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

    Well basically anyone would have better match with Juice than Tonga, but I doubt that this is their primary concern. Bullet Club members will get featured heavily on probably every USA show. And you know, Juice is good babyface so they'll get good reaction for all the fuckery that Tonga and his family will do. I hope that Gedo goes into "plans changed" mode after seeing that Juice/Tonga match, but I'm not hopeful. Worst case scenario he ends up with something like 6 G1 wins. One thing that I forgot from undercard. White refused to break a pin for Yoh because he didn't use a chair against Finlay. That looked good.
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    General Lucha Libre Comments

    Honestly I'm more fascinated by the fact that Volador dropped 3 titles in couple of months.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    If WK main event is to be Omega/Okada V then doing Omega/Ishii would make sense. But we also probably should add one of the Destruction shows to the list as well since Jericho won't be for those and they'll need a big match to replace IC title defence. If Omega gets two defences then I think it would be more likely for Omega/Ishii to happen on Destruction show than on KoPW.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    Juice/Tonga sounds like a suitable semi-main for upcoming USA show. Gedo immediatelly threw away possibility of Omega/Naito title match at KoPW which makes things interesting, but... I started thinking whats next for Naito and there isn't much outside of winning G1? Alternatively if Ibushi ends up winning G1 then Naito still could be his challenger, but he is probably losing that then. What else is there to do for him? Feud with... Goto? And you know, possibility of Jericho match at WK kinda puts Naito into the box. He can't go anywhere. Would be rather weird booking if their most popular guy ends up having, in essence, empty 2018.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    Speaking about undercard, Zack used Michinoku Driver/Saber Driver to win his match. This is so obvious that I was surprised a bit that it didn't happen earlier. And yeah, crowd was like 90/10 in favour of Naito when he was in ring with Omega. Maybe this was this specific crowd or maybe they'll react differently to actual singles match, but at the moment it feels like only Tanahashi is able to get something like 50/50 split against Naito. And well Osaka, where Naito does 50/50 split on his own.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    I thought that his new pants looked somewhat similar to Jay's. And they are advertising Okada/Yoshi-Hashi as a revenge for Yoshi-Hashi so it would make sense probably. Heel Yoshi couldn't be worse than what we have now. I think White still has lots of stuff to do and I probably preferred Minoru/Tanahashi as my MOTN, but White was good as well. On the contrary, I didn't feel Okada at all. He is doing some slight changes to his character now and I think he hasn't arrived there yet so it feels a bit less than what he was few months ago. Elgin/Evil was also pretty good. I wonder if it was Evil forcing Elgin to not do 50 different bombs in 4 minutes or did Elgin figure it out himself finally? Either way I hope that we will see more of this Elgin.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    NJPW released translated promo videos and I found Page's pretty good. It is about stepping out of the shadow of The Elite guys and I think it makes sense. But funny thing, hist last match is with Yoshi. I wonder if they both won't go 0-8 till last day?
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    NJPW's youtube video comments are dominated by Japanese people. I think it is reasonable to expect that since they comment the most then they are the ones giving most likes/dislikes as well. Besides, Taichi has mentioned multiple times in his post match interviews that NJPW fucked up and people now are pissed. Sure, all this is circumstantial "evidence" at best. For all we know Taichi is lying because he is a heel and most of those dislikes/apathy is coming from western fans or Japanese fans who don't attend big shows either way. But at the same time we don't have any "evidence" that anyone actually likes Yoshi so I'm more eager to believe Taichi in this case.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    I think fear might be that if they don't deliver a big match then fans might be reluctant to buy next year. And I remember same things being said about finals last year too, don't need a big match since it is sold out already, but we got Naito/Omega. I kinda wonder if ticket sales would be going as well if last year we got something smaller. And well you build a pattern and then you can do a surprise here or there (like Omega/Goto finals) without really hurting the bottom line. As for Omega, this year is going to be interesting to me because we will be able to compare him to Naito and Ibushi since they'll be facing same opponents. Last year he was with Okada in same block and I think that Okada had better match with every opponent, only arguable case being Omega/Juice mainly due to surprise finish. I expect Omega to fare much better this year. And yeah, I think he probably has lots of creative control and he is not going to change his matches unless he is facing someone like Okada/Naito/Tanahashi who likely have some veto power.
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    Strong Style Evolved: UK

    For me best part about production was on first night when Suzuki Gun started their usual all out brawl and camera guys had no frigging idea what they should be showing. I guess it shows that we take many things for granted without realizing that some of that stuff isn't easy to pull off. Oka's new gimmick is a bit weird to me due to Mongolian Chops. I would get it in Japan since Tenzan is still somewhat relevant there, but at the moment I don't recall anyone really using it in the west. So to me it feels a bit strange that he is going to do that move a lot. And when he returns he is probably getting different gimmick? Feels like it is being done backwards. I don't like that Zack doesn't sell Toombstones. Suzuki/Ishii was a bit underwhelming due to already stated reasons. I'm not sure if others follow RevPro (and I do it only as long as it involves NJPW guys), but their next big main event is Ishii/Walter. Probably winner takes on Suzuki. Oh, and the poster looks absolutely great: One last thing, Suzuki Gun are taking over RevPro. I won't be surprised if in near future Desperado will win their cruiserweight title. And it looks like it is working out better than what happened when Suzuki Gun invaded NOAH. Which brings me up to crazy speculation land: is NJPW thinking about buying RevPro and setting up their own UK promotion? Probably not.
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    NJPW G1 Climax 28, LIVE AT THE BUDOKAN! 7/14-8/12

    NJPW released short promo videos for each participant. They are not translated, but you can kinda get the idea due to visuals chosen. Few that I found interesting: Goto is pretty much presented as a national hero since he is only Japanese guy that holds heavyweight title. This could be an interesting angle I guess if it wasn't Goto and I will be a bit surprised if he ends up getting more than 6 wins. Jay White had "I will show you my... CHAOS" words in his video. I suppose this gives some more credibility to "White beats Okada on opening day" theory. If I got it right they played up on Okada and Yoshi-Hashi returning at the same time in WK and how one ended up as a star and another as a jobber. I think this also could be an interesting angle if it wasn't Yoshi. His video also received a ton of dislikes (2x more than likes while every other wrestler got very few dislikes) and I know how it doesn't represent anything, but at the same time I wonder if he isn't going to get some go away heat.
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    2018 RING OF HONOR THREAD

    If I'm not mistaken they are friends.
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    CEO card Daytona Beach 6/29

    Well SCSA isn't an angel himself.
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    General Lucha Libre Comments

    Caristico should really find a friend or two because Volador Jr. clearly can't be trusted.
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    CEO card Daytona Beach 6/29

    Weird time for Kenny, finally wins the big one and immediately stuff about racism and sex offenders starts. But I'm unsure about whole situation to be honest. Should registered sex offenders be black listed from wrestling? I understand black listing them from work around children, but wrestling? Because if they are black listed from wrestling then I honestly don't see much reason why they couldn't also get black listed from working at McDonalds either. Basically where I'm going is... what should be done with registered sex offenders? Should they be jailed for life? Because it looks like nobody really wants them around. And yeah, probably not appropriate topic for this thread.
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