NJPW New Japan Cup 2017: Final

March 20th, 15:00 from Ao-re Nagaoka, Niigata

Yesterday’s show saw Bad Luck Fale and Katsuyori Shibata get past EVIL and Tomohiro Ishii respectively to reach today’s final. Up for grabs, as well as the prestige of winning the Cup itself, is a title shot of the winner’s choice. The rest of the card features multi-man tags that will likely set up matches for April’s Sakura Genesis. Let’s get to it.

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Sunday Thread

For some Sunday reading, check out my review of the New Japan Cup semi-finals, Brian Bayless on Wrestling ChallengeThomas Hall on No Mercy 2002 and Maffew on ECW on Sci-Fi.

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

  • Ring of Honor held their 15th Anniversary PPV last night
  • Ahead of the show, Anthem Media sent ROH and all PPV carriers a cease and desist notice for use of the Broken Hardys gimmick
  • Finn Balor and Triple H both made their in-ring returns last night at a live event in Buffalo, New York
  • The New Japan Cup began today. I’ll have a review of the complete 1st Round tomorrow

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NJPW 45th Anniversary

March 6th, 19:00 from Ota City General Gymnasium, Tokyo

In this venue exactly 45 years ago, NJPW ran its debut show headlined by Antonio Inoki vs. Karl Gotch. Today’s anniversary memorial show is topped by Kazuchika Okada vs. the mysterious Tiger Mask W, and elsewhere features Hiromu Takahashi defending his Junior title against Taguchi, both tag titles on the line, and the debut of Zack Sabre Jr. in a Rev Pro title match against Shibata.

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

  • WWE Fastlane is tomorrow. Here is Brian Bayless’ preview.
  • PW Insider reports that Bully Ray (Bubba Ray Dudley) almost returned to TNA at Thursday’s taping. He was offered a big-money deal and a top spot in the company, but the deal didn’t work out, so TNA then reached out to Alberto El Patron on Wednesday night and came to terms with him.
  • NJPW’s Tomoaki Honma sustained a cervical vertebrae injury on March 3rd, after a rope-hung DDT went wrong and required him to be rushed to hospital. New Japan’s English-language website reports that his return to the ring is “currently tentative.” Since Togi Makabe declined to find a new partner, Hiroyoshi Tenzan and Satoshi Kojima will now compete for the IWGP tag titles at Monday’s 45th Anniversary show.

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