Night six of World Tag League and I suspect I am never going to catch-up with this damn tournament. Still, I reviewed every match of Best of the Super Juniors, the G1 and Super Junior Tag League, so I’m sure as hell not going to fall at the final hurdle. Plenty of people want to read out of date reviews of a mediocre competition, don’t they?
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.
Destruction in Hiroshima, an event name that will always make me cringe. I assume NJPW know what they’re doing with it, but from the outside looking in? Yea, I might change that one. Anyway, that’s not the important part. The important part is that it’s headlined by Kenny Omega vs Tomohiro Ishii. That is never going to be a bad thing. Go murder him, Wide Tom!
It’s a busy time for New Japan. When the New Japan Cup came to an end, they headed straight to America for Strong Style Evolved and now they’re back in Japan for Sakura Genesis. There is no rest for the wrestlers. Let’s not complain, because Sakura Genesis sees Zack Sabre Jr step into the main event and the latest chapter in the Scurll vs Ospreay feud. The Brits are taking over! Let’s dish out some stars.
New Japan Pro Wrestling has made its way back to America with a card that, if we’re honest, lacks the sparkle of last year’s G1 Special. However, there’s still a handful of matches that have the potential to shine. So much so that I’m willing to spend a couple of hours in the company of Josh Barnett and JR. Let’s dish out some stars.
I can’t imagine anyone was coming into this year’s New Japan Cup expecting it to be as good as it has been. There have been a handful of world-class matches combined with some great stories. In the undercard alone we got Naito vs Suzuki. Then the tournament saw the return of Tanahashi and the blossoming of Zack Sabre Jr. The question is, which one of those two is going to be hoisting that trophy and taking the title shot that comes along with it? Let’s dish out some stars.
With Tanahashi having already booked his spot in the final, Sunday was about figuring out who would face him. Was he going to have to worry about the chilly calm of Sanada or the Tory hating twisting of Zack Sabre Jr? Either way, finding out is going to be a lot of fun. Let’s dish out some stars.
We’re into the semi-finals of the New Japan Cup which means the undercard gets longer and the main event means a lot more. There is a definite underdog vibe to Night Seven, as Juice Robinson goes up against the Ace. It’s the latest step in his rise from WWE jobber to New Japan star, and you’d be daft to bet against him proving his right to be there. Let’s dish out some stars.
Our second batch of quarterfinals provided a lovely looking main event as Ibushi and Zack Sabre Jr found themselves drawn together. We’ve also got Yano vs Sanada which, yea, well, it will be something. The undercard isn’t quite as exciting as it looks pretty familiar to anyone who has been following the tour, but we’ll battle through. Let’s dish out some stars.