SO, this is not the whole show. The whole show featured various multi man matches along with these tournament matches. My review just covers the semi finals and final round matches.
1) Konosuke Takeshita vs. Daisuke Sasaki - King of DDT Semi Final Round Match
SOUP!! Ever since Takeshita popped up in AEW for a week or two, my interest in him has been re-invigorated. Here he’s facing Sasaki with the winner earning their spot in the finals of the King of DDT tournament. Sasaki is clearly the heel, with his cohort Paulie at ringside running interference and Sasaki himself taking cheap routes and doing sneaky stuff all match. Takeshita is smart enough to be able to combat it, though. This had its moments, but the ref bump stuff, to me, hindered what became a great finishing run, although it definitely wasn’t BAD and it made sense considering who is involved. The finish still rocked, though, as did the rest of the match. Takeshita wins and advances to the finals.
Match rating - **3/4
2) Yuji Hino vs. Kazusada Higuchi - King of DDT Semi Final Round Match
HOSS FIGHT. This was just a straight up slug fest with several minutes of the match just being them standing in the center of the ring trading stiff chops. Hino looked super dominant throughout and the finish which saw him pin Higuchi with just his fist on his chest for a cover continued that trend. Just an insane performance from him and a great strong style sprint altogether.
Match rating - ***1/4
3) Konosuke Takeshita vs. Yuji Hino - King of DDT Finals Match
Wow, what a match this was. It isn’t a MOTY contender, but had it continued it easily could have been. Hino continued his dominance here, but Takeshita fought from underneath so well and his comeback? One of my favorites that I’ve seen this year. As Hino is pulling him up by his hair and Takeshita starts chopping and striking his way out of desperation. It was just fantastic. Takeshita’s amazing comeback ends sort of abruptly with an AWESOME strait jacket style cross arm german that pins Hino’s shoulders to the mat for three. Big win for Takeshita here as he now is set for a title match with the legend Jun Akiyama, someone who has already beaten him twice (I think) prior. Excited to see if he can use his momentum from this match to take the K-OD Title home.
Match rating - ***3/4