Strong Style Saturday Thread

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Daniel Bryan’s retirement has understandably dominated the headlines this week. As much I loved watching him wrestle, this is clearly the best decision for his health and I hope he can find fulfilment in another role. He’s one of my all-time favourite guys and it’s still hard to believe that the guy I watched in that ROH triple-threat in 2002 ended up closing Wrestlemania XXX in such iconic fashion. Thanks Bryan.

Kurt Angle is to be inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame as part of the Arnold Sports Festival. HHH and twenty NXT talents will be there too. Who knows, they might bump into each other.

Sports Illustrated have a short interview with Sami Callahan about leaving NXT. To my mind, the only things he needed to change were his hair, his gear and his gimmick.

*Self-promotion klaxon* My review for NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka is here and I just know you’ll wanna get caught up before The New Beginning in Niigata tomorrow.

Now talk, damn it.

NJPW The New Beginning in Osaka

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February 11th, 16:00 from the Edion Arena, Osaka

2016 has been a tumultuous year for New Japan Pro Wrestling thus far. The dust hadn’t settled on Wrestle Kingdom 10 before news of several major departures broke. First AJ Styles, then Shinsuke Nakamura, with Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows expected to follow in the near future. The name of this pair of shows (the second of which takes place on Sunday) has never been so apt.

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Sunday Thread

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Good morning heathens.

I’m spending my Sunday catching up on Lucha Underground then reading a bunch of comics by Gilbert Hernandez. HYPED!

Lots of injuries happening in WWE of late, the most recent being Tye Dillinger of NXT who possibly broke his ankle at a house show last night. Schedule, style or unavoidable accidents? Feel free to discuss.

Now talk, damn it!

Strong Style Saturday Thread

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As most of you slept, Shinsuke Nakamura wrestled his last match for New Japan Pro Wrestling (for now). He was carried out of Korakuen Hall on the shoulders of the champ, and his CHAOS stablemates all wore ‘Best in the World’ t-shirts. It was quite the send off.

I’m afraid there’s a moratorium on talking about whether or not Bayley’s hot (it’s legally-binding and everything), but otherwise go nuts.

Now talk, damn it!

NJPW World Tag League 2015: Finals

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December 9th from Sendai Sun Plaza Hall, Sendai

This year’s tournament saw Honma & Makabe and Evil & Naito win their respective blocks and today’s Finals sees those teams compete to determine the winner of the 2015 World Tag League. Elsewhere, by the time the show is over we’ll have a much clearer picture of the Wrestle Kingdom card.

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NJPW World Tag League 2015: Days 1 to 4

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The World Tag League, as it has been known since 2012, is a round-robin tournament split into two blocks of seven teams. The winners of these blocks will face each other in the finals to determine the number one contenders for a title shot at Wrestle Kingdom on January 4th (assuming current holders Anderson & Gallows don’t win). Thirty-minute time limit, two points for a victory, one point for a draw. Here are the blocks:

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NJPW Power Struggle

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November 7th, 17:00 from Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, Osaka

Power Struggle 2015 sees Shinsuke Nakamura defend his Intercontinental title against Karl Anderson and Tomoaki Honma try to defeat his long-time rival Tomohiro Ishii for the NEVER Openweight belt. Elsewhere, the Super Jr. Tag Tournament winners will be crowned and the card of Wrestle Kingdom 10 should become clearer.

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