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  1. I find it hard to assess Okada wrt those greats whose careers are done or very nearly done. Undeniably a HOF career already and has probably done more for NJPW worldwide than Tanahashi. Athletically impressive, crisp, and we've seen him grow up in front of our eyes (remember how awkward his promos used to be?) He's had some incredible matches for sure and I look forward to where he's going as much as I enjoy thinking about what he's done. The whole dance around the Rainmaker has largely changed how matches are laid out and end these days (I remember when NJPW matches seemed to finish with an almost uncontested run of moves ending with a finisher and that was it). But I don't feel the same about him as I do or have done for Tanahashi, Shibata, or Kobashi. I find this a more reliable guide, ultimately.
  2. the DAVEs for anyone who gives a fuck, which he caveats by saying he was watching from an exec box and hasn't seen on TV and may not ever 1/4 Stardom tag 2.5 Young Lions tag 2.5 Old man tag 1.5 Liger tag 2.75 ("The fans hated this finish") Suzukigun vs LIJ 2.75 CHAOS vs Bullet Club 2.75 Finlayjuice vs. GOD 3 Moxley vs Archer 3.5 Hiromu v Ospreay 5.25 ("This was the third best match in Tokyo Dome history at this point, although that only lasted about an hour") Naito v White 4.5 Okada v Ibushi 5.5 1/5 Gauntlet 6-man tag star ratings for each match: 1.5, 1.25, 2, 2.25 Liger FINAL 3.5 Jr Tag 3.5 ("Yoh put Sho's cup in his mouth to celebrate. You really don't know where that thing has been. Actually, now that I think about it, you do, which makes it even more unnerving.") Zack-Sanada 4 Moxley-Juice 2.75 Kenta-Goto 2.5 ("I want to make clear that most had this match far higher but where we were live it was dead. Evidently it was super hard hitting and in the Tokyo Dome that doesn’t mean as much.") White-Ibushi 3 Jericho-Tanahashi 4.25 Okada-Naito 4.75
  3. I guess that's going to be a mega show with the Olympics playing with the schedule. In fact do we know when other things are set to happen like G1 etc.?
  4. interestingly - to my mind, at least - the G1 briefcase was a McGuffin to get us to the real weekend main event of Naito/Okada without the sigh of obviousness and feeling that it's all been done before. I doff my cap. I also feel Ibushi's double loss will be redeemed at some point. future directions all seem interesting. what are they going to do with Jay and Sanada? is this a faction thing? Kenta is a good first defence and now it looks like they were really just building him for this since the G1. poor Goto. now the bridesmaid's bridesmaid. as ever they have some megatalents just spinning their wheels in EVIL, Shingo, and Ishii. now Naito is on the double title you can't even see 2 of them making a token challenge. time to do something with the tags (this is my usage of this phrase in 2020, see you next year!)
  5. I had an eye infection and a dental issue all topped off with Mrs Sevendaughters' flatmate disconnecting the Internet after the power up Destino attempt. Safe to say I wasn't quite as involved as I'd hoped and will pick it up later in the week (funeral and dentist tomorrow).
  6. Really enjoyed the whole main show, perfectly paced, like we knew what the mains would be in terms of style and layout and length but stuff like the tag and the US title match just hit the sweet spot too. Can't separate the jr and heavy title matches, outstanding work.
  7. great brutal review and also a stage school is basically what it sounds like: a private school at which aspirant actors, singers, dancers, etc. go to to have their talent nurtured away from the screaming riff-raff at a normal school. it generally pumps out soulless nobodies with odd exceptions.
  8. it's a problem for people like us who follow long-term storytelling (which I guess is not everyone, or even half of the people watching) but it does seem to help the houses. bit of a bind. you are right. last few years in G1 i look at Budokan/Sumo Hall and it's there.
  9. oh and Eddie. christ, what an era.
  10. Liger's best opponent in my humble opinion was Mad Bastard Sasuke, but Otani, Kanemoto, and Sonmurderer all good shouts. I thought he had good matches against Taikawa/Black Tiger too.
  11. the less-than-ideal execution (you can't say it wasn't foreshadowed hugely, this not a swerve) says to me that there was a different plan that was axed along the way. tango to everyone on the stables thing. a couple of them need to die, pronto. i was reading my write up of G1 26 and apart from Jay White being on a push we're pretty much still the same as it was. EVIL and SANADA getting gatekeeper jobbed. Naito the bridesmaid. Ibushi will-he/won't-he. Something different lads. You have the talents at your disposal.
  12. Mikey Nicholls back is something I never thought I'd see after his flop NJ Cup. Then again, seems pretty all-hands on deck.
  13. damn they're doing it like some 80s AJPW tag league, kind of into it, and yet am taking this time out to recuperate on New Japan
  14. Just watched Kento v Jake, best since G1 for me!
  15. Seen it now, great show, feel hyped again.
  16. looks like a super show today, heard nothing but raves. watched the main angles and - and it's not a competition, enjoy all art if you like - it reminds me that when they turn on the angle tap/faucet they smash it harder than their contemporaries.
  17. the world: hey sevendaughters what do you care about in wrestling these days? me, hooting lustily: SOME GUY WHO USED TO WORK RICKY KNIGHT'S SPOT SHOWS AND HIS MUTE VALET another good show.
  18. how seriously do AJPW take the tag league these days? is it a holiday tour? cos that line up is great and i have free time coming up.
  19. I'm not actually super-familiar with Eli Drake but I liked that his shtick was "I am a babyface" and the crowd were like "yeah! a babyface! let's cheer him!" this was a good hour of wrestling telly. tv has generally been a boner-killer for me when it comes to watching wrestling of late (the last 15 years) but this and MLW get it right.and probably make little money.
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