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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 7:12 am
by Danwaka
Could you elaborate more on the faction-handling, DZ?

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 12:25 am
by mattprentice
Haven’t seen today’s show yet but all the Super Power shows have been decent watches so far.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Thu May 24, 2018 4:11 pm
by Danwaka
That main event was great today. Ishikri could do with going under a mask instead of that bandana. KAI & TAIJIRI make for a pretty good mid-card comedy heel team. Dylan needs to shave his head. Kento vs. Naomichi was awesome.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 12:27 am
by Leo C
TAJIRI and KAI is the perfect combination (while Mashimo is still hurt, obviously). TAJIRI is absolutely fantastic at being a slimy prick via mannerisms and things of that nature, which works very well when he's in tags and doesn't have to work an entire match. KAI on the other hand is just floundering at this point character-wise, but he can always put on a solid match. Great! I've been enjoying the build to their tag title match.

Jake looked fine in his return. Nothing really stood out in the match, but I absolutely loved the HIP TOSS FROM OUTTA NOWHERE and Jake absolutely murdering his former friend with that vicious backdrop.

Kento and Marufuji had another fabulous match. It was similar to the last one in the sense that it was just two guys going all out, and the finish was perfect, with Kento taking all of Marufuji's shots but fighting through it and managing to overcome him.

I'm really not sure why James is the next challenger. The guy had a losing Carnival record and hasn't really gained any big victories in the meantime (in fact I think he was rolled up by KAI at some point). Anyway, let's see what Kento can get out of this guy in a big (supposedly) long match.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 4:57 pm
by PKThree
Leo C wrote:
I'm really not sure why James is the next challenger. The guy had a losing Carnival record and hasn't really gained any big victories in the meantime (in fact I think he was rolled up by KAI at some point). Anyway, let's see what Kento can get out of this guy in a big (supposedly) long match.
I think the match is more about establishing James as a player in the company. Akiyama and co are obviously high on him and giving him a title match which he will with 95% certainty lose but will come out of looking good will help put him on a decent level within the company.

Just stick to a simple formula like the match vs Bodyguard and this should be a good match

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 5:39 pm
by rollup
PKThree wrote:
Leo C wrote:
I'm really not sure why James is the next challenger. The guy had a losing Carnival record and hasn't really gained any big victories in the meantime (in fact I think he was rolled up by KAI at some point). Anyway, let's see what Kento can get out of this guy in a big (supposedly) long match.
I think the match is more about establishing James as a player in the company. Akiyama and co are obviously high on him and giving him a title match which he will with 95% certainty lose but will come out of looking good will help put him on a decent level within the company.

Just stick to a simple formula like the match vs Bodyguard and this should be a good match
also they have a small roster and need to build up new challengers rather than have the usual suspects challenge

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 6:28 pm
by Leo C
I'm fine with it in theory, but if they were going to do it I just think they could've protected him more.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Fri May 25, 2018 10:15 pm
by Danwaka
If they wanted to elevate him with a loss they could have started with an Akiyama title match for the GAORA TV Championship.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 12:32 am
by WalkKingsRoad
What another fantastic Miyahara Marufuji match, possible match number three at Naomichis sumo hall event? Quite possible. Well we can safely assume Kento defeats Dylan James next month, hopefully it can elevate James a bit more, but Jake Lee has recently said he wants a triple crown shot. If not at the July Korakuen then its gotta be at Osaka Arena #1 yes??

Do they have a big tour end show during their Hokkaido run? I think I checked their schedule and the last two shows are at the same hotel venue, figured there would maybe be a bigger venue in Hokkaido to end things with...

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue May 29, 2018 8:39 pm
by Danwaka
Holy War made tape! Here's the link for anyone else who wants to watch it.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:40 pm
by Leo C
The 31/5 Shinkiba show is pretty good, definitely worth a watch. Some brief thoughts:

Yohei challenging Aoki is an instance of a guy who's not really at the level of the champ nor has had an impressive recent win/loss record challenging but the whole thing works, as he has been slowly annoying Aoki more and more and their chaotic brawl at the end of this match does make me believe Aoki would be willing to give this dork a title shot so he gets to beat him up. Good stuff.

I love matches like Kotaro/Maruyama and they should happen more often, in the sense that Kotaro worked on his leg throughout the entire match and as soon as he locked in the Figure 4, which isn't even his finish (I think), but is a strong submission move he teased throughout the whole match, Maruyama tapped instantly. I'll even forgive the fact he put it on in the wrong leg. Undercard matches with dorks should have finishes like this somewhat often to mix things up and build more intrigue for when a guy like Kento, for example, is selling his leg in a long main event match. We get stuff like "he was able to muster up the will power to fight through a badly injured limb and prevail" often, but we don't get matches like Suzuki/Maruyama was very much at all, and I think we should.

Violent Giants vs TAJIRI/Iwamoto was put together very well. Suwama and Shuji are probably going to be the next World Tag challengers. I still don't think they should've dropped the belts on the first place (although I understand they wanted to do Evolution/IGF and it would've been awkward to have Suwama and Ishikawa as champs while that was going on, I guess)

Omori/KAI was OK. It's interesting that both TAJIRI and KAI got recent singles wins over Omori considering he's about to challenge for the GAORA TV title.

The main event six man was very good (most of these 6~8 man tag AJPW main events are at this level). It put some heat on Sai/Yoshitatsu, who apparently have some beef going back many years, built up Kento/James as well, and most importantly showcased Evil Jake. He's been awesome since he's come back, especially regarding his presence/facials/mannerisms. He just comes off as such a prick, and it's even better considering he's fighting his friends whom he broke up with for selfish reasons. His exchanges with his poor former buddy Nomura are great. His alignment with Iwamoto is pretty clear and I'm wondering if he's going to end up joining Sai and James as well. The dude stopped tagging with his pals and is now all smiles with Sai, whom he hated before. What a dick.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:13 pm
by Danwaka
Were Kohei Sato and Ryouji Sai ever in the NJPW Dojo as young lions before Hashimoto and company left for Zero-1? Maybe they knew each other from back then?

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:44 pm
by PKThree
Sai and James broke the 0 defense curse on the tag belts today in Kobe. Putting away Tajiri and KAI. Suwama and Ishikawa have lined themselves up as the next set of challengers.

Kazuyuki Fujita also popped up again and has called out Zeus.

Kento has also accepted the title challenge from Lee and told him just to name the place.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:28 pm
by Danwaka
Go away, Iron Head.

Though even as I say that, Zeus beating him would be a shit match but at least give him something of a pseudo-scalp.

Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Posted: Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:55 pm
by PKThree
So Jake's new unit looks to be him, Sai, Dylan, Iwamoto and Keichii Sato.
A junior tag team, a heavyweight tag team and a singles heavy. Don't need more than that.

Will be interesting to see if Nextream gets a junior or two now to counteract them. They are the only unit in the company now without one.