NJPW New Beginning In Osaka 2018 Review (Rey Mysterio, Jr. Challenges Jushin Liger)
Our review of New Japan’s New Beginning in Osaka from 2018 featuring a IWGP Championship match between Kazuchika Okada and SANADA.
The night was mostly Los Ingobernables De Japon vs. Chaos in matches between Goto and EVIL for the NEVER Openweight Championship and a match of the year contender with Will Ospreay vs. Hiromu Takahashi for the Junior Heavyweight Title.
In addition, Rey Mysterio, Jr. makes his announcement that he will be at NJPW’s Strong Style Evolved event and challenges Jushin Thunder Liger.
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.
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.
The 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.