NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 2020 – Night 1

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If I had to pick a favorite tournament from the pro wrestling world each year, it probably wouldn’t be the G-1 Climax; it would indeed be the Best of Super Juniors. My love for this event dates back to my tape trading days, when I got addicted to Juniors puro, especially Liger, Sasuke, and Ohtani. Between the BOSJ, the Super J-Cup, Michinoku Pro comps…..a lot of cool stuff would occasionally appear in the mailbox at my college dorm in videotape form.

I had resigned myself to the fact that COVID was going to take the BOSJ this year, but lo and behold, NJPW decided to hold the tournament anyway, albeit with an abbreviated format. Instead of two Blocks and 20 wrestlers, there will be one Block, 10 wrestlers, and the two top point getters will face off for the trophy on the last night.

So with that in mind, let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?

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NJPW Power Struggle + extras – November 7th, 2020

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Believe it or not, this is the last big event before Wrestle Kingdom! From here, we’ve got World Tag League and the Best of the Super Juniors tournaments, but this is our last large event before we go to the Dome in January. So tonight, our main events are Kota Ibushi vs Jay White for the title shot briefcase and (sigh) once again, EVIL vs Tetsuya Naito for the double gold!

Warning before you click – this is very long. I’ve got a bunch to recap and to say.

Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?

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Ospreay – A post

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I get the feeling that this one may get me in trouble, but I had to say something. If I’m going to recap the G-1, I gotta get this out beforehand, although I’m not recapping the A Block so I won’t be subject to Will’s matches. But I felt like this was something that affected NJPW as a whole, so I wrote it.

I realize that a lot of folks will have opinions on this, and I accept that. But on the eve of the biggest thing I’ve ever done for this blog, I gotta put some stuff out on front street. I hope you all stick with me after this.

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The Big Ol’ Super-Duper Wiz-Bang 2020 G-1 Climax Preview!

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Every year for 19 days, bleary-eyed wrestling nerds all over the world shake off sleep at ungodly hours of the morning to watch the biggest pro wrestling tournament of the year.  

Potential matches of the year are crafted. Tournament math that resembles the complications of algebraic theorems to be solved only by Will Hunting are bandied about. The exhausted fanbase that consumes copious amounts of caffeine are matched only by the exhausted wrestlers who give everything to their artform until they break.  

It can only mean one thing……it’s time for the G-1 Climax! 

I did a preview for the G-1 last year and it seemed popular enough, so I decided to run it back because this year, I’ll be part of the G-1 coverage here on the blog. I’m looking forward to it! Much coffee has been stocked up! Myself and last year’s excellent reviewer, Michael Fitzgerald, will be splitting the G-1 duties as Michael will be taking A Block and I’ll be taking B Block.  

Let’s get started:

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Ring of Honor TV – The Pure Tournament, Week 1!

 

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What a long, strange trip it’s been to end up back here where I started…..

Ring of Honor was my favorite promotion for years, back to the RF video days, and it was pretty much the first show I ever recapped on this here blog. I was the ROH recapper for a few years on the BOD, but the promotion changed with the departure of the Elite and went in a direction I didn’t want to continue following. With the advent of AEW and spending more time on New Japan, I periodically checked in with ROH but didn’t really spend a lot of time with it like I used to.

But one innocuous question on ROH’s twitter account changed everything for me, and that was “Should we bring back the Pure title?”

Oh. Hell. Yes.

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NJPW Summer Struggle in Jingu – August 29th, 2020

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Well, we’re here! The end of the Summer Struggle tour is nigh, as we’re in Jingu Stadium in Tokyo. Tonight, title matches abound as EVIL defends the IWGP Heavyweight & IC titles against Tetsuya Naito, Shingo Takagi defends the NEVER openweight title against Minoru Suzuki, Hiromu Takahashi defends the Junior Heavyweight title against Taiji Ishimori, and Suzuki-Gun defends the tag titles against the Golden Aces! It’s a stacked show, so it’s time to get to work!

Let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?

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NJPW Summer Struggle – August 26th, 2020

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While I haven’t been really recapping the Summer Struggle events (there’s only so many ways to review multiple 6 or 8-man tags over and over again on the same show, you know?), this one seemed important enough to get down, because tonight, it’s the 4 qualifying matches for the King of Pro Wrestling match! Wacky stips abound, which is certainly a bit unusual for a New Japan show, and we might as well get ready for the big show at Jingu on Saturday by dipping our toes back into the New Japan water proper. 

So let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?

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