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On 6/9/2019 at 7:19 AM, SmartMark15 said:

A year out and it seems that Okada-Omega IV was the natural climax of the 2010's New Japan style wherein it finally reached the maximum of its potential. It's my hope that a fresh evolution of the style comes into play, ideally along the lines of what Jay White's recently.

It felt like an evolution of a sort was what they were trying for in the main event, although it only half-worked.

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Dunno, really enjoyed most of the show. Moxley is the G1 = exciting. Takagi in the G1 = exciting. KENTA in the G1 = different (and maybe really cool). 

I thought Ibushi vs Naito was nowhere near as horrific as it's been portrayed. Well, except Das Bump, of course, which looked like Ibushi didn't exactly took it the way he intended. One of the grossest bump ever. Naito really did not take any hard neck bump, he really tuck his head on the tombstone. Ibushi on the other hand, really tried to bump on his head the most time possible. I don't care, I call this a great match, although Das Bump was the stupidest thing ever, especially on the eve of Misawa's death anniversary. But the story of the match itself, in all its sacrificial glory, was quite compelling. As the meme says :

Ibushi : if you want to beat me, you're gonna have to kill me !

Naito : hold my beer.

Now, I'd wish Ibushi would stop doing that and do tons of cool kicks and face palms and roll up counters and some cool flying instead. Please ? 

Naito still is a great, great pro-wrestler. His heeling was glorious and he looked legit deranged at times. Posing with his feet on the head of Ibushi was the cherry on the cake.

Undercard had that really cool Takagi vs Kojima match, which was as good as a Koji match in 2019 can be and really flowed well for a veteran vs aspiring heavy goes.

Ospreay vs Dragon Lee developed into a great match. Match of the night too. But I think Ospreay was kinda hurt after his amazingly strong MOTYC against Takagi.

Loved most of Jericho vs Okada. Great match for a while but the ending kinda fell flat to me (for execution issues, not the fact it was basically a Bret Hart finish, which I like), although the reason was obvious. I really enjoy old-ass Jericho. Now against Tana ? Why the fuck not. They have to mix things up a bit. The crowd booing loudly at the end, not too sure if this was in kayfabe mode or if they got pissed by the bullshit.

The Guerrillas of Destiny are beyond tired and the whole bullshit with Jado is already old. The Tongans could vanish from the promotion tomorrow honestly, although Tama is pretty good. The tag team scene is pretty dull. 

Me want Liger vs Suzuki.

I'm a Taichi fan and he showed up again, although I didn't think it was as good as the latest Ishii match. Still very enjoyable, love Ishii getting Taichi out of his troll shell. Here's hoping Taichi gets in the G1 and goes more and more into Kawada mode.

Excellent card overall.

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G1 is going to be pretty stacked, this year if you consider Moxley, Ospreay, Shingo and KENTA are would-be replacements for Elgin, Omega and co. As much as KENTA is probably done, you've got to think he'll be working his ass off throughout it all.

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12 hours ago, El-P said:

The crowd booing loudly at the end, not too sure if this was in kayfabe mode or if they got pissed by the bullshit.

They were upset that they didn't get the usual Okada post-match promo.

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Is there anyone here who hadn't seen Shingo before his New Japan run? Would love to hear your thoughts on his overall package. Thought he was beyond great in Dragon Gate but I know most people here don't watch that promotion. 

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3 minutes ago, Childs said:

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

Yeah, just saw the uproxx article saying it was a baseless rumor and came back to edit/update the previous post

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A Block:

Okada
Tanahashi
Ibushi
Opsreay
SANADA
EVIL
KENTA
Archer
Fale
Sabre

B Block:

Naito
Shingo
Juice
Taichi
Moxley
Yano
Ishii
Goto
Jay
Cobb

Overall, really good and interesting field this year. A Block looks killer but B Block should be really good as well. Only major disappointment is that Suzuki got cut. Would much rather have him over Fale.

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Considering champion and challenger for WK have never been in the same block and that I don't see Okada losing the title before then, think Naito wins this year. I don't completely count Jay out, but I don't think he gets a dome main event quite yet.

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Yeah, no Suzuki is disappointing. Apart from that, it looks like an awesome tournament again, and quite fresh compared to the last two or three years which had more or less the same cast.

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I wonder if Suzuki just opted out this year. Dude's 51, can't take back bumps, and the G-1 is a grind he may just not want to be a part of anymore. The rest of the turnover is cool, though--all the new faces are welcome ones (even Taichi, who got the biggest crowd pop of any announced participant).

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6 minutes ago, PeteF3 said:

I wonder if Suzuki just opted out this year. Dude's 51, can't take back bumps, and the G-1 is a grind he may just not want to be a part of anymore. 

Yes, probably, and who could fault him for that.

Speaking of G1 being a grind, Tanahashi being in is kinda worrying honestly, he looked in really poor shape at Dominion.

Archer I guess is the surprise low-tier entrant. Anything better than Henare though, I couldn't put myself through a bunch of single Henare matches. He's decent and all, but he annoys the fuck out of me.

Taichi finally getting in is cool. The guys is really underrated.

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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.

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I went ahead and made a thread for the G1. It deserves its own thread. I don't know if Loss will wanna merge any posts but just wanted to give the heads-up. It's gonna be fun this year.

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