NJPW New Japan Cup (13/3/19) Review

Taichi the badass. Credit: NJPW

The New Japan Cup kicked off the second round with a spectacularly unsexy pair of matches. First up is YOSHI-HASHI vs Chase Owens and for dessert Tomohiro Ishii vs Taichi. I’m a huge fan of half those people; unfortunately, they’re not wrestling each other. Oh well, perhaps YOSHI and Taichi will surprise me. I live in hope.

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NJPW New Japan Cup (8/3/19) Review

My new favourite photo. Credit: NJPW

It’s March, and New Japan are ready to serve up a good old-fashioned tournament. As usual, I shan’t be bothering with the undercard because life is too short, but I will mention that El Phantasmo was introduced (via a video) as a new member of Bullet Club during this show. That’s an incredible opportunity for him, and I have no doubt he’ll smash it.

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NJPW Anniversary Event (6/3/19) Review

This did not end well for Billy. Credit: NJPW

New Japan’s Anniversary show is an underrated date on their calendar. The last two years have seen Kazuchika Okada take on Tiger Mask W (aka Kota Ibushi) and Will Ospreay while this year sees Will get his second main event in a row against Jay White. Gedo seems to view it as an opportunity to bend the rules a bit, and that’s always going to be fun.

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NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo (2/2/19) Review

Ace off. Credit: NJPW

New Japan’s first New Beginning show (if we don’t count the ones taking place in America) might not have had the big title matches, but there was plenty of intrigue going around. This was another chance for Tanahashi to get an elusive win over Jay White before their title match while EVIL finally got his hands on ZSJ. How did it go down? Read on and find out.

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NJPW New Year Dash (5/1/19) Review

Welcome back. Credit: NJPW

If you’re new to NJPW, think of New Year Dash as a bit like the Raw after WrestleMania. With the big show out of the way, it’s time to set-up the year ahead with recent years featuring the return of Suzuki-gun and Jay White turning down Kenny Omega and Bullet Club. With the Dome seeing a changing of the guard, it’s an interesting time for New Japan fans, and this show will give us an insight as to what we should expect.

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NJPW World Tag League Final (9/12/18) Review

Sanada looks shocked to have found himself in this position. Credit: NJPW

We’ve made it! After what feels like years, it’s time for me to close out World Tag League by reviewing the all-important final. Who will seal that hallowed spot at Wrestle Kingdom? That’s not something that you can earn by just walking through the curtain and demanding to be added to the match… Anyway, unlike the rest of the tour, I’m going to review the whole show because why not? We’re entering Dome season, so I’m in an excellent mood. Let’s do this!

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King Of Pro Wrestling 2018 Review

Kota is pissed. Credit: NJPW

There are rumblings of discontent in the New Japan stratosphere. Triple Threats, Gaijin champions and a worry that creative is struggling to get the most out of certain stars (*cough* LIJ *cough*). However, if there’s one thing NJPW does well, it is big events, and King Of Pro Wrestling is one of their biggest. Could this be the moment they get everyone back onside? Let’s find out.

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NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed (30/9/18) Review

 

Two of my favourite boys. Credit: NJPW

 

It might surprise you to know that New Japan ran a show in America recently. Has anyone made that joke yet? Yes, it’s true, New Japan’s latest trip to the US didn’t quite have the hype their previous journeys did. I’m not necessarily sure that’s a disaster, though. The more they come, the less exciting it will be, that’s only natural. They did recently sell out Maddison Square Gardens (let’s not pretend ROH had anything to do with that), so it can’t be going that badly. Anyway, I’m not actually that bothered by how big New Japan’s crowds are. I’m more interested in good wrestling. Time to find out if they delivered.

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