I am officially all caught up on the G1. Thanks to New Japan organising a few days off while I’m away on holiday, I shall return and be right on schedule (hopefully) for the rest of the tournament. So, if you are one of the many many people who clamour for my reviews, you can relax. They shall arrive promptly. Well, kind of promptly. Let’s not make too many promises.
My spoiler free must-sees for night four are Juice Robinson vs Hirooki Goto and Tomohiro Ishii vs Jay White.
Thanks to the joys of 2000Trees, I’m already behind on the G1 a situation that is going to be compounded by the fact I’m off on another holiday tomorrow… still, we can try to catch up! After A Block commenced in America, NJPW came back to Japan for B Block to join the fun. Let’s see what down.
My spoiler free recommendations for this show are: Juice Robinson vs Shingo Takagi, Jon Moxley vs Taichi and Tomohiro Ishii vs Jeff Cobb.
I haven’t watched as much wrestling as I would have liked this month (which is still too much wrestling by most people’s standards), so this is sadly another New Japan heavy list. It’s not as fun doing that, as I imagine most people will have seen these matches, but I do also suspect it happens because, well, NJPW puts on the best wrestling. Still, there are a few other companies in there and, hopefully, you find a gem you were unaware of.
Hopefully, the fact that you’re reading this means you’ve already read my preview of A Block in the 29th G1 Climax, and you know the deal. If for some reason you aren’t reading every word I produce, it might make more sense to start there? Click the link and enjoy. Done it? Great, onto Block B.
Let’s dive into another five-star classic as we look back at Shingo Takagi going head to head with Masaaki Mochizuki. I say it’s five-stars, but I’ve seen a few places say that Dave has never officially bestowed the rating on it. Truthfully, I don’t care. I want to watch and write about Shingo because he’s my boy, so if it’s bothering you, imagine it says wrestling classics at the top rather than Meltzer’s Classics. Better? Good.
It’s becoming a recurring theme for this list to go up a bit late, but in my defence, there is a lot of wrestling that I want to review. I have a habit of giving that precedence and I’m not even sure why. Anyway, I need to apologise because this is a New Japan heavy list. I watched every single Super Juniors’ show and while I did catch some other bits and pieces, it was less than I would have liked. Still, it was one hell of a tournament, so I’m pretty sure that every match justified its spot on the list.
After an incredible Best Of The Super Juniors, New Japan has thrown together one hell of a card for Dominion. It is stacked from top to bottom with little to no fat on show. The BOSJ Final was a show of the year contender, but it might be outclassed by the same company just a few days later.
After years in Korakuen Hall, New Japan rolled the dice and moved the Best Of The Super Junior final to Ryogoku. It was a massive statement of intent, and they backed it up by giving us the debut of Jon Moxley and Tanahashi’s return from injury underneath the tournament conclusion. Now, did they justify that move?
After a short break, Super Juniors returns and is into the home stretch. We’re back down to five tournament matches a night (although A Block will actually be four as Taka has pulled out with injury) which will make these reviews a hell of a lot shorter. I enjoyed those epic runs in Korakuen, but it’s nice not to have to dedicate most of my day to watching New Japan.
After an electric run of shows at Korakuen Hall, it’s almost a shame that New Japan had to move on. However, it’s only fair that the rest of the country gets to appreciate some fantastic wrestling and they rocked up in Chiba for what was supposed to be a ten-match show, but thanks to an injury to Taka, was reduced to nine as Dragon Lee got an automatic victory. Now, onto the action.