This is a weird match. You’ve got a guy who helped invent the junior style in Japan versus a guy who reinvented grappling in Europe and the United States. Kanemoto is 50-years-old and legend in the world of professional wrestling but is in good shape and can still go. This is a very mat based match which the crowd is into because Kanemato is such an important part of the business. Thatcher is actually the one who strikes first and hits a gutwrench suplex back into the middle of the ring. Thatcher focuses on the arm. Kanemoto comes back with a face wwash and pair of running kicks. Kicks across the chest but Thatcher just stares at him. Into an ankle lock. Thatcher makes the bottom rope. Thatcher grabs an armbar and then rolls up Kanemoto for three. What an incredibly lame ending.
Thatcher seemed to show more intensity and emotion than usual, but this was a huge disappointment and felt like a waste of Kanemoto.
Winner (s)/Rating: Timothy Thatcher/**