Red's Pro-Wrestling Digest #98: Closing January 2023 Part 1: Pro-Wrestling TV Episode 1 Review (AJPW, DDT, TJPW)

Match Ratings
  1. KO-D Openweight Title: Kazusada Higuchi(c) vs Yuji Hino NR
  2. Princess of Princess Title: Yuka Sakazaki(c) vs Miyu Yamashita NR
  3. All Japan Tag Titles: Kento Miyahara, Takuya Nomura (c) vs. Naoya Nomura, Yuma Aoyagi ****


I'm finally back for another edition of the Pro-Wrestling Digest. Everything has been insane but I'm excited to share these matches with you, especially if you're getting a chance to see them for the first time. Part two of this set, for those that might be curious, will feature New Japan pulls, including content from the NJPWxNOAH show, and BOLA content. Three, which serves as #100 of the Digest, spotlights the Briscoe tribute show.

Oh, before we move on I should probably plug THIS. That's the best way to watch along with this edition and is the first edition in the new Red's Pro-Wrestling TV. Not every edition will tie in with the Digest. For now this will replace the Slam Masters show. I try to put these playlist shows together and I am hopeful that I can get in a better swing of it. I'm not calling the others "cancelled" or whatever, but they're on hiatus I suppose until I figure out what I'm doing.

Chaos. Life is chaos.

I'll embed the videos of the matches here for those that don't care about watching the show I was plugging.

We head to DDT to kick us off.

The version of the match included here features just the last four-minutes or so and starts with Higuchi's chest already looking like ground beef. While enough was there to technically rate this one from a time-wise perspective, I can't say there felt like enough meat on the bones to actually do so. I did enjoy what I saw and I loved seeing Yuji take the strap, though. The rough finish also added to the intensity level.

Good shit and a fun way to kick us off, folks! Challenges followed.

Next, highlights from Yuka defending against Miyu courtesy of Iron Raider X.

I'm a bit of a sucker for these types of things, when done well, and I thought this was rather well done as it showcased the talent nicely and had a lot of energy. I have considered Miyu one of the best workers in the world for a few years now and I feel she continues to back that thought up. As far as Yuka goes, she is very much a spirited and talented performer and more than quality enough to be a strong champ so her going over was fine.

You'll enjoy this one!

We close with a trip to All Japan for a tag team match featuring company ace, Kento Miyahara, and Takuya Nomura, taking on and defending against Naoya Nomura and Yuma Aoyagi. The top tag belts of the company.

This was the only full match of the episode, posted by Still Classics Honor, and was certainly worth the time. Regardless of how many shots this fucking company takes, it appears they will keep pushing on thanks to the fucking audacity of their younger talents and their willingness to pump out big bouts in front of minimal crowds.

Miyahara was fire but really the entire field stepped up nicely allowing for this to burn along as it went, adding to the chaos. In all, a fantastic clash that is both a standalone, a new chapter in ongoing angles, and a building block for more.

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