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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:46 pm
by Dragonzombie
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It won't have anything to do with Simon's IGF or that Inoki ran Inoki-ism fed. Neither will they be bringing in Inoki-ism elements.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:00 am
by WalkKingsRoad
Kashin is very meh, can Fujita still go maybe?

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:59 am
by Dragonzombie
Well look at his latest matches. Probably will brought in for tags then the carnival. Or nothing could happen.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:53 pm
by PKThree
Yuma broke some bones in his ankle yesterday vs Ryoji Sai and is going to miss a couple of months. So the Asia tag belts are vacant again and Sai will step up to team with Nomura against akiyama and Nagata to crown new champions.

Obviously a major bummer for Aoyagi, who was heading into his first Champion Carnival this year as well.

The morale of this story? Don't tag with Nomura

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:59 pm
by Leo C
PKThree wrote:Yuma broke some bones in his ankle yesterday vs Ryoji Sai and is going to miss a couple of months. So the Asia tag belts are vacant again and Sai will step up to team with Nomura against akiyama and Nagata to crown new champions.

Obviously a major bummer for Aoyagi, who was heading into his first Champion Carnival this year as well.

The morale of this story? Don't tag with Nomura
Hadn't noticed Yuma had moved to HW already. I guess him not being on the BATTLE OF GLORY was enough evidence but I hadn't noticed it. This totally sucks, although Sai is a fitting replacement. I have to say I'd like to see Akiyama and Nagata winning the belts now though, especially if Nagata has a few dates to spare to get a few defenses in.

Kashin is fine as another wacky midcarder, but I don't think he should be a featured guy or anything (for example, him and Fujita challenging for the World Tag Titles or something). Really not sure what to think about Fujita.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:01 pm
by PKThree
The important question is if Kashin brings the Kaijuu back with him

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:35 am
by WalkKingsRoad
Id be ok with Sai and Nomura winning the All Asia belts, but I think they go with Nagata and Akiyama, and if Nagata can show up more often then I say go for it. Lee and Aoyagi both out for the carnival (assuming both) definitely hurts. I see a Nomura push or maybe at least a win against whoever is champion at the time to raise his stock. With more dates and bigger venues I hope they have some big stuff planned, but credit is due to the job they've done building up their own guys and increasing the fans to venture out to Sendai Sun Plaza opener and 3 Korakuens to finish,

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:03 pm
by PKThree
Kazma Sakamoto returns to All Japan on February 18. This will be his first appearance in the company since 2005

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:32 pm
by Leo C
PKThree wrote:Kazma Sakamoto returns to All Japan on February 18. This will be his first appearance in the company since 2005
Just what we needed. :?

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:44 am
by Jacob's Bawks
The 2/13, 2/18, and 2/25 Jr Battle of Glory shows are on schedule and making tape. We could get more but I'm not sure if March broadcast schedules are all out yet? Nico's also very unpredictable but those three I listed are getting full production crews.

Standouts:
2/13 (2/27 on GAORA): Atsushi Aoki vs Shuji Kondo, Yusuke Okada vs Keiichi Sato, Koji Iwamoto vs Hikaru Sato
2/18 (2/24 on Samurai): Soma Takao vs Keiichi Sato, WORLD FAMOUS vs Nomura & TBA (Was Yuma before the injury)
2/25(TBA): Atsushi Aoki vs Soma Takao, Shuji Kondo vs Atsushi Maruyama, Hikaru Sato vs Kotaro Suzuki, Koji Iwamoto vs TAJIRI, Jr BoG Final, potential title match

They announced CC blocks during the Jr BoG opener last year so I'm hoping for the same. Gonna need some bigass blocks this year to match that bigass tour schedule they gots in April.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:12 am
by WalkKingsRoad
Bigass tour and names indeed. Can't wait! BoG looks awesome too, hoping Kondo impresses and Yusuke can finally pin Keiichi.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:40 pm
by PKThree
1998 fans for AJPW in Yokohama today. Up by just over 120 from October. It was a good show if a bit disjointed at times. Outside of the opener the undercard was skippable but from the Asia tag match and onward it was all good stuff (the junior match depends on your tastes).

Akiyama and Nomura won the Asia Tag Belts in a real good match with Nomura and Sai. Everyone brought their working boots.
Aoki won the junior belt from Tajiri and put the league participants on notice and seemingly started something with Iwamoto.
Kento and Tatsu won the tag titles from Suwama and Shuji in another good match in their series (but not as good as the Korakuen one). Shuji is going to be gone until the Carnival working in DDT and doing the Strong Climb most likely which explains him dropping the belts but still a bummer to see their reign cut short. But they are a big enough act were they are almost guaranteed another run with the belts. The Big Guns are the next challengers for Kento and Tatsu.

After the tag title match Suwama was attacked By Nosawa Rongai, Kendo Kashin and old Ironhead himself, Kazuyuki Fujita. Hikaru Sato and Yusuke Okada came out to try and save Suwama and Okada was finally let into Evolution afterwards so I guess we can look forward to a six man tag match soon.

And Joe put away KAI in the main event. Good match but not great sums it up. Bit clunky at times but both guys were obviously up for it. Kento stepped up as the next challenger and the big Saitama shows seems a logical place to run it. Personally I do not think Kento wins it but rather this will be his spur to get another shot at the big Chiba show in the summer.

The blocks for the Champion Carnival were also announced, and boy are they a doozy:

A Block - Joe Doering - Shuji Ishikawa - Kento Miyahara - Shingo Takagi - Yuji Hino - Ryuji Sai - Naoya Nomura - The Bodyguard

B Block - Suwama - Naomichi Marufuji - Jun Akiyama - Yoshitatsu - Zeus - KAI - Dylan James - Yutaka Yoshie

Dylan James is James Raideen who left Zero1 in January. And Akiyama has come out of retirement in the CC to fill up for Aoyagi and Omori being out. Shingo and Marufuji working the G1 along with Hino are also nice and welcome surprises.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:24 pm
by Jacob's Bawks
That A Block. Good Lord... I don't think you can say there's a single weak link. I'm down on Ryouji Sai every time until I see him work and remember he's really good, Nomura's breaking out and with a bunch of beefy men which is good since he's trying to become a Beef Man. Fuckin' Bodyguard vs all these other beeg guys + a Miyahara rematch is way up my alley.

I have a lot of feelings about B Block. Not really overtly excited, but Marufuji's exchanges with Jun and Suwama will be really interesting to see with him being the outsider. Maybe Maru stiffs Akiyama for leaving NOAH. There's also the stories of Yoshitatsu looking to impress in his first big singles test, and Dylan James looking for a home. Maybe playing down a block featuring Suwama/Marufuji/Akiyama/Zeus/KAI seems a bit, I dunno, spoiled? But it is a testament to how strong the A Block is. B Block will have some good character moments and stories to balance out A Block's action. Yoshie is easily the least exciting guy here but he can have some sneaky good fights with the bigger guys.

Amongst all the stuff that happened today, AJPW announced they will soon be starting a streaming service for 900Yen a month. No details were announced other than they will have live broadcasts on the service which is already a plus. Hopefully it's ready in time for the Champion Carnival.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:33 pm
by Dragonzombie
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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:09 pm
by Lawsoncomedy
That A block is stone cold fuck nuts.