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NJPW New Beginning In Osaka Preview

Osaka is the destination for the last night of the New Beginning tour which will feature an IWGP World Championship match between reigning champion Kazuchika Okada against upstart SANADA. The entire night is Chaos vs. Los Ingobernables De Japon.

The build for this match has been surprisingly solid the last month and we expect a great match between the two. Some fans suspect there’s a slim chance of a huge upset tonight.

We’ll look at the card and have some predictions including matches between Hirooki Goto vs. EVIL and Will Ospreay defending the IWGP Juniors Championship against Los Ingobernables De Japon’s Hiromu Takahashi.

New Japan Explained: Wrestle Kingdom 12 Preview

This part of our New Japan Explained series looks at Wrestle Kingdom 12 and the importance of the event.

Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega Wrestle Kingdom 12New Japan has grown over the last twelve months since WrestleKingdom 11 and now the fruits of all that labor will be realized. Tetsuya Naito looks to avenge his five year humiliation in the main event against the longest reigning IWGP World Champion in history Kazuchika Okada. Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho battle in a cross-promotional match labeled Alpha vs. Omega in a no disqualification brawl. Jay White returns from excursion to challenge Hiroshi Tanhahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

With tons of other matches on the card, it is the second biggest pro wrestling pay per view of the year and will be the start of a new era in NJPW.

NJPW Destruction Tour and King of Pro Wrestling Announcements

New Japan has announced the schedule for the upcoming September Destruction Tour as well as two major matches for the King of Pro Wrestling show in October.

The G1 Climax 27 had several upset victories where champions were pinned and have lead to several title matches during the tour including Zack Sabre Jr. challenging HIroshi Tanahashi for the IC Title, Juice Robinson challenging Kenny Omega for the U.S. Championship, Minoru Suzuki defending the NEVER Openweight Championship against “Big Mike” Michael Elgin, as well as a series of three way tag matches for the IWGP Tag Team Titles with War Machine defending against The Killer Elite Squad and Guerrillas of Destiny.

In addition, the October show will feature Tetsuya Naito defending his main event slot against a man who has had his number all year in Tomohiro Ishii. Kazuchika Okada defends with IWGP World Championship against EVIL of Los Ingobernables de Japon.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Nights 9 Through 12 REVIEW

We’re into the thick of the G1 Climax 27 and things are beginning to take shape for the finals in just over a week.

Among featured matches from nights 9 through 12 were a slugfest between Tomohiro Ishii and Yuji Nagata, another epic between Ishii and Tetsuya Naito, Kota Ibushi and “The Ace” Hiroshi Tanahashi clashing, and Kenny Omega taking on a legend and a fierce upstart in EVIL.

We look back at the highlights from this week’s past tournament matches and look ahead to what might possibly be the storylines going into the finals.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Nights 5 Through 8 REVIEW

The middle part of the G1 Climax 27 is heating up with the shape of the tournament finals beginning to become clearer.

Hiromu Suzuki applies armbarKazuchika Okada is running away with the B-Block while Minoru Suzuki suffers an upset loss to EVIL. Yuji Nagata and Satori Kojima continue to be without wins as the legends start to show their age.

We cover the major matches from this past week, look forward to a big weekend that will feature Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomohiro Ishii. We also look at the comedy of Toru Yano and it’s value to the G1 Climax tournament and New Japan.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 A-Block First Night REVIEW

The 2017 edition of New Japan’s G1 Climax kicked off Sunday night with a packed A-Block and an undercard that wasn’t too shabby itself.

With four tag matches that all were between ten to fifteen minutes, they set up stories for Thursday’s B-Block first night. Kenny Omega being afraid (seemingly) of Minoru Suzuki, the first battle between Suzuki Gun and Bullet Club, Yano and Okada being on opposite sides of a tag match, and Los Ingobernables Da Japon in a tag match against each other, there was plenty to take in during the first hour.

SANADA debuts a new lookThe second half of the show picked up with some really great pairings, including a heartfelt battle between Yuji Nagata and YOSHI-HASHI, a brawl between Bad Luck Fale and Togi Makabe, a strong style exhibition with Ishii and Goto, a technical gut wrencher between Zack Sabre Jr. and Hiroshi Tanahashi, all capped off by the main event.

The first Match of the Year candidate from the G1 27 came on night one with Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito tearing down the house in an epic encounter. Ibushi was so moved her cried before and after the match.

We also look at the standings and where everyone is now as we head into Thursday’s show.

Everything You Need To Know About NJPW G1 Climax 27

With the G1 Climax 27 starting this weekend, many Western fans may be watching their first G1 over the next month. This video is aimed at letting you know what you need to about this legendary tournament.

Kenny Omega - G1 Climax 26 WinnerWith all the major players including Kazuchika Okada, Kenny Omega, Tetsuya Naito, HIroshi Tanahashi and others participating, it makes the G1 27 something special. Japan’s pro-wres annual event goes all over the country with some of the best matches you’ll see this year.

Other standouts may be Juice Robinson, Sanada, Zack Sabre Jr, and Kota Ibushi to name a few. We hope you learn more about this event, how the A Block and B Blocks work, and much more.

New Japan Pro Wrestling Explained: Part 2 – Style, Rules, and Events

This is the beginning of our new series New Japan Pro Wrestling Explained. It is a series of videos designed for those who aren’t familiar with NJPW or pro wrestling in Japan.

In this video we talk about the rules of NJPW, the style of it’s matches including strong style and the “fighting spirit”, highlight major events throughout the year including Wrestle Kingdom, Dominion, King of Pro Wrestling, as well as the major tournaments including the New Japan Cup, Best of the Super Juniors, and of course the G1 Climax.

This video should give you a basic understanding of the rules of a New Japan match, what IWGP stands for, and how their event structure is different from what you may be used to with the WWE.

New Japan Pro Wrestling Explained: Part 1 – What Is New Japan?

This is our new series of videos called New Japan Pro Wrestling Explained.

Antonio InokiAs NJPW will be coming to the States this weekend for the G1 Special in Long Beach, California, we thought this would be a good time to start this series to help some of our followers who aren’t that familiar with New Japan.

In this first video, we look at a very top-level view of the history of New Japan, what it’s all about, and how it differs from Western Pro Wrestling.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Blocks: Okada vs. Omega 3

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced the blocks for the G1 Climax 27 and a mega bomb dropped when it was revealed that Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada are both in the B-Block, meaning that we will get Omega vs Okada Part 3.

This booking strategy brings up a lot of questions about NJPW, Omega’s future with the company, the future of their rivalry, and the possible outcome from this Saturday’s defense of the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship when Okada defends against new ROH World Champion Cody.

We also look at some other standout match ups in the tournament involving Tetsuya Naito, SANADA, Toru Yano, and the long awaited match between Kota Ibushi and Zack Sabre Jr. which we didn’t get in the CWC last year, but will in the G127.