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New Japan Cup 2017 Final – Review

New Japan Cup Final, March 20: Tomoyuki Oka vs Hirai Kawato – Time Limit Draw This was a great match. Kawato went after the knee of Oka. Oka had the size and power advantage, which made Kawato the underdog. Oka targeted the taped left shoulder of Kawato. Oka used a half crab on the knee.…

New Japan Cup Semi Finals – Review

New Japan Cup, Semi-Finals, March 19: Juice Robinson, David Finlay & Tomoyuki Oka defeated Katsuya Kitamura, Hirai Kawato & David Finlay Kitamura is a big body builder that has his first ever match a few days ago. He and Oka started the match slugging it out. Already, you can see that Kitamura has all the…

New Japan Cup First Round – Review

  New Japan Cup First Round, March 11: El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku defeated Hirai Kawato & Ryusuke Taguchi Kawato was worked over mainly by TAKA until Taguchi got the tag and got the momentum back for his team. Kawato took it to Desperado, hitting a nice missile dropkick and got a great near fall…

NJPW New Year Dash 2017 – Review

New Year Dash, Korakuen Hall, January 5th: David Finlay, Ricochet & Kyle O’Reilly defeated Henare, Tiger Mask IV & Jushin Thunder Liger This was a very good action packed opener. Finlay & Ricochet looked good as a team. There was a cool moment where Henare refused to break a Boston Crab despite Ricochet kicking him…

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 – Review

Tiger Mask W defeated Tiger The Dark This was Kota Ibushi vs ACH. It was pretty good for what it was. There were some cool spots, but it was just an exhibition to promote the anime series.  ACH seemed to be having trouble with his mask at times. Tiger Mask W won with the sitdown…

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 – Preview

NJPW’s biggest show of the year is live on NJPW World tomorrow morning. Here’s a full preview. 0. New Japan Rumble: TBD Last year we had everyone from Haku to Cheeseburger to The Great Kabuki, so who knows who will pop up this year. This match is usually just a whole lot of fun. Expect…

2016 End of the Year Awards: Most Improved

Mark: Charlotte: I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t exactly huge on Charlotte’s big move to the main roster last July cause she still needed a lot of work in my opinion. But in 2016 Charlotte REALLY came into herself and proved she can be considered one of the greats. Charlotte went from being an…

2016 End of the Year Awards: Rookie of the Year.

This years Rookie of the Year was basically a unanimous decision. (Mark kind of through a wrench in that but he’s forgiven). Every person mentioned is going to go on to bigger and better things in 2017 but in 2016, they made splash. Matthew: Matt Riddle: Matt Riddle has 18 months experience and carries himself…

NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome, December 16 – Review

Road to Tokyo Dome, Korakuen Hall, December 16: Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi & Yoshitatsu defeated Henare, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV Nagata & Nakanishi meet tomorrow, so that was previewed here. They tore into each other from the bell and had a spirited exchange. Henare showed lots of fire, especially in the ring with…

NJPW World Tag League Final – Review

World Tag League Final, December 10th: David Finlay & Ryusuke Taguchi defeated Jushin Thunder Liger & Tiger Mask IV This was a good opener. Finlay was positioned as the underdog as he was worked over by the veterans. Taguchi made the hot tag. Tiger took out Taguchi with a Tiger Driver leaving Liger & Finlay…