Kingdom Come: The Wrestle Kingdom 10 Preview Series: The Ingobernable, The Samurai, The Rambo, and The Rest (Wrestling Observer Exclusive)

What’s that famous quote about how insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Pauses writing to google famous quote Oh, it’s pretty much exactly what I just wrote. It’s funny because in New Japan’s case, they’ve been doing the same thing again and again and expect the same result. New Japan’s 2015 has felt very samey. Don’t get me wrong, New Japan has provided some of the best matches of the year, but it has also been a year of familiar faces in familiar places. Little has changed in the hierarchy of talent, or in the major title pictures. What has changed are the crowd numbers compared with 2014. And not for the better. But then there’s Tetsuya Naito and Hirooki Goto, who, as far as good years go, had a pretty impressive one in 2015.


Read the full article here, including previews of Naito vs. Goto, Yano & The Briscoes vs.  The Bullet Club (B-Squad), Jay Lethal vs. Michael Elgin, and The New Japan Rumble.

King Of Lingerie Style – NJPW Players Get Out Of The Ring And Onto The Runway

New Japan’s top players traded the squared circle for the rectangular catwalk when they surprised the lingerie world at Victoria’s Secret’s latest fashion show.Traditionally, Victoria’s Secret declines celebrity model requests, but Bushiroad – New Japan Pro Wrestling’s parent company – made an offer that the Secret of Victoria simply couldn’t refuse. The move is just one of the latest attempts by Bushiroad to increase its fanbase and appeal to the modern woman. The deal also gave Victoria’s Secret an opportunity to make up for past controversies. Some of you may remember the ill-advised Go East collection and the negative attention it brought Victoria’s Secret.

It wouldn’t be a fashion show without a little extra controversy. The word on the inside is that Bushiroad stole the idea of a Victoria’s Secret/NJPW cross promotion after viewing a leaked Super Sasadango Machine Powerpoint presentation on expanding the DDT Pro fanbase. Bushiroad refused to comment on the accusation.

Drama aside, the show was a huge success. Victoria’s Secret officials was reportedly very pleased with the style and grace of the New Japan players, and is rumoured to have signed at least two of them on as their latest Victoria’s Secret Angels.

Famed fashion photographer and world-renowned artist Tapla was the only member of the press invited to the show. Below are never before seen photos of the event.

First up! He’s more commonly known as  “The Wrestler”, but on this night, Katsuyori Shibata was “The Model”. Shibata really puts the Go 2 Sleep in sleepwear.

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Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Not anymore! It won’t be long before one lucky lady/fella snaps up the IWGP IC Champ if he continues rocking the Final Fantasy inspired numbers like this.

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Hiroshi Tanahashi literally High Fly Flew down the runway with his luscious angel’s wings.Victoria’s Secret noted that no angels were hurt in the making of the wings. One did die though, but it died painlessly. The screams were of delight.

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Next down the runway was resident Sex Bomb-aye Shinsuke Nakamura in classic red and black colours, but this time replacing the leather with lace.

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Finally, the highlight of the show, The Golden Angel Kazuchika Okada. The Rainmaker’s runway prowess put even the likes of Adriana Lima and Miranda Kerr to shame. Okada donned a, I don’t know, gold thing, complete with golden wings. Because angels! Just look at him work the audience. Not seen in the photo is Okada’s manager Gedo, who confused onlookers by constantly holding his hands up in the air and rubbing his fingers together.

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While the show was a massive hit, not everything went exactly according to plan. Former IWGP Heavyweight Champion Manabu Nakanishi was supposed to join the other New Japan stars in their catwalk debut. Sources say that during rehearsal, Nakanishi, let’s say, couldn’t quite handle the pace of catwalk life. You know, he’s slow. Togi Makabe also pulled out at the last-minute stating he had come down with the flu. However, everyone knows the real reason. Ol’ Sweets Makabe suffered a severe tummy ache just moments before showtime from eating too many delicious pastries.

A replay of the show will be airing on NJPW World’s streaming service for a limited time only. Don’t miss it!

Big thanks to Tapla for her amazing photographs. 

He Did It! Hirooki Goto Finally Did It!

Hirooki Goto finally did what, you may ask? Won a singles title in New japan is what!

At New Japan Wrestling Dontaku 2015 from Fukuoka, Hirooki Goto won the IWGP Intercontinental Championship by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura in the main event.

It’s Goto’s first singles title win in New Japan since February, 2012, when he won the same IWGP Intercontinental Championship for the first time. He held the title for a solid 161 days, dropping it in July, 2012 to none other than Shinsuke Nakamura. The circle of life.

Cheers to Hirooki Goto!


J-Shoot Podcast Episode 18: Pretend Villain

  • Hey, puropals! Listen to J-Shoot at these strong styling places: iTunesPodOmatic, and Stitcher. Maybe leave a nice review while you’re at it, eh?


  • This week, Bonski reveals his true identity, we come up with codenames for our favourite puroresu videos uploader, we review New Japan Cup 2015 and give our predictions for the finals on March 15th, we cover some recent Dragon Gate shows and talk about Uhaa Nation’s incredibly emotional graduation. And lots more, including the amazing Grocery Store Deathmatch recommended by Bonski.


  • Understanding my penchant for comedy matches, Bonski suggested I check out Suzuki Minoru vs. MechaMummy, and the rematch. I’m going to watch them this week and then we’ll discuss on the next show. If you haven’t seen them either, check ’em out!


  • No NJPW World recommendations this week. Usually if it’s a busy New Japan week with shows (NJ Cup), we just recommend checking them out. But I do suggest you check out the NJPW World SHORT x SHORT series which I’ve been covering here. They’re pretty fantastic.

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  • Zach’s got some pretty neat new rewards up on Patreon, including Shinsuke Nakamura iPhone cases, and Nakamura/Okada stickers. Check ‘em out!



  • As always, you can follow me on twitter here, and Bonski here, and PWN Radio here.


  • You can also shoot us questions and comments at, or use the hashtag #jshootqs on Twitter.


  • Don’t forget, Be the Wind! And Take the Dream!

New Japan Cup 2015 Brackets

The New Japan Cup 2015 brackets have been announced, and here’s an Englishised version thanks to @peskyyy!


Nothing out of this world exciting in round 1. Fale and Okada will finally meet in singles action and hopefully that’ll be the end of the program.

Honma vs. Makabe ought to be very physical. Hopefully Honma’s recovered from the flu by then, in time to put Honma over who is going to win it all. Calling it now! Honma: Wrestler of the Year.

I was surprised to see Ishii isn’t in the tournament. That is until @voicesofwrestling reminded me he’s the Never champ, which is forgotten about after two days. I suppose the winner of the Cup has the option to challenge for the Never title as well as the IC and Heavyweight title. Who on earth would pass up an opportunity for the IWGP Heavyweight title for a shot at Ishii’s Never title? Honma maybe? I’d pay to see that rematch.

I’m sure after the first round things will get very interesting.