Strong Style Saturday Thread

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It’s being reported that WWE’s plans for Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows have changed, and that they’ll now head straight to the main roster, likely soon after Wrestlemania.

There were some injuries at house shows last night: Emma and Tomasso Ciampa at NXT in Cleveland; Charlotte and Sheamus at WWE in Minneapolis.

Global Force Wrestling is teaming with American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co. Productions for a new series.

UFC 196 is this evening, headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate. Feel free to start the hype.

Now talk, damn it!

NJPW New Japan Cup 2016: Round Two

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March 4th, 18:30 from Korakuen Hall, Tokyo

RIP Hayabusa

Yesterday’s Round One show was good from top to bottom, with several big announcements made as well. Aside from a should-be-good Naito vs. Ishii bout, today’s Cup matches aren’t so promising on paper, with the route to the final appearing clear. But, who knows, we might get an upset or two.

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2016: Round One

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March 3rd, 19:00 from Ota Gymnasium, Tokyo

The New Japan Cup is a sixteen-man, single elimination tournament, the winner of which gets to choose to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight, IWGP Intercontinental, or NEVER Openweight Championship at an upcoming show (most likely April’s Invasion Attack). Each of the eight singles matches today are part of Round One of the tournament, Round Two is tomorrow, and the semi-finals and final take place on March 12th.

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Sunday Thread

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Here’s Mike Johnson of PWInsider answering some questions about the TNA investors story.

Finn Bálor tweetedMonday #BulletproofBC #worldwide. Another big angle on Raw or just a new t-shirt?

If you’ve got free time today why not take a look at some of the fine writing the Blog of Doom has to offer. This week alone has seen reviews of Raw, Impact, NXT, ROH, Smackdown, Lucha Underground and (ahem) NJPW Lion’s Gate: Project 1, as well as the Wrestlemania Top Ten series and Scott’s Wrestling Observer Flashback. Fill your boots.

P.S. Thanks to Scott for allowing me to pin this. One less thing for Extant to do on his weekends.

Now talk, heathens!

Strong Style Saturday Thread

Last night was Ring of Honor’s 14th Anniversary PPV. Seems to have been well received, with The Elite vs. ACH, Matt Sydal & KUSHIDA widely regarded as Match of the Night.

According to Wrestling Inc. WWE posted and then removed an article which stated that Triple H would defend his title at the March to Wrestlemania show on March 12th (March, geddit?). Make of that what you will.

The big news this weekend, of course, is that I ordered my first wrestling t-shirt in almost a decade. It’s the Kenny Omega 8-bit tee, in case you were wondering. So… favourite wrestling t-shirts?

(Shout out to Suplex Apparel in the UK, doing some nice wrestling-related clothing that doesn’t make the wearer look like an overgrown child. See this Zack Sabre Jr. shirt for proof.)

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NJPW Lion’s Gate: Project 1

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February 25th, 19:00 from Shinjuku FACE, Tokyo

Primarily a showcase for the Young Lions of New Japan, the card also features the younger wrestlers of NOAH, and a couple of veterans from both companies. The long-term goal is to develop an NXT-style sub-promotion where young wrestlers from all over the world come to compete. Project 1, as the name suggests, is the debut show.

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Strong Style Saturday Thread

This morning saw the second of two ROH/NJPW shows take place in Korakuen Hall. Anderson and Gallows said their farewells and are now WWE/NXT-bound. The Elite (aka Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks) won the NEVER six-man titles and delivered a stunning challenge to a certain WWE team…

Rick Poehling is reviewing these shows and you can read his thoughts on Night One here.

Elsewhere, here’s Mike Quackenbush of CHIKARA talking about his time coaching at the WWE performance centre (and putting over Chad Gable).

Fastlane is tomorrow night. The main event, Styles/Jericho and perhaps even Owens/Ziggler should be good matches, but spoiler: Reigns is winning. Brian Bayless – of BoD Daily Update fame – has written a preview.

Now talk, damn it!

NJPW The New Beginning in Niigata

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February 14th, 16:00 from the Aore Nagaoka, Nagaoka

The second of The New Beginning shows is headlined by Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kenny Omega for the vacant Intercontinental title. The Junior and Tag belts are also on the line in a promising card. Thursday’s show in Osaka was highlighted by an excellent bout for the NEVER title – can anything today match it?

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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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