This week on Wrestling Omakase it’s a reunion from another former VOW podcast, as we kick off our 2018 Year in Review series! Back for another year, the Year in Review series will focus on a different promotion (or type of wrestling) each week and get you all caught up on them. Didn’t see a ton from their year? Feel like you need a refresher course? We go through as much of the year as we can in chronological order, highlighting stuff you may have missed along the way. Then we discuss our picks from the promotion for the traditional Observer-style awards, including: Wrestler of the Year, Most Outstanding Wrestler, Best Major Show, Match of the Year and more.
We begin this time around with Big Japan Pro Wrestling. John is joined by returning guests Drew (@_burningspirits) & Kevin Hare (@stan__hansen), both alumni of the ex-VOW show Burning Spirits. We break down BJW’s entire 2018, talking both the deathmatch and strong divisions at length. Was the Masashi Takeda title reign the greatest deathmatch reign of all time? How did Hideki Suzuki’s second reign compare to his first? And John unexpectedly has to go to the mat to defend Hideki against Drew’s ONSLAUGHT~!! of, uh, polite criticism. Somehow Kenny Omega and KENTA KOBASHI (!) come up in this, we’re not sure how. It’s all an interesting discussion and one that you’re sure to enjoy, this week!