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  1. Boss Rock

    Current New Japan

    I would be fine with Ibushi taking all as it really does seem like his time now, but honestly they should give Naito his redemption and then have Ibushi win at Dominion or something. Okada-Naito seems like the most likely ME of night 2 considering they've been kept apart for close to 2 years now in singles matches. Jay taking all is definitely less than 0% as there's no way the top heel gaijin stands tall in the Dome. However, I don't completely rule out Okada winning either just to give him every single glory/record imaginable.
  2. One thing that bothers me about Nomura is that he still looks and comes off too much as a plucky up-and-comer rather than a potential generational rival for Kento. I usually don't have a problem with a wrestler's look as charisma and presence counts for way more in my book, but Nomura still doesn't look like a main eventer. It also doesn't help that his and Jake Lee's pushes feel a bit sudden. I don't watch every single AJPW match or show, but just last year Nomura was still losing the majority of his CC matches and now he's positioned as one of the top guys in the promotion. Obviously he's done a great job in these big match situations, but it's just not quite all there yet.
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    Tetsuya Naito - Where he stands as a wrestler?

    The little bit I've seen of Naito's early 2010's babyface work has generally been good. He certainly was bland as a character, but he was a bit flashier and had some nice offense. Obviously he struck gold with LIJ and gave us one of the best characters in recent memory. He kept some of the flashier stuff in his arsenal but took out a lot of his high-flying stuff as well. It was a smart move as he's much more of an anti-hero and cool rogue now. I'd have him as at least a top 20 worker the past few years with 2017 being his peak. I do agree that there are times where he looks off and I'm not sure if that's just laziness or years of wear-and-tear (from what I've heard his knees have been in awful shape for some time). I agree the Suzuki match is a good example of him not gelling well with a sadistic and/or dominant heel although I'm higher on the Destruction match from last year than most. I really need to see more of his early tag and face work to say if he'd make a top 100 list for me, but the next few years are probably going to be very telling.
  4. Standard great Kento title defense, but I really think Nomura's fire and near victory at the end really took this to a whole different level. Kento's formula almost never fails, but sometimes it can be too by the numbers when the end result isn't in doubt (Kento starts strong as a cocky prick, opponent mounts come back, Kento throws a barrage of suplexes and knees, opponent gets one last surge before Kento finishes them off). The finishing sequence of Nomura obliterating Kento with forearms and escaping the Waterfall added some extra drama to an already-great match and made for one of the hottest finishing stretches this year. ****1/2
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    Current New Japan

    Super J Cup was pretty good. Red-Ospreay, SHO-Ospreay, ELP-Ospreay, ELP-Eagles, and the finals being the must-watches. Tanahashi-Sabre at Destruction was as good as expected but it feels like they've run that match into the ground. Hopefully they don't face off again for a while. Birds of Prey-ELP/Ishimori was great, best NJPW tag match in ages. KENTA is easily the biggest heel in NJPW. He plays it to perfection and the crowd loathes him. The Ibushi match was very good and maybe a hair better than their G1 outing. It's a shame KENTA is as banged up as he is because he would be perfect as the top heel.
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    WWE Clash of Champions

    He used the Pedigree again. Rollins as Triple H 2.0 confirmed.
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    WWE Clash of Champions

    I was optimistic about Reigns-Rowan, but that was still way better than I expected.
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    The Classic Arenas

    Nippon Budokan might be my favorite, although a lot of that comes from my love of 90's AJPW. I read a quote from Kobashi in Eggshells that he always preferred Budokan to the Dome as the crowd was much closer to the ring and easier to hear, which was difficult in the Dome.
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    Kento Miyahara

    As a consistent big match worker, he's truly one of the best in the world. I've had him as a top 10 worker for the last three years (funnily enough he might be #7 each year). His flaws have already been pointed out in that he has a formula he rarely deviates from, he's not a great long-term seller (especially with leg damage), and mounts comebacks a bit too easily. And when he relies on the same formula for almost every match, I do often find myself wanting something just a tad different. But there's absolutely a lot to like about him. He can play both cocky ace and sympathetic underdog against a larger opponent quite well (sometimes even during the same match). His offense is gorgeous. He spams the Blackout knee and German suplex a bit too much, but they're things of absolute beauty. Not to mention he brings a good deal of intensity in his strikes. He also has a very good understanding of escalation and building to that crescendo of action in the finishing stretch. Kento's also very good in tag settings as he and Yoshitatsu of all people are a really good team (check out any of their matches against the Violent Giants or Jun and Sekimoto from last year's tag league). And like Okada, his formula ends up gelling with a lot of different people to the point where he's having a legitimately great Triple Crown match against, again, Yoshitatsu of all people. Is he a perfect wrestler? Definitely not. But he's absolutely one of my favorites to watch and delivers in pretty much any setting.
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    Best title matches for each belt

    WWF/E Championship: Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind, In Your House: Mind Games 1996 NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Terry Funk vs. Ric Flair, Great American Bash 1989 Triple Crown Championship: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi, 1/20/1997 GHC Heayvweight Championship: Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi, 3/1/2003 IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada vs. Katsuyori Shibata, Sakura Genesis 2017 AJPW World Tag Team Championships: Mitsuharu Misawa and Kenta Kobashi vs. Akira Taue and Toshiaki Kawada, 6/9/1995 (Greatest Match Ever) All Asia Tag Team Championships: Kenta Kobashi and Tsuyoshi Kikuchi vs. Doug Furnas and Dan Kroffat, 5/25/1992 Open the Dream Gate Championship: Shingo Takagi vs. Masaaki Mochizuki, The Gate of Destiny 2015 IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi, Wrestle Kingdom 9 IWPG United States Heavyweight Championship: Kenny Omega vs. Tomohiro Ishii, G1 Special in USA 2017 IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Jushin "Thunder" Liger vs. Naoki Sano, 1/31/1990 WCW/WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Eddy Guerrero vs. Rey Misterio Jr., Halloween Havoc 1997 NXT Championship: Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas, NXT Takeover: Philadelphia NXT Tag Team Championships: #DIY vs. The Revival, NXT Takeover: Toronto NXT Women's Championship: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks, NXT Takeover: Brooklyn NXT UK Championship: Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne, NXT Takeover: Chicago WWWA Tag Team Championships: Manami Toyota and Toshiyo Yamada vs. Mayumi Ozaki and Dynamite Kansai, Dream Rush 1992 Lucha Underground Championship: Aztec Warfare 2, 12/12/2015 (3/23/2016) NWA/WCW/WWE United States Championship: Magnum T.A. vs. Tully Blanchard, Starrcade 1985 ROH World Championship: Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuinness, Unified 2006 TNA X Division Championship: A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe, Turning Point 2005 WWE Universal Championship: Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns, Summerslam 2017 KO-D Openweight Championship: Dick Togo vs. Antonio Honda, Sweet Dreams 2011 BJW Strong Heavyweight Championship: Hideki Suzuki vs. Yasufumi Nakanoue, Big Japan Death Vegas 2017 WWE Raw Women's Championship: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair, Hell in a Cell 2017 WWE Smackdown Women's Championship: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka, TLC 2018 Progress Atlas Championship: WALTER vs. Timothy Thatcher, Chapter 62
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    All Elite Wrestling

    I sorta get wanting to announce it on the TV show, but I think announcing it now and then setting up the angle on the first show is fine. They've also done a decent job building matches with the Youtube content (especially when it comes to Cody) so I expect some good stuff.
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    [2019-08-25-BJW] Yuji Okabayashi vs Kohei Sato

    Haha I mean I do watch the matches of wrestlers I really like (Yuji, Sekimoto, Hideki, Nomura). I'm just not a "show-to-show" type viewer so I just wasn't sure if I was missing any context with the result.
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    [2019-08-25-BJW] Yuji Okabayashi vs Kohei Sato

    I don't follow BJW all that much but the finish was a bit surprising. I agree that it was very much like Sato-Sekimoto in January but better. Sekimoto is great but Yuji has been on a whole other level this year. ****
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    All Elite Wrestling

    Didn't Big Boss Man once return the Million Dollar Belt to DiBiase?
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    All Elite Wrestling

    Give THIS man the belt...when you find it of course.