Not a super great month for the in-ring product. I only rated three matches this month at 4 stars or higher, and nothing from the WWE/NXT product. I also haven’t seen some of the joint ROH/NJPW shows, in particular the 14th Anniversary show, so this list might change as I catch up on stuff.
****1/2 Katsuyori Shibata vs Tomohiro Ishii
NJPW: New Beginning in Osaka, February 11, 2016.
These two nearly killed each other again. I liked this more then their WrestleKingdom match, as this match was about more then just hitting each other really hard, but also a surprising amount of psychology.
****1/2 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kenny Omega
NJPW: New Beginning in Niigata, February 14, 2016.
Some people didn’t like the interference, but I thought it added to this match. It was as close to a WWE-style main event as New Japan will deliver, and that’s a good thing in this instance.
**** KUSHIDA vs BUSHI
NJPW: New Beginning in Niigata February 14, 2016.
I don’t like KUSHIDA as much as everyone else, but this match made him look like a star. For the first time, I found myself buying KUSHIDA’s underdog status, and the match was a lot of fun.