January 2017, Day 2, Takanoiwa v Kagayaki

Takanoiwa emerges victorious from this brawl, spending the first half of the match trying to figure out how to nullify Kagayaki’s attack. A brief attempt to pull down on Kagayaki’s head leads nowhere, and Takanoiwa wisely abandons it. When Takanoiwa’s right foot hits the tawara, he pushes off and regains position in the center of the ring, while a right hand to Kagayaki’s face sends the golden-mawashi-clad wrestler backwards and off-balance. Nice little bit of intimidation there at the end, the half-step forward as if to say, “You best check yo’self before you wreck yo’self.”


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