This is a Patreon-exclusive full episode. Sign up to the Wrestling Omakase Patreon now for just $5 a month to get access to it, along with:
-Our ongoing 1 Match series covering every Tokyo Dome main event in order. We’re in 1998 and just covered the famous retirement shows of Riki Choshu & Antonio Inoki, and coming up next this week will be All Japan’s big return to the Dome after eight years, featuring Misawa vs. Kawada as main!
-Our various past series of “1 Match” episodes that cover many different themes: matches submitted by Omakase patrons, famous NJPW rivalries (Okada-Tanahashi, Naito-Ishii, Naito-Tanahashi), the ongoing Tokyo Dome series and more!
-Daily tournament audio on all sorts of different tournaments, including Champion Carnivals, G1s, D-Ous, BOSJs, WTL, and more. Relive any of the major Japanese tournaments from the past year! And of course our coverage of the 2021 G1 Climax & NOAH N-1 Victory is coming next month!
-Our Patreon-exclusive Retro Roulette episodes that covers tons of shows and themes with a completely randomized match list: Dominion, Best of the Super Juniors Finals, Champion Carnival finals, Wrestlemania, NJPW anniversary shows and more!
-Many previous Patreon-exclusive 5 Matches episodes with guests WH Park, Alan4L, Rich Kraetsch, Todd Martin, Chris Samsa, Sean Sedor, Nate from Everything Elite, Robin Reid from VOW Quiz Night, Garrett Kidney from Wednesday War Games, Mike Spears from Everything Elite/Open the Voice Gate and more!
-Anime Omakase, our series exclusively on the world of anime, which will soon have a new episode!
-And much more!
This week on Wrestling Omakase we review NJPW’s big return in front of US fans, the semis and finals of Tokyo Joshi’s Princess Cup tournament, and DDT’s final Korakuen before their big Kawasaki show.
John is joined by returning guest Jeri Evagood (@TheJerriest_Jer) for her record-breaking third straight appearance on the show! Yeah! They discuss John’s return from Otakon and thankfully-not-COVID illness before getting into an incredibly unfortunate topic: the passing of Jahmale Hepburn, aka RealHero12089. They discuss his immeasurable contributions to Japanese wrestling and try to pay tribute to him as best they can. Rest in peace Jahmale.
They then make the incredibly awkward transition into talking about pro wrestling, starting with New Japan’s Resurgence event from Los Angeles, their first show back in the US with fans since the COVID-19 pandemic. John and Jeri break down the entire noteworthy show, reviewing every match from the main event on down. They also discuss some of the bigger happenings, with an especially long segment on Will Ospreay’s return and some of the reaction to it on Twitter.
Then they head over to Tokyo Joshi to discuss the semifinals and finals of their annual Princess Cup tournament. They break down three pretty awesome matches and discuss Maki Itoh finally getting her happy ending. Finally, they review DDT’s Summer Vacation Korakuen, the last big stop before Wrestle Peter Pan from Kawasaki. They discuss a disappointing main event, a semi-main that was maybe a little hard to follow, and some strong build-up tags in the undercard. They then wrap things up with a quick rundown and preview of the full Wrestle Peter Pan card, including some predictions on the three big title matches.
Follow Wrestling Omakase on Twitter to submit questions for future episodes and get alerts every time new episodes go up (both free feed & Patreon)- @wrestleomakase!
Wrestling Omakase has dedicated channels on TWO Discords! Come join either one where you can chat with John and show guests and submit questions for future episodes!
Super J-Cast Discord
VOW Network Discord