Time for our first true big one since Wrestle Kingdom, as tonight in our main event, Hiroshi Tanahashi challengers Shingo Takagi for the NEVER openweight title in what could end up a Match of the Year contender!
With the New Beginning show looming this weekend in Nagoya, I thought it would be fun to take a brief look at some matches from the Road to the New Beginning events.
A brief explanation – the ‘road to’ shows are a series of shows that, 99% of the time, are various tag matches of different sizes and lengths, and are meant to highlight the feuds that will eventually be paid off on the main shows. As a result, a lot of the permutations of the matches are run several times, which makes reviewing the shows a little redundant. But there was some really fun stuff on these shows, so let’s watch some wrestling, shall we?
Yeah, get the coffee ready. It’s TIME! (At least, we hope it is. Everyone is highly encouraged to keep an eye on Tokyo’s current lockdown status, as they may declare a state of emergency which, if it goes into effect right away, would delay Wrestle Kingdom for at least a bit of time.)
And with that cheery thought, on with the preview!
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?
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.