NJPW Fantastica Mania (20/1/19) Review

Look big brother, I can fly! Credit: NJPW

I know I kicked off Fantastica Mania bursting with enthusiasm, but I have to admit that it’s starting to run low. These shows have been repetitive, so I’m going to keep it short and sweet for the bulk of these matches. It just ain’t worth the effort of doing more.

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NJPW Fantastica Mania (16/1/18) Review

Credit: Volador seems to be turning into Brian Cage.

Fantastica Mania has been slowly making its way around Japan delivering its unique blend of lucha and puroresu. As usual, most people are ignoring this weirdly wonderful NJPW/CMLL tour, but not I! I’m the weirdo using my time to review it. Come with me and embrace the fun.

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NJPW Fantastica Mania 22/1/18 Review

That’s some damn good synchronised diving. Credit: NJPW

The final night of Fantastica Mania madness. I’m sad to see it go. Sure it means we’re closer to The New Beginning tour which has loads of great matches booked but does it have a caveman? No, it does not!

If you’ve even glanced at my other Fantastica Mania reviews, then you’ll know I’m not exactly¬†taking this seriously. Please don’t expect that to change here. Let’s dish out some stars.

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NJPW Fantastica Mania 19/1/18 Review

It never gets old. Credit: NJPW

It’s that time of the year when CMLL grab a bunch of their guys, fly to Japan and have a party. Love it or hate it, Fantastica Mania is a unique tour in the New Japan calendar.

This year, NJPW have treated it a bit differently too. Rather than merging their guys with the luchadors they’ve given a few of their stars a rest and left the CMLL talent to carry these shows. There are still New Japan men sprinkled across them, but they’re not being presented as the attraction.

Will it work? Time to find out. Let’s dish out some stars.

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10 Observations From Fantastica Mania

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I can’t find pictures from the event, so you’ll have to deal with a random smattering.

As a newcomer to New Japan, Fantastica Mania is a bit of a strange one. It’s the bump in the road before we get back to the serious stuff and it introduces a whole new cast of guys (the CMLL wrestlers) into a group that I’m only just getting to know. However, I’m nothing if not a trooper, and I wasn’t about to slow down on my newfound puroresu love. Therefore, over the last few days I’ve tuned into all the broadcast shows of Fantastica Mania and here are ten things that I took away from them.

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