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  1. Childs

    Current New Japan

    Should be a blast overall--blocks feel more balanced than last year, though A is certainly star-studded. Sub Suzuki in for Archer or Fale and it would be that much better, but it's hard to complain given the overall effort to freshen the field.
  2. Childs

    Current New Japan

    There are conflicting reports about this, so maybe, maybe not.
  3. Childs

    [2019-06-09-NJPW-Dominion] Dragon Lee vs Will Ospreay

    This was nowhere near as stirring as the BOSJ final. They did some cool shit, most notably that batshit Dragon Lee dive. But this felt much more like a generic junior showcase because Dragon Lee simply is not a great mountain to climb compared to Shingo. I understand the instinct to say less is more, but that wasn't the case here.
  4. Childs

    [2019-06-09-NJPW-Dominion] Kazuchika Okada vs Chris Jericho

    This did not work for me at all. Jericho's New Japan schtick demands a fiery response, and that's just not Okada's strength. His offense doesn't fit in a brawl, and if the idea was that he'd trump Jericho's chaos with finesse, it didn't really come across until the actual finish. I was bored most of the way, and I'm not sure I want to see much more of Jericho in New Japan, though I have greater faith in Tanahashi to do something interesting with him.
  5. Childs

    Current New Japan

    Nothing really popped on that show. The main event fell particularly flat.
  6. These maximalist matches come down to a simple formula for me: Are the booking, physicality and creativity enough to sweep away my urge to nit pick? That was absolutely the case here, so I'm happy to call it a great match, even though I might find parts of it frustrating upon more careful examination. It was a high-end summer action movie, and I was happy just to go with it.
  7. Childs

    Current New Japan

    My exact thought while watching the match was, "Hmmm, he has a little Terry Funk in him."
  8. Childs

    Current New Japan

    The last three matches delivered in a big, big way.
  9. This was one of the feel-good matches of the year. El Phantasmo has established himself as a big-time heel over the course of the tournament, and Rocky is such a likable guy who's been on a great little run. Add to that the potential impact on the block standings and the atmosphere in Korakuen, and you had a killer set-up. To their credit, they milked every bit of drama. The finishing stretch, with Rocky's lucha-esque fakeout using the phantom belt shot, was perfect. I was rooting out loud as I watched on my laptop. There's stiff competition for match of the tourney, but this my leader in the clubhouse. Like the Dustin-Cody match, it generated authentic emotion.
  10. Childs

    AEW Double or Nothing

    Jericho has looked old for at least five years, and I actually like him better now that he's steering into it. The worst version of him was the guy who tried to wrestle fast-paced counter-fu with more athletic guys in WWE. I'm not getting the criticism for the main event. As I said in the immediate aftermath, thought they established a competitive vibe by just drilling each other. They tried to walk the line between delivering a worthy show-closing title match (even though there was no belt on the line) and the first chapter in a longer story. The finish worked well from that standpoint. I'm not the biggest fan of either guy, but they held my interest throughout.
  11. Childs

    AEW Double or Nothing

    The main event didn't disappoint me. They beat the shit out of each other.
  12. Childs

    AEW Double or Nothing

    Do they have to end by 11? PPV block says it goes to 4 am.
  13. Childs

    AEW Double or Nothing

    That fucking ruled. I was on the fence about this show but they've pretty well nailed it to this point.
  14. Childs

    Current New Japan

    The most common characterization I've seen is that he mishandled a sexual assault allegation against one of the wrestlers in the promotion he ran. That's a serious thing in its own right, and I agree with your overall point that it's bizarre for the WWE to consider hiring him.
  15. Childs

    Current New Japan

    Can we stop saying Elgin was accused of rape? That's a serious thing to say about someone, and it's not accurate. I'm not defending his alleged actions or saying anything positive about him as a performer. But that doesn't mean he should be slandered without basis.
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