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Keeping it strong Styles take on Jay White and Okadas rivalry.

Just to start this off, I’m not saying someone is right or wrong because I obviously don’t know.

KISS’ take on them feuding is that the mega aces will beat him in a standard 2 on 2.

I think they are booking it to show that Jay White has Okadas number. I hope they keep showing this by having Jay beat Okada, even at WK. It would add a lot of story to IF Jay challenges for Okadas world title and beats him there too. They should keep at this until finally Okada beat Jay to everyone’s surprise.

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Want to get Into NJPW?

Hello Everyone as you know by the title I want to get into njpw but don’t know where to start. Because currently they are doing their tag league and it’s 12 episodes on watch wrestling website. Is their a guide with updated champions I can familiar with, in NJPW that would be great and helpful

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Can someone please help clarify Kota Ibushi’s status with NJPW?

After his incredible G1 run I just haven't heard what's going on with him (aside from Tana's backhanded praise in the build for the Kenny vs. Tana match at WK13). At that time it seemed like the Golden Lovers storyline was ongoing, but now it just seems like they stopped telling that particular story altogether. I know the BC civil war fizzled out, but the Golden Lovers seemed at least partially separate from that. I've also heard he isn't under the same kind of contract with NJPW that most of the other Japanese talent is (which has led to talk that he doesn't get pushed as hard for that reason). In addition, he seems to be removed from whatever The Elite are doing too. Is he injured? Can someone please clarify these points for me?

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Re: Bullet Club > nWo

I said some things in the past that set some people off. I said BC was better nWo (and I gave out my reasons), but I was saying this because I thought BC was the better stable, not as a disrespect to nWo. Also, I said it because think nWo was hit with so many flaws that killed its impact. However, I consider nWo to be one of the most influential and revolutionary stable in wrestling. They turned the wrestling world upside down in seconds they debuted. Even tho WCW later on (and WWE when they acquired em) beat the stable with a dead horse, their legacy never changed. They won’t be forgotten. Anyway, I shoulda said that I liked BC more than nWo cuz that’s how I feel. BC is like Dark Knight to nWo’s Batman Begins as in I feel like this stable is an amazing successor to the original. That’s my story. nWo changed the wrestling world and BC is its second coming, but with more in-ring talent.

Tl;dr: What I said came out the wrong way, and I neglected the impact of nWo. I just like BC more than the nWo. No disrespect to the nWo.

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Are there english subtitled versions of promos?

I’ve finally taken the dive into NJPW after being an American wrestling fan for decades and I love it. That being said, although you can get the main gist of what’s going on I’d really love to get more of the Japanese wrestlers’ personalities through their promos.

Generally theyre translating most of what they’re saying on commentary during shows but I do wish I could get subtitles for some other things.

For example, I was watching the Naito vs Jericho match at Dominion earlier and I really liked the hype video but I never knew what Naito was saying to Jericho in the clips of promos they were playing. Is there a subtitled version of these somewhere? Doesn’t have to be official, even if someone on YouTube is doing it I’d be curious to check it out.

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How would you guys chronicle NJPWs eras?

I know now you could say we've been in a renassiance period, but we've been in one for like 6 years now, so wouldn't just be like a silver age?

So this made wonder how NJPWs eras would be chronicled. Since WWEs are pretty painted out, but New Japans are kinda confusing/not really talked about.

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Favorite teams in the World Tag League this year

I know everyone is loving Taichi/ZSJ and so do I, but who else is everyone enjoying in the tournament? Personally, there is a lot of good stuff going on. Ishii/Yano have been fantastic and actually at the best they have been in a while. I really like FinJuice and I was hoping they would be in contention at this point, even though they are doing well it seems they are pretty much eliminated. While I think Elgin might be a terrible person, I love the team of Elgin/Cobb, reminds of something you would see in All Japan just two massive power based gaijins. LIJ is continuing their run of great matches.

Last, but certainly not least, TenCozy has been great, oddly enough Tenzan is the part that is entertaining me the most while for the last few years it was usually Kojima heavily carrying the team. His moonsault was incredibly surprising and still looked really good, despite his ankle being destroyed. He seems to have found the fountain of youth halfway through this tournament and is looking better than he has in years.

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I feel like we need a positivity thread about The Elite

In recent months, there's been a vast amount of negativity towards The Elite and while I'm not saying it's all blind hate, I do think it's a bit much.

  • Kenny Omega is still one of the best wrestlers in the world and the three title defences he's had so far were all fantastic in my books. The storytelling in the triple threat was absolutely next level stuff. If he retains after his inevitably phenomenal match against Tanahashi (whether he will or not, I honestly don't know), I think a lot of people will be back on the Omega hype train.
  • Cody is a much better wrestler than people give him credit for and his character work continues to be some of the best. He did a hell of a job in both his title matches with Omega.
  • Admittedly, the Bucks haven't really done a whole lot in the latter half of the year, but their match with the Golden Lovers in March is still one of the greatest tag matches I've ever seen.
  • Most of all, they've shown that you can be way more successful than anybody ever thought outside of the WWE.

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Booking Omega vs Tanahashi

I just watched their 2016 match.

Here's what I'd like to see:

– Tanahashi suplexing Omega over the guardrail

– Omega asking for a handshake, and Tanahashi refusing

– Tana climbing to the top rope and drinking a water bottle amidst fan chants

– Tana hitting an early "hi-fly-flow" for a near fall

– Kenny hits "Rise of the Terminator"

– Kenny goes for a One Winged Angel early, but Tana reverses into a reverse frankensteiner

– Tana hits the high-cross-body version of the hi-fly-flow, but doesn't try to pin him

– Tana goes for a second hi-fly-flow, but Kenny gets his knees up

– Omega works the shoulder, just like 2016, but Tana rebuffs him every chance.

– Tana works the leg, but Kenny is prepared and counters

– Tana hits a hi-fly-flow for two

– Kenny hits a one-winged angel for a ridiculously close two-count

– Tana reverses a second one-winged angel for a close two-count

– Kenny hits a v-trigger

– Tana counters the next OWA with a rollup

– Kenny goes for a v-trigger but Tana counters with a dragon screw

– Tana wins with the hi-fy-flow

Tana goesto shake Kenny's hand, but he refuses.

Tana does air guitar.

END SCENE.

What do you agree with? What do you think will actually happen?

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Once the tag league ends I hope we will get more sabre and taichi as a tag team

I have never really liked taichi even when he won the open weight belt but these last few weeks he has won me over . Maybe it’s been with sabre but I love those two as a team I like the fact that they actually have a proper set of tag team moves and their match with ishii Yano was really good . I loved the other night with KES. Telling him your a heavyweight now and taichi just runs of Hahahaha . I’d like see them get a tag shot sometime in 2019 though because they have really be a highlight for me in the world tag league

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Tag league 2018 has been amazing so far

Unlike previous years, the tag league this year has been great. Initially, I thought a lot of these team were randomly thrown together but to see that they all (except probably Suzuki and Iizuka) gel so well together is awesome.

Even in loss, they look really good and strong. Keep it up M'Gedo.

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Can anyone ELI5 what’s going on storyline wise leading up to WK

Please downvote if i sucks for doing this. Kinda been away from the game since late 2016 but my interest has been ramping back up since watching all in over thanksgiving and I’m trying to get my bearings in NJ seeing lots of things happening and I was hoping somebody could give me the basic rundown on what’s going on right now! Thanks everybody!

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r/NJPW G1?

I saw a thread today saying Jay white could be part of the NJPW "big five" and the comments were trying to place everyone else. I was wondering if there would be anyone interested in an elimination bracket tournament to get an idea of where people fall. I'm not really sure how you would place perhaps "The top 10" but an elimination bracket could be a lot of fun.

Also, if you were interested what do you think would be the criteria to get into the seeding poll? Current wrestlers, if so do we include part timers or people that come over on contract from ROH? Any input at all would be really cool, and if you wouldn't want to, that's also a thing.

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After last night’s main event, the race for the World Tag B League heats up…

After BULLET CLUB picked off Rocky Romero once again, they are now tied 2nd with SHO & YOH in the Undercard rankings.

World Tag B League 2018

Main Unit

Hiroshi Tanahashi & (CHAOS) Kazuchika Okada (0-4)

KUSHIDA & (CHAOS) Rocky Romero (0-4)

(GBH) Tomoaki Honma & Ren Narita (0.5-5.5)

Yota Tsuji & Yuya Uemura (0-5-1)

CHAOS

SHO & YOH (4-5)

L.I.J.

BUSHI & Shingo Takagi (5-4)

BULLET CLUB

Jay White & Bad Luck Fale (4-0)

Taiji Ishimori & Gedo (4-0)

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This is quite a petty criticism but I wish they’d show league tables during the tournament events

Having the current standings on the screen during the matches would be helpful in following where everyone is over the course of the Tag League, as well as the Jnr tournies and the G1.

It's obviously easy enough to jump over to wikipedia to check them, but I think having them between matches also helps to add a bit of weight to matches further down the card, as it helps to put them in the wider context of what is happening.

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Did you watch Taichi and ZSJ vs. Tanga Loa and Tama Tonga from this morning?

It was a very good match, 4.25 Stars actually, if you want to watch, go to NJPWWorld and search World Tag League Day 12

or here: http://watchwrestlingup.live/watch-njpw-world-tag-league-2018-day-12-online-full-show-free/ Part 2 at 46:48 then Part 3 (beginning).

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Something has changed

Something has changed in me. I'm not sure what it is. Watching EVIL, SANADA, Ishii… nothing too surprising, surely not offensive, much of the same old stuff these guys are rightly known for… but Yano… man, something has changed to where he is the individual highlight of the show. The entire match I kept waiting for Yano's spots because he has become so damn funny and I'm realizing how good he is. To me, he's become the Rodney Dangerfield of wrestling. His humor translates language barriers which in itself is an amazing accomplishment. And everything he does is thought of within no more of a 48 hour time span, there is no doubt. He is a truly talented entertainer to be able to improvise such well thought out and story driven comedic spots that do not tire out after weeks and weeks of performances.

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Why isn’t anyone making a bigger deal about Shinpei Nogami not being a regular commentator anymore?

Maybe it’s just me, but I miss this dude calling shows every month. He’s still around, but only for major shows. He’s only done 5 shows this year. He’s called some of the all time best matches in New Japans current “golden age”, yet I don’t think he gets enough love from current fans. When I think of iconic wrestling commentators, he’s at the top.

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Discussion thread: World Tag League 2018 – Day 12

We are officially on the road to Wrestle Kingdom 13 – however, before we get to the Tokyo Dome, we have a couple World Tag League 2018 shows to go.

Tonight on the show we had seven World Tag League matches taking place and Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi teaming up for the third time, live from Edion Arena in Osaka, on NJPW World.

Don't forget to use the hashtag #njwtl on all social media platforms.


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No. Match Notes
1 Ayota Yoshida and Shota Umino vs. Killer Elite Squad (Davey Boy Smith, Jr. and Lance Archer) World Tag League 2018 match
2 Manabu Nakanishi and Yuji Nagata vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (EVIL and SANADA) World Tag League 2018 match
3 David Finlay and Juice Robinson vs. The Elite (Hangman Page and Yujiro Takahashi) World Tag League 2018 match
4 Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka) vs. Toa Henare and Togi Makabe World Tag League 2018 match
5 Best Friends (Beretta and Chuckie T) vs. Jeff Cobb and Michael Elgin World Tag League 2018 match
6 Chaos (Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano) vs. Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima) World Tag League 2018 match
7 Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki and Taichi) World Tag League 2018 match
8 Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale, Gedo, Jay White and Taiji Ishimori) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Kazuchika Okada, KUSHIDA and Rocky Romero Eight-man tag team match

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Did you watch Minoru Suzuki and Takashi Iizuka vs. Taichi and Zack Sabre Jr.?

That match happened last thursday and it was really good, it's a 4.5 Stars match, it's Suzuki Gun vs. Suzuki Gun. If you didn't watch it, go watch it on NJPWWorld (World Tag League 2018 Day 10) or for those who don't have NJPWWorld , go here: http://watchwrestlingup.live/watch-njpw-world-tag-league-2018-day-10-online-full-show-free/ Part 2 at 26:52.

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A fun little tid-bit of information for you guys…

Of the main NJPW units, being LIJ, Bullet Club OGs, The Elite and Suzuki-Gun, at least one member of each unit has at one point wrestled in CHAOS, Naito wrestled for CHAOS as a member of No Limit alongside Yujiro Takahashi, Jay White obviously had a stint with CHAOS before his defection to the OGs with Gedo and Jado, and Takashi Iizuka wrestled in CHAOS as the tag team partner of Toru Yano.

If you wanna get technical as well, Naito also wrestled for Seki-gun after leaving CHAOS.

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Who Winning WTL?

As the title suggests. Bear in mind that all the top guys are gonna need to be scheduled into some sort of important match, because of this I strongly feel that it'll be Evil and Sanada so that they actually get a big match, as are the rest of LIJ.

And another question, are they winning the titles too?

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Tour around Osaka Prefecture

Not really sure who would be into this, or whether it's truly relevant for a New Japan board, but Osaka Prefectural EDION arena has been home to some of the most legendary matches in New Japan history and is one of it's 'hot homes', especially. I was randomly trying to work out what the difference between Osaka Prefectural Gym #1 and #2 and came across the fact you can walk around the building in Street View:

https://www.google.co.jp/maps/@34.6624844,135.4993478,2a,75y,218.92h,86.3t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s3gUWs68uvXkSq3Ss0hyBAw!2e0!3e2!7i13312!8i6656

New Japan have their next show here, but in the smaller #2 hall/format.

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Wow, New Japan makes new stars like it was nothing.

Jay White is already starting to have that presence of an Ace of the company. An Ace still growing, but still.

I am convinced now, this place will never go under for lack of talent. Hell, Prince Devitt leaving allowed AJ to come, AJ leaving allowed Kenny to go to the front. And now, I guess, the next one to take that place will be Jay.

I must admit, I don't dislike this system. Obviously, it would be better to have all the best talent all the time, but at the same time, I wouldn't know where to put them. There is already so much good talent on the roaster. Hell, if New Japan keeps growing and gets to keep more high level talent like those, then maybe they will need to make more shows or a New Japan promotion in America to use the talent properly.

Edit- I don't say Kenny is leaving. In fact, I believe we are going to keep seeing him in New Japan no matter what he does. But I am just saying that Jay is slowly taking his old heel place.

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