Minoru Suzuki in the Paradise Lock
SANADA is one half of the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions along with EVIL. Minoru Suzuki is challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championships soon after this match with Zack Saber Jr.
This match was a tale of two parts.
The first part was pretty average. It was built around The Paradise Lock and the aftermath of SANADA finally being able to get Suzuki in the Paradise Lock. This section is OK. Mostly smoke and mirrors to burn time. There was a count out tease that could have been done a lot better. SANADA and Suzuki are both great, so them at half speed is still fine. But it's nothing that you need to go out of your way to watch.
The second part was the final five minutes, and it's pretty awesome. Minoru Suzuki's strike exchanges are always a treat, and Suzuki puts his own unique twists on said strike exchanges. The finisher sequence was great too.
For his really cool look, great athleticism, and wrestling skill, SANADA can come off as create-a-wrestler often. A very impressive create-a-wrestler, but still a create-a-wrestler because he doesn't really have personality traits. He's just a guy. But when he's in the ring with a very distinctive personality like Minoru Suzuki, that becomes less of a problem.
Overall, when you combine both parts, the match adds up to a good match, but not one that you need to out of your way to see. It accomplishes it's the goal of building to the tag match, but it falls short of a G1 style match because even though they went almost 20 minutes, only the last part was at a really high level.