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Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 3

Day 3 of the Champion Carnival! With a smaller round robin pool, slow starters might get eliminated if the leaders aren’t taken down a peg. Do we get any big heart breaks?



Welcome back to All Japan’s Champion Carnival as we’re not at the halfway point with day three. The outcomes in this match could show a change in what could be happening with the block winners. Last show, Yoshitatsu was injured and it seems like he’s cleared to continue with the rest of the tournament.

Who will win for day three?

Let’s find out as we…dive right in.

Star Rating System:

  • 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
  • 1 Star: Vince Russo
  • 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
  • 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
  • 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
  • 5 Stars: Jim Cornette


Champion Carnival 2020 A Block Match
Zeus vs. Jiro ‘Ikemen’ Kuroshio

Review: Time for our first match as we have Zeus taking on Jiro Kuroshio. Zeus only had one match so far and won against Kuma Arashi, giving him a fair advantage for right now. This is Jiro’s third match and has a win and loss under his belt, so he would need to win here for a good average. Will Zeus be the only one undefeated in the block or does Jiro get two big wins in a row?

A different turn of events as we have Jiro being rather serious this time around instead of being his goofy little self. The two stare each other down until Jiro just smacked Zeus with his coat a couple of times and Zeus responds by picking him up for a Gorilla Press and slams him down. Zeus would also beat him down with some loud chops and that took him down a peg. Jiro eventually got a little bit of payback when they made it to the outside and Jiro kicked his arm a few times, even throwing it into the guardrail for extra damage on the big guy. Not sure how I feel about a serious Jiro since I’m so used to him being a colorful type of character but he still makes it work, but not fully my thing. Guess it works though with the person he’s against as Zeus is no laughing matter.

Jiro would work on Zeus’ arm some more and applies the armbar to try and make him tap but he made his way over to the tope to break the hold. Jiro slaps him with his jacket once more and sits him up to the top turnbuckle as he attempts a Hurricanrana but Zeus pushed him off. Jiro lands on his feet to try again as Zeus catches him and hits a Powerbomb for a two count. Zeus chopped him down and it looked like he was going for the Facelock but Jiro rolled him up as he kicked out and Jior slapped him with his jacket again. Zeus delivers a Lariat to knock him down as Jiro kicked out at two again but Zeus locks the Facelock in this time as Jiro gets to the ropes to break it up. Zeus would deliver the chop of the gods as he hits Jiro with the Reverse Horizontal Chop and pins him down, remaining undefeated and eliminating Jiro in the process.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

Champion Carnival 2020 B Block Match
Yoshitatsu vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Review: We now kick things off with B Block as we have Yoshitatsu taking on Yuma Aoyagi. Both of them are on their third match and is crucial for both of them. Yoshi only had one loss due to being hurt and Yuma bounced back from his first loss when he defeated Shotaro Ashino Will Yuma get two wins in a row or does Yoshitatsu bounce back?

Not sure what’s with Yoshi’s getup for this match but the midlife crisis is finally kicking in. Yoshi’s midsection is all taped up due to his injured back and he doesn’t do much in the match to sell it. Yuma would take advantage of it though by stomping the shit out of it to immobilize him for a good majority of the match. Yuma gets him outside of the ring and he attempted to throw him into the guardrail but Yoshi fell to the ground before he could get there. To make it up to the fans, he runs to the guardrails and lightly hits it to sell it like an asshole, that was actually funny but still a dick. But not a lot happens much after that since they’re focused more on Yoshi’s back and selling, which is fine but it’s just relatively quick and didn’t deliver anything or make Yuma look good at all.

Once they got back in the ring, Yoshi would catch him to bring him down, applying the Koji Clutch and he has it locked in to try and get the surprise submission victory but failed to do so as he lets go to try and pin him as Yuma kicked out. Yoshi would try to charge towards him but collapses before he could reach him, giving Yuma an opening to knee him in the gut and hit his back to take him down. Yuma would apply a Camel Clutch with his knee on his back to stretch him out more as the referee calls for the bell, keeping Yuma in the race while having Yoshitatsu eliminated. After the match, Enfants Terribles member, Koji Doi would hit Yuma with a Lariat and spat on his face before leaving the ring. Greatest post-match assault ever.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

Champion Carnival 2020 B Block Match
Kento Miyahara vs. Shotaro Ashino

Review: It’s time for the last match of B Block as we have The Best of the Best, Kento Miyahara taking on the Suplex Master, Shotaro Ashino. To many people, this is considered a dream match and it looks like we’re finally going to get it during the Carnival. Both of them have had one match and one loss under their belts, meaning somebody Is gonna have to lose twice in a row while one potentially bounces back. Does the ace get a win or will it be a victory for Enfants Terribles?

We got the crowd clapping to the beat of a Metallica song while Kento’s finger was playing along with them, it’s great since Ashino’s theme is from Metallica. The two locked up and they struggled till they made their way to the ropes as the referee calls them to break it up, but it looked like Kento was about to slap him but doesn’t as the two are in a standstill. When it comes to just ground work, Shotaro has a better advantage and he showed that while they locked up again and he had Kento’s arm locked till Kento backed into the ropes as the ref called for the break again, but Shotaro doesn’t give Kento the same courtesy he gave him and hits a European Uppercut before backing up. Once they got outside, Kento does his usual headbutts to him and throws him around before bringing him back into the ring and once Kento had one foot over the rope, Ashino went into the attack and hits a Dragon Screw on that leg and has him where he wants him now. Ashino just gets Kento’s leg around the turnbuckle post and twists it onto the post, making him scream in agony before letting go. This is the type of stuff Yoshi should’ve been doing when they fought but Ashino does leg work the best and he shows it. There was one takeaway from making this match great and that was that I could’ve done it without the interference from Enfants Terribles since it would’ve just been better without help from anyone as this match alone screams Triple Crown Championship and we’re getting it for the Carnival.

Damnit, camera guy for cutting off what Kento was doing to get momentum back since he focused on Yuma watching from the back, he does this twice and it was annoying. Kento had Shotaro in the corner and hits the first Blackout, making him go out the ring again. Koji Doi chopblocks Kento when the referee wasn’t looking and Shotaro has time to breathe. Ashino hits stiff European Uppercuts to daze him and runs the ropes, metting a kick from Kento and gets him with the Brainbuster, causing them both to go down. Kento hits a second Blackout and a German Suplex on top, and as he goes for another Blackout, Shotaro ducked and grabbed his foot to apply the Ankle Lock. Ashino has it locked in tight and Kento is trying to fight it off. Love how he struggles here with all the leg work Ashino did but tapped to Yoshi with miminal work during day one. Kento was able to flip around to try and pin him as Ashino kicked out at two to break the hold. Kento goes for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Shotaro broke it off and kneeled down to grab his ankle again for the Ankle Lock! Kento was able to get to the ropes as Ashino hits a German Suplex but Kento gets up and hits another Blackout. Ashino is dazed as Kento quickly went over behind him and would hit the Shutdown German Suplex Hold for the pinfall victory! Kento is still in the race but it seems like Shotaro is now eliminated as well.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

Champion Carnival 2020 A Block Match
Suwama vs. Jake Lee

Review: Time for the final match of A Block and our main event as we have the Five Crown King, Suwama takes on Jake Lee. When the two fought last year in the Carnival, Suwama defeated Jake and he looks to do it again and get a second win under his belt after losing to Jiro. Jake only has one match under his belt but he could use this second match to get two wins in a row. Will Jake pin the champ or does Suwama beat him two years in a row?

The two lock up to start it off and it seems like the champ had the upper hand when he was pushing him towards the ropes but Jake turned it around to have Suwama against the ropes and was told to break it up but Jake pats the champs chest before he does. Jake went towards him in the corned but Suwama moved out of the way and applied the Sleeper Hold but Jake made it to the ropes to force the champ to break the hold. Suwama is just manhandling Jake at this point as he just doesn’t give him a break by attacking him outside of the ring and throwing him around. The beatdown doesn’t stop there since he throws him to the turnbuckle and delivers Lariats into the corner and even a DDT on top of that.

There seems to be trouble brewing for the champ as his arm isn’t 100% yet and Jake exposed it in the match when he applied the Kimura Lock and had it in to hurt him but he gets to the ropes, making Jake let go of the hold. Jake delivers an elbow to the corner, hits Suwama’s arm with a knee, and tops it off with a DDT but Suwama kicked out at two. Jake is just pulling onto the arm for more damage and throws him into the ropes but Suwama ducks and his a Shoulder Tackle to get momentum back in it. Suwama has Jake on the apron as they try to Suplex each other but Jake pulled his arm again and wrapped it around the rope to stretch it out and the champ is in pain right now. Jake holds Suwama’s arm up and kicks it a couple of times for good measure and attempts a Backdrop but Suwama holds on as Jake lets go to hit his arm some more. Suwama delivered a Lariat as he sells his arm after and Jake gets furious, kicking him out of the ring and just stomps on his arm like it’s nobodies business. Suwama rolled into the ring and Jake continues the attack again, loving this aggressive side of him now. Jake took his eyes off him when he was taunting the crowd as Suwama charged at him with a Lariat into the corner, a German Suplex, and then a Discus Lariat as Jake kicked out at two! Jake went for a Big Boot but Suwama catches his arm and picked him up for a Powerbomb and Jake kicked out again! Jake delivers multiple kicks to his arm and the champ retaliates by giving him multiple chops and as he attempts a Discus Lariat, Jake catches his arm and brings him down for the Fujiwara Armbar. Jake would turn it into a Double Armlock and has it locked in tight as the referee calls for the bell, making Lee undefeated while eliminating the champ! We know these two will do more with the Triple Crown Championship on the line and this is just a taste before that time.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

Overall: The last two matches were great but Yuma and Yoshi being subpar hurt its grade slightly. With us having two shows left, we have only two people in A Block who could potentially win it, and B Block has it down to three people for the time being but I’m sure that’ll change with the next show.

Favorite Match: Kento Miyahara vs. Shotaro Ashino

Least Favorite Match: Yoshitatsu vs. Yuma Aoyagi

Score: 7/10


A Block Standings:

  1. Jake Lee: (2-0) (4 Points)
  2. Zeus: (2-0) (4 Points)
  3. Suwama: (1-2) (2 Points) (Eliminated)
  4. Jiro ‘Ikemen’ Kuroshio: (1-2) (2 Points) (Eliminated)
  5. Kuma Arashi: (0-2) (0 Points) (Eliminated)


B Block Standings:

  1. Shuji Ishikawa: (2-0) (4 Points)
  2. Yuma Aoyagi: (2-1) (4 Points)
  3. Kento Miyahara: (1-1) (2 Points)
  4. Yoshitatsu: (1-2) (2 Points) (Eliminated)
  5. Shotaro Ashino: (0-2) (0 Points) (Eliminated)

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