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NJPW Power Struggle 2017 Review


Perhaps in one of the most shocking nights of the year for New Japan, the Power Struggle 2017 event which is the last stop before WrestleKingdom, may be the start of an even bigger push for the company in 2018.

Tanahashi vs. IbushiWith a main event featuring the amazing encounter between IWGP IC Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Kota Ibushi, the U.S. Title defense of Kenny Omega vs. Trent Barreta, Minoru Suzuki and Toru Yano in a bullrope “death match” for the NEVER Open Championship, and the continuation of the saga between Will Ospreay and Marty Scurll for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championship, this event had some truly outstanding matches.

Looming over all of this though were the debut and challenges of two wrestlers returning to NJPW. Both Chris Jericho and Jay White made their returns to the company and challenged the secondary champions for title matches at WrestleKingdom 12, lighting the pro wrestling and sports entertainment worlds on fire.

This is our review of a groundbreaking night as we look at NJPW Power Struggle 2017.

NJPW King of Pro Wrestling 2017 REVIEW

On a weekend of big events, New Japan Pro Wrestling hosted it’s annual King of Pro Wrestling show which featured a main event for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship between Kazuchika Okada and EVIL.

Tetsuya Naito and Kazuchika Okada confront one another before Wrestle Kingdom 12In addition, Tetsuya Naito defending his contract for the main event slot at WrestleKingdom 12 against a man who has had his number this year, Tomohiro Ishii. KUSHIDA and Will Ospreay have a Match of the Year caliber performance for the Junior Heavyweight championship, Bullet Club meets Chaos in a six man tag, the debut of Roppongi 3k, and much more.

This is our review and reaction to the King of Pro Wrestling show from New Japan Pro Wrestling.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Finals REVIEW

After four weeks, the G1 Climax 27 tournament concluded with three nights of amazing action.

Ricochet and Taguchi win the IWGP Jr. Tag TitlesNot only did we see the A-Block and B-Block decided in matches between Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito and the third match between Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada, we also got the IWGP Tag Team Championships defended by War Machine against the Bullet Club’s Cody and Hangman Page, the IWGP Junior Tag Titles defended by The Young Bucks against Ricochet and Taguchi.

There were many surprise returns on the final night of the tournament, including a major surprise by Katsuyori Shibata, the beloved Daryl, the infamous Killer Elite Squad, and a strange promo hinting at the debut of a new switchblade wielding star for New Japan.

This is our review of the final three nights of the G1 Climax 27.

New Japan Pro Wrestling Explained (Part 3): Championships

From the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship all the way down to the NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships, New Japan Pro Wrestling has a lot of titles.

In this video we’ll run down all the current NJPW titles, examine their importance, review the current title holders, and look a bit more into the difference between championships in Japan and the way titles are handled in the west (WWE).

G1Climax26 Featured Matches – Ishii vs. Tanahashi / Okada vs. Makabe

In a double-feature, Day 11 of the G1Climax26 saw two masters of Strong Style against two top tier stars in New Japan.

Ishii, probably the most rugged man on the roster, faces Tanahashi while IWGP Heavyweight Champion Okada goes up against another “pitbull” in Makabe.

Prepare for a lot of hard hitting mixed with technical wrestling and star power. Certainly worth watching.

Wrestle Kingdom 9 Review: New Japan Sets the Bar High

The event is a yearly tradition for New Japan Pro Wrestling and is essentially the biggest event on their calendar. It is one of the few wrestling events in the world that is not a WWE product that actually rivals (and surpasses in the opinion of many) WrestleMania. That’s how big it is.

The card featured a main event between NJPW standard bearer and IWGP Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi and one of the hottest international stars in a generation Kazuchika Okada. Kota Ibusha challenged IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles faced Tetsuya Naito in an excellent match to determine the next contender for the IWGP Championships, Bullet Club members Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows defended the IWGP tag team championships against Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata and IWGP Junior Champion Ryusuke Taguchi defended the title against another Bullet Club Member, Kenny Omega.

IWGP Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke NakamuraIn other action, NEVER Openweight Champion Tomohiro Ishii defended against Togi Makabe in a great example of the STRONG style, legends Kazushi Sakuraba and Minoru Suzuki competed in a dream match, contested under UWFi rules (winner only by submission or stoppage) — which is a mixture of mixed martial arts with professional wrestling, and many other matches highlighted the 4 Hour event.

Global Force Wrestling heavily promoted the card in the United States and enlisted legendary WWE, NWA, WCW, and GWF broadcaster “JR” Jim Ross to do color/play-by-play alongside another WWE alumni, Matt Striker.

This was a refreshing event to watch if you are used to North American wrestling and are somewhat dissatisfied with the redundant and at times stale brand of WWE and TNA wrestling. As a fan of New Japan back in the early 1990s, having drifted away and now coming back to see where it is in 2015, this was a mix of nostalgia and excitement at where the product is today.

As 2015 begins, with Global Force making moves, New Japan launching it’s own online network, Ring of Honor and WWE NXT gaining favor with fans … it seems a new era is about to dawn in the professional wrestling world … and era that’s long overdue.