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This week on Wrestling Omakase we break down a disappointing opening night of the NOAH N-1 Victory, plus review a great Korakuen Hall show from All Japan!
John is joined by returning guest Devin (@MoreThanMeatJoy), who did us a major solid here coming in as a last second replacement guest. Thanks Devin! John & Devin talk a little about baseball and some other supposedly real sports before introducing the NOAH N-1 Victory tournament, quickly running down the four block format and what they’re expecting out of some of the participants. They then get into a full review of Night 1 of the tournament from Korakuen Hall, a disappointing show featuring an absolute slog of a main event, but at least one awesome match worth watching. They wrap up the NOAH portion of the episode by looking ahead to Nights 2 & 3, both empty arena shows coming up next weekend.
Then they turn their attentions to All Japan, with a full review of their September 7th Korakuen. John & Devin break down another great Korakuen Hall show from AJPW, featuring two awesome title matches on top. They discuss two title changes, a strong undercard, Francesco Akira’s weeb mom, and a lot more. Finally, they look ahead to a couple of upcoming shows for All Japan, including a Triple Crown title match. And then things kinda go off the rails with one of the weirdest ending portions in Omakase history.
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