Do you know what’s lovely? Live wrestling. ROH appear to have made Edinburgh a regular stop for them and while I can’t pretend I think their roster is that great at the moment, as long as they bring over NJPW guys I’ll be there. They were in Edinburgh on the 24th of May to open their Honor United tour and I went along to check it out.
Night four and we’re back to the full production. We also have a big main event as we finally get a Hiromu Takahashi vs El Desperado singles match. Those two have been teeing off on each other for a while and have developed a bit of a blood feud. Let’s see what they go do one on one.
Our first single-camera show. I am always in two minds about these. On the one hand, it means I don’t have to watch a two and a half to three-hour long event. On the other, the view is always a bit shit. Shouldn’t complain too much, though, there’s wrestling to watch.
I’m going to be reviewing a lot of these shows over the next few weeks. Let’s not waste all my good intros now, eh?
Hello friends, Best Of The Super Juniors kicks off today and I can’t be the only one who is delighted to have it back. While the G1 is great, the appeal of Super Juniors was what first enticed me into checking out New Japan. That style of wrestling is my favourite, and I’ve got a lot of love for this tournament.
However, I realise that not everyone has had the pleasure of its company before and I want to make it easy for those who haven’t dipped in New Japan to come along and join the party. Therefore, welcome to my Beginner’s Guide to Best Of The Super Juniors. I’m going to run through the format of the tournament and then, more importantly, introduce you to all the wrestlers involved.
All In and its success is brilliant for professional wrestling. There is no debating that point. A group of wrestlers have put together a show independent of any promotion and sold 10,000 tickets in under half an hour. I don’t care if they’re known to many because they worked for WWE, ROH or NJPW. I really don’t care if some of those tickets went to touts (they wouldn’t go to touts if the demand didn’t exist). And I certainly don’t care what people think of the ability of the wrestlers involved.
I have a confession for you all, I feel bad every time I spend a few thousand words moaning about WWE. In the past few years, I’ve seen my wrestling taste change. Moving away from that company, I’ve discovered a world of new things to watch. Therefore, it often feels like I’m going out of my way to go back and bash something I hate. Rather than spending an afternoon watching New Japan or wXw, I’ve chosen to put my hours into WWE, well aware that it will probably piss me off. I don’t listen to pop music and then moan that it’s not for me, so why do it with wrestling?
It’s the big one motherfuckers. Tanahashi vs Okada, the feud that carved the modern landscape of New Japan. Am I excited? You better believe it.