NJPW New Japan Cup Final (21/3/18) Review

Not the orienteering holiday Tana had in mind. Credit: NJPW

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.

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NJPW New Japan Cup Night Seven (16/3/18) Review

He’s not dead yet. Credit: NJPW

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.

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NJPW New Japan Cup Night Five (14/3/18) Review

Big match Ace. Credit: NJPW

We’re into the quarter-finals of the New Japan Cup and it’s a pretty good field this year. You’ve got everyone from Tanahashi to Toru Yano with a Juice and a Zack Sabre Jr in between. There are at least two or three guys left who you could pinpoint as potential winners, and that always adds to the fun. Let’s dish out some stars.

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NJPW New Japan Cup Night Four (12/3/18) Review

Chuckie takes flight. Credit: NJPW

It’s Night Four of the New Japan Cup, and I’m sure everyone is as excited as I am to get rowdy during Toru Yano vs Davey Boy Smith Jr. Quite frankly, if that comes in at under four stars, I will eat my hat (disclaimer: that is not a promise). Jokes aside, I’ve been enjoying these shows so far. As I write this, I’ve just finished watching Fastlane so it can’t be worse than that. Let’s dish out some stars.

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NJPW New Japan Cup Night Two (10/3/18) Review

Our new Ace? Credit: NJPW

Night two of the New Japan Cup and for the second time in recent months, WordPress has deleted my first draft of this review. Therefore, if you notice that some of the undercard match reviews are slightly lacking in critical depth, call them, not me.  I’m sure you can survive without a five hundred word moan on Iizuka’s performance. Let’s dish out some stars.

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NJPW 46th Anniversary Event Review

Eventually, they all fall. Credit: NJPW

It’s New Japan’s 46th Anniversary and to celebrate the occasion, they’ve put together a sexy little card for us. The main event leaps off the page as Okada and Ospreay go face to face for the first time since the RevPro fight that played a part in getting Ospreay signed. Throw in Makabe challenging for the Intercontinental Title, a Junior tag three-way and a handful of other singles matches (although one does include Taichi), and we look set for fun. Let’s dish out some stars.

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NJPW Road To New Beginning 6/2/18 Review

Sanada getting his stretches in. Credit: NJPW

When you get down to it, the final taped Road To show for New Beginning was a remix of the one from the day before. However, it’s topped off with a big main event as Goto and Okada go after the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Titles. This was what Sanada and Evil had to put up to get a shot at their belts, and it creates an exciting dynamic a few days before those matches. Let’s dish out some stars.

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