NJPW Wrestle Kingdom (4/1/20) Review

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Credit: NJPW

With Tokyo Joshi finished, it was time to go to the second most important show of the day. January 4th at the Tokyo Dome is a New Japan tradition, and even if they were running two dates there this year, there was something extra special about the first. Watching Wrestle Kingdom a few years ago got me into Japanese wrestling and, well, have a look around this site if you want to know how important that was to me. So, let’s find out what New Japan gave me on my first trip to their biggest show of the year.

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Stardom New Years Stars (2/1/20) Review

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Credit: Stardom

January the second was Stardom time! Wrestle Kingdom may have been the initial inspiration for this trip, but let’s not beat around the bush, I was just as excited about watching Stardom. I’ve fallen in love with this company over the last year and having reviewed every show (I think, I certainly didn’t miss many) of 2019, being at their first of 2020 was a no-brainer. I was sober and fully with it, so I’ll be returning to the traditional structure. However, don’t expect any great analysis of the matches themselves because I was not taking notes.

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Stardom Year End Climax (24/12/19) Review

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Credit: Stardom

Stardom’s final show of the year has taken on all kinds of meaning. In many ways, it is setting up a new era for the company as they move forward under the stewardship of Bushiroad. However, it is a new era tinged by sadness as they said goodbye to Hazuki and had another wrestler announce their retirement (more on that later). Change is coming one way or another.

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Stardom Toda Boat Race (17/11/19) Review

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Credit: Stardom

Stardom recently turned up at Toda Boat Race Event Hall for a random little show featuring only four matches. This is the kind of thing that I probably could ignore, but I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed every Stardom show this year, so why stop now? Plus, the venue looked cool. I like it when wrestling events take place in rooms that aren’t your standard arenas. Does that make sense? It does to me.

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