Location: Tokyo, Japan
Decided to give this a watch since I've become a fan of Finn Balor and have always loved Alex Shelley. The Bullet Club get evened out by Shelley having KUSHIDA, Captain New Japan and Hiroshi Tanahashi in his corner. I liked how they worked slow early and Devitt targeted an apparent injury from Shelley. The Bullet Club get in their cheap shots throughout, but it grows tiresome quickly. In the middle of the match, a massive brawl ensues between the sides, leading to them getting ejected. The idea in theory is great, but it takes far too long to execute, taking away from the match. Once it's down to the two men, it works well, with Shelley playing the resilient babyface. I do think that in the end, they overdo it on the near falls, having Shelley kick out of damn near everything before finally falling to a brainbuster. Really good match that had the potential to be so much more if it wasn't marred by interference and an overabundance of near falls in the end.
Match Time - 18:25 ***¾