Here are the match results, my match ratings and review of New Japan Pro Wrestling Strong Style Evolved U.K. in Milton Keynes.
Match Results & Match Ratings
The Great-O-Kharn defeated Shota Umino
Bullet Club (“Bone Soldier” Taiji Ishimori & “Tokyo Pimp” Yujiro Takahashi) defeated Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis)
Tiger Mask defeated David Starr
Suzuki Gun (El Desperado, Taichi & Takashi Iizuka) defeated Chaos (Jay White, Gedo & Toru Yano)
Walter defeated Yugi Nagata
Yoshi-Hashi defeated Chris Brookes
Will Ospreay defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru
Rev Pro British Tag Team Championship
Suzuki Gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre JR) defeated Chaos (Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii)
So what was meant to be the first ever NJPW show in the U.K. turned out to be a very mediocre Rev Pro Show. The in ring action was still very good, the majority of the matches were very basic with the only two that seemed to garner any sort of emotion from the crowd being Ospreay’s match and the main event. So when they announced many weeks ago that there would be a mystery opponent facing Umino I am positive I am not the only who thought maybe it will be a big name from the NJPW roster that has rarely wrestled in the U.K. I was hoping maybe Fale, one of the G.O.D, David Finlay or Juice Robinson but what we were treated too was not what I expected from NJPW. I have never seen the Great-O-Kharn and I won’t be in a hurry to see him ever again. The tag match with Bullet Club vs Aussie Open definitely helped up the tempo of the show and got the crowd more interested. I am hoping Aussie Open get a deal with either NJPW or ROH soon as they have had some amazing performances on both recent tours of the U.K. I did like that Starr continued his story surrounding the Rev Pro Cruiserweight Championship and his match with Tiger Mask was very good. He is someone I would really like to see be given a chance in next years BOSJ. The six Man Tag was very basic and felt just like all the filler tag matches they do on many NJPW shows. The most impressive performance from a non Japanese Wrestler was Walter. He looks a perfect fit In NJPW and he could be that Huge dominant giant of a wrestler that they have been missing In NJPW. I was surprised that Brookes lost but I do think he and Lykos could have a very bright future in the Junior divisions of NJPW. As always Ospreay’s performance was flawless. The Main Event did have four of the best in the world doing battle but it was the viscous shots that were exchanged by Ishii and Suzuki that overshadowed anything ZSJ or Okada did during the match. With the Ref’s, Title matches and others all being Rev Pro it was hard to see this as an NJPW show. While the relationship between the two is great, I do think if they are going to do another NJPW show then they need to do what they did in America and bring it all over with a full NJPW roster, IWGP title matches and give us a proper Japanese Wrestling show.