I am officially all caught up on the G1. Thanks to New Japan organising a few days off while I’m away on holiday, I shall return and be right on schedule (hopefully) for the rest of the tournament. So, if you are one of the many many people who clamour for my reviews, you can relax. They shall arrive promptly. Well, kind of promptly. Let’s not make too many promises.
My spoiler free must-sees for night four are Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White.
Night three of the G1 was a hell of a card with the dream match between KENTA and Tanahashi proving the cherry on the cake for something that promised to be special. Let’s stop blabbing and get right into it.
My spoiler free can’t miss matches are: Will Ospreay vs Sanada, Zack Sabre Jr vs Kazuchika Okada, Kota Ibushi vs EVIL and KENTA vs Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Thanks to the joys of 2000Trees, I’m already behind on the G1 a situation that is going to be compounded by the fact I’m off on another holiday tomorrow… still, we can try to catch up! After A Block commenced in America, NJPW came back to Japan for B Block to join the fun. Let’s see what down.
My spoiler free recommendations for this show are: Juice Robinson vs Shingo Takagi, Jon Moxley vs Taichi and Tomohiro Ishii vs Jeff Cobb.
I haven’t watched as much wrestling as I would have liked this month (which is still too much wrestling by most people’s standards), so this is sadly another New Japan heavy list. It’s not as fun doing that, as I imagine most people will have seen these matches, but I do also suspect it happens because, well, NJPW puts on the best wrestling. Still, there are a few other companies in there and, hopefully, you find a gem you were unaware of.
After their two show day in Osaka, Stardom headed to Shimane for Saki Kashima’s Homecoming. Unsurprisingly, she got herself a spot on the main event as STARS once again challenge Tokyo Cyber Squad for the Artist of Stardom Titles. They better not win! This is a pro-TCS website.
G1! G1! G1! It’s time, baby. The 29th G1 Climax kicked off not in Japan, but in America, and as usual, I’ll be trying to review the whole damn thing (apart from undercard matches, arsed with that). In a slight change, I am going to include some spoiler-free recommendations in my intros, so you can decide what to watch and what to skip without seeing the results. That seems smart, yes? I hope so anyway.
So for this first night, I recommend Lance Archer vs Will Ospreay, Sanada vs Zack Sabre Jr, KENTA vs Kota Ibushi and Kazuchika Okada vs Hiroshi Tanahashi. Read on if you want to find out why.
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs Kazuchika Okada. It’s the feud on which modern day New Japan was built. After The Ace dragged them out of the muck, The Rainmaker came along to challenge for his crown. Since then they’ve gone back and forth, battling for top spot as the company grew around them. Thirteen singles matches define their feud with nearly every single one held up as a classic. Sounds like fun, eh?
Hello friends, welcome to The Listening Booth where I ramble incoherently about the music I’ve been putting in my ears for the last week. Or, at least, that’s what I normally do. In the interests of being open about this kind of shit, my brain has not been working with me over the last seven days. It’s nothing awful, I’m just unfocused and a bit sad, so trying to sit and absorb new music in a way that makes it possible to write a few hundred words on it, wasn’t possible. I’ve been wallowing in old favourites instead. But, rather than ditch The Listening Booth entirely, I decided it would be a better idea to throw some attention towards Riffs For Reproductive Rights, a compilation that is certainly deserving of it.
Hopefully, the fact that you’re reading this means you’ve already read my preview of A Block in the 29th G1 Climax, and you know the deal. If for some reason you aren’t reading every word I produce, it might make more sense to start there? Click the link and enjoy. Done it? Great, onto Block B.