NJPW - New Beginning in Osaka - Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryu Lee - Naito vs Kenta - Moxley vs Suzuki

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Hiromu Takahashi vs Ryu Lee

- Both men with over 100 strikes a statistical first for PWM!

- That early strike battle comprised of 168 strikes! ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT.

- The teasing of the move that injured Hiromu Takahashi was superbly sold by commentary.

- The Suicide Dives/Headbutt on the outside was a scintillating and terrifying watch!

- The German Suplex battle sucked you right into the one-ups-manship of the bout in a different way to NJPW's usual strike battle.

- It taking two Timebombs to put Lee away was an appropriate end to this absolute thrill-ride of a wrestling contest.


- I have had to completely rearrange my statistical analysis side due to the extreme nature of the offence in this match.

- This graph really shows the almost unprecedented back and forth titanic struggle that this match was.

- The 168 strike-strike battle was compressed into 7 minutes!

- The tide changes in this contest as the competitors went back and forth is unprecedented at PWM.


Jon Moxley vs Minoru Suzuki

- Minoru Suzuki is a bad ass... The way be seemingly absorbs strikes and then responds with that maniacal laugh is wonderful theatre!

- Moxley was great foil for Suzuki and vice versa, the two men telling a story of two competitors focussed on nothing more than proving they were the hardest man in that ring.

- This match spent a lot of time on the outside with Moxley tempting Suzuki to the outside from before the opening bell.

- Not a match for fancy grapples or dives this was all about the heavy striking of the two men.


- As you can see, this match was dominated by back and forth strike exchanges.

- Minoru's spikes in offence were the result of long submission holds.

- Moxley had to hit the Deathrider twice to gain the pin fall over his monstrous opponent.


Tetsuya Naito vs Kenta

- Kenta really toyed with Naito for a good five minutes at the beginning of this one.

- He also had the striking advantage as he usually does.

Naito had to withstand a 85 second Gameover hold from Kenta to preserve his double championship reign.

- Kenta used every trick in the book to circumvent the rules and steal the two biggest championships in New Japan.

- In the end it was Naito's perseverance that won the match.


- The first five minutes of this encounter contained one offensive strike due to Kenta's mind games.

- A flurry of strikes, a slam, a dive and a submission hold gave Kenta the biggest offensive stike of the match.

- Naito's biggest sequence of offence comprised of strikes, 3 strikedowns, a slam and even a submission hold.

- Kenta's striking alone almost out numbers Naito's offence.

- Kenta controlled the pace with Naito rising and falling in terms of influence throughout the match.


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