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Burning Spirits #35: Big Japan Pro-Wrestling Ryogokutan Preview, Takeshita vs. Mike Bailey, and Kenta Kobashi's Fortune Dream #4!

 

A variety of topics are covered this week on Burning Spirits, as we start with a half-hearted review of the Fortune Dream show from June. We then jump to DDT to review the Konosuke Takeshita vs. Mike Bailey KO-D title defense. We discuss Mike Bailey's new persona as well as Takeshita's continued progression as DDT ace as we head closer to the big Peter Pan show in August. Finally, we review the BJW Korkauen Hall card from 6/28 and preview the annual Sumo Hall card coming up this weekend. Plus, the return of Burning Spirits Cursed Audio!

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/07/13/burning-spirits-big-japan-ryogokutan-preview-fortune-dream-4/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6098262-burning-spirits-35-big-japan-pro-wrestling-ryogokutan-preview-takeshita-vs-mike-bailey-and-kenta-kobashi-s-fortune-dream-4

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Burning Spirits #36: BJW ROGOKUTAN REVIEW!

 

This week on Burning Spirits were focused solely on BJWs biggest show of the year: Ryogokutan from Sumo Hall!

 

We break down every match (in reverse order no less) and give our overall impressions of the show and some dreadful ~fantasy booking~ going forward. Be sure to listen towards the end for some fairly bewildering Burning Spirits Cursed Audio as well!

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/07/21/burning-spirits-36-big-japan-ryogokutan-review/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6127699-burning-spirits-36-big-japan-ryogokutan-review

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Burning Spirits #37: DR "Road to Ryogoku 2017" Review

 

This week on Burning Spirits were back in the weird and wonderful world of DDT! Drew, Kevin, Brenna, and Nutmeg the cat open the show with a review of the heavy main event from the much-anticipated Osaka show, before moving on to Korakuen Hall.

 

This was a packed show with a lot to discuss, and we touch on everything, including all the matches and news coming out. We end the show with a brief discussion of this years Peter Pan card which was announced as well.

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/07/31/burning-spirits-37-ddt-road-ryogoku-2017-review/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6149803-burning-spirits-37-ddt-road-to-ryogoku-2017-review

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Jake Lee being out is the worst news I've heard in a very very long time. Also I get what Drew was trying to say about context being key but I take it more in a match to match bases rather than based on the promotions as he was talking about

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Burning Spirits #39: A Leisurely Conversation About Wrestling in 2017

 

In this Very Special Episode TM of Burning Spirits, Drew & Kevin are joined by Timothy Robert Buechner (@luchaundead) to stroll through the year in wrestling so far.

 

We bounce around to a variety of topics including star rating conspiracy theories, our favorite matches, wrestlers, promotions, and more! Meanwhile, Drew has an inpromptu therapy session and seeks answers about his lack of connection to recent NJPW main events. Its our most self-indulgent episode yet, but we felt like everyone needed a break, so here you go! Oh, and of course we get the inside scoop on Onita at CZW from Kevin.

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/08/11/burning-spirits-39-leisurely-conversation-wrestling-2017/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6194419-burning-spirits-39-a-leisurely-conversation-about-wrestling-in-2017

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Burning Spirits #40: DDT Peter Pan 2017 Preview

 

This week on Burning Spirits Drew is joined by Jamie (@jamieOD) from Dramatic DDT (@dramaticddt) to preview the HUGE upcoming DDT Peter Pan event.

 

Jamie is a true fountain of DDT knowledge and provides great background and insights for every match on the card, including the dark matches! If youre looking to jump into DDT this is a great episode to help familiarize you with the show, or if youre already a fan, this is a great way to get hyped up for this weekend!

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/08/16/burning-spirits-ddt-peter-pan-2017-preview-w-jamie-dramatic-ddt/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6209215-burning-spirits-40-ddt-peter-pan-2017-preview-w-jamie-from-dramatic-ddt

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Burning Spirits #41: DDT RYOGOKU PETER PAN 2017 ~PETER PAN EVEN IF YOU BECOME 20 YEARS OLD PETER PAN~ Review

 

The true peak of Burning Spirits Cursed Audio is reached this week with a horrendous sounding episode. We've got Trump Rally crowds, tornado warnings, audible thunder claps, double and triple echos, underwater mic effects, ambient music, hypnosis directives and more to confuse and disorient the listener. If you dig through all that, you will also find a tremendous episode with an even more tremendous guest! We are joined this week by Chad Campbell (@bigboysplaywcw) of Place to Be Nation/Pro Wrestling Only fame to review DDT's flagship show, Peter Pan! We review every match on the card and have a lengthy discussion of the main event and current ace Konosuke Takeshita. We talk about the future, what the company's plans are for Tetsuya Endo going forward, and bring in some past DDT history and insights to flesh out our thoughts. There's a great episode in here that, while at times frustrating and even veering into the surreal, really delivers the goods as far as match discussion goes (in my humble opinion.) Come to think of it, that's almost like a microcosm of DDT itself right? Check it out!

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/08/24/burning-spirits-41-ddt-peter-pan-2017-review/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6234402-burning-spirits-41-ddt-ryogoku-peter-pan-2017-peter-pan-even-if-you-become-20-years-old-peter-pan-review

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Burning Spirits #42: All Japan Pro-Wrestling 2017 SUMMER EXPLOSION ~ AJPW 45th Anniversary Show

 

Were back from beyond this week on Burning Spirits, as we review the big AJPW 45th anniversary show from Sumo Hall.

 

We break down every single match, including a monstrous main event. We share our thoughts and feelings on some potentially controversial booking decisions throughout the show and look forward into the fall for All Japan and Shuji Ishikawa. We then hop over to Big Japan to briefly talk about the two title matches from the Death Mania V show, including a very hyped death match! Listen to all of us give our thoughts on this match, and listen as Brennan shares a revelation so shocking it has sent the podcast into an existential crisis.

 

Recommended Matches:

 

Yuma Aoyagi vs Taichi

KAI/Naoya Nomura vs Strong BJ

Kento Miyahara vs Shuji Ishikawa

Hideki Suzuki vs Daichi Hashimoto (BJW 8/19)

Masaya Takahashi vs Masashi Takeda (BJW 8/19)

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/09/01/burning-spirits-42-japan-pro-wrestling-2017-summer-explosion/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6259680-burning-spirits-42-all-japan-pro-wrestling-2017-summer-explosion-ajpw-45th-anniversary-show

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Burning Spirits #43: DDT CAMPSITE WRESTLING LIVE WATCH

 

What better way to do a live watch of DDTs recent Campsite Wrestling match than with two people who have never really watched wrestling before? No better way, thats what!

 

With Kevin down for the count this week, Drew is joined by his lovely wife Isabelle and Brennan is joined by his lovely fiancee Zoraya for a bewildering introduction to DDT via Campsite Wrestling! Listen for the confused silence, the nervous laughter, hilarious reactions, and genuine confusion as these two wonderful women attempt to navigate the insanity they see unfolding before them. I will say this, this episode rewards the listener for listening through to the end, so dont give up!

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/09/11/burning-spirits-ddt-campsite-wrestling-live-watch/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6280757-burning-spirits-43-ddt-campsite-wrestling-live-watch-with-significant-others

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Burning Spirits #44: WRESTLE-1 2017 Pro-Wrestling LOVE in YOKOHAMA Review

 

This week on Burning Spirits Drew is joined by Timothy Robert Buechner (@luchaundead) to review Wrestle-1s biggest show of the year: Wrestle-1 2017 Pro-Wrestling LOVE in YOKOHAMA!

 

We break down every match and discuss the all the young talent active in the promotion right now. We move onto the main event and hit on a variety of topics including the continued progression of emerging ace Shotaro Ashino, Jiros incredible ability to integrate his character, match structure, selling, each wrestlers individual performance, and overall opinions of the match. We also diverge throughout the episode and talk about the strong imagery & aesthetic of the band Crass, Metallicas real life Spinal Tap Some Kind of Monster, and Lemmy from Motörhead

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/09/15/burning-spirits-wrestle-1-pro-wrestling-love-in-yokohama-review/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6302844-burning-spirits-44-wrestle-1-2017-pro-wrestling-love-in-yokohama-review

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Burning Spirits #46: Drew's ROH Las Vegas Weekend, AJPW Oudou Tournament, DDT Factory Pro Wrestling & "Who's Gonna Top?" 2017

 

There's three busy bees working hard this week on Burning Spirits. Drew returns from Las Vegas to shares his thoughts on the magnificent buffet at the Wynn Hotel, as well as ROH's Death Before Dishonor, meeting Minoru Suzuki, and why the main event was a genius piece of pro wrestling work. We then move on to All Japan where we cover the semi-finals and finals of this year's Oudou Tournament, as well as discuss the direction of the promotion heading into the winter. DDT is up next, as we discuss the big news of DDT being bought out by an entertainment media company, what we know, and what this means for the future of DDT. Staying in the DDT Universe, we talk some Factory Pro Wrestling and finish up with some highlights from this year's Who's Gonna Top? Korakuen show.

 

Recommended Matches:

 

HARASHIMA/Naomichi Marufuji vs Danshoku Dino/Sanshiro Takagi DDT 9/20

Suwama vs Shuji Ishikawa AJPW 9/23

HARASHIMA vs KUDO DDT 9/24

Konosuke Takeshita vs Daisuke Sasaki vs Ken Ohka DDT 9/24

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/09/29/burning-spirits-ajpw-oudou-tournament-ddt-whos-gonna-top/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6345879-burning-spirits-46-drew-s-roh-las-vegas-weekend-ajpw-oudou-tournament-ddt-factory-pro-wrestling-who-s-gonna-top-2017

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Burning Spirits #47: BJW Saikyou Tag League

 

After a long break (too long if you ask me) from Big Japan, we're back with an entire show to catch up on this year's Saikyou Tag League. tournament. We give our overall thoughts on the tournament and hit some highlights from the single cam shows before reviewing the 9/20 Korakuen Hall matches. Don't worry, we devote plenty of time talking about the most hyped BJW match of the year: Sekimoto & Sato vs Okabayashi & Shingo! Does it live up to the hype? How does Shingo fit in with the Strong boys? We answer those questions plus more this week on Burning Spirits!

 

Recommended Matches:

 

-Hideki Suzuki/Shogun Okamoto vs Daichi Hashimoto/Hideyoshi Kamitani 9/20

-Kankuro Hoshino/Minoru Fujita vs Masashi Takeda/Takumi Tsukamoto 9/20

-Daisuke Sekimoto/Kohei Sato vs Yuji Okabayashi/Shingo Takagi 9/20

-Yankee Two Kenju vs Masaya Takahashi/Takayuki Ueki 9/22

-Masaya Takahashi/Takayuki Ueki vs Abdullah Kobayashi/Ryuji Ito 9/24

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/10/06/burning-spirits-bjw-saikyou-tag-league-2017/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6364582-burning-spirits-47-bjw-saikyou-tag-league-2017

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Burning Spirits #48: Wrestle-1 Tour 2017 4th Anniversary

 

Drew is joined by the Fighting Network Friends (@fightfriends) Brennan and Andy (@trillyrobinson) this week on Burning Spirits. We open the show with 31 Days of Horror talk. Drew and Andy talk about their theme for this year, which movies have been the best so far, what they're looking forward to, etc. Brennan chimes in with his own dark childhood memories of horror as well. We then move on to review the Wrestle-1 4th anniversary tour Korakuen Hall show. We review all the matches, highlighting the standouts from the young roster, and examine the growing confidence and abilities of Shotaro Ashino.

 

Recommended Matches:

 

-Yusuke Kodama/Seigo Tachibana vs Jake Omen/Yuji Hino

-Daiki Inaba vs Shotaro Ashino

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/10/13/burning-spirits-wrestle-1-tour-2017-4th-anniversary/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6389853-burning-spirits-48-wrestle-1-tour-2017-4th-anniversary

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Burning Spirits #49: All Japan Pro-Wrestling 2017 Raising an Army Series

 

With Drew out due to family obligations, Brennan takes the reigns and hosts the show as he and Kevin review the October 9th All Japan Pro-Wrestling Korakuen Hall show. The boys discuss all the big moments of the show, including Taiyo Kea's return to All Japan, firey six-man tag team action, a BANG! tv title defense, and a massive Triple Crown title match. Last but not least, they give each other wrestling match gifts to prepare for next week's 50th episode celebration!

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/10/20/burning-spirits-all-japan-pro-wrestling-2017-raising-an-army-series/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6411430-burning-spirits-49-all-japan-pro-wrestling-2017-raising-an-army-series

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Burning Spirits #50: 50th Episode Celebration Gala

 

It's a beautiful affair as Kevin, Drew, and Brennan celebrate the 50th episode of Burning Spirits with a heartfelt wrestling match gift exchange. Each person selected a match for the other two and each match is reviewed on the show! Along the way, the crew share some of their favorite show memories and heartfelt thanks as well. It's a warm and fuzzy event to be sure, this week on Burning Spirits.

 

Here's a list of the matches discussed:

 

To Drew from Kevin: Samoa Joe vs Necro Butcher (IWA Mid-South 06/11/06

 

To Drew from Brennan: Kazunari Murakami vs Yuki Ishikawa (BattlARTS 11/26/00)

 

To Brennan from Kevin: The Great Sasuke, SATO, & Shiryu vs Gran Naniwa, Jinsei Shinzaki, & Super Delfin (Michinoku Pro 02/04/94)

 

To Brennan from Drew: Ric Flair vs Ricky Steamboat (NWA 04/02/89)

 

To Kevin from Brennan: Yuko Miyamoto & Takashi Sasaki vs Isami Kodaka & Masashi Takeda (BJW 03/26/09)

 

To Kevin from Drew: Jumbo Tsuruta & Genichiro Tenryu vs Riki Choshu & Yoshiaki Yatsu (AJPW 01/28/86)

 

http://www.voicesofwrestling.com/2017/10/30/burning-spirits-50-50th-episode-celebration-gala/

 

https://audioboom.com/posts/6433398-burning-spirits-50-50th-episode-celebration-gala

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I don't normally listen to this, but some of the matches intrigued me.

 

Extra interesting when it's a relative novice to 80s American wrestling. Good stuff.

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I don't normally listen to this, but some of the matches intrigued me.

 

Extra interesting when it's a relative novice to 80s American wrestling. Good stuff.

Cool thanks for checking it out! We usually just stick to modern non-NJPW Japanese promotions but we branches out this episode, especially because Brennan hadnt seen the Flair/Steamboat series.

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