Voices of Wrestling returns with a look at two big shows this week: New Japan Pro Wrestling’s The New Beginning in Osaka and NXT TakeOver: Rival. We break down each match on the show, what we liked, what we didn’t like, overall thoughts on the booking direction of both including some criticisms of the current New Japan direction. The show finishes with a career retrospective on the retiring Genichiro Tenryu and of course, a 20+ minute breakdown of wrestler’s penises. No, seriously.

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Timestamps (Thanks @JoeGagne!):

0:00:00 – 0:02:10: Intro
0:02:10 – 0:14:50: NJPW New Beginnings thoughts
0:14:50 – 0:26:13: NJPW stagnation
0:26:13 – 0:44:14: New Beginnings rundown
0:44:14 – 0:54:25: Jobbers
0:54:25 – 1:06:35: New Beginnings part 2
1:06:35 – 1:11:38: Whiners rant
1:11:38 – 1:19:17: New Beginnings part 3
1:19:17 – 1:21:14: SPOILER talk about possible NXT debut
1:21:14 – 1:26:32: New Beginnings part 4
1:26:32 – 1:28:21: Moves
1:28:21 – 1:29:00: New Beginnings part 5
1:29:00 – 1:34:40: Styles Clash/Dangerous Moves
1:34:40 – 1:35:55: Previous SPOILER amended
1:35:55 – 1:39:10: Blading
1:39:10 – 1:40:55: NJPW New Beginnings wrapup
1:40:55 – 1:46:37: Avoiding spoilers
1:46:37 – 1:54:50: NXT Rival
1:54:50 – 2:09:14: ROH in Houston 2009
2:09:14 – 2:12:30: NXT Rival part 2
2:12:30 – 2:14:44: High Voltage/Disorderly Conduct
2:14:44 – 2:28:03: NXT Rival part 3
2:28:03 – 2:31:31: Sasha Banks promo/reality in characters
2:31:31 – 2:41:38: NXT Rival part 4
2:41:38 – 2:47:10: Main roster booking
2:47:10 – 2:52:00: Ranking the NXT specials
2:52:00 – 2:57:52: Tenryu retirement
2:57:52 – 3:05:20: 2002 All Japan
3:05:20 – 3:10:00: Tenryu part 2
3:10:00 – 3:18:56: Pantheon of Wrestling Dongs
3:18:56 – 3:20:00: Outro

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