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NJPW King of Pro Wrestling Review


The Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi, & Leo Tonga) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, & SANADA) w/
Daryl

This was a fun opening match that played off Hiromu’s dislike for Bad Luck Fale after Fale destroyed poor Daryl (Hiromu’s stuffed cat. Yes a stuffed animal. He’s awesome.) Throughout the match, they referred back to this. As Fale was going for the Bad Luck Fall on Bushi, Hiromu came into the ring with Daryl and distracted Fale, leading to BUSHI being able to roll him up and get the win. A really fun opener with a little revenge for Hiromu against Fale. Nice storytelling. I think Hiromu/BUSHI are going to be a force to watch in the Super Jr. Tag Tournament.
**1/2

CHAOS (Hirooki Goto & Toru Yano) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr.) w/ El Desperado & Taka Michinoku
The largest portion of this match was spent with Suzuki and ZSJ beating down Yano. It appears Suzuki has not forgiven Yano for beating him in the G1. After trying to tie Yano up with some rope, Suzuki somehow managed to get counted out as Yano out-smarted him again. This is leading to a NEVER Openweight title shot, where Suzuki will likely destroy Yano. Should be fun!
**

Funky Future (Ricochet & Ryusuke Taguchi) AKA Taguchi Japan vs. Roppongi 3k (Sho & Yoh) w/ Rocky Romero – IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
Well, Sho Tanaka and Yohei Komatsu have made their return from excursion, and have added a much needed boost to the Jr. Tag Team division. This match was a lot of fun, and a really nice way to re-introduce the young lions, who are young lions no more. They got the win in a very fast paced match, becoming the brand new IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Champions.
***3/4

Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. War Machine (Hanson & Rowe) vs. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. & Lance Archer) – Three Way Tornado Elimination Tag for the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship
This was a wild match, with all three teams brawling all over the place and using a ton of weapons. Given this is the fourth time this triple threat has happened recently, it seems like it’s been overdone, but this was a good match all things considered. GoD was eliminated first, but didn’t take kindly to it, and beat on War Machine after being eliminated. KES won the match, retaining the titles, after a KES bomb through a table that didn’t quite go right. Looked quite painful. Solid match though.
***1/2

CHAOS (Beretta, YOSHI-HASHI, & Jado) vs. The Bullet Club (Cody, Marty Scrull, & Kenny Omega)
This match was all about setting up the match between YOSHI-HASHI and Kenny Omega at the upcoming ROH shows, and with that in mind, it set that up well. Marty Scrull managed to get a win over Jado in this one with the Chicken Wing, giving him momentum to challenge for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship. A fun match!
***

Hiroshi Tanahashi & Togi Makabe vs. Juice Robinson & Kota Ibushi
We all know this match is about setting up Tanahashi and Ibushi, which will tear the house down as the likely main event for Power Struggle in November. Juice continues to improve, and showed further progression as he defeated Togi Makabe, a former IWGP Tag Team Champion in this tag. It was sad to see Taguchi Japan wrestling against each other though, in that Tanahashi, Makabe, and Juice are all members.
***

KUSHIDA vs. Will Ospreay – IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship
Holy cow, this match was crazy. Lots of awesome high flying action as both men basically tried to kill each other. Ospreay bounced all over the ring, and KUSHIDA tried very hard to ground him. After losing the ROH Television title recently, KUSHIDA needed a win here to keep his momentum, but alas, it was not to be, and Ospreay got a huge win here, winning his first IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Hiromu came out to try and challenge him, but he was interrupted by Marty Scrull, who broke his fingers and challenged Ospreay instead. Poor Hiromu. All he wants is his title back.
****1/2

Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii – Tokyo Dome IWGP Heavyweight Championship Contract
Naito was looking to make a statement in this match, defending his contract for the Tokyo Dome main event, and my goodness, did he ever. This match was just awesome. Both men delivered, as they usually do. Naito and Ishii beat the life out of each other, with tons of counters to finishers (including Ishii countering a Destino with a brainbuster, which was a sight to behold), and a ton of strikes. Given that we’ve seen this match a few times, you think it would get old, but it really doesn’t. These two are amongst the best in the world today. Naito managed to get the win with a huge Destino, securing his spot in the Tokyo Dome main event on January 4th. Awesome match.
*****

EVIL vs. Kazuchika Okada (w/ Gedo) – IWGP Heavyweight Championship
This match was not as good as Naito/Ishii, nor as good as the one they had in the G1, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an awesome match. Both men worked very hard for nearly 35 minutes, with a ton of great strikes and neat spots that called back to their previous encounters. For example, on the outside of the ring, EVIL went to throw a chair at Okada as Okada went to do his running dive over the guardrail. Previously, this chair has nailed Okada. This time, Okada ducked while running, and still hit is flying crossbody over the guardrail. An excellent spot. Okada managed to win after hitting a Rain Maker, but it should be noted that he barely won. After the match, Okada called out Naito and they had a faceoff, hyping the match for January 4th at Wrestle Kingdom 12. Another awesome match.
****1/2

SHOW RATING: ****1/4
An absolutely fantastic showing from NJPW here with 3 awesome main event matches. Now, things are going to heat up as everything is leading to January 4th and Wrestle Kingdom 12. We have Power Struggle in a few weeks, the Super Junior Tag Tournament, and the G1 Tag Tournament, but the road to the Tokyo Dome is now clear. We will be seeing Tetsuya Naito vs. Kazuchika Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, and that is a match that will tear the house down.

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WWE Hell in a Cell 2017 Review

Preshow

Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin vs. The Hype Bros
Basically what you’d expect from a preshow tag match. Gable looked fantastic in this one, and deserves far better than what he’s getting. He could be a main event star with his skill level. Gable and Benjamin win after a few minutes.
**
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WWE No Mercy 2017

WWE No Mercy 2017 Review

Apollo Crews (w/ Titus O’Neil) vs. Elias “I Lost My Last Name in Vegas” Sampson: **
Just an okay match. Crews is a far better worker, but shows little charisma since the performance center did away with that for him in NXT. Sampson has charisma and is dislikable as a heel, but still has a lot of work to do in the ring. Elias wins after a few minutes with a Fisherman’s Neckbreaker.

The Miz (w/ Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) vs. Jason Jordan – WWE Intercontinental Championship: ***1/4
Really solid match here from these two. Miz continues to be one of the best midcard acts WWE has, and one of the few they get right. Great promos, average in ring, but there’s nothing wrong with that. After some heelish chicanery, Miz wins with a Skull Crushing Finale. Jordan’s promo afterwards was weird. It did him no favours, unless they’re turning him heel. He was booed quite a bit in this match.

Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor: ***1/2
Not a bad match here at all. Balor and Wyatt showed some good chemistry, and they made the right call with Balor going over here. However, this further kills Bray’s already dead momentum even more. Hard to believe he was champ before WrestleMania. Let’s hope Balor moves onto better top of the card feud now, and Bray can take a little time off before bringing him back to give him some momentum, because he should be a main event draw.

The Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins – WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: ****1/4
This match was awesome. I thought the action was really great, and all four guys delivered in a big way. Amazingly, while Sheamus has been known to cause injuries, he did not cause the one in this match. Cesaro flew face first into the ring post and lost at least two of his front teeth (might want to request those for Christmas). Cesaro somehow not only continued, but got better while bleeding everywhere. How this man is not a world champion, I will never know. Awesome match. Go watch it right now.

Bayley vs. Nia Jax vs. Emma vs. Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss – Fatal 5-Way Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship: ***3/4
Very solid women’s match here. As for workers in the ring, I think Bayley, Sasha, and Emma are far ahead of both Nia & Alexa, but Alexa knows how to be exactly where she needs to be to make the spots work. The other 4 women helped cover Nia’s weaknesses by making her look like the monster she is supposed to be in the ring. Great stuff from all 5 here. There was a really nasty bump that Nia took to the outside, almost killing herself. I hope she’s okay.

Roman Reigns vs. John Cena: ****1/4
Another awesome match here. Cena was wildly over, as predicted, and Reigns did a great job playing into. The only major criticism I can come up with is Cena hitting so many AA’s that Roman kicked out of. The story that they were going for was that Roman can take Cena’s best shot, but Roman’s best shot, the Spear, can beat Cena at any moment, as it only took one to pin Cena. I think it would have been better with no finishers hit until the Spear, giving Roman the big win with only one finish, and still protecting Cena’s. With that being said, this was absolutely fantastic. If it’s just a one off match, the right guy won.

Enzo Amore vs. Neville – WWE Cruiserweight Championship: NO.
No. No. No no. No no no. No.

Braun Stroman vs. Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) – WWE Universal Championship: **3/4
This was really underwhelming. If it came before Cena/Roman, it may have been received better. This further illustrates WWE’s probably with the main roster PPVs lately. The undercard is usually great, but the main events have fallen flat. Rearranging the matches a bit would have made this much better. Brock is awesome. So is Braun. There should have been way more destruction in this one. I expected Braun and Brock to literally (yes, literally. You telling me they can’t gimmick an LED light?) eat the stage and just destroy everything. Alas, it under delivered in a major way.

SHOW RATING: ***1/2
Not a bad show by any standard, just underwhelming because of the way it ended. Put Roman/Cena in the main event, and Brock/Braun earlier, and this show would have gone down as one of WWE’s best this year, I think. After the table spots in Roman/Cena, the lack of destruction in Brock/Braun just seemed strange. If they wanted to top Roman/Cena (which they should have), there should have been a lot more damage to the ringside area. Again, a stage spot would have been awesome. The ring imploding. The announcers fleeing for their lives. The refs trying to pick up the carnage that is the guy who rings the bell. I don’t know. Something beyond what we got. It would have been so simple too. Still, not a horrible show, just underwhelming, which honestly describes most of WWE’s Pay-Per-Views since the second brand split, which was exactly my fear when they announced it.

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WWE WrestleMania 33 Review

WrestleMania 33 was a historic show for several reasons, but the ending will leave people talking for years. It is something that wrestling fans won’t soon forget, and provided many fantastic moments if you are a fan of wrestling. The biggest show of the year, without question, was huge. With that being said, here is my (Josiah’s) recap of the show, with my ratings for the matches. I will also be looking at who won our prediction game, which is always fun. Continue reading WWE WrestleMania 33 Review

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 Review

Wrestle Kingdom 11
January 4, 2017
Tokyo, Japan
Commentators: Kevin Kelly & Steve Corino

The New Japan Rumble – Victory by pinfall, submission, or over the top rope elimination

The first man to enter the Rumble is Michael Elgin. In my opinion, he’s the favourite to win it. The second person to enter is Billy Gunn! Billy Gunn does not look 53 years old. Continue reading NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11 Review

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 Review

Wrestle Kingdom 10
January 4, 2016
Tokyo, Japan
Attendance – 25,204
Commentators: Kevin Kelly, Matt Striker, & Yoshi Tatsu

Wrestle Kingdom 10

All GIFS were found at Wrestling Giffer.

The Young Bucks (w/Cody Hall) vs. Roppongi Vice vs. Ricochet & Matt Sydal vs. ReDragon (c) – IWGP Junior Tag Team Championship Continue reading NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 Review

WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

HIACHell in a Cell 2015
October 25, 2015
Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 17,505
Commentators: Michael Cole, JBL, and Jerry Lawler

John Cena vs. ????? – WWE US Championship Open Challenge

John Cena opens the show, and says he isn’t going to talk long, and he’s going to call out his challenger. Continue reading WWE Hell in a Cell 2015

NXT TakeOver: Respect Review – October 7, 2015

If you haven’t watched this yet, this review contains spoilers. You have been warned. Go watch the show right now!

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NXT TakeOver: Respect
October 7, 2015
Full Sail University
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Graves, and Byron Saxton Continue reading NXT TakeOver: Respect Review – October 7, 2015

NXT – September 30, 2015 Review

NXT – Episode 299
September 30, 2015
Full Sail University
Commentators: Rich Brennan, Corey Grave, and Byron Saxton

Kyle Edwards opens the show with some announcements about the Dusty Rhodes Classic, and shares that the Hype Bros lost to Jordan & Gable. Continue reading NXT – September 30, 2015 Review