Kingdom Come: The Wrestle Kingdom 10 Preview Series: The Pitbull vs. The Wrestler (Wrestling Observer Exclusive)

At Wrestle Kingdom 10, Katsuyori Shibata takes on Tomohiro Ishii for the NEVER (ALL CAPS) Openweight Championship. Why? Because shut up! That’s why! There is no backstory here. No storied rivalry. It’s just happening. And you know what? I’m not even mad. Not even a little. Usually I would be. But in this case, nope. Totally not mad. I’m unmad. And I’ll tell you why in just a minute. But first, let’s get to know these two bruisers who will no doubt beat each other senseless at the Tokyo Dome.

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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. 

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!



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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.

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.