New Japan Pro Wrestling Super J Cup 2019 – Night One (22/08/2019)

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The J Cup finally got uploaded to New Japan World last week. Seeing as I’ve got a day off today I’ll get Night One done. Not sure when the others will be up, so watch this space.

For those not acquainted, this is a big 16 man single elimination tournament to decide who gets to win a cool golden jacket. They’ve been doing this tournament on and off since 1994 and it’s usually provided some classic matches in past iterations, so hopefully this year’s tournament does similar!

Anyway, less chatter, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling Royal Quest – 31/08/2019

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As of checking today the 2019 J Cup isn’t up on New Japan World yet, but the Royal Quest show from last week in London is, so that’s what we’ll look at today. I’ve actually managed to avoid all spoilers for it, so this will be a complete surprise to me. I’m fully expecting J Cup spoilers though, mainly because this show happened after that tournament concluded, but I’ll refrain from writing them here in case you are also holding out to find out what happened (Kind of weird from New Japan actually, you’d think that they’d upload the shows in order because watching this show kind of ruins the J Cup?) If everyone else could please kindly refrain from J Cup spoilers in the comments then that would be nice as well, just in case we have some readers here who are waiting to watch it and don’t want it spoiled. Cheers!

The big match on top of course will be Kazuchika Okada Vs Everyone’s Favourite Angry Old Man Minoru Suzuki, in a match which I am mightily excited for!

So let’s quit my jibber jabbering and watch some chuffing wrestling!

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Six of the Best – New Japan Pro Wrestling Entrance Themes

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I’ve got some free time and I’ve wanted to do this one for a while, mainly because I love entrance music. Sometimes the best thing about an entire wrestlers act can be the entrance music they use, and when a promotion gets the music right for someone it can be utterly fantastic.

I decided to start out with New Japan because I often like having New Japan themes on in the background when I’m doing some work, just because for the most part they are catchy tunes that are fun to listen to. It was tough deciding which wrestlers to include and who not to in all honesty. For example, a guy like Tenryu worked New Japan countless times and has great entrance music, but he also worked All Japan, SWS, WAR, NOAH and others during his career, so really his music didn’t strike me as New Japan’s to claim.

Ultimately I decided to go with guys who I associate in my mind as being “New Japan guys”. In lots of cases these wrestlers will have worked in other places over their long and esteemed careers, but important periods of that career will have been spent doing battle inside a New Japan ring, using the particular music listed as their entrance theme. Indeed, on this list will be people who left New Japan and, with the exception of one, I think all of them ended up changing their music when they left anyway.

As always, these are just my own personal picks. This isn’t supposed to be some sort of objective list or anything. If I leave out a track that you think warrants inclusion, then please feel free to put it down in the comments section below.

So without further to do, let’s take a look at Six of the Best New Japan entrance themes!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Final Night – 12/08/2019

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So here we are, after eighteen nights of action and however many stars, we’re here for the Final of G1 Climax 29. Who will leave the Nippon Budokan with the fabled G1 Trophy and a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Champ at Wrestle Kingdom on the 4th of January 2020? Will it be the devious Jay White? Will it be the Golden Star Kota Ibushi? Will White’s unscrupulous manager Gedo ultimately decide the fate of the Trophy? Will Ibushi be able to overcome the numbers game to win his first G1? Will the Title shot even be on 04/01/2020 or will it be on the 5th instead because they’re running the Tokyo Dome on consecutive nights next year? Will the G1 Final attain a 5 Star rating? Lemon Curry?

The suspense is killing me; let’s watch the ruddy show right chuffing now!!!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Nights Seventeen and Eighteen – 10/08/2019 and 11/08/2019

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You lucky so and so’s get a two for one this time out as I was in London yesterday to watch Everton play out a bleh 0-0 with Crystal Palace, of which the only “highlight” was Morgan Schneiderlin getting sent off like an absolute plum. Oh well, a point Away on the first day of the season isn’t too bad I suppose.

Anyway, enough of that, we’ve got a lot to the get through so let’s waste no more time!

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Nights Seventeen and Eighteen – 10/08/2019 and 11/08/2019

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax – Night Sixteen – 08/08/2019

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Back again with some action from the B Block!

I hope all my fellow English Soccer Fans enjoyed the close to the transfer window. Everton’s pursuit of Wilfried Zaha ended up becoming a bit of a farce, but Alex Iwobi is certainly an interesting signing and I’m hoping he’ll hit the ground running for The Toffees. I must admit to being slightly relieved that the Marcos Rojo deal didn’t go through. He’s played something like 14 games in the previous 2 seasons I believe and has had not only injury issues but also strikes me as a red card waiting to happen. On loan I could have handled it, but for 25 Million Man United were having a giraffe and Marcel Brands did well to walk away. It also gives an opportunity to Mason Holgate as well, and I genuinely think this could be a break out season for him, so it isn’t all doom and gloom.

I’m afraid Saturday’s G1 show won’t be up until at least Sunday because I’m heading down to Selhurst Park for the first game of the season. I might try and have both Saturday and Sunday’s shows up on Sunday night, but I make no promises. Everton tend to open the season quite a lot with 2-2 draws, so I’m looking forward to being 1-2 up with 10 minutes to go only for Palace to bundle in the equaliser and for both Home and Away supporters to trudge home wondering whether it was a good result or not. Ah, football eh?

Anyway, enough wittering on my part, let’s get to some chuffing wrestling!

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax – Night Sixteen – 08/08/2019

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Fifteen – 07/08/2019

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We’re back with some more A Block Action, the Block that has been making all the other Blocks jealous!

Last time out in the A Block Kazuchika Okada and SANADA had a fantastic bout that I went all in with a ***** rating for the first time in this year’s G1 Climax tournament. Tonight Okada takes on SANADA’s regular tag team partner in the form of EVIL. Will he be able to get another ****+ match this time out?

Let’s settle in and find out shall we?

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Fourteen – 04/08/2019

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Back again with some action from the B Block!

Night Thirteen produced a match that I personally gave the full ***** to in the form of Kazuchika Okada Vs SANADA. Not everyone agreed of course, and that’s absolutely fine. This is all subjective at the end of the day, but it tickled me just right and I decided to go for the full allocation of stars as consequence.

Hopefully we have some more great matches and I can dish out some more stars, wouldn’t that be nice eh?

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Thirteen – 03 08 2019

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We’re back with some more A Block Action, a Block which has been described as, and I quote, “Lovely Stuff”. Not my words everyone, but the words of Shakin’ Stevens!

Here we are with Night Thirteen, and I wonder who will have an unlucky Round 7 in the A Block? Kazuchika Okada currently sits atop the Block with a perfect record and looks as untouchable as Newcastle United did during the Christmas of 1995. However, that eventually all ended going a bit wrong for The Magpies, so Okada being top right now doesn’t guarantee he still will be when all is said and done.

I’m excited to see what happens next, so why don’t we watch some wrestling and find out eh?

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Twelve (01/08/2019)

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Back again with some B Block action

Currently Jon Moxley is way out in front in the Block and has managed to nullify all of the wrestlers he has faced in one way or another. It’s actually had a “Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe” feel to it in all honesty, where Dean Ambrose was the acceptable comedy version of Jonathon Good whilst Jon Moxley is what he’s capable of when he’s allowed to go all out. However, tonight he’s facing Toru Yano, a man who has a few upsets to his name during his G1 career, so maybe this will be the first time Mox tastes defeat in G1?

Let’s read on and find out shall we?

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Eleven – 30/07/2019

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We’re back with some more A Block Action!

This year’s G1 has featured some fantastic wrestling thus far but hasn’t produced a 5 Star Classic by my watch yet. I’d love it if we could get one before the tournament comes to a close, but in general I’d say the standard of this year’s G1 has been excellent and every night has had at least 1 or 2 matches that  I would consider “need to see”, with some nights even having more than that!

But anyway, less of me spinning some yarns, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling eh?

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New Japan pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Ten – 28/07/2019

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Back again with some B Block action

Had a bit of an issue with this one due to the internet in rural Wales being a tad unpredictable, but I finally managed to get it to work long enough to take this one in.

Anyway, let’s get rolling and enjoy ourselves some New Japan!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Nine – 27/07/2019

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Here we are back with some A Block Action!

I’m currently out in the countryside of Wales for a family trip, but when the Wi-Fi decides it wants me to I can still just about manage to stream New Japan World, hence here I am getting my G1 fix! I’ll hopefully find some time tomorrow to do Night Ten, as well as try to get Hardcore TV up as usual. This might mean no 205 Live this week but, if I can find the time and the WWE Network feels like behaving, I’ll get caught up on that as well.

But anyway, less prattling from me, let’s watch some gosh darn wrestling!

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Nine – 27/07/2019

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Eight (24/07/2019)

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Back again with some B Block action

Apologies for the delay for this one, but I was at the football last night watching a thrilling 0-0 draw between Wigan and Everton, so sadly I could only get around to it today. Good as Tom Davies and Mason Holgate were in that contest, I doubt their performances will match some of the one’s we’ll get here.

I’m actually off to Wales for a holiday next week, but the cottage I’m staying at supposedly has Wi-Fi, so I’ll try and get some G1 done whilst I’m there. Anything I can’t get done will be mopped up when I get back. Hopefully I can get next week’s Hardcore TV done before I go and will schedule it for Wednesday as usual. I’ll catch up on 205 Live when I get back as well.

Anyway, that’s all the housekeeping done with, let’s watch some chuffing wrestling!

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Eight (24/07/2019)

The SmarK Rant for New Japan on AXS–07.19.19

The SmarK Rant for New Japan on AXS – 07.19.19

Taped from Kobe, Japan

Your hosts are Jim Ross & Josh Barnett

So this is not actually an up-to-date show. It happened that I have a free preview of Fight Network on my cable system right now, so I recorded a few things on Friday night for later review. This particular episode was from September 2015 (or at least the matches are from that date) and I was going to skip it but then LOOK AT THIS OPENER:

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Seven – 20/07/2019

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Here we are back with some A Block Action!

Thanks for everyone who has been reading these. I’m honestly somewhat grateful that there’ll be a bit of a break following this one, as staying on top of the G1 is never easy. We’re getting to the stage now where people all but officially go out of the running, so we should properly start to see A Block taking shape now.

So without further ado, let’s journey back to the world of New Japan for some top notch Puro competition!

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New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Five (18/07/2019)

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Back we come for more hot A Block action. Last time out in this block KENTA and Hiroshi Tanahashi main evented in a bout that saw the former NOAH and NXT alum go on to his second big win in the Block. Tana is currently still stuck on zero points, but can he get on the board today? Well, let’s take another journey to the land of Puro and find out!

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Five (18/07/2019)

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Four – 15/07/2019

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We’re back to the world of G1 with some B Block Action!

First off, congratulations to England’s cricketers for winning perhaps one of the craziest games of sport I’ve ever seen with an amazing last ball victory that had me gripped to the edge of my seat. It was like a Hollywood movie screenplay for “dramatic sporting film” by the end.

I actually didn’t watch any of the weekends wrestling outside of G1, mainly because I didn’t have time and to be honest none of it leapt out at me as “must see”. I may check out this Bryan/Rowan Vs Heavy Machinery Vs New Day match though, as I hear it was a bit of corker.

Anyway, enough chitchat, let’s watch some chuffing Puro!

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Four – 15/07/2019

New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Three – 14/07/2019

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Here we are with some more G1 Climax action! I’ve actually been a bit rough today so this took a bit longer than I’d liked, but hopefully this reaches you well and you’ve had a good weekend. As mentioned in Night Two, there’s sadly no tag matches on this one because I didn’t really have time to fit them in, so this is just the five tournament matches.

Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy these and I’ll have Mondays B Block matches hopefully up after I get home from work tomorrow.

Oh, and on an unrelated note, Cricket can be bloody exciting when it wants to be can’t it?

 

Read moreNew Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Climax 2019 – Night Three – 14/07/2019