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yeah I'd be up for AJPW trying to seize hold of the shootier-end of the mainstream in Japan while NJPW are doing their PWG thing but not like that! presume Fujita and Suwama will reignite their never-ending war.

if they send Marukami over then we're talking.

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On 1/24/2018 at 9:20 AM, Archibald said:

Whenever someone brings up Ishikawa I get a bit sad realizing that he is already 42 years old :( Anyone knows anything about his early career? Was he really bad in the beginning or were there some screw ups with the booking? Because I feel like he started getting respect that he deserves (and he still deserves more than he gets) only in last couple of years.

The first time I saw Ishikawa was when he was under the mask as KOO in DDT. His first reign with their main belt was in 2007 so it's not like he hasn't been around for awhile. I think he was billed as a Union Pro guy back then but I also remember him having an affiliation with IWA Japan.

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4 hours ago, sevendaughters said:

if they send Marukami over then we're talking

Yeah, Murakami could do a credible UFO Invasion ripoff in place of Ogawa. But nobody wants to see Iron Head and Mr. Cross-Armbreaker wrestle. Just give us a Murakami/Otsuka tag team and let that be it.

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On 1/24/2018 at 9:20 AM, RIPPA said:

New Japan announced that Satoshi Kojima blow out his ACL and is out at least 6 months

Obviously, too much bread.

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Ive said this on here before but a Fujita/Suwama stiff-fest, so long as Suwama wins, would be awesome. 

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Crossposted from the photos thread

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God I'm so out of the loop with various parts of Japan. Has Hama been working in BJW? What the hell is going on in BJW anyway? 

 

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Yes, he has and a lot of just plain stuff and drawing no one.

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I no longer get the puroresu spirit mobile site on my phone, and the full site really doesn’t fit the screen at all. Anyone have this problem/know how to fix it?

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Hirai Kawato is making his CMLL debut right now. You can watch here!

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According to Twitter, 2018 AJPW Champion Carnival lineup:

A Block
- Joe Doering
- Shuji Ishikawa
- Kento Miyahara
- Shingo Takagi
- Yuji Hino
- Ryuji Sai
- Naoya Nomura
- The Bodyguard

B Block
- Suwama
- Naomichi Marufuji
- Jun Akiyama
- Yoshitatsu
- Zeus
- KAI
- Dylan James
- Yutaka Yoshie

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Other AJPW news. Doesn’t appear to be many details yet, and the back catalog will be very difficult to navigate I have to think, but still.

 

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If we're getting new live big shows ala NJ World, looks like I got a new service to sign up for, since I was just thinking that I need to start getting into AJPW again.

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It's like they got overly enthusiastic and made an absolutely wicked A Block, then suddenly remembered they still had to make a B Block.  Come on B Block, surprise me!  

I'm very much interested in what All Japan is going to do regarding the streaming service.  If it's similar to New Japan World, count me in.  

The one thing that All Japan is lacking in is interviews, and a streaming service could really help in that regard.  They have really strong, basic storylines and (usually) logical booking, so the more fans, other than the hardcore ones, can connect with the wrestlers in a more direct way, the better.  

By the way, tonight's card from Yokohama was really solid.  The two tag champ matches were really great, and Joe vs. Kai was really fun to watch, but not an epic or anything.  All three are worth your time to watch.  

 

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Block B does look less loaded at the top—maybe so Marafuji can get to the finals without beating several of their top guys?—but Old Man Jun is always a draw for me, and him vs Marafuji in 2018 is really intriguing.

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Both get a lot less interesting after the 5th entrant, but I guess the size makes it seem like more of a big deal.

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15 hours ago, Oyaji said:

Hirai Kawato is making his CMLL debut right now. You can watch here!

Pants and move-set make me think—way too early!—he’s coming back as the new Tiger Mask.

 

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He was very nervous in-between moves but grew into the match. Rudo Kawato is strange and it seems completely foreign to him. He's such a nice (young) boy! Not a lot of naturalness but to be expected going into a completely different style in a foreign country where he probably doesn't know much Spanish. However, his German suplex popped the commentator and he eventually showed off some of his slick execution. Hard pass on Tiger Mask I hope. He shouldn't wear a hood because so much of his strength is his face. He mugs it up wonderfully. Plus the gimmick is beyond dead and he'd have to work with the awful TMIV.

Show wasn't much and I thought the Soberano/Hechicero vs. Mephisto/Mistico match was the best of the bunch.

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I'm going to go broke (more broke?) with all these fucking streaming services.

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Oh I agree, I’d much rather he not be under the hood. The crowd is ready to love him, and absence will make their collective heart grow fonder. But I worry. (And if I’m unhappy I’d like to be right...)

And it’ll never happen, but I’d really love a cooperative streaming service betweeen some of the non-NJPW Japanese companies. (Not that I wouldn’t want New Japan roped in too, but that seems too unlikely even for my imagination.) Still, there’s a lot I want to watch reliably and legally—voting with your spending, and all that—but I don’t necessarily want separate services from Stardom, AJPW, DDT, NJPW, etc. To say nothing of WWN, WWE, now ROH...

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North America has Highspots Network and Powerbomb.tv. Japan needs a Samurai TV-esque network to pull in all the desperate indies together. I would think it would be more beneficial to have a smaller piece of a very large pie than to have a very small whole pie to oneself. I can't see myself keeping DDT Universe with the ROH one about to drop. I also pay for UFC's terrific streaming service. It's getting to be a bit much. I'm already paying for WWE Network, Stardom World, Progress, Rev-Pro, NJPW World, and will be paying for ROH. I bum a friend's HighSpots Network from time to time mostly to watch wXw and Chuck Taylor shows, though I used to subscribe myself.

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2 hours ago, Dragonzombie said:

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Kashin and Nosawa look like they were trying to get their drunk uncle home from the grocery store.

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