NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 (19/5/19) Review

Working the arse. Credit: NJPW

After this show, Super Juniors is set to take a two-day break before doing three straight at Korakuen with ten matches on each. If you’ve been enjoying the fast and breezy watches, then appreciate this one because we’re about to get hardcore. Also, DDT has run a parody of New Japan’s Time’s Up video which revealed that Chris Brookes is doing a tour with them. I want to point out that I said from day one that it made no sense for him to join New Japan, so I’m giving myself two points.

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 (18/5/19) Review

One way to deal with it. Credit: NJPW

We’re only five days in, but Super Juniors has been a delight so far. The shows are zipping by and even the one that I’d consider a dud (night three) was only worthy of the title in comparison to everything else. It’s shaping up to be a great tournament, and it’s up to A Block to continue that momentum. On with the review!

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The Listening Booth – Employed To Serve, Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties and Pkew Pkew Pkew

Hello friends, even with Best Of The Super Juniors taking up a shitload of my time, I still had room for The Listening Booth to saunter into the schedule. In the past week I’ve been having a fucking awesome time with Employed To Serve, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties and PKEW PKEW PKEW all of whom I am about to incomprehensibly ramble about. Strap yourself in and enjoy. Or don’t. I won’t be angry. Well, maybe a little.

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 (15/5/19) Review

Has anyone checked to see whether Dragon Lee is Shibata in a mask? Credit: NJPW

Coming into night three, Best Of The Super Juniors was 2-0 for great shows, and New Japan had cooked up a card with the potential to make it 3-0. We’ve got a main-event of SHO vs Dragon Lee, a technical battle between Gresham and Taka plus the continued warpath of Shingo Takagi. You’d be mad to miss it.

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 (14/5/19) Review

Big match Taguch! Credit: NJPW

With A Block smashing it out the park on night one, it’s time to wander over to B Block as they kick off their side of the tournament with a card that lacks the wow factor of SHO vs Shingo or Ishimori vs Dragon Lee. Not that there isn’t intrigue to be found. We’ve got El Phantasmo and the mysterious DOUKI competing in straight-up matches for the first time while Will Ospreay’s return to the Juniors after his NEVER run will be interesting. There is fun to be had even if the potential for brilliance is not quite there.

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NJPW Best Of The Super Jr. 26 (13/5/19) Review

Incoming. Credit: NJPW

It’s Super Juniors time! As is the norm for New Japan tournaments, I will be reviewing every show (although I can’t promise they’ll all go up promptly because life). That also means I’ll be skipping the undercard because, well, life. Now, onto the action. It’s night one of the Super Juniors, and this is shaping up to be one hell of a year. I fucking love this shit.

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Stardom STARS Produce (3/5/19) Review

Hina replaced AZM in this match due to injury. Credit: Stardom

It was recently Golden Week in Japan and Stardom ran a gimmick where each unit was handed an opportunity to produce a show. Up first were STARS, who put together a card headlined by the Costume Change Battle Royal. I shall be judging all the units based on their booking, so they better deliver quality throughout.

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The Listening Booth – The Wildhearts, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and Amon Amarth

Hello friends, welcome to The Listening Booth where I ramble incoherently about what I’ve been putting into my ears. It has a been week of heavy hitters as we have the return of The Wildhearts, Frank Carter continuing his journey with The Rattlesnakes and some Vikings. You probably won’t discover something new, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun all the same.

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