This week Wrestling Omakase’s third annual Year in Review series reaches its conclusion! Each week we recapped the 2019 of a specific promotion, promotions, or type of wrestling, covering all their major shows and moments and giving our picks for the major award categories. It’s a great way for you to catch up with wrestling you may have missed this year and identify matches you may want to watch or rewatch before doing your end of the year awards voting!

We’ve reached the end of another Year in Review journey, and once again we’ve left one of the biggest promotions for last: New Japan Pro Wrestling. Hear to help John break down NJPW’s very eventful 2019 is a real all star team of VOW podcasters: from the flagship (@voiceswrestling) it’s Joe Lanza, and from our NJPW-centric podcast the Super J-Cast (@thesuperjcast) it’s Joel Abraham (@joeljabraham) and Damon McDonald! John, Joe, Joel and Damon begin the episode by touching upon the recent video dropped by Kenny Omega and the Young Bucks on their acrimonious departure from NJPW before transitioning into the more macro topics of how the Elite’s departure affected New Japan, whether they liked 2019 or 2018 better, and how most of NJPW’s best stuff this year all came in the major tournaments.

Then they begin a thorough month-by-month recap of NJPW’s 2019, starting right from the top at Wrestle Kingdom 13 and going all the way through Road to the Tokyo Dome. What parts of the year stood out more than others for the crew? What matches may have you forgotten that are worth a second look? We discuss the rise of Jay White as a top heel, the simultaneous pushes to the forefront of Will Ospreay and Shingo Takagi, Tetsuya Naito & Kota Ibushi vs. The Safety Nerds, Taichi proving the haters and the losers wrong, and much much more! Finally we wrap things up with a quick edition of our NJPW 2019 awards. It’s a packed three hours plus of talk on NJPW’s year, this week!

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