NJPW New Japan Cup (24/3/19) Review

The turning point. Credit: NJPW

It’s New Japan Cup final time! Which is lovely because it means we’ve got Kazuchika Okada vs Sanada to watch, but also because I’ve made it through the tournament with only a slight stumble at the end. It’s been a fun old run, and I’ll be sad to see it go. Now, let’s see it out in style folks.

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NJPW New Japan Cup (23/3/19) Review

Round and Round Tana goes. Credit: NJPW

The New Japan Cup semi-finals were, on paper, a bit of a foregone conclusion. The Ace was in one match and his successor in the other, if you were gambling on it, you’d have bet on them both going to the final, right? You’d have also been wrong.

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NJPW New Japan Cup (20/3/19) Review

Got a way to go yet, kid. Credit: NJPW

The New Japan Cup slips into the quarter-finals, and the first half of the bracket is an all CHAOS affair. First up is Ishii who has been tasked with getting something out of YOSHI-HASHI after The Loose Explosion fluked his way past Nakanishi and Owens. Thankfully, the main event is to be a more even affair as Okada tries to shoot down Ospreay’s rising star. How fun.

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NJPW New Japan Cup (9/3/19) Review

Bill takes his frustrations out. Credit: NJPW

Day two of the New Japan Cup is headlined by a match I won’t watch. I wanted to put that out at the front just so as not to waste the time of anyone that would be bothered by that. There are other reviews out there that will be happy to have you read them. Meanwhile, there is still plenty for me to get my teeth into as we have Mikey Nicholls’ return to Japan and Ospreay taking on a super-heavyweight in Bad Luck Fale.

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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 Honor Rising (22/2/19) Review

Such nerds. Credit: NJPW

Honor Rising is a weird tour. Much like Fantastica Mania, people treat it like a bit of a joke. Yet, much like Fantastica Mania, I nearly always enjoy it. You get some fun combinations as a couple of matches always deliver. Christ, last year Hirooki Goto had a good showing with Beer City Bruiser, where else are you going to see that? I think people need to stop overthinking it, and just enjoy it.

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