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  1. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2019

    When it comes to those All Japan Junior block rankings, they actually are quite accurate in terms of ranking the overall quality of the wrestlers involved. 1st and 2nd place in Block A, 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Block B, all great workers...AND THE REST. However, Okada is really promising and just starting to look comfortable in the ring; Maruyama is fun to watch and looks to be getting more focused and in shape in recent months. He's a reliable hand that they can slot anywhere on the card. For the record, I consider Atsushi Aoki to be one of the truly underrated wrestlers of the last 10 years. At times, he can be a god damn wizard in the ring. Sato is also a guy who could blow your mind if you come across the right match. He's also a bit of a loon, in a good way. Those two have been holding down the fort in All Japan as far as juniors go for years until Iwamoto came along.
  2. Evil Otto

    AEW - 2019

    Nah, I think Taka and Kanemaru will likely be picking up the slack from now on. I actually think Taichi may be more protected going forward.
  3. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    You know, I have zero interest in that match, but the concept of Takao Omori possibly being a "life consultant" baffles yet intrigues me.
  4. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    I would have no problem with that. I guess it would really depend on how much Hino wants to commit to AJPW going forward. At the very least, he's already a legit Triple Crown challenger.
  5. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    Well, Kengo Mashimo deserves to beat Kento more than anyone else on the current roster. Aoyogi has gotten a lot better, but I'm perfectly fine with him steadily improving as a truly great tag team partner along with Nomura for now. I don't know, guys like Jake Lee, Aoyogi, Nomura, and even Dylan James have lots of potential, but still move clunkily and look awkward and unsure to me. One or two years away, maybe a bit earlier, I could see that, sure. I'll stop now to avoid sounding too much like an old curmudgeon.
  6. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    Very sad, unsettling news on Morishima. Making a return to pro wrestling is the least of his worries, I'm afraid.
  7. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    Well, on that note, you've got Goto and Ishii, the superteam everyone's on board with, but never goes anywhere. ...and yeah, I realize New Japan pays well and that's why they'll likely stay. Thank you, "reality booker" Ryan.
  8. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    I've always thought Goto would be perfect for AJPW. He ticks all their boxes. You have to wonder, being Tomohiro Ishii, that all the times fans, critics and even announcers praise you as being one of the truly best in the world, the company you work for still sees it a bit differently, so it's not unreasonable to mull over the idea that there may be better scenarios for you out there.
  9. Evil Otto

    Puroresu General Discussion for 2018

    Nakajima has been in NOAH for a long time now, and in my opinion he was becoming a bit stale, as talented as he was. Then, he recently turned heel and now he has fully embraced the inner sadistic prick which was always looming underneath the surface. Complete with cheesy moustache, no less. I'm intrigued again. Kudos to Shingo Takagi for finally making the move out of Dragon Gate. Long overdue. I'm also really hoping he's bound for All Japan, perhaps some Big Japan, and other like-minded promotions.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Evil Otto

    2018 Champion Carnival

    Yes, it's her.
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