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April 8, 2007 / TJ Hawke

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Togi Makabe from NJPW 2007

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Nakamura had the entrance music that he still uses today but he had none of the swag. This was a CHAIN match.

Makabe got the advantage after a low blow. He brought Nakamura into the crowd and busted him open. Nakamura’s face was a bloody mess by the time they got back to the ring. Makabe was completely dominating him. Makabe was apply submissions with the chain and choking Nakamura with the chain. Nakamura could get absolutely nothing going. Makabe even attacked the referee. I believe Tiger Hattori took over, and Nakamura fired back with a big comeback out of nowhere. He knocked members of Great Bash Heel off the apron. Nakamura got a sleeper, but Tomohiro Ishii and his awful haircut saved Makabe. Lariat from Makabe: 1…2…NO! Makabe went for another lariat, but Nakamure did a fantastic reversal into a cross armbreaker! Makabe managed to stomp Nakamura’s face to escape. Nakamura used the chain to hit a bridging German for a nearfall. Bridging Tiger from Nakamura got another nearfall. Toru Yano interfered to give Makabe a break. Makabe then hit a lariat: 1…2…NO! I thought that was it. Makabe then hit another lariat and followed it with a diving knee drop: 1…2…3

This was a pretty good bloody brawl. I thought the interference could have been executed in a better way as it did detract from the match for me. Regardless, both guys performed well and got me invested in a match that I was not around to appreciate the context of.

Match Rating: ***1/4

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