POLL: Will Tomoaki Honma Get a Win in the G-1 Climax 25 Tournament?

NJPW World Is a Go!

It’s a brave new world.  WWE did it first with the WWE Network (well, UFC did it first really, but I’m talking about pro graps!), New Japan has been pretty quick to follow with NJPW World.

NJPW World launched today, December 1st 2014, and it’s basically the same as the WWE Network, except everything is in Japanese, most importantly the wrestling, and Google Translate is hilarious.  The website is www.njpwworld.com.

NJPW World is New Japan’s version of the WWE Network. It costs ¥999 (sounds familiar) a month, and basically includes every New Japan live show, even the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 9 from the Tokyo Dome on January 4th, the following night’s show, and the Fantasticamania events.

There’s a whole bunch of archived content, including classic matches and full events dating back to 1972. I’m watching Wrestle Kingdom 1 as I write this. The video quality is really great, though I do notice that the entrances and music have been cut out of this show. Not sure if it’s like that with other shows.

Signing up is very easy, though if you can’t read Japanese, I’d recommend using Google Chrome so that you can translate the pages to English. Once that’s done, it’s super quick and easy. Navigating the site is a bit of an adventure, as not all the menus can be translated to English, so it’s a bit of a guessing game, albeit a fun one.

I’m not sure how old Slap Nuts Double J and GFW feel about Wrestle Kingdom 9 streaming live. It’s hard to say at this stage if it will have an effect on GFW’s PPV numbers. There’s always the worry that the live stream could go down, so buying the PPV would be a safe bet. Plus the GFW version has the added bonus of English commentary.

Hopefully they come out with an app at some stage similar to the WWE app, rather than just a website.

Anywho, enough writing! I’ve got 40 plus years of New Japan Pro Wrestling to catch up on. I can’t wait! If I had a social life, this is the part where I would say my farewells to it.

Why Kota Ibushi Must Defeat Shinsuke Nakamura at Wrestle Kingdom 9

Kota Ibushi is facing Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship at New Japan Wrestle Kingdom 9, and he must win! New Japan’s future depends on it.

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New Japan G-1 Climax 24 Finals, Seibu Dome: Live Results

Finals Card

  1. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.,  TAKA Michinoku, Desperado
  2. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi
  3. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Shelton Benjamin
  4. Jushin Liger & Captain New Japan vs. Adam Cole & Michael Bennett
  5. Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly for IWGP Jr. Tag Titles
  6. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomoaki Honma
  7. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Karl Anderson
  8. Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
  9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. A.J. Styles for Third Place in the G-1
  10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in the G-1 Finals

Results

1. Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr., TAKA Michinoku, Desperado
Taguchi and his soul patch got the pin on TAKA with Dodon and the win for his team.

2. Togi Makabe, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi vs. Bad Luck Fale, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi Yujiro pinned BUSHI with Miami Shine. Nothing special. Nagata was good but didn’t do much.

3. Kazushi Sakuraba, Toru Yano, Yoshi-Hashi vs. Minoru Suzuki, Takashi Iizuka, Shelton Benjamin
Iizuka made his way through the crowd. It took a while. Yano and Iizuka gave each other inverted atomic drops. That was amusing.
The match ended when Suzuki held Sakuraba in a choke in the ropes. I guess Sakuraba’s team win by DQ. Nothing amazing here. Just setting up the Suzuki/Sakuraba feud.

4. Jushin Liger & Captain New Japan vs. Adam Cole & Michael Bennett
Liger’s theme is the best theme. The Captain got worked over for a long time until he got the hot tag to Liger. Liger got caught by Cole with a superkick coming off the ropes. Teh Captain got distracted by Maria on the apron. Bennet took advantage and pinned the Captain with a piledriver. Cole and Liger were good.

5. Alex Shelley & KUSHIDA vs. Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly for IWGP Jr. Tag Titles
Really good match. KUSHIDA did a big plancha from the top rope onto everybody over the guardrail. Fish hit a diving headbutt on KUSHIDA while Kyle had him in an armbar. Shelley hit a double stomp on Kyle while he had KUSHIDA in a guillotine. KUSHIDA out away O’Reilly with the Kimura. Great match. Really innovative stuff by both teams. O’Reilly was especially impressive.

Jeff Jarrett came out and signed an agreement between New Japan and Global Force. A signing without a table getting flipped isn’t a real signing.

6. Tetsuya Naito vs. Tomoaki Honma
Honma missed his first Kokeshi attempt. He did hit a nice deadlift suplex on Naito. And he landed his second Kokeshi attempt. Honma with a big sitout powerbomb and brainbuster for an early nearfall. Honma missed the diving Kokeshi, of course. After a flurry of strikes by both men, Honma hit a running Kokeshi. Naito hit a release German but Honma no sold it and nearly rolled up Naito. Naito came back and hit the Stardust Press for the win. Of course. God dammit.
Naito tried to shake Honma’s hand after the match but Honma slapped it away.

7. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Karl Anderson
Ishii got busted open from the mouth early. It was from an elbow by Anderson. Ishii tried the deadlift superplex, but couldn’t keep Anderson up. Both men came crashing down very dangerously. Ishii kicked out of a spinning Gun Stun. Great shot of a woman in tears in the crowd. Ishii hit the branbuster on Anderson but Yujiro pulled out the ref and attacked Ishii’s injured arm. YOSHI-HASHI came out for the save. I’ve never been so seen to see YOSHI. In the ring, Anderson hit the Bernard Driver for two. Anderson reversed a brainbuster into the Gun Stun for the win. Very good match.

  1. Hirooki Goto vs. Katsuyori Shibata
    Incredibly hard hitting match as expected. Shibata won with the Go2Sleep and the Penalty Kick.

9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. A.J. Styles for Third Place in the G-1
Fantastic match. Styles looked to have Tanahashi beat after a Bloody Sunday. Styles went for the Styles Clash but Tanahashi reversed it into a pin for the win.
After the match the Bullet Club members attacked and Styles finally got to hit the Styles Clash. Jeff Jarrett came out to make the “save” but ended up bashing Tanahashi over the head with his guitar. Jeff Jarrett is Bullet Club. Oh well, the Bullet Club used to be cool. Great segment though.

10. G-1 Finals Match: Kazuchika Okada vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Nakamura reversed a Rainmaker into an armbar but couldn’t get it all the way. Boma Ye to the back of Okada’s head. The crowd was pretty wild at this point. Okada hit his trademark dropkick but like like he normally does. Looked like Nakamura was supposed to hold onto the ropes. The did the spot again, this time Nakamura held the ropes and after Okada landed, he hit him with a Boma Ye for two. Nakamura went for another one but Okada his the dropkcick. Nakamura blocked the Rainmaker with a knee. Okada with a blackslide for two, but he held on for a short arm clothesline. Another short arm clothesline and then the real Rainmaker for the win. Pretty incredible match.

New Japan G-1 Climax 24 Day 11, Yokohama: Live Results

Day 11 Card

  1. Tomoaki Honma vs. Shelton Benjamin
  2. Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi
  3. Hirooki Goto vs. Lance Archer
  4. Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson
  5. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yuji Nagata
  6. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Doc Gallows
  7. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale
  8. A.J. Styles vs. Togi Makabe
  9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
  10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki

The Situation (Thanks to The Wrestling Observer)

*If Hiroshi Tanahashi beats Davey Boy Smith Jr., he goes to the G-1 championship
*If Tanahashi loses or goes to a draw, and Shinsuke Nakamura beats Bad Luck Fale, Nakamura goes to the championship match
*If Tanahashi loses and Fale beats Nakamura, Fale goes to the championship match
*If Tanahashi goes to a draw with Smith Jr. and Fale beats Nakamura, then Tanahashi goes to the finals
*If Tanahashi loses and Fale and Nakamura do a no contest, and Katsuyori Shibata beats Doc Gallows, then Shibata goes to the finals
*If Tanahashi loses, Fale and Nakamura do a no contest, and Gallows beats Shibata, then Tanahashi advances

*If Kazuchika Okada beats Minoru Suzuki, he goes to the finals
*If Okada loses and A.J. Styles beats Togi Makabe, then Styles goes to the finals
*If they both lose, Okada advances
*If Okada and Suzuki draw and Styles wins, Styles advances
*If Okada and Suzuki draw and Styles loses, Okada advances

Results

  1. Tomoaki Honma vs. Shelton Benjamin
    If there is a God, please let Honma win!
    Kokeshi off the top ropes to the outside on Benjamin very early on. Backdrop onto the guard rail by Benjamin. Military press into a slam back in the ring by Benjamin. Jumping Kokeshi by Honma. Honma hit a standing Kokeshi, but then missed the diving Kokeshi. Superkick by Benjamin and then paydirt for the win. Honma’s G-1 ends without a single win.

2. Toru Yano vs. Yujiro Takahashi Takahashi defeated Yano. He wore a cup to block Yano’s low blows.

3. Hirooki Goto vs. Lance Archer
Archer won with Blackout. I couldn’t pay attention due to lingering sadness about Honma.

4. Tetsuya Naito vs. Karl Anderson
Anderson jumped Naito while he was doing his pre-match pose in the corner.
Naito came off the ropes for his usual forearm but Anderson caught him midair with the Gun Stun for the win. Cool finish.

5. Tomohiro Ishii vs. Yuji Nagata
Great match. Ishii beat Nagata with the brainbuster.

6. Katsuyori Shibata vs. Doc Gallows
Gallows landed the Gallows Pole and Chokebomb for the win. Pretty surprising win.

7. Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bad Luck Fale
Really good match. Nakamura won after two successive Boma Ye.

8. A.J. Styles vs. Togi Makabe
Good match. Styles hit the Pele kick while Makabe was on seated the turnbuckle. He then picked up Makabe off the turnbuckles and hit the Styles Clash for the victory.

9. Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Davey Boy Smith Jr. defeated Tanahashi with a sitout powerbomb. Great match! I believe that means Nakamura goes to the finals.

10. Kazuchika Okada vs. Minoru Suzuki
My goodness! What a brilliant match. Okada won with the Rainmaker. A win that sends him to the finals of the G-1 where he’ll meet fellow CHAOS member, Shinsuke Nakamura.