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NJPW New Beginning In Sapporo Night 2 Review: Omega Out Of Bullet Club

For a company that some (who never watch it) claim doesn’t have storylines, New Japan’s “New Beginning In Sapporo” night 2 event certainly contradicted that statement.

Cody and Kenny OmegaIn the main event between IWGP U.S. Champion Kenny Omega and maverick “Switchblade” Jay White, we saw a great contest in the ring that may have been eclipsed with the aftermath of the outcome. What will become of Bullet Club, The Young Bucks, Being the Elite, Cody, and Omega’s long time friend, rival, partner Kota Ibushi?

Kazuchika Okada continues his pursuit to get SANADA to fire up but may have bitten off more than he can chew. In other action, The Young Bucks defend their IWGP Jr. Tag Team Titles in a rematch from WrestleKingdom 12 against Roppongi 3k.

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 G1 Climax 27 Nights 3 and 4 REVIEW

A wild two nights of G1 Climax 27 action as the B-Block and A-Block enter the second round of competition at the legendary Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan.

RIP DarylFeatured matches included Kenny Omega vs. Tama Tonga in a battle for the soul of Bullet Club, Kazuchika Okada taking on Michael Elgin in an extraordinary match, the long awaited clash between Kota Ibush and Zack Sabre, Jr. which we were denied at last year’s Cruiserweight Classic, and a total strong style brawl between Tomohiro Ishii and Togi Makabe.

We update the standings as to who is leading, who is behind, and predictions for upcoming matches over the next week.

This edition is dedicated to the memory of Daryl. RIP Daryl, you will be missed. Bad Luck Fale, watch your back, Takahashi is coming!


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.

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.

NJPW G1 Climax 27 Announcement

New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced the wrestlers who will participate in this year’s G1 Climax 27 tournament.

For those not familiar, the G1 is THE premiere tournament in international wrestling. A round robin format over the course of a month is concluded in a three night special where the A-Block and B-Block finals are held with the third night featuring the winners of both blocks facing off in the finals.

This is a historic tournament in it’s 27th year and last year’s winner, The Cleaner Kenny Omega, is a heavy favorite to repeat. Other featured wrestlers are IWGP World Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, Tetsuya Naito, Yuji Nagata in his final G1 appearance, Toru Yano once again playing spoiler, and three first time tournament participants: Juice Robinson, Zack Sabre Jr., and a returning Kota Ibushi.

We look at the tournament, explain it for new fans, and give some insight into what we may expect this summer from New Japan Pro Wrestling’s second biggest event of the year.

Mickie James Back to WWE / Hideo Itami Injured Again

This Rassslin Rantin news break discusses recent news at Thursday’s NXT tapings that former WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James will be return to WWE in order to face Asuka at the next TakeOver show in November.

In other news, Hideo Itami is once again injured. How will this play out for the Dusty Classic where he’s supposed to team with Kota Ibushi, the feud with Austin Aries, and his overall future in NXT. Itami just returned from a year-long hiatus from another injury to his shoulder.

Major Announcements for The Dusty Classic 2016

This week WWE announced that NXT will be continuing the Dusty Classic Tag Team Tournament from last year as an annual event.

Based loosely off of the old Jim Crockett Senior Memorial Cup Tag Team Tournament, the Dusty Classic is a sixteen team elimination tournament that will conclude with the semi-finals and finals at the next NXT TakeOver event in November, the same weekend as Survivor Series.

The following teams have been announced so far:

  • “Glorious 10” – Tye Dillinger and Bobby Roode
  • Hideo Itami and Kota Ibushi
  • The Revival
  • Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa
  • Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas & Cedric Alexander

Kota Ibushi and Hideo Itami team up for the Dusty ClassicSeveral things come up with looking at this list. First thing are the two amazing pairings of Kota Ibushi with Hideo Itami and the crowd pleasing combination of Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger aka “Glorious Ten”. Both are heavy favorites to win the tournament.

One team not on the list that will have a major impact on the tournament are the Authors of Pain, who have been wrecking balls in NXT for the last few months. Where they will be in the tournament and who might possibly be able to take them down is going to be a big part of the storyline here.

Regardless, this year’s Dusty Classic is shaping up to possibly be better than last year’s.

Rassslin Review 8-14-16: G1Climax26 Finals, Billy Corgan, CWC

This week’s Rassslin Review takes a look back at the phenomenal G1Climax26 Finals from New Japan Pro Wrestling and the emerging star of Kenny Omega.

Will Ospreay vs. VaderWe also investigate the news that Billy Corgan has taken over TNA IMPACT Wrestling, Will Ospreay faces Vader in an actual match, the CWC tournament featured match with Kota Ibushi vs. Cedric Alexander, and comparing retro wrestling to wrestling today.

We also answer your questions in Mail Bag and give you our Match Recommendations for the week.

Match Recommendations: Cedric Alexander vs. Kota Ibushi (CWC)

Highlights of a modern classic between Cedric Alexander and Kota Ibushi from the WWE Network Cruiserweight Classic.

Not only is this match one of the best of the week, it’s one of the best matches of the year and a clear choice for a Match of the Year candidate. Daniel Bryan literally loses his mind at how good this match is.