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Long interview with Okada.  He wants to wrestle The Rock at Staples Center.

 

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is tonight show only in English commentary?  I mean sure it might be fun listening to JR stumble on even the  concept of the Golden Lovers but not looking forward to it.  

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This is half an answer. I really hope there is Japanese commentary on world, though, between JR not really knowing who anyone is, and Josh reminding us it’s all a work 

 

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I'm assuming NJ World isn't geoblocking tonight for Canadian subscribers?

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15 minutes ago, Infinit said:

I'm assuming NJ World isn't geoblocking tonight for Canadian subscribers?

From everything I’ve read it’s only blocked in the US until after the axs broadcast, live everywhere else. 

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We get World live in Canada, thankfully. Never have I thought less about the debate of English or Japanese as I have tonight. This is one of the few points where being Canadian is advantageous relative to being American regarding consumption.

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3 hours ago, Archibald said:

Jay White reviews Bullet Club and shows once again that his WK match was just a mismatch and he is headed for greatness:

https://streamable.com/za0jo

It's a really vicious put down. I genuinely felt sad for Page at the end and he's a guy I'm completely ambivalent towards at the best of times.

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Well I guess I will have to work watch tomorrow because I don't get AXS TV and New Japan World is only showing it live to non US people  

 

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Very good show so far with Chuck and Yano's match so far stealing it.

How has JR and Barnett been on English commentary? The sound mix on the Japanese side is like a '90s Japanese commercial tape with the commentators dominating everything else but it's Milano so it's good. 

I see we're stuck with AXS production missing a lot of the action again this year. 

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They're better than last year, but that's pretty low bar to hurdle.  

 

AXS production is so amazing.  I mean, apparently Goto was in that 8 man tag vs LIJ.

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Cow Palace for July 7th confirmed! FIGHTING SPIRIT UNLEASHED~!

Going to this 100%.

Edit: lobster red fan in the front row is the absolute best. SO INTENSE.

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I wanna go to the Cow Palace. 

This show has been awesome dude.

I’m partial to how much time Munoru and Ishii spent beating each other up in that match.

And this main event is super bonkers. I’m digging it.

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I dunno if it's just because I don't like the Bucks...

 

But I watch NJPW for NJPW style, not PWG.  That main coulc've been about 15 minutes shorter.

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Kenny's affectations were borderline too much even for me, but that was wrestling as art, baby. What a fucking match.

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Oh fuck, they are going full blown Civil War with this shit and the Bucks will split with Matt going with Team Cody and Nick going Team Omega. This is going to be unreal.

The ZSJ/Okada tag (which turned into the Minoru/Ishii tag) was second best. YTR/Chuck vs. KES third imo with the two singles matches after tied. 

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That was a fairly blah show until the main but what a spectacle.

And Adam Page clearly hates his neck.

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Yup. That worked.

A high point in the history of the millennial North American indie style, a lesson on how to use it to tell a compelling story, a match that'll be remembered.  Just as that style was informed by the Attitude Era and ECW, inspired by 90's Japan, formed into something whole in RoH, and had it's boundaries pushed by PWG, so too did every formative element of *this thing* come together and make that match into what it was.

Good shit.

 

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Just now, Oyaji said:

Oh fuck, they are going full blown Civil War with this shit and the Bucks will split with Matt going with Team Cody and Nick going Team Omega. This is going to be unreal.

Matt vs Nick #AllIn

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Kenny's orbital does not look good. Hopefully he's not got EVIL syndrome and it's just a shiner.

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8 minutes ago, Raziel said:

I dunno if it's just because I don't like the Bucks...

 

But I watch NJPW for NJPW style, not PWG.  That main coulc've been about 15 minutes shorter.

Say whatever you will about the WWE, but as good as this was, their agents are just better at match layout. The last 10-15 minutes were just masturbation. There were about 6 times that 'near-falls' should have been the end

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WWE matches follow the same pattern and because this was a Very Special Episode of New Japan with best friends fighting, I get why they went a bit overkill. Remember all of the shit Roman was no selling and laughing at in the Bork match at 31 and it worked because it was supposed to be the culmination of his story much like this was the end of a chapter for the Elite's story.

I'm with @John E. Dynamite in that this felt like the end product of a style that's been in the making for 25+ years. Kenny and Ibushi's timing still isn't where it needs to be on some of their moves (the "NO ESCAPE" spot was scary), but the narrative and layout was pretty well perfect imo.

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For a second it really looked like the lost it on that superplex. Kota saved them.

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I was expecting Omega to turn on Ibushi about 5 times and it didn't happen. The spots were set up and it didn't happen. The main event was what it was, too many near finishes and gymnastics. If they cut out half of the false finishes, the main would've been a spectacular match. 

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Liger still rules. There were about 3 times or so during that match that I wished Liger would just win but I enjoyed Ospreay here too. Really dug White/Page and thought it was a great showing from both guys, match felt bigger than expected. Loved the main event, thought it was an incredible match and perfect for the build/expectation/story with the two teams involved. Really fun match, amazing high spots, and some very good story telling throughout. I particularly liked the coming back around with Matt putting Kenny thru the table after hesitating the first time. Now catching what I missed of the first half.

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