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  1. Rhio clearly a porn hub fan. Damn.
  2. My first thought was immediately that terrific first defence he had against Naito at korakuen. What a great match that was.
  3. Not at all. The injury was at the finish and had no impact. To me the match was simply a directionless mess. No flow, no heat and just uninspired. Even JR was having a hard time with it. The match they had on Rampage previous was far better. This one, meh.
  4. Just took time for the Yamashita v Mizuki match and it was indeed ‘fucking great’. Sign me up to the Miyu fanclub. Props also to an awesome Korakuen crowd who totally made me forget about the ban on cheering
  5. I don’t generally feel that way but it was painfully obvious tonight. Stellar opening and then it was amateur hour. One of the great things about AEW is the something for everyone flavour. That said, when you’re following a presentation like the opener, you damn sure better be able to hit all your marks regardless of what meal you’re serving.
  6. Great pro wrestling to open but the rest of the show blew. Jericho segment was death, women’s match was a snooze and main was a tired spot fest capped by a horrible injury.
  7. The problem with two wrestle kingdom shows is two wrestle kingdom shows. Good god that would be spooky sitting in a nosebleed. Unrelated, Uncle Dave stopped tweeting after the kopw match. Can someone check on him as I have this hilarious visual of him slumped across his keyboard slowly drowning in all those piles of paper and magazines.
  8. Cosmic Angels, Starlight Kid and Mina bloody Shirakawa. But no Stardom Cafe. The world is cruel. Just an observation you understand. Wait, you never watched Stardom Cafe? Oh, you lie!
  9. I’ve checked that out. There were many good points. For my sins, I’m pro-Ospreay however. He’s among the greatest live performers I’ve ever seen, regardless of crowd size, and I find his evolution undeniable. I understand he’s polarising but so were plenty of the tools I grew up with in Norfolk. The hair really is a bloody disgrace though. Kidani is right to sense panic though. It’s far from a lifting of restrictions. Whilst it certainly applies to all companies, NJPW has arguably fallen the most rungs. The climb back to selling out the dome is going to require some serious rebuilding.
  10. And two nights was a bad idea from the get go. I want the 1/4 magic back again!
  11. I can’t argue. They were still clinging on up until WK14 but covid was the final nail. The persistence with horrors like the KOPW and six man titles and guys like Yujiro and Owens shows just how much a change is needed. But man, WK11. I had Kushida v Hiromu and Shibata v Goto at ****1/2, Tana v Naito at ***** and the main however high you want to go.
  12. Given the current state of NJPW I was actually fondly recalling that show tonight and how lucky I was to be there. A string of 4-5* matches and an all-timer for a main event. That match will do down in history as a classic and one of the most influential matches of this generation. I can still see the faces as we filed out of the dome, people in disbelief and awe of what they had just seen.
  13. Thanks for the info. I was impressed on all fronts. A friend of mine in Japan was surprised I checked out the show but stated a lot of insiders were looking forward to the show and was impressed with Chikuzen-san’s mind for the business. Certainly a show I would have attended had I been in Japan.
  14. Just randomly stumbled into Kyushu Pro on ‘the tube’. Stayed for a sprightly jr tag and nice hoss 3 way and some quality production. I like, I come again Kyushu Pro.
  15. ZSJ with a British Christmas in a nutshell. Mind you, last time I enjoyed festivities in Blighty I was smashed on fosters and killing myself at Morecambe and Wise
  16. Think TK feels it’s time to re-do the wrestle war 89 crazy funkin’ judge angle again?
  17. I generally tend to fall in line with Dave’s ratings, but listening to him talk about the show I knew he was going to be off the mark. Ultimately it’s about one viewers perspective. I would have said: MJF vs Darby Allin: 4 3/4 FTR vs Lucha Bros: 3 3/4 Danielson vs Miro:4 1/4 SuperKliq vs Jurassic Express/Christian: 4 Cody/PAC vs Andrade/Black: 4 Baker vs Conti: 3 1/4 CM Punk vs Kingston: 4 1/2 Inner Circle vs American Top Team: 3 3/4 Hangman vs Omega: 5
  18. A few thoughts: - These shows are just too long. It’s tough on fans both live and in their homes. NJPW would do it better with the brisk undercard and longer feature matches. It’s great the guys have space to tell their stories but some editing is really required for consumption. - Dax quite obviously yelling at Tully to get into position for the trip spot was funny -Tag title match had some amazing stuff but they hit their peak and the finish was gassed. A clever idea but it required both FTR guys masked causing confusion. That said, wasn’t there word Dax got waffled (hence he didn’t appear for the run-in later)? -the Cody match isn’t getting nearly enough love. That turned into quite the match with tons of great stuff. -finish to MJF-Darby was just perfectly done, totally paying off the great pacing and storytelling of the match. The way Max caught Darby after knocking him out was terrific. The payoff is surely the big match where someone gets the ring from Max and returns the favour. - was Punk setting the table with the video of him watching Necro v Joe? A great fight, perfect length. Punk has a great wrestling mind. -Britt and Tay both worked their butts off but probably went 5 minutes too long without a general like a Deeb or Rosa. Both ladies bring charisma in spades however. My 4 year old son has just starting noticing me watching wrasslin’ and loves the ladies. He thinks the DMD is the greatest! -I’m going to say it; for good or bad, Kenny Omega is going to go down as one of the most influential figures in modern pro-wrestling. His big match layout, style and amazing attention to detail is incredible. It’s amazing to think this is not the end of the story, just another chapter.
  19. Darby v MJF was just a clinic. Giving you the finish, teasing it repeatedly, awesome high spots, great selling, heat and a perfect finish. Just a fucking great pro-wrestling match.
  20. Helluva show. The amount of actual wrasslin’ per tv square metre now is amazing. Maybe it’s because there are so many guys old and new doing so much great work right now, but I’m envisaging the moment Punk and Dragon meet backstage, look at each other and just say ‘these fuckin kids’. FTR vs Punk & Dragon 2/3 is my American dream match right now
  21. Punk laying in body slams like old man Fuchi is legit my favourite thing in pro-wrestling right now
  22. I’ve watched this match back 5 times now. Whilst there are certainly arguments for others, personally this is my favourite US pro-wrestling match since Cena v Punk at MITB. The combination of the work, the crowd and the things they did, and more importantly, didn’t do, it’s damn near perfect. I’m pretty convinced this is Omega v Okada all over again. The groundwork and breadcrumbs for 60 minute and longer rematches is mouth watering.
  23. I’d argue precisely what they had in mind was a modern take on Flair v Steamboat and any silliness lines up with Flair’s trademark goofiness. The match was a text book big Omega NJPW affair with Bryan’s flavour mixed in. It’s blatant ignorance, blinkers or personal feelings that argue against. I’ll give Last credit for pulling Cornette up on this but he’s dealing with a guy who has the trifecta.
  24. So bang on cue, Cornette loves the opener and credits it all to Danielson. At this point these things just write themselves.
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