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by Frank Olson
Tue May 14, 2019 1:31 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

Pretty good opening night of the Best of the Super Juniors. Tiger Mask vs. TAKA was not the most exciting opener, as it appears that Tiger's injury is genuinely limiting his mobility. They did a decent job of telling the story of TAKA being the slimy heel working over the injury, but you really need...
by Frank Olson
Sun May 12, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

That really is a shame about Desperado not being able to perform in this year's tournament. I think the points that yaritaihoudai made about Desperado being a possible surprise winner of the tournament make a lot of sense given how the schedule is laid out, and also taking into account all of the pr...
by Frank Olson
Sun May 05, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: Getting Into Classic Joshi
Replies: 10
Views: 2153

Re: Getting Into Classic Joshi

Before I comment on this next set of matches I just want to throw out a few caveats about why I’m probably incapable of giving these the full respect they deserve. I was only able to find these in grainy quality on Veoh (the first three matches) or Dailymotion (the last match) so they weren’t the ea...
by Frank Olson
Sat May 04, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

The Dragon Lee vs. Ishimori match was fucking tremendous, and probably my favorite New Japan match of the year so far (the only one I might have liked as well or better was the Wrestle Kingdom main event). The speed that these guys can do such complicated and dangerous looking moves at is really rem...
by Frank Olson
Thu May 02, 2019 2:43 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

I've enjoyed most of what I've seen from this Dontaku tour so far - particularly the Sengoku Lord show and what I saw of the 3 Korakuens from last week - but there are just way too fucking many shows. I'm not even a particularly busy person, but it just seems like it's impossible to keep up with the...
by Frank Olson
Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:09 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

Considering that it looked like a total one-match show on paper, I thought that Sengoku Lord over delivered. Juice vs. Fale was a lot better than I was expecting. They kept things simple enough that I could imagine some people finding it boring, but I thought they did a good job executing the basic ...
by Frank Olson
Tue Apr 09, 2019 3:30 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

So this is pretty interesting... NJPW Might Have Just Released The 2019 Best of the Super Juniors Lineup Two Weeks Early Granted, tour posters don't always directly match up with actual tour lineups, but this suggests that the Best of the Super Juniors field will be expanded from the usual 16 to 20 ...
by Frank Olson
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

Last night's show was very uneven. I will echo the thoughts of seemingly everyone else online by saying that the New Japan stuff was mostly very good while the ROH stuff was mostly atrocious. The English commentary was a clusterfuck, which is a shame considering how great Kevin Kelly is (and from wh...
by Frank Olson
Fri Apr 05, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: Getting Into Classic Joshi
Replies: 10
Views: 2153

Re: Getting Into Classic Joshi

DREAM SLAM II April 11th 1993 Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium Sakie Hasegawa (AJW) vs. Hikari Fukuoka (JWP) This is a rematch of sorts featuring two of the competitors from the awesome opening tag match from Dream Slam I. It’s unclear at what point in the match on the first show Hasegawa’s eye got fucke...
by Frank Olson
Fri Mar 29, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

if ibushi and okada win i think your next challengers for dontaku are sabre (beat ibushi in the NJC) and minoru suzuki (teased in a promo toward the end of the NJC that he was coming for the title, has a long history with okada, will be in NYC to challenge him). if naito retains i have no idea who ...
by Frank Olson
Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:17 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

IWGP Heavyweight Title White (c) vs. Okada Ladder for the ROH Word Title Lethal (c) vs. Scurll vs. Taven IWGP IC Title Naito (c) vs. Ibushi RPW British Heavyweight Title ZSJ (c) vs. Tana IWGP and ROH Tag Titles GOD (c) vs. VE (c) vs. Briscoes vs. LIJ IWGP Jr Heavyweight Title Ishimori (c) vs. Bandi...
by Frank Olson
Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:36 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

I had to rewatch the Okada/SANADA New Japan Cup finals match, because it didn't make a big impression on me yesterday, and then later in the day I saw a bunch of Match of the Year level praise for it. And on a second watch it still didn't do a ton for me. Pretty much nothing happens in the first 10 ...
by Frank Olson
Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: Getting Into Classic Joshi
Replies: 10
Views: 2153

Getting Into Classic Joshi

Over the years I've heard a lot of praise for current and classic Joshi, but outside of checking out a handful of Io Shirai matches or a few classic Bull Nakano or Aja Kong matches here and there I've never really dived into the style. Based on what I'd read online it seemed like one of the best ent...
by Frank Olson
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

Okada/Ishii was one of the best matches of the tournament. They called back to a lot of spots from their outstanding 2016 G1 match. While in some ways today's match suffers by comparison to that one (and is also hurt somewhat drama-wise by the inevitability of Okada's victory), they did a really goo...
by Frank Olson
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:32 am
Forum: International Wrestling
Topic: NJPW (Discussion)
Replies: 5897
Views: 867228

Re: Strong Style Spirit - New Japan catch all thread

SANADA vs. Cabana was a weird match. As with all of Cabana's matches in this tournament I enjoyed it but I don't know how much I can really defend it. It seems like they couldn't decide if they wanted to do a technical wrestling match or a comedy match, and it just didn't seem like the two were part...