J-Shoot Podcast Episode 32: G-1 Climax Spectacular

  • Hey, puropals! Welcome to another episode of J-Shoot, the show all about Japanese professional wrestling. You can listen to us right here, or on iTunes or Soundcloud. Maybe leave a nice review while you’re at it, eh? Like, a real nice one. Like, real real nice.
  • This episode is a big NJPW G-1 spectacular climacular! Bonski and Zach review the first four nights of the G-1, as well as BJW,  Dragon Gate, K-Dojo, and all the latest Japanese wrestling news.
  • This week’s theme is the G-1 Climax theme, for obvious reasons!
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J-Shoot Podcast Episode 28: Pancake Butt

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  • This week, Bonski rants about the reception to the announced NJPW G1 lineup. Also, the puropals cover the BoSJ finals, BJW, AJPW, Dragon Gate and lots of news from the world of Japanese professional wrestling.
  • In honour of the newest BoSJ tournament winner, the week’s theme is KUSHIDA’s KUSHIDA Makes You Rock.
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    • CatchCastA brand new show on PWN. Martin is joined by Mark Anthony from runningenzuigiri.com to talk all the latest on the British and European wrestling scene.You can follow them on twitter @pwnradio & Mark @ansoniisan
    • No Sell ItEach week, Liv, Florence & Cristen bless the world with their unique take on Lucha Underground & the US indy scene. You can follow them on Twitter@wanda102,@livilius&@flaux.
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J-Shoot Podcast Episode 22: The Podcast Without Fear

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  • This week, Bonski and Koala Mask review Dragon Gate, BJW, Zero1. Bonski also delves into the New Japan/UWFI feud, and a brief history of Japanese wrestling promotions and the characteristics that set them all apart.
  • J-Shoot now has a Tumblr page where Koala Mask and Bonksi will be uploading show notes, links, GIFs and answering listener questions. We’ve had a couple of good ones already! Go check ‘em out!
  • Don’t forget to check out the other great podcasts on PWN Radio:
    • CatchCastA brand new show on PWN. Martin is joined by Mark Anthony from runningenzuigiri.com to talk all the latest on the British and European wrestling scene.You can follow them on twitter @pwnradio & Mark @ansoniisan
    • No Sell ItEach week, Liv, Florence & Cristen bless the world with their unique take on Lucha Underground & the US indy scene. You can follow them on Twitter @wanda102, @livilius & @flaux.
  • As always, you can follow Koala Mask on twitter here,  Bonski here, and PWN Radio here.
  • You can also shoot us questions and comments at jshootpodcast@gmail.com or on our Tumblr, or use the hashtag #jshootqs on Twitter.
  • As always, Be the Wind! And Take that Dream!

A Match Most Worth Seeing: Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmy Susumu & Jimmy Kagetora, Dragon Gate, April 9, Korakuen Hall

Masato Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY (c) vs Jimmy… by JAHMAL1111
-Car Crash wrestling at it’s finest

Dragon Gate matches often get described as car crash style. It’s guys going at a hundred miles an hour, hitting a thousand finishers and kicking out each time, bumping like crazy and selling like Superman. It’s a lot of fun, but sometimes it can be completely to watch, so I can’t even imagine how the wrestlers must feel. In some matches so much happens at such a fast pace that when it’s over, all I’m doing is smiling, but all I remember is a blur of wrestlers.

Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmys Susumu & Kagetora for the Open the Twin Gate titles on April 9, 2015 is car crash wrestling done right. You could say done to perfection even. The match doesn’t start out a million miles a minute. Instead, it begins at a more methodical, you could say normal pace. Of course, before too long things pick up. I mean, with Yoshino involved, there’s no doubt they would. What makes this match especially good is that while you could still describe it typical Dragon Gate car crash style, it’s doesn’t take it too far. Yes, there are finishers being kicked out of and a lot of nearfalls towards the finish, but not to the extent where you wish the match would just end, like I felt with BxB Hulk vs. Jimmy Susumu from a few shows back. Hulk kicked out of Susumu’s lariat at least ten-thousand times before finally putting Susumu away.  It became almost comical, and could have ended about five minutes earlier and been a much more satisfying match. In the case of  Yoshino & Shachihoko BOY vs. Jimmys Susumu & Kagetora, the pacing and match length was near perfect, the last five or ten minutes were heart stopping, and there was no burnt out feeling when the match ended. Just bliss.

It’s also great to see Shachihoko BOY become less of a pushover, and more of never-give-up underdog that’s all heart. His development as performer is really fun to watch.

I can’t recommend this match any more highly. It’s tag team wrestling and classic DG car crash style at its best. ALL OF THE STARS!

Best Wrestler Ever (This Week): Akira Tozawa

Usually when I choose a BWE(TW), my choice is based on a great match I’ve just seen the chosen wrestler have, or a culmination of great matches over time. In Akira Tozawa’s case, match quality is not the discerning factor in his becoming BWE (TW). That’s not to say his matches aren’t good. They are. In fact, often times they’re great. I particularly love Tozawa’s bridging delayed German suplex finisher, where his opponent has to suffer the torture of knowing the end is coming and there being nothing that can be done about it. However, Tozawa is the best wrestler this week on account of his personality, and his remarkable knack for not taking himself too seriously.

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