Recap from TJ Hawke:
Koslov tried to get a “Russia!” chant going, but the fans were more taken with the current IWGP Jr. Heavyweight champion. Low Ki put on Kozlov’s stereotypical Russian hat and started chanting Russia. Low Ki doing shenanigans? Low Ki apparently having fun? I’m not familiar with this concept. Koslov slammed Ki hard off the turnbuckle. They hit each other really hard. Ki missed a charge in the corner, and Koslov pounced with a springboard lariat. Ki came back with a pair running lariats and some kicks. Tidal Wave from Ki: 1…2…NO! Ki followed that up with a shotgun kick in the corner. Ki called for the Ghetto Stomp, but Koslov grabbed his foot. Ki tried for the Ki Krusher, but Koslov grabbed the referee. Koslov got a pair of backslides for nearfalls. Koslov locked in a submission, but Ki made the ropes. Koslov set up for a big forearm, but Ki hit the koppou kick out of nowhere. Ki Krusher: 1…2…3!
This was a solid undercard match for a BOSJ. The crowd wasn’t super hyped for it, but they weren’t dead or anything. Something about Low Ki being an unbeatable babyface in the independents and NJPW is just silly though. His winning percentage must be insane. Show some weakness!
Match Rating: ***