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  1. that poster makes it seem like he might do a stand-up set.
  3. oh wait, they started the build for Tanahashi-Jericho didn't they? Let me see. IWGP HVY: Okada (c) vs. Ibushi (G1) IWGP IC: Naito (c) vs. X RETIREMENT: Jushin Liger vs. X Tanahashi vs. Jericho Kenta vs. Shibata (?????) TAG: Champs vs. Tag League (whatever) Still a lot of building to do for two nights.
  4. I think they'll probably do Liger-Jericho. Maybe. Not sure. Make up for last time. Maybe Kawato comes back too? I wonder if they'll do it like they do when they run two PPVs in a week, where there's some big matches and everyone else is paddling around the bottom in tags. Won't feel very special but undercard matches rarely shift tickets.
  5. two thoughts while doing the dishes - slightly panicked about the Shibata angle. as in: why would they do this if he isn't coming back? up to GTSing Ishii you have a perfectly good heel turn. Beating up a beloved babyface and setting up a great match. Of course Shibata would be pissed, but to the extent of running through fire to whup someone? I trust NJPW not to tease stuff like this without delivering. Like all the Hiromu teases have come from the man himself. - on the note of White (it was @Archibald who made that point about the pacing, @Oyaji) - I thought the best bit of the match was when Ibushi got irate after all the BS, all the interference, it's FINALLY you and me. White cowered rather than begged off and ate a load of strikes. When he regained control, he came across more like "tough and resilient wrestler" rather than "sneaky shit". When he lost, he took a ton of punishment and went down like a man. I'd like to see them gradually have White shed Gedo - at least the interference - as a crutch and draw on this tough guy who appeared here and momentarily at MSG. the overbooking (at times) combined with the push so early could end up Nakamuraing him.
  6. imo, who comes out of G1 (the tournament) enhanced, same, or downgraded. Ibushi (arguably had better tournaments in-ring but now the shackles are OFF) Shingo (looked very much i. a heavyweight and ii. a world class talent) Jay (super character work, still has doubters but they're falling away) Archer (breakout tournament, everybody dies) Moxley (brought big dick swagger to G1, embraced NJPW with his Shota stuff, slightly bumpy finish, but the different thing he brought made it all very watchable) Juice (now, for me, a big deal wrestler from being my least favourite guy in WWE) Ospreay (getting better inch by inch) Okada (his throne unchallenged, did big stuff when he needed to without breaking too much of a sweat) Tanahashi (selfless jobbing, could get major league reactions if his moveset was reduced to air guitar) Goto (Goto) Ishii (probably the best in-ring G1 but that's Ishii) Sabre Jr (sometimes better, sometimes worse) EVIL (nearly put him in the up arrow but the whole losing record business did for him. glad he took it safer this year but still had some burners) SANADA (they either needed to push him or Ibushi. hard cheese) Yano (some good matches, hardly any of the slightly flat ones) Taichi (I enjoyed him a lot this year, at no point did anyone say "this is the best G1 field assembled and Taichi as well", he was part of it, he bought in) Cobb (come back Elgin, all is forgiven) Fale (some humour to his run but we've also abandoned the pretence that we need to protect him) Kenta (he did well, but disabused a lot of people that he is still one of the best workers in the world. his angle at the end probably resets this though) Naito (difficult to rate but it seems like the cumulation of injuries and cooled-off booking combined to see him brought lower than the stratosphere he resided in)
  7. i did sort of expect Kenny and Hiromu at some point tonight. in the end I'm glad Ibushi got a solo moment of true glory, and it's probably best to spread out the emotional comebacks.
  8. Naito reads this post, logs off.
  9. I see Zack winning at RQ so the British crowd get something. But if Tanahashi has been demoted then maybe he'll be doing more overseas work. Interesting. Poised.
  10. great shout out to The Dirt Bike Kid. Even says it on his kneepad.
  11. he took a couple of moves, to me it was as if to say "i am back", he looked in wrestling shape (obviously I do not have a CT scanner)
  12. last three matches of the G1 finals night was pretty much perfect pro-wrestling spectacle. I loved the final.
  13. I thought KENTA did fine - well in spots - but I'd rather he had storyline justification ie. TAKEOVER / LADOJO rather than trying lucklessly to win people over with 'great matches'. If he moved on I can't say I'd miss him at this juncture.
  14. thought Io-Candace was one of the best women's wrestling matches of this century. tapped out after 10 min of the main event. just Not For Me.
  15. quick power rankings for each block A: Okada, Tanahashi, Ibushi, EVIL, Sanada, Ospreay, Archer, Kenta, Sabre, Fale. B: Ishii, Shingo, Juice, Moxley, White, Naito, Taichi, Goto, Yano, Cobb.
  16. feel very relaxed that Naito gets a Dome main and they do not need to do Neck Death IV: One Neck Must Disintegrate. White puts Ibushi, the best babyface they have, over clean and people dance in the aisles.
  17. reading some heavy vitriol toward the main.
  18. really enjoyed B Block final night. watched the tags too - check the ending of the 8 man NJPW v Suzukigun match if you can. Cobb-Yano was what you hope any Yano match is - funny, with a new novelty in the playbook. Cobb has a better sense of humour than Elgin so this worked. I popped for Yano's big suplex spot. Ishii-Taichi was great, Taichi got straight to business and they had a great little war. I predicted the result before opening night but if they're going to deliver like this then who cares? The Abe-Taichi act is down, Ishii is probably the ace of B Block, VERY GOOD. Moxley-Robbo was pretty good. The ending didn't quite do it for me. I guess they're looking for a rubber match and can only do so much with Moxley if he might be on his way. When they just went at it, it ruled, and Juice selling hard as Mox went through his repertoire really did it for me. Shingo-Goto mirror mode match was brilliant, maybe for me both guy's best (I know) this tournament. Not a lot to say here. Shingo is outrageously good. Goto was super here and of course he lost because he is a dumb bushido guy. Naito-White-oh was a perfect classic babyface v heel match. I was fine with the timekilling powdering early because the crowd were into it and the dynamic was really clear - they actually HATE White rather than Justin Credible in X Factor heat him. When White goes babyface those cut-off suplexes are going to have Dragon Screw levels of overness - they are so cruel and brilliant and often feel heartstopping and out of nowhere. This might be my favourite Jay White match, actually, and a good time to deliver it. Naito was great. Some will be upset, bu he's IC champ and probably gets a Dome headline.
  19. I think Jay will get the final. They're not fucking around with this guy. He could have a great one against Ibushi.
  20. I sort of agree, it will be forgotten, but think the win would do no one any harm. Personally I'd have had him win big and clean despite the interference. I'd also have Archer come out tomorrow or Monday and challenge for a title. Any of them. Would be good in the short term.
  21. yeah while it was only a roll up (and a very good one at that) it felt needless. protecting Fale has limited utility these days, we all know he's a solid midcarder rather than worthy gatekeeper. hell, let Sanada get the cheeky win. no one needs to see him get his win back.
  22. Super show for the A block final. Felt like a big deal.
  23. Shingo's ass alone pushes him into heavyweight
  24. My pal Neil, formerly of this parish, said Jay-Juice was HIS fav match (which was so weird that I just wrote him to ask if he posted as @alstein) He wrote
  25. nothing to add to what Archibald covered there, but I thought the ending of Yano/Taichi was very clever too. Oh and the six man with Okada, Ospreay, Tanahashi, and Ibushi was probably a good li'l appetite-whetter.
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