I’m looking forward to seeing how Moxley is presented in the G1. His New Japan matches so far have been framed as standalone showcases that really just served to establish his character; now he’s part of a much bigger — and always intricately planned — story. It’ll be interesting to see how the framing of the new personality meets the framing of the tournament.
This wasn’t really the match to help me learn anything. Relatively short, and unfortunately “hardcore.” I get that’s part of Mosley’s identity, but does every match really need to involve a table? Hopefully no.
So Moxley beats Taichi pretty easily. Obviously not every match is going to be a classic, but I was hoping for more.