOND MATCH: Ayato Yoshida vs. Chase Owens

Ayato Yoshida is a likely new star. He comes off as a confident shoot fighter against Owens. Owens is the perfect foil to Yoshida, and really helps Yoshida come off as someone to watch in 2019.

Need To Watch Rating: (7.9)

THIRD MATCH: Togi Makabe, David Finlay, Toa Henare & Michael Elgin vs. Bullet Club OGs (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa, Bad Luck Fale & Taiji Ishimori)

Solid tag match but nothing to write home about.

Need To Watch Rating: (3.5)

FOURTH MATCH: CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI) vs. Suzuki-gun (Taichi & Yoshinobu Kanemaru)

A decent tag match that was weighed down by the usual Suzuki-gun shenanigans.

Need To Watch Rating: (3.0)

FIFTH MATCH: Los Ingobernables de Japon (BUSHI, EVIL, SANADA & Tetsuya Naito) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki, El Desperado, Takashi Iizuka & TAKA Michinoku)

LIJ vs. Suzuki-gun is always good. LIJ vs. Suzuki-gun is never bad. I don’t want to sound like a broken record but good things happen when these teams fight.

Need To Watch Rating: (8.1)

SIXTH MATCH: CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii, Will Ospreay & Toru Yano) vs. Bullet Club Elite (Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi)

A marvelous tag match. The Lovers have found amazing chemistry with Ospreay & Ishii. Yano and Takahashi are perfect comedic foils. Definitely recommended.

Need To Watch Rating: (8.7)

MAIN EVENT: Juice Robinson & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. CHAOS (Beretta & Kazuchika Okada)

Yet another stellar tag team main event from the Road To Destruction tour. Okada and Tanahashi are an evergreen rivalry, always springing forth new ways to entertain the crowd. Beretta is seamlessly transitioning back to the heavyweight division, post-injury. Juice makes a good case for being Tanahashi’s tag partner, come World Tag League time.

Need To Watch Rating: (9.3)