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…

NJPW World Tag League Day 1 – Review

NJPW World Tag League Day 1, Korakuen Hall, November 18: Teruaki Kanemitsu defeated Hiram Kawato This was a particularly good showing from Kanemitsu, who has improved a lot. He hit very hard and looks a lot more polished than Kawato. Kawato is the younger of the two and looked good in his own right. Kanemitsu…

Rev Pro Global Wars UK Night 2 – Review

Rev Pro Global Wars UK Night 2, Walthamstow, London, November 11th: British Tag Team Championship Joel Redman & Charlie Garrett defeated EVIL & BUSHI via DQ This was a very good tag opener. I’m used to seeing Garrett as an amazing old school heel in OTT, so it’s always strange watching him as a generic…