So a little bit late, and I'm sure all of zero people actually care
But just my general thoughts on the latest goings on in New Japan....
I'm with the general consensus that NJPW hit it out of the park yet again at the Tokyo Dome with this years Wrestle Kingdom having a solid undercard (probably the most solid undercard out of all the Tokyo Dome shows in the Kidani era)
and finishing off with a incredible four match closing stretch, where for me everyone of those matches was at least **** 1/2.
Would have I gone as all in as Meltzer, with the six stars on Okada vs Omega, maybe not but for me it deserved the usual five. And I'm with the Joe Lanza's of this world, who is just tired of the anti-Okada brigade who dismiss him as over-rated and overpushed. Of course people are entitled to their opinion, but I'm just as entitled to call them out on it being not just wrong, but deluded. That being said even with the great performance he put in during this match, he was still outshone by Omega but that's nothing to do with Okada and more with just how incredible Omega was.
I've also seen some whinging elsewhere on the interweb, that Omega should have gone over, if NJPW are serious about their International expansion. Omega was put over as strong in defeat, as anyone could have been with Okada having to kill him with multiple Rainmakers and Omega never able to hit his own kill-move the One Winged Angel. Besides the show's in America aren't happening until July (7 months away)
and provided Omega hasn't decided to leave New Japan, he could quite easily be IWGP HW Champion by then and being the figurehead of the U.S shows.
Speaking of Omega's situation, there's always that wrinkle of doubt when someone decides to step away for a bit, that they are stepping away completely or deciding to move on to pastures new, but I honestly think this is just Omega taking a well deserved break during the first few months of the year, whilst Suzuki emerges as Okada's next challenge.
Speaking of which I'm both excited and concerned about the Suzuki-gun return. On the upside we have the return of Minoru himself, who only adds further depth to New Japan's main event scene and K.E.S will feel fresh again being reintroduced into the Tag Division, but unfortunately Suzukigun also have a fair amount of deadwood in their ranks and I really don't want to see the likes of Iizuka and his stupid iron-glove and Taichi stinking it up anywhere on the card or matches being over-run by garbage interference.
Also how awesome is the Junior Division looking for 2017? With KUSHIDA, Hiromu Takahashi, Ricochet, Will Ospreay and BUSHI already established as a strong top 5, it now looks we are having Dragon Lee put into that mix and with what looks to be an upcoming Hiromu vs Lee match for the Junior belt not appearing on the Fantasticamania shows, it looks like Dragon Lee is sticking around for the year.