New Japan presented their pair of New Beginning cards from Sapporo this past weekend. After night one, all the wrestling world could talk about was Minoru Suzuki.
In the main event of New Beginning in Sapporo Night 1, Minoru Suzuki battled Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. Suzuki had laid claim to the title shot at New Year Dash, and he didn’t waste the opportunity. Targeting Tanahashi’s knee early int he match, Suzuki never wavered from his gameplan.
Suzuki is known for being a maniacal and devious competitor that would just as likely take you out to dinner as he would snap your arm. Minoru brings an extra level to his wrestling game as he is a legitimate fighter as well. One of the special breed that competes in both MMA and pro wrestling. That is the beauty and terror of Minoru Suzuki, his legitimacy. It is a skill set that makes Suzuki the baddest man on the planet.
Look back at his match at Wrestle Kingdom 12 with Hirooki Goto, it is a textbook strong style war. Both men beating the hell out of one another to protect the sanctity of the sport. A lot of that can be credited to Suzuki, the shooter. He can take a submission that would cripple a man and walk that fine line that allows it to look vicious without injuring his opponent.
Suzuki-Gun Ready to Run New Japan in 2018
Now that Suzuki has gold around his waist, the leader of Suzuki-Gun can start calling some shots in NJPW. Suzuki-Gun has members that can easily walk out of the arena with gold around their waist. It’s only a matter of time before Lance Archer and Davey Boy Smith Jr are once again IWGP Heavyweight Tag Champs. Zack Sabre Jr is easily one of the most technically sound wrestlers in the world and is a current tag champ with Suzuki in Rev Pro.
Even though Los Ingobernables and the Bullet Club will always get the shine as far as stables go in 2018, Suzuki-Gun should not be slept on. This weekend was a strong start to a calendar that will see it’s members competing in the G-1 Climax, Best of the Super Juniors and World Tag League. Some of New Japan’s biggest events during 2018 will be littered with members of Suzuki-Gun. Los Ingobernables and the Bullet Club need to keep an eye over their shoulder, it’ll only take a second for Suzuki to strike.