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NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Preview

The next week of pro wrestling is going to be pretty hot starting today with the Road to Wrestling Dontaku.

New Japan Pro Wrestling is featuring a number of events with some marquee matches that were set up at the Sakura Genesis event.

Tetsuya Naito vs. Juice RobinsonThursday features Minoru Suzuki challenging Goto for the NEVER Openweight Championship, Saturday is Los Ingobernables Da Japon day when EVIL faces Tanahashi, Takahashi defends the Jr. title against King Ricochet, and Juice Robinson steps it up as he faces Tetsuya Naito for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Wednesday brings us the main Wrestling Dontaku event headlined by Kazuchika Okada defending the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship against the Bullet Club‘s Bad Luck Fale, Kenny Omega vs. Ishii, and a number of tag team title matches.

For the IWC (International Wrestling Community) this is a pretty good slate of solid in ring wrestling.


Vince McMahon Not A Fan Of Mauro Ranallo


With the Mauro Ranallo controversy pretty much settled, more news has come out about his standing with the company.

Apparently, Vince McMahon was not a fan of Mauro’s work as a commentator. He wanted him to sound more like Michael Cole.

Even though JBL’s alleged bullying seems to be what forced Mauro into an unpleasant state, the problem seemed to go far beyond just that. The settlement between the two parties contradicts that statement but we look into what might have happened in this video.


NJPW Wrestling Dontaku Matches and Leadup

NJJPW Wrestling Dontaku

This year’s Wrestling Dontaku event features a stacked card of matches. Showcasing the growing roster of talent, this could prove to be one of the most exciting cards for NJPW from top to bottom since WrestleKingdom.


HAMAKATSU Presents WRESTLING DONTAKU 2017

Wednesday May 3, 2017 at the Fukuoka Convention Center

Main Event: IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada (c) vs. Bad Luck Fale
Tomohiro Ishii vs. Kenny Omega
NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship: Ricochet, Taguchi and Tanahashi (c) vs. BUSHI, EVIL, and SANADA (LIJ)
IWGP Tag Team Championship 3-Way Match: War Machine (c) vs. Kojima and Tenzan vs. The Guerrillas of Destiny


Before we get to Dontaku, there are a number of other events leading up to it which will feature some key matches.

WRESTLING TOYO PROVINCE 2017

Saturday April 29, 2017 from Beppu B-Con Plaza

IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship: Hiromu Takahashi (c) (LIJ) vs. King Ricochet
Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. EVIL
IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito (c) vs. Juice Robinson


This Thursday on the Road to Wrestling Dontaku, there is also a highly anticipated match from the Hiroshima Green Arena
IWGP NEVER Openweight Championship: Hirooki Goto (c) (Chaos) vs. Minoru Suzuki (Suzuki-Gun)


All of these matches and shows can be seen on New Japan World which is around $8.33 a month. English commentary is available for the big shows but as we always say, without the commentary or with Japanese commentary, it’s pretty much the same as watching a pro wrestling event live.


IMPACT Wrestling TV Taping Surprises

With all the shakeups at IMPACT Wrestling seeming to be settling down now, they seem to be on the road to rebuilding their company’s talent pool.

On this week’s IMPACT Wrestling tapings, a few new faces showed up and a few big surprises happened including a new GFW World Champion and the debut of two familiar names to the pro wrestling world.


WWE House Show Madness: Nakamura, Itami, Reigns

This past week has seen some interesting developments at WWE Live Events / House Shows.

House ShowsFrom the long dreamed team up of Hideo Itami and Shinsuke Nakamura at an NXT show where they faced off against The Revival, to Roman Reigns no-selling his huge injury spot on Monday Night RAW to put Braun Strowman through a table, it’s been a bright weekend for house shows.


Kurt Angle Critiques Roman Reigns’ Push

In a recent interview with Washington Top News, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle gave his critiques on the Roman Reigns push.


Angle himself was hot-shotted to the top of the WWF back in his first year with the company as a heel. He has some insights and thoughts as to why the fans boo him and what should be done with the character.


Should Mauro Ranallo Do English Commentary for New Japan World?

Given that Mauro Ranallo will no longer be doing commentary for WWE, the question came up this past weekend whether or not he should eventually do English Commentary for New Japan World.

While Kevin Kelly is currently doing the play-by-play calls on the website, and Jim Ross is doing the AXS TV show which Ranallo used to do, the likelihood is not great this will happen. However, one must ask, given the way things change in pro wrestling, whether or not fans would want to see/hear this and would it make a difference in the English Commentary for NJPW World which some have said is “shaky” at times?


Bray Wyatt Upset With WWE Booking

WWE’s Superstar Shakeup has apparently shaken one star the wrong way.

Bray Wyatt, who will be challenging Randy Orton for the WWE World Championship at the next RAW pay per view where he was traded to, is apparently upset with the booking committee.

The rumor is he was to regain the title during this summer but plans have been scrapped. It’s not the first time Wyatt’s storylines have been changed at the last minute but this time he’s raised holy hell about it.


An Open Letter To: JBL

Haven’t done one of these in a while but I figure it’s time for another Open Letter, this time to John Layfield aka JBL concerning the Mauro Ranallo situation and his history of alleged bullying.


Okada vs. Shibata – Sakura Genesis – Reaction

New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s spring event titled Sakura Genesis featured the winner of the New Japan Cup, Katsuyori Shibata, taking on IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada in the main event.

This is our reaction video to yet another potential Match of the Year candidate for Okada and the ascension of Shibata to the main event ranks.