Lion’s Break Collision, Episode 2 Brings Classic NJPW Action
NJoA Feel, Same NJPW Umbrella Wrestling
New Japan Pro Wrestling’s (NJPW) Lion’s Break Collision was well received by those who watched the first episode on New Japan World and followed with the same format this week.
This week’s episode picked up where everything left off last week, with former NEVER Openweight Champion Jeff Cobb speaking to NJPW announcer Kevin Kelly regarding the New Japan Cup and his altercation with Karl Fredericks last week.
Cobb was respectful but questioned the motives of Fredericks trying to make a name of himself. Cobb alluded to Fredericks having a chip on his shoulder and wanting to make a quick name of himself.
A likely in-ring encounter between Cobb and Fredericks will probably take place on Lion’s Break Collision in the weeks to come.
As mentioned in our preview Rust Taylor wrestled on several events for the original NJPW Los Angeles (LA) Dojo early in his career but wasn’t an official Young Lion at the school. The DKC impressed Katsuyori Shibata and Rocky Romero during one of the LA Dojo tryouts, setting the stage for a highly technical match.
Taylor displayed an impressive array of Catch Wrestling fundamentals, that were used to keep DKC off balance, however, his younger opponent showed cunning and determination to counter Taylor at several points.
Taylor was able to submit DKC at 7:28 with a painful-looking maneuver he calls the Gaia Lock. Both showed promise and could show up on further NJPW events in the future.
The marquee match of the event saw Danny Limelight take on NJPW Trueborn (Tier 1) NJPW LA Dojo graduate, TJP. In another match that featured a good amount of chain wrestling and sleek mat wrestling — Limelight made an impression during his NJPW debut.
TJP displayed smooth transitions and tortured Limelight on the mat for several moments during the match, but Limelight displayed his Lucha Libre influences that helped him counter the veteran.
TJP would defeat Limelight at 10:48 with the Mamba Splash in what was an impressive showing for the veteran as well.