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  1. gordi

    Wrestle Kingdom 14

    Assuming there is still enough interest to have a separate thread for this, here is the full card for both nights, in order (per With Spandex): January 4: Jushin Thunder Liger Retirement Match I: Tiger Mask, The Great Sasuke, Tatsumi Fujinami, and Jushin Thunder Liger (with El Samurai) vs. Ryusuke Taguchi, Tatsuhito Takaiwa, Shinjiro Otani, and Naoki Sano (with Kuniaki Kobayashi) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi, Shingo Takagi, Evil, and Sanada) vs. Suzukigun (El Desperado, Taichi, Minoru Suzuki, and Zack Saber Jr.) Chaos (Yoshi-Hashi, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii, and Hirooki Goto) vs. Bullet Club (Chase Owens, Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale, and Kenta) IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match: The Guerillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) (c) vs. FinJuice (Juice Robinson and David Finlay) Texas Deathmatch for the IWGP United States Championship: Lance Archer (c) vs. Jon Moxley IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship match: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Hiromu Takahashi IWGP Intercontinental Championship match: Jay White (c) vs. Tetsuya Naito IWGP Heavyweight Championship match: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Kota Ibushi January 5: Jushin Thunder Liger Retirement Match II: Jushin Thunder Liger and Naoki Sano vs. Hiromu Takahashi and Ryu Lee IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship match: El Phantasmo and Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) RPW British Heavyweight Championship match: Zack Sabre Jr. (c) vs. Sanada IWGP United States Championship match: Juice Robinson vs. winner of Jan. 4 U.S. title match NEVER Openweight Championship match: Kenta (c) vs. Hirooki Goto Match between the losers of the Intercontinental and Heavyweight Championship matches on Jan. 4 Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Chris Jericho IWGP Heavyweight and IWGP Intercontinental Double Championship match: competitors TBD on Jan. 4
  2. Coffey

    NJPW G1 Climax 2019

    There are some posts on the last page of the Current New Japan thread in the Megathread Archive about the G1 Climax but I think it deserves its own thread. Going to be a barn burner this year. A Block: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kota Ibushi, Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay, EVIL, Sanada, Bad Luck Fale, Zack Sabre Jr, Lance Archer & KENTA B Block: Juice Robinson, Tomohiro Ishii, Toru Yano, Hirooki Goto, Jeff Cobb, Jon Moxley, Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi, Jay White & Taichi Pretty stacked. They did a good job with the blocks, too. You have some money matches in the A Block & you have new & interesting matches in the B Block. Then they have guys like Yano & Fale in there to switch things up so it's not just a bunch of workrate matches. I'm really digging the line-ups. There's definitely some matches that catch my eye. Anything having to do with Jeff Cobb or Shingo, in example. I'm also curious on who is going to win it all this year. I want to say they're going to pull the trigger on Ospreay but it might be too soon & NJPW seems to wait awhile longer than most before trying things. Jeff Cobb Vs. Jon Moxley is going to be interesting. I'm really looking forward to Shingo Vs. Naito. You know what you're going to get with Tanahashi, Ibushi & Okada, so some of the intrigue there is gone for me but you know the matches will be good. Curious to see how KENTA looks nowadays, healthy & away from NXT. <Opening Day> Saturday, July 6th (Local time): American Airlines Center in Dallas TX, the USA ・Saturday, July 13th: Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo ・Sunday, July 14th: Ota City General Gymnasium in Tokyo ・Monday, July 15th: Hokkai Kitayell in Hokkaido ・Thursday, July 18th: Korakuen Hall in Tokyo ・Friday, July 19th: Korakuen Hall in Tokyo ・Saturday, July 20th: Korakuen Hall in Tokyo ・Wednesday, July 24th: Hiroshima Sun Plaza Hall in Hiroshima ・Saturday, July 27th: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Aichi ・Sunday, July 28th: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium in Aichi ・Tuesday, July 30th: Takamatsu City General Gymnasium in Kagawa ・Thursday, August 1st: Fukuoka Citizen Gymnasium in Fukuoka ・Saturday, August 3rd: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka ・Sunday, August 4th: Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka ・Wednesday, August 7th: Hamamatsu Arena in Shizuoka ・Thursday, August 8th: Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium in Kanagawa ・Saturday, August 10th: Nippon Budokan in Tokyo ・Sunday, August 11th: Nippon Budokan in Tokyo ・<FINAL> Monday, August 12th: Nippon Budokan in Tokyo
  3. A strong main event to end a great day of action. I can see some being slightly disappointed in this but I thought it did a strong job in reigning in the excess we have seen plague a few of the matches in the tournament so far. Naito really focused on the neck of Ishii and did a ton of strong stuff on top to get the action moving but it was his own neck that failed him with the suplex and brainbuster combo of Ishii. The Destino being devolved into a throwaway nearfall continues to be disappointing. This didn't have as egregious pop up selling from Ishii that annoys me from time to time too. A slightly restrained and refreshing effort from these two. ****
  4. Talk about it here.
  5. This was kind of a base level Fale match. He works over the back of Naito and like usual, the underneath person is trying to find an opening to gain an advantage. I thought Fale’s execution looked pretty sloppy tonight and Naito was unable to generate much offense leading to a bit of a disconnect in the match overall. The teases of the Destino were well done. The first spike slam was a good nearfall and it was smart for Fale to come right back with the Bad Luck Fall to put the match away. With Naito at 2-0 a loss for him was coming and it happened to be tonight. ***
  6. I really enjoyed Elgin's selling of the left leg. I liked that he was going back to it, even when he was on offense, after big moves like the running lariat into the corner. Naito was on point picking that leg apart. Elgin's offense looked super stiff, which I always enjoy. I loved Naito smacking Elgin around on the back of the head until it pissed him off and he fired back at him. The reversing of the Naito's swinging DDT into a powerful falcon arrow was awesome. The interference lost me a little bit, but I was quickly sucked back in during Elgin's comeback with some killer looking lariats. ****1/4
  7. AJ Styles vs Tetsuya Naito - Wrestle Kingdom 9 Remember what I said about Shinsuke Nakamura, I was wrong. AJ Styles is the best wrestler in the world. He never ever lets up. You really feel like he is wrestling to win a match and that's the most important thing to me. He just absolutely rocked it from the opening bell to the closing bell. Yes, the finishing sequence was not as hot as Nakamura/Ibushi and there is nothing in this match that will blow your minds, but it is just excellent pro wrestling. Right off the bat, AJ jumpstarts the match and looks for the Styles Clash not once, but twice. Immediately, he sets the tone, he is here to win and he is not fucking around. That's what this match has in spades: urgency. Naito is a capable high flyer, but AJ brings out the best in him because AJ makes him earn everything. Even when they are on the floor, AJ is always moving forward before being blown away by a dropkick from the apron. Naito is ready to go through his routine in the corner and AJ counters into a legbreaker. AJ works the leg perfectly. This is such high quality. His offense looks amazing. Everything has purpose. Naito uses his speed to combat AJ, but he does sell. I love when Naito gives AJ the high ground of the top rope, AJ fires back with headbutts before nailing his signature springboard flying forearm. Naito has to resort to headkicks to try to keep AJ off balance, but he will not be denied tonight. He busted a perfect Calf-Killer and I would have loved to seen that as the finish. AJ runs through his signature set-sup for the Styles Clash, but now it is Naito who adds the wrinkle sending Styles flying out to the floor. WHAT A BUMP! That's Naito's big nearfall essentially as it is about 18 before AJ gets back in. The finish is friggin awesome as Naito goes for the top rope frankensteiner and Styles catches him and nails the Styles Clash. Absolutely pitch perfect performance from AJ. Every facet of pro wrestling, he nailed in this match. I loved the structure with AJ pretty much on top of the whole match and kicking ass, but giving enough to Naito so not to squash him, makes Naito look good and AJ even better for winning. You walked away with no doubt in your mind who the better wrestler was both in kayfabe and analytically. AJ makes you work for everything, everything he does flows from logical perspective and builds to the Styles Clash or Calf-Killer and it is done with urgency. That's why he is the best pro wrestler in the world. ****1/4