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  1. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    The best news about that graphic is on the very left, seeing that Kengo Mashimo is finally returning.
  2. Evil Otto

    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    While it is true that Makabe is a minor TV celebrity, my gut feeling tells me this is more like him being on his final G1 legs, if not this year then next year. So perhaps that's a story waiting to be told (maybe the booking is telegraphing it a bit as well), as he goes out with a bang with some main events along the way.
  3. Evil Otto

    NJPW Best of the Super Junior 2018

    In addition to the two previously mentioned, I also really enjoyed Marty's match with Sho. In fact, Sho and Yoh's matches were the highlights of the block finals night for me. Regarding Ishimori, I couldn't help but think, with a wide grin, while watching last night's match with Hiromu, "in case there was still any doubt, THAT'S why they hired Ishimori!" After so many years of watching him in NOAH, one thing I can say for sure is that Ishimori is so physically gifted he actually has to tone things down, so to speak, in mid-card matches. When he's in a semi-main or main event and can go all out, it's always been off the charts. Hiromu is a guy willing to do anything, and Taiji is a guy capable of doing anything. As I had hoped, it turned out completely insane.
  4. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    Well, Dylan is a tag champ with Sai, so not including him would, you know, kinda be a bit awkward. I really like the group overall, though. Two legit future stars in Lee and Iwamoto, a truly creative veteran in Sai, and the muscle/wild card in James. I'm interested to see where it goes. Knowing All Japan and the way they are frugal with their budget (and often for good reason), I'm not surprised to not see Hino or Takagi on the cards following the Carnival. However, I think they will return eventually. It's obvious that they would be very welcome.
  5. Evil Otto

    Your 2018 INTERNET MATCHES Thread

    Props to WWC for finally providing their shows in HD. Is Mighty Ursus the closest we have to early 90's Vader in the current wrestling landscape? He sells, but also knows when not to sell. He literally comes across as HEAVY at all times. Really solid wrestler. The other match is Rey Gonzalez vs. Eddie "Primo" Colon. Eddie Colon in a long match is a real treat.
  6. Evil Otto

    2018 Champion Carnival

    Yes, it's her.
  7. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    Not watching it live, but I'm certainly curious how the streaming goes for everyone who's signed up so far. I think I'll probably dive in next month once the Carnival starts rolling along. I'm pretty excited about Josh Bodom, too. I think All Japan could really use a few more foreigners, even if only for big cards such as this one. I'm cool with them being selective about it, though. Iwamoto is one of my personal favorites, so I'm really hoping Iwamoto-Bodom turns out to be a pleasant surprise here. I'll be honest, I've never been too impressed with James/Raideen. Power wrestler, pretty clunky. However, I have been completely won over by Ryoji Sai as of late, so maybe he'll be a good influence. As I mentioned, All Japan needs a few more foreigners to round out their crew, so here's hoping James can prove me wrong. It's not an amazing card, but it's all kinds of funky. It should at least be a lot of fun to watch.
  8. Evil Otto

    New Japan Cup 2018 (March 9th through March 21st)

    Well, it wasn't the result I was expecting, but it was the one I actually really wanted. Wow.
  9. Evil Otto

    New Japan Cup 2018 (March 9th through March 21st)

    It's a national holiday in Japan.
  10. Evil Otto

    New Japan Cup 2018 (March 9th through March 21st)

    Don't sweat it! I just mean that it wouldn't really make any sense at this particular moment.
  11. Evil Otto

    New Japan Cup 2018 (March 9th through March 21st)

    Oh, don't get me wrong. I think Tana most likely takes the cup in the end. That's the best and most logical story of course, whether he goes after Okada or Suzuki. I think the only thing I would consider to be a letdown would be Sanada making it to the finals. Tana, Juice, Zack, all really intriguing stories going forward.
  12. Evil Otto

    New Japan Cup 2018 (March 9th through March 21st)

    It does seem to be going in that direction, doesn't it? Apologies in advance to Tanahashi's arm. The future looks grim.
  13. Evil Otto

    New Japan Cup 2018 (March 9th through March 21st)

    I have no problem with Bad Luck Fale, but man, I just can't stand his finisher. The crowd actually deflates when he hits it. Come on, find something else more convincing. (Please don't hurt me, Fale, just trying to help). I've always disliked Taichi, but I fully realize that it's mainly because his act is that he's a main event star without actually being one. I know I'm being played. In NOAH, it was tedious to watch, but it's clear he was working on the gimmick, and I could accept that. I guess it's no surprise then, that when he's actually put into a main event, he delivers, and kudos to New Japan to allow him to at least sink or swim at this point. Tanahashi-Taichi was undeniably a great match and the announcers really did a nice job of pointing out Taichi's development. I'm interested to see where Taichi goes from here, and I never expected to say that. I'm trying to play it cool, but man oh man, I have high hopes for ZSJ and Naito tonight.
  14. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    SUSHI is completely acceptable in his current role. He found what works for him. As long as no one in All Japan starts to think (again) he's capable of having serious feuds or long matches of importance, I'm cool with it. Very much like YUJIRO in that regard.
  15. Evil Otto

    NJPW Honor Rising 2018

    I have to give Cody major props. Top shelf heel work from Wrestle Kingdom onwards. Really incredible. The main event last night was tremendous. I really think Marty made sure to wear white on purpose. Those details make the difference. Everyone involved in this storyline is nailing it, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that they realize that it will only truly work if the New Japan fans get it and fully embrace it. It was a really complicated story they were telling in the main, but they were making clear through their actions what has happening so that language barriers wouldn't matter and anyone could follow it. It's not dumbing it down, though; it's really smart, as it's more like they've figured out how to pull it off given the parameters. It's impressive. I'm enjoying watching it all unfold.
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