Joe Lanza wrote:This isn't going to change unless these predictable result matches stop filling Sumo Hall for KOPW. When fans reject these cards, the company will be forced to respond with more compelling matchups in the G1-WK "down" period"Tigerkinney wrote:I'm around **** on Okada vs EVIL- I can understand Joe's enthusiasm for the match as the work and storytelling was actually very good but it could have been edited down a bit (Does every IWGP title defence have to be an 'epic' that exceeds 30 minutes?!) and it also unfortunately suffered from the fact that the winner was a foregone conclusion, though to a degree Naito vs Ishii suffered from the same problem. New Japan need to find a way to make the stretch between G1 and Wrestle Kingdom to be less predictable- because as much as the wrestlers may have their working boots on, a predictable result does take away from the experience- at least for me it does. They either need to scrap the G-1 winner challenges at Wrestle Kingdom idea or pull the trigger on someone winning the G-1 but losing the title shot- pretty soon- as in next year.Rich Kraetsch wrote:
I believe Joe went ****1/2 in our review on the site. I am well below that and pretty disappointed by it overall. Of course, disappointed in an Okada main event is like ***1/2-**** but he's raised that bar.
I thought it had a lot of fun work in it and good storytelling it just went WAY too long and the last half of the match felt like a drag.
It's also entirely possible that the NJPW fanbase at large doesn't look at these matches through the same lens that we do. This is a super hardcore forum. Random Joe Fan in Tokyo might have bought into EVIL vs Ishii as a realistic match for WK, as hard as that is to comprehend. Or at least enough Random Joe Fans to put almost 10,000 people in the building.
having been there i think the Japanese generally attend to cheer their favourites and are not going to over-analyse things