This would be the finale to their AJPW feud and, even if that wasn’t in their minds in delivering it, they most certainly wove it into their battle here. Both being tied in number of victories within singles encounters up until this point, the match would abandon their slow and methodical pace that became synonymous with their previous encounters. The very fact that their previous Carnival Cup encounters had ended in time limit draws also drove home their need to adapt a new, more hastened approach in finally beating their opponent. The end result, thus, feels even more iconic in that this would also be the first time Misawa could ever hit his Emerald Flowsion upon Kawada.
This wasn’t a blow-away match by any means, and nowhere near their greatest, yet it still hails itself as a good match, nonetheless. Kawada’s selling of punches/elbows is as awesome as ever.
Out of interest, what is the difference in available merch at specific PPVs/cities compared to live events?
This "well, they only sell Cena merch!" argument struck me as an odd one to hold if they're focusing on live events where the vast majority of attendees are Cena fans. It'd be rather stupid to diversify merchandise for the odd fan, especially seeing courier delivery/online shopping is an actual thing (and something I'd see more used by "smarter" fans). If they're still running 99% Roman Reigns in Chicago or at Wrestlemania then I concede, otherwise jury is still out on the validity of this claim.