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  1. Just watched this as part of the death match heavyweight title tournament. Watching it along with the rest of the matches it’s easy to see that Honma was the future & you can see how he’s incorporating different styles, especially more traditional moves, into the BJW style. The standout match of the tournament so far.
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    WWE Hidden Gems

    I just came here to say this same thing. He was MEAN here, and little things like him casually leaning against the ropes while Sawyer is rolling around in pain on the ground added so much.
  3. drew wardlaw

    WWE Hidden Gems

    Maaaan that Wrestling 2/Roop match rocked. Wrestling 1 sitting with the cast and crutches at ringside, the crowd standing and blocking the camera so you can’t see what’s happening post-match, awesome stuff.
  4. drew wardlaw

    WWE Network... It's Here

    Looks like more of the LBoA Omni card is getting released tomorrow. 1hr 52min running time, so we’ll see how much of the card it is, but very cool regardless.
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  6. Something I really appreciate about the current deathmatch style is the escalating use of weapons as a storytelling device and crowd control. When done well it’s a cool example of the crowd and the wrestlers all understanding the stulemand the internal logic of the style. A great example here is them starting off breaking lightubes over their own heads and establishing where the baseline of violence is. A guy like Abdullah Kobayashi is a master at that, no matter how limited he is physically. Well Takeda and Isami are both masters at that as well, but they have the athletic and wrestling ability to really take their matches to another level, and them facing each other really got there. Kevin nailed everything in giant review, but just to add that this match gave me a sense of joy that I haven’t felt watching a current match in a long time. A great feel good disgusting brutal time, and Takeda is on some kind of run. My current MOTY
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    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Burning Spirits #65: Finally Werea Talking Puro To make up for last week's puroless episode, we're back with a bonus episode, and a bonus voice! Brennan makes his long awaited return to help catch everyone up on the world of japanese wrestling. Our brushes paint a wide swath this week as we hit on the Champion Carnival in AJPW, the recent BJW Strong Climb finals, Wrestle-1, HARD HIT, and DDT! There's a lot of strong discussion here, including Hideki Suzuki as a modern day Road Warrior Hawk, DDT's foray into Golden Time, AJPW TV and a surprising MOTYC! http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2018/04/20/burning-spirits-65-finally-were-talking-puro/ https://audioboom.com/posts/6820292-burning-spirits-65-finally-we-re-talking-puro
  8. For the sake of economy, I'll just post the weekly shows in this thread rather than punish with a new thread every week. Burning Spirits #3 tackles All Japan Pro Wrestling. We give a brief history of ownership from the Noah exodus until now, talk about Kento Miyahara as the young ace shouldering the company on the way to the 11/27 Sumo Hall show, and discuss the idea of formula in wrestling matches. We then discuss some of our favorite matches from the past few shows, and dive head first onto some burning tables as we review our first Match of the Week. The nightmare continues this week, on Burning Spirits! http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2016/11/04/burning-spirits-3-japan-pro-wrestling/ https://audioboom.com/posts/5245771-burning-spirits-3-all-japan-pro-wrestling Here's a link to our Match of the Week. Ryuma Go vs Masashi Aoyagi 04/05/90: Of course any comments/corrections/criticisms/concerns are encouraged!
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    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Burning Spirits #64: Kevins Wild Wrestlemania Weekend Wrap-up Its another Very Special Episode of Burning Spirits, where we talk about absolutely zero wrestling taking place in Japan. BJW Strong Climb, AJPW Champion Carnival, a Wrestle-1 title change, DDT happenings, all of these are neglected to focus on Kevins whirlwind weekend through the Big Easy for WrestleMania Weekend. Hear all about his journey, all the shows he went to, standout matches and performances, and more MDK. http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2018/04/16/burning-spirits-64-kevins-wild-wrestlemania-weekend-wrap-up/ https://audioboom.com/posts/6805018-burning-spirits-64-kevin-s-wild-wrestlemania-weekend-wrap-up
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    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Burning Spirits #62: DDT Into The Fight & Puro News and Notes with Kevin This week on Burning Spirits, it's a been a light couple weeks as far as shows go, so we talk some DDT by discussing the final Korakuen Hall show before Judgement in Sumo Hall next month. We do a quick preview of the big show as well. Next, Kevin hits on some various news and upcoming matches from around Japan. http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2018/03/02/burning-spirits-62-ddt-fight-puro-news-notes-kevin/ https://audioboom.com/posts/6702325-burning-spirits-62-ddt-into-the-fight-puro-news-and-notes-with-kevin
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    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Burning Spirits #61: AJPW/BJW/NOAH/DDT Burning Spirits is back with another show hitting on several different promotions across the japanese wrestling landscape. We lead off with some discussion about the AJPW Yokohama Twilight Blues show, Champion Carnival blocks, and All Japans upcoming streaming service. We then move over to the world of Big Japan where we discuss the Strong Climb blocks, as well as two title matches from 1/25. Some quick NOAH discussion, then its on to DDT where we breakdown some important storylines leading into Judgement in March. http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2018/02/16/burning-spirits-61-ajpw-bjw-noah-ddt/ https://audioboom.com/posts/6677781-burning-spirits-61-ajpw-bjw-noah-ddt
  12. drew wardlaw

    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    This is awesome, thanks! I really want to do different things on our off weeks, and historical shows would definitely be a part of that, itll just depend on how much time I have!
  13. drew wardlaw

    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    I think were going to rotate segments based on the biggest show were covering, and lead off with that. You think we should go back to weekly? Weve been debating the frequency of the shows. Selfishly yes I like the show at least weeklyWere still going back and forth, at least I am, on how frequently to do it. Were going to try every other week for a bit and see how it works. It might be too infrequent for the amount of content were trying to cover, well see.
  14. drew wardlaw

    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    I think were going to rotate segments based on the biggest show were covering, and lead off with that. You think we should go back to weekly? Weve been debating the frequency of the shows.
  15. drew wardlaw

    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Burning Spirits #60: BURNING SPIRITS the REBORN! We're back, and (hopefully) better than ever! After a short hiatus the crew is back with a new format to help YOU the listener follow along. Drew starts the show with some DDT D-King Grand Prix talk, before throwing it over to Kevin to discuss some of the big AJPW title matches and BJW death matches. finally, Brennan brings us a variety of different matches from around the puro scene including NOAH, ZERO1, BJW, and Riki Choshu Produce! We'd love to hear feedback on this new format so please get in touch via twitter @_burningspirits, the Voices of Wrestling forum, or the Pro Wrestling Only forum! https://audioboom.com/posts/6631722-burning-spirits-60-burning-spirits-the-reborn http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2018/02/02/burning-spirits-60-burning-spirits-reborn/
  16. drew wardlaw

    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Cool thanks as always for listening. Were releasing a new episode next week so Id love to hear your thoughts on the new format, if you wouldnt mind.
  17. drew wardlaw

    Burning Spirits Supercoven

    Burning Spirits #59: DDT D-King Grand Prix After what seems like an eternity, Burning Spirits is back to break down the much-praised round robin singles tournament currently happening in DDT. We go through the highlights of each show and talk about some end of tournament scenarios. Also, please be sure to listen at the end of the episode for a very important announcement concerning the future of the show! http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2018/01/13/burning-spirits-59-ddt-d-king-grand-prix-2018/ https://audioboom.com/posts/6593780-burning-spirits-59-ddt-d-king-grand-prix-2018
  18. The czw guys have really dragged down Big Japan becaise they were on fire for the first half of the year, and while Honma is still great and is able to get something passable out of Zandig its not great and im really not a fan of Zandig.
  19. YES. This was incredible. Great contrast for Onita here compared to the Takagi match in terms of atmosphere and how hes able to work in different environments. The Takagi match was worked on the mat with surprisingly tasteful and subtle use of the barbed wire stipulation, whereas this is the exact opposite and about as big a spectacle as youll ever see. Choshu is MEAN here, just running Onita right in to the explosions. Man are there two better big arena wrestlers than these two? One of my favorites of the year.
  20. drew wardlaw

    [2000-07-23-WWF-Fully Loaded] The Rock vs Chris Benoit

    I know most everyone hates Jerry Lawler on commentary but I really think hes hilarious here. Him sheepishly scolding Shane after JR berates him was the highlight of the match for me. As for the match itself, WWF is really on a roll with these intense big match fights.
  21. This is another one where Takagi works to really showcase the talent of his opponent. In this case its Onita and his main talent of course is using gimmicks and props in his storytelling to build drama in the match. They do this in a very interesting and unconventional way that kind of flips the trope of the barbed wire on its head, at least in the early portion of the match. In some ways this is a very prototypical DDT match in the sense that it mixes the absurd and the bizarre with logical and interesting match psychology.
  22. Mirahama rocks I loved him taking a huge beating and spending most of the match selling and fighting back, and I like, even though hes been dominant since his debut, that he can still take punishment and work in that style, it adds some nice depth to him I think.
  23. Awesome match, and a great continuation and payoff from the previous match, where we know that Murahama can win with his KO strikes, so Delphin has to go after holds to try to end it early. The armbar thing he uses is one of the better ones Ive ever seen, and like chad said, this has been a really cool story from his debut until now and a great way to get Murahama over in the promotion.
  24. drew wardlaw

    [2000-05-27-IWO-Rumble in the River] Low Ki vs Homicide

    This is a tough one for me. Reading through the thread and even listening to the commentary I could tell this was an important match in historical terms but I really had trouble enjoying this. US indie wrestling to me is a lot like lucha for some people in that I have a very hard time getting into it and generally dont get it. I think I have a hard time with the context of what indie wrestling really is. This came off very sloppy and crude to me, but not in a good way. It felt really spotty in that there didnt seem to be much connective tissue between one thing to the next, and even the strikes, although very stiff and impressive, didnt feel natural to me. I fully acknowledge that Im out of my element here though, and any help understanding this is appreciated. Im wondering if its a matter of me needing to overlook the shortcomings of the presentation and the unpolished nature of the work?
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    [2000-05-12-AJW] Manami Toyota vs Ran Yu Yu

    One thing that really stood out here were the momentum shifts in the match, particularly the first one where Yu Yu finally gets an advantage and starts working over Toyotas midsection and the one after Toyotas dive. I really enjoyed this, and I liked how Toyota portrayed herself as the AJW stalwart against the outsider, even if Yu Yu was working more as a babyface. Very cool dynamic.
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