Yoshinobu Kanemaru vs. Tatsuhito Takaiwa
Both these guys pretty much are vicious bastards. Takaiwa is your power junior worker from Z1, Kanemaru is NOAH's favourite dickhead champion. Lots of power spots from Takaiwa, some of them quite impressive. Heeling up back and forth, with some good stuff from Kanemaru. Takaiwa shows in the not sharpest guy around by wasting a great DVD outside, as he followed it with a figure-four instead of a dramatic pinfall attempt. Ends up with a bombfest, as most Takaiwa's matches do, with some übermacho one count kick outs, which I have no issue with, but maybe Takaiwa's latest pop up at the end is a bit problematic (although his two counters of Kanemaru's low-blow was quite neat). Still, a very good junior heel vs heel match, with impressive bombs being thrown. NOAH was the brand new thang, no doubt about it. Misawa had it right.