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Thauros
Jan 29, 2003



A Wrestling Fanís Guide to Tokyo and Japan



A big thanks to harperdc for putting the above together

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Next cards:

quote:




LION'S GATE PROJECT 10
December 21st at 5:00 EDT/10:00 GMT
Shinjuku FACE


YLC Match:Hirai Kawato [6] vs. Shota Umino [4]
YLC Match:Tomuyuki Oka [6] vs. Katsuya Kitamura [8]
YLC Match:Tetsuhiro Yagi [0] vs. Ren Narita [0]
Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Dinosaur Takuma [K-Dojo] vs. Manabu Nakanishi and Kotaro Yoshino [K-Dojo]
Satoshi Kojima vs. Daisuke Kanehira [HEAT UP]
Yuji Nagata vs. Yuma Aoyagi [AJPW]



Links:
NJPW's official website

NJPW World Watch all major shows live or on demand for only about $10 a month

Senor LARIATO's spreadsheet of must watch matches in the NJPW World Archives

Chris Charlton's twitter providing translations of Japanese language promos and interviews

PUROLOVE has results, schedules, and official gate figures for all puro feds large and small

Voices of Wrestling covers New Japan well and their forums are actually decent unlike most wrestling message boards I've seen besides this one. They have an
ebook available covering NJPW in 2016 which is available with a pay-what-you-want donation.

Forum thread for all puro outside of NJPW and DG

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Thauros
Jan 29, 2003




quote:

NJPW "WRESTLE KINGDOM 11 IN TOKYO DOME", 04.01.2017 (NJPW World)
Tokyo Dome
26,192 Fans
English streamJapanese stream

0. New Japan Rumble: Michael Elgin besiegt Cheeseburger mit der Elgin Bomb (25:13). Reihenfolge des Ausscheidens: BONE SOLDIER, Billy Gunn, Kuniaki Kobayashi, Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Yoshitatsu, Yuji Nagata, Ryusuke Taguchi, Hiro Saito, Scott Norton, Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Cheeseburger.
1. TV Anime Special Match: Tiger Mask W besiegt Tiger the Dark (6:34) mit einem Tiger Driver-Style Sitdown-Last Ride.
2. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Title: Rocky Romero & Baretta besiegen Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson (c) (12:57) nach einem Crucifix Hold von Romero gegen Matt - Titelwechsel.
3. NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Title, Gauntlet Match: SANADA, "King of Darkness" EVIL & BUSHI besiegen Satoshi Kojima, Ricochet & David Finlay (c) und YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Jado und Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale & Hangman Page (16:06). Reihenfolge des Ausscheidens:
- Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale & Hangman Page besiegen YOSHI-HASHI, Will Ospreay & Jado nach dem Pimp Juice von Takahashi gegen Jado (7:30).
- SANADA, "King of Darkness" EVIL & BUSHI besiegen Yujiro Takahashi, Bad Luck Fale & Hangman Page nach dem Skull End von SANADA gegen Yujiro (2:06).
- SANADA, "King of Darkness" EVIL & BUSHI besiegen besiegen Satoshi Kojima, Ricochet & David Finlay (c) nach dem EVIL von EVIL gegen Kojima (6:30) - Titelwechsel.
4. Special Singles Match: Cody besiegt Juice Robinson (9:37) mit dem Crossrhodes.
5. ROH World Title: Adam Cole besiegt Kyle O`Reilly (c) (10:14) mit dem Last Shot - Titelwechsel.
6. IWGP Tag Team Title: Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii besiegen Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa (c) vs. Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma (12:24) nach einem Schoolboy von Yano gegen Loa - Titelwechsel.
7. IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Hiromu Takahashi besiegt KUSHIDA (c) (16:15) mit dem TIME BOMB - Titelwechsel.
8. NEVER Openweight Title: Hirooki Goto besiegt Katsuyori Shibata (c) (16:17) mit dem GTR - Titelwechsel.
9. IWGP Intercontinental Title: Tetsuya Naito (c) besiegt Hiroshi Tanahashi (25:25) mit dem Destino (2nd defense).
10. IWGP Heavyweight Title: Kazuchika Okada (c) besiegt Kenny Omega (46:45) mit dem Rainmaker (2nd defense).

quote:

NJPW "NEW YEAR DASH !!", 05.01.2017 (NJPW World)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall

1. Kyle O`Reilly, Ricochet & David Finlay besiegen Jushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask & Henare (6:16) nach einer Shooting Star Press von Ricochet gegen Henare.
2. Yujiro Takahashi & Hangman Page besiegen Yoshitatsu & Billy Gunn (6:39) nach dem Rite of Passage von Takahashi gegen Yoshitatsu.
3. YOSHI-HASHI, Rocky Romero & Beretta besiegen Adam Cole, Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson (9:59) nach einem Small Package von YOSHI-HASHI gegen Cole.
4. Scott Norton, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Hiro Saito & Cheeseburger besiegen Kenny Omega, Bad Luck Fale, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & BONE SOLDIER (9:57) nach einer Lariat vo Kojima gegen SOLDIER.
5. Michael Elgin & KUSHIDA besiegen Tetsuya Naito & Hiromu Takahashi (13:45) nach einem Argentine Coaster von Elgin gegen Naito.
6. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Katsuyori Shibata, Yuji Nagata & Juice Robinson besiegen Kazuchika Okada, Hirooki Goto, Toru Yano, Tomohiro Ishii & Will Ospreay nach dem Pulp Friction von Robinson gegen Goto.
7. NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Title: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi besiegen SANADA, "King of Darkness" EVIL & BUSHI (c) nach dem Hercules Cutter von Nakanishi gegen BUSHI - Titelwechsel.


Notes:
- Immediately after the semi main event ended the complete Suzuki-gun returned to New Japan Pro Wrestling after two years. The Killer Elite Squad laid out Toru Yano with their Killer Bomb while Minoru Suzuki delivered a Gotch-Style Pildriver to IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada saying he will end him.
(all results courtesy of https://www.purolove.com)

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ThePariah
Feb 10, 2014

Bad day, bad day, BAD DAY!

Kazeee nii nareee~

achillesforever6
Apr 23, 2012

#RXTREVOLUTIONFOREVER6


ThePariah posted:

Kazeee nii nareee~
Hopefully they haven't let Jado into the booking committee judging how he booked Suzuki-gun in NOAH

Adaptabullshit
Oct 24, 2012



Cheeseburger has the best gimmick in all of NJPW: the foreign fanboy who's overexcited about japanese wrestling

Suplex Liberace
Jan 18, 2012



Lol the one day reign for LIJ. Also welcome back Suzuki.

Super No Vacancy
Jul 26, 2012

yahallo


good shows

oatgan
Jan 15, 2009



What was the big debut Dave

DoctorGonzo
Jul 25, 2016

I still miss my ex.



Its there a way to follow this company from Chile? Im watching WK 11 and is cool so far. The bullet club is like the nWo, right?

Thauros
Jan 29, 2003



lot of people are up in arms over LIJ's treatment on NYD. I'm usually the first on the push Naito bandwagon but really don't see an issue. Naito was pinned by Elgin only after interference by Dragon Lee while Hiromu still has never been pinned. I don't personally understand the trios title decision from today either but those titles really don't mean much anyway and BUSHI doesn't really need protected. The only person they've really ever helped is David Finlay.

I'm on board with the big Suzuki-gun return for now as well. MiSu vs. Okada for the title hasn't been done since I think Dontaku 2013 and KES is probably the best tag team the company has. Yes, Iizuka and Taichi are trash but hopefully they're not really focused on much in a company with more depth. Kanemaru is often uninspired but he has talent and hopefully he shows a bit of a spark now that he's out of a company he never really wanted to go back to.

STONE COLD 64
Oct 20, 2006

austin 3:16 says shut up. shut hte fuck up. where is my beer. i need hel

SIX STARS.

Wazzu
Feb 28, 2008

Are you sure I'm winning the Rumble? That does'nt seem right.....

So I haven't really watched since last year's Wrestle Kingdom. Allegedly the can't miss matches are Okada vs Ishii, Omega vs Naito, one of the Okada vs Marafuji matches (which one).

Anything else from the last year to really go out of my way to see?

Digital Jedi
May 28, 2007

Wow....that feels good





Fallen Rib

Having only ever watched one NJPW match (I know it was had Nakamura with Jim Ross doing commentary) this was my first NJPW event I watched. I have heard of some of the wrestlers on the card just from being a wrestling fan.

And holy poo poo did it deliver. That was pretty drat awesome of a card.
Thought the different type of tag matches were all pretty cool.
Main event blown my mind so many times. That was just amazing.
The spots and just the way they run a match is so different to me since all I've watched is WWE that they felt so fresh and new. They just flow and are so smooth. It's beautiful.

One thing that got me confused is are hitting the officials not illegal? They seem to grab and and shoved them around without any repercussion in the match.

I'll be sticking around to keep watching more.

Thauros
Jan 29, 2003



Wazzu posted:

So I haven't really watched since last year's Wrestle Kingdom. Allegedly the can't miss matches are Okada vs Ishii, Omega vs Naito, one of the Okada vs Marafuji matches (which one).

Anything else from the last year to really go out of my way to see?


Kamaitachi vs. Dragon Lee-Fantasticamania, Okada vs. Naito-Invasion Attack, KUSHIDA vs. Liger- Dontaku, Ricochet vs. Ospreay- BOSJ, Tanahashi vs. Okada - G1 A Block final show, Shibata vs. Kojima

Thauros fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2017 around 15:43

Super No Vacancy
Jul 26, 2012

yahallo


oatgan posted:

What was the big debut Dave

the angles were billy gunn squaring off with katsuya kitamura and the latter refusing to back down, dragon lee interfering in the elgin/kushi/LIJ tag to take out hiromu, and suzuki-gun killing everyone. assuming kanemaru has appeared in new japan previously then no debuts technically

dsriggs
May 28, 2012

MONEY FALLS...

...FROM THE SKY...

...WHENEVER HE POSTS!


oatgan posted:

What was the big debut Dave

Dragon Lee, i assume

Thauros
Jan 29, 2003



yeah the proper word would be re-debut, but it's Dave, y'know? The return of a 7 person stable that includes a guy main eventing your next big show plus an incredibly talented guest star set to resume one of the best rivalries of recent years qualifies as big

I'm skeptical that this is happening myself, but LIGERFEVER's afraid that NJPW totally screwed over CMLL and is sending them Yoshitatsu in exchange for DL and that he's gonna stay for a fairly lengthy term like Dorada did.

Thauros fucked around with this message at Jan 5, 2017 around 16:10

Chris James 2
Aug 9, 2012

plz remember that it was ~ME~ who told you that everything you like is actually really not good, because I knew all along.


Always great to see Rey, glad he could make it to the show

Capsaicin
Nov 17, 2004

broof roof roof

Naito's cool. He's a heel but he is still pretty happy to see people being a fan.

But Minoru Suzuki? Minoru Suzuki is really fucken cool.

handsome only face
Apr 22, 2010

Cockroach went out of the room in anger. And roach's go to empty room...

Cockroache's Anarchist




Thauros posted:

lot of people are up in arms over LIJ's treatment on NYD. I'm usually the first on the push Naito bandwagon but really don't see an issue. Naito was pinned by Elgin only after interference by Dragon Lee while Hiromu still has never been pinned. I don't personally understand the trios title decision from today either but those titles really don't mean much anyway and BUSHI doesn't really need protected. The only person they've really ever helped is David Finlay.

I'm on board with the big Suzuki-gun return for now as well. MiSu vs. Okada for the title hasn't been done since I think Dontaku 2013 and KES is probably the best tag team the company has. Yes, Iizuka and Taichi are trash but hopefully they're not really focused on much in a company with more depth. Kanemaru is often uninspired but he has talent and hopefully he shows a bit of a spark now that he's out of a company he never really wanted to go back to.

gently caress them they suck. naito sucks

handsome only face
Apr 22, 2010

Cockroach went out of the room in anger. And roach's go to empty room...

Cockroache's Anarchist




Capsaicin posted:

Minoru Suzuki is really fucken cool.

Adaptabullshit
Oct 24, 2012



So, if things are going as they usually go, we're getting a Naito vs Elgin main event at New Beginning. That's pretty neat

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



gently caress naito push juice

Super No Vacancy
Jul 26, 2012

yahallo


juice is getting pushed

Chris James 2
Aug 9, 2012

plz remember that it was ~ME~ who told you that everything you like is actually really not good, because I knew all along.


Really want Suzuki/Omega after Suzuki/Okada

Venomous
Nov 7, 2011



aye, IWGP Heavyweight Champion Minoru Suzuki sounds good, do it

e: also how the heck is Suzuki still going strong at 48 years old? That's incredible.

BodyMassageMachine
Nov 24, 2006

EAT
SLEEP

CAAAAWWWWW
REPEAT


Just catching up with WK11, what an awesome show. Sad for my boy Omega, but he'll have his day I'm sure. Probably the right call to keep the belt on Okada, since it really helps push him further as the Ace and also leads us to the very-cool upcoming Suzuki feud. Suzuki loving rules.

Edit:

Thauros
Jan 29, 2003



Shibata vs. Suzuki would be a natural feud they've never really done. I was on board with the Goto switch but now I wish they'd have waited

C. Everett Koop
Aug 18, 2008

by Smythe


Thauros posted:

Shibata vs. Suzuki would be a natural feud they've never really done.

christ it's like you want someone to die

Cavauro
Jan 9, 2008

andey...


Happiness posted:

RIP neck belt Sanada

Jan 4th, 2017 - Jan 5th, 2017



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSz16ngdsG0

harperdc
Jul 24, 2007





If you're just joining us, Minoru Suzuki was a leader/founder of PANCRASE, legit shoot fighter, a Gotch disciple, and loving awesome. Also billed as "The Angriest Man in the World."

And has easily the best theme in NJPW save maybe Liger.

https://youtu.be/A0P-SgpwYnE

Capsaicin
Nov 17, 2004

broof roof roof

The crowd just coming unglued at "KAZE NI NARE" about 2 minutes in is just chilling

Edit: it's about 1:35 in

Solus
May 31, 2011

Any man with two hands has a fighting chance


SANADA reminds me of Paul from tekken for some reason.

Frankston
Jul 27, 2010



I'm not too familiar with how NJPW operates, what does this mean for Omega now? Is he out of the title picture altogether now? Was that his one shot?

Basic Chunnel
Sep 21, 2010

Jesus! Jesus Christ! Say his name! Jesus! Jesus! Come down now!



It means they'll do the same main event match for another 3-4 years until Omega finally hits his finisher or until one or both participants kills his family

Because of the CTE, you see

Jerusalem
May 20, 2004

Would you be my new best friends?


Frankston posted:

I'm not too familiar with how NJPW operates, what does this mean for Omega now? Is he out of the title picture altogether now? Was that his one shot?

I imagine they'll separate them briefly (Okada vs Suzuki seems to be the current direction) and then Omega will win the title either from Okada around mid-year or whoever has beaten Okada in the meantime.

Edit: New Japan wants to expand internationally and their gigantic G1 Climax tournament kicks off around July including a couple of exhibition shows in the US, so I imagine they'll want Omega to be Champion by that point.

hyper from Pixie Sticks
Sep 28, 2004



Solus posted:

SANADA reminds me of Paul from tekken for some reason.

Fun fact: the motion capture for King in Tekken 3 was done by Minoru Suzuki.

sportsgenius86
Jun 17, 2008

THE STREAK IS OVER


The Suzuki gun return was fantastic. Rest of the show was boring though.

Skinty McEdger
Mar 9, 2008

I have NEVER received the respect I deserve as the leader and founder of The Masterflock, the internet's largest and oldest Christopher Masterpiece fan group in all of history, and I DEMAND that changes. From now on, you will respect Skinty McEdger!



The summer is the time they prefer to try out a new guy anyway, that stretch leading up to the start of the G-1 is when Okada had his first run, AJ had his and Naito had his. It always feels a bit of a lame duck season though.

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Charles Gnarwin
Jul 31, 2014

I joined the #RXT REVOLUTION.

he knows...


After New Year's Dash, I have no clue where so many guys will fit in. Suzuki-Gun is obviously going to war with Chaos, so that leaves most of the BC guys like GoD out of title hunts. I wonder if they have Suzuki beat Okada, Kenny win the NJ Cup and take the belt from him, then we spend a good portion of the year building to Okada/Omega II at WK 12.

I hope LIJ gets the trios titles back in brutal fashion so they can reign over the rest of NJPW while Chaos is distracted.

But most of all, I hope that YOSHI-HASHI wins the ROH world title.

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