Kingdom Come: The Wrestle Kingdom 10 Preview Series: The Swag vs. The Phenomenal One (Wrestling Observer Exclusive)

At Wrestle Kingdom 9, Shinsuke Nakamura fended off Kota Ibushi’s challenge for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship in what was one of the best matches of 2015, despite taking place only four days into the new year and being followed by nearly twelve months worth of fantastic wrestling. This year, it’s A.J. Styles’ turn for a shot at the IC title, a belt that’s become synonymous with its current holder, Shinsuke Nakamura.

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Delayed Doom: My favourite Kind of Doom

I’ve recently discovered that I’m really drawn to a particular type of move in wresting that I’ve taken to calling Delayed Doom. I was going to call it Delayed Death, but that feels a little dark. Delayed Doom is a style of move where the wrestler holds their opponent in a position which they can’t move or escape the move before finishing them off. There are usually a few seconds where the opponent is just waiting for the trigger to be pulled before they’re slammed into oblivion. Delayed Doom.

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Poll: Who Will Leave NJPW Invasion Attack 2015 With The IWGP Heavyweight Championship?

Shots Fired! AJ Styles Crosses The Line

Did I just make a TNA Wrestling reference? Dang it! 


During the intermission of the NJPW Road To Invasion Attack show from Korakuen Hall on April 2nd, AJ Styles cut a scathing promo on his Invasion Attack opponent, Kota Ibushi.

However, Ibushi wasn’t Styles’s only target. During the promo, Styles made some wild allegations about DDT’s Yoshihiko. AJ stated that while Ibushi was out wrestling “those little fake dolls,” preparing for his IWGP championship match, AJ was in the gym training like a real wrestler. FAKE DOLLS! How dare you! Yoshihiko is a competitor. Yoshihiko has taken guys like Kota Ibushi and Kenny Omega to the limit, and beyond. Yoshihiko is a former Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion, and so is a ladder, but that’s beside the point. Have you ever been an Iron Man Heavymetalweight Champion, AJ Styles? I didn’t think so. 


AJ Styles didn’t stop there. He went on to defame Yoshihiko, calling him/her/it a dummie. SLANDER! You’d better lawyer up, AJ, defamation is no laughing matter! 

The only dummie I see around here is the one that you’ll be sucking on like a baby after Ibushi takes away your precious IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Invasion Atack!


You always like to say “It’s real, It’s real,” like you’re Kurt Angle or something. Well, you know what AJ Styles, you’re REALLY going eat your words when Kota Ibushi kicks the dummie out of you at Invasion Attack on April 5th, live on NJPW World!

Here’s hoping Yoshihiko makes a surprise appearance and corners Kota Ibushi. If Kenny Omega is then in AJ Styles’s corner, I’m going to lose my s#%t. 

NJPW Road to The New Beginning, January 30, Tokorozawa City Gym: Results

1. Alex Shelley vs. Jay White
Jay White is all right! Alex Shelly defeated White with a move that most likely has a name which I will find out shortly.
UPDATE: It’s called the Air Raid Crash. There’s a super annoying yelling guy in the crowd whom I hope Alex Shelley Air Raids too!

2. Yohei Komatsu vs. Kyle O’Reilly
Komatsu had a cool moment where he started firing up after O’Reilly kicks and made a comeback. I love how hot the crowd gets for Komatsu. He’s a young lion! He shouldn’t be so great! O’Reilly’s strikes are fantastic. He pinned Komatsu with a bridging something. I’m not good at moves names tonight. Oh, it was a bridging fisherman driver. Pretty sick too!

3. Mascara Dorada & KUSHIDA vs. Young Bucks
Very excited about the pairing of Dorada and KUSHIDA. “Come on, Rey Mysterio! Get up!” by one of the Bucks is very funny, if not a little racist. KUSHIDA did a very Devitt Pele kick. Dorada is awesome. Very fast and crisp. Can’t wait to see more of him in the future. The Young Bucks pinned Dorada with a non-450 Meltzer Driver, or the Indy Taker. Fun stuff.

4. Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Liger vs. Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask & Captain New Japan
Nakanishi and Tenzan in the same match. I don’t know if I have the patience.
Funny moment where Tiger Mask and Nakanishi convinced the Captain to go for a diving head it. He missed. Tenzan submitted the Captain with the Anaconda Vice. Not awful. About as good as it could have been.

5. Yuji Nagata & Togi Makabe & Tetsuya Naito & Tomoaki Honma vs. Shinsuke Nakamura & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Yoshi-Hashi
Great Ishii/Makabe interaction, obviously. Nakamura and Nagata had a few good moments. Nakamura took a Nagata overhead belly to belly very awkwardly.
Nagata pinned YOSHI-HASHI with his bridging back drop. It was only a matter of time. Poor YOSHI.

6. Kazuchika Okada & Gedo vs. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi
Decent match. The finish when Takahashi pinned Gedo with Miami Shine while Fale was keeping Okada busy on the outside.

7. Hiroshi Tanahashi & Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows & Tama Tonga & Kenny Omega
A funny moment when Taguchi tried his hip (arse) attack on Gallows who no sold it. Taguchi did his dance and pose while Gallows waited for him to turn around and walk into a throat thrust. Kenny Omega and Tanahashi had a short spot together that makes me really excited about a future Heavyweight division run for Omega. They did the exact same thing as they did in match 5 where everyone takes everyone out. It’s a fun spot, but twice on the same card is a little repetitive.
Tanahashi made a statement by hitting the Styles Clash on Tonga, followed by the High Fly Flow for the win.