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.

SPOILERS: The 2015 New Japan Cup Winner Is

Kota Ibushi!

Kota Ibushi defeated Tetsuya Naito in the semifinals and Hirooki Goto in the finals to win the 2015 New Japan Cup. This is easily Ibushi’s biggest win and achievement since joining the New Japan heavyweight division.   

And Ibushi DIDN’T challenge Shinsuke Nakamura for the IWGP Intercontinental title in a Wrestle Kingdom 9 rematch. Instead, Ibushi is aiming straight for the top as he’s challenged IWGP Heavyweight champion A.J. Styles.

Thats a match I am very, very much looking forward to. 

Congratulations Kota Ibushi!

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 jshootpodcast@gmail.com, or use the hashtag #jshootqs on Twitter.

 

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

Toru Yano: King Of Pins – And Other Things I Liked About The First Round Of The New Japan Cup

Hey there, puropals! No big, detailed New Japan Cup report here. There’s a million places you can go to read one of those. I just want to talk about a couple of few things I liked from the first round of the New Japan Cup.

All videos courtesy of SenorLARIATO, who is, as they say, the man!


Toru Yano: King of Pins

In one of the biggest surprises of the night, Toru Yano defeated former IWGP Heavyweight Champion and Ace of the world Hiroshi Tanahashi in under five minutes. Even more surprising is that my prediction from last week’s J-Shoot came true. Well, the first part anyway. I predicted Yano would defeat Tanahashi and go on to win the Cup. So far so good. While it was a surprise, upset win, it shouldn’t come as total shock. Yano does have a pretty good track record in tournaments. In last year’s G1 he defeated quite a few tope names. Still, defeating Tanahashi with relative ease (and some great Yano cheating) is a pretty big deal. It wasn’t just the win that I enjoyed. I loved Yano pinning prowess during this match. He turned almost every Tanahashi maneuver into a pin attempt. All that marathon running must be paying off.

Tetsuya Naito: King of Unnecessary Bumps

Tetsuya Naito took one heck of a beating from Anderson in one of the more enjoyable matches of the night. Naito’s selling made Anderson look like a monster. In fact, Naito sold almost too well at one point when he landed right on the back of his head after running dropkick from Anderson.

You can see Naito expertly getting his arms into position just in time to cushion the impact. But even so, how he did not break his neck I do not know.

Another great spot in this match, and one of my favourite moves of the night, was when Anderson countered a top rope frankensteiner into the world’s biggest powerbomb.

In the end, Naito won the match, but my lord did he take some punishment to do so.

Bad Luck Fall

Honestly, I barely paid attention to this match. Okada is great, and Fale is incrementally improving as the monster of New Japan, but I just had very little interest in seeing these two go at it again. I’m only including this match here because I love Bad Luck Fale’s finisher.

KOKESHI!


I want this shirt right now!!!

Honma of course lost his first round match against Togi Makabe because losing matches is what Honma is here to do. That doesn’t stop him from always putting on an excellent performance and getting some of the best crowd reactions of the night. My favourite Honma moment of the match was his successive running Kokeshis into Makabe, and his joy when he successfully hits the move.

In true Honma fashion, he also missed his fair share of Kokeshi attempts. The most interesting being a crazy running corner Kokeshi. I like that he’s always trying Kokeshi variations, whether they work out or not.

All The Way Ibushi

The last thing I’d like to mention is Ibushi’s win over Gallows. I was worried going into the Cup that we’d have another strong Bullet Club showing. Thinks to Naito and Ibushi (BUT NOT YOU, OKADA!), both Anderson and Gallows are out. With two of the favourites, Okada and Tanahashi also out, the next round of the Cup just got very interesting. I know I jokingly said on J-Shoot that Yano’s going all the way, I’m actually putting my hat in with Ibushi, who I actually really want to see win the Cup and get a IWGP Heavyweight title shot against AJ Styles. I am not one of those who say Ibushi needs a long, slow push. I wanted him to go over Nakamura at WK9. A New Japan Cup win and a title shot would be a great accomplishment for the former super jr. Also, I just want to see Styles vs Ibushi really bad.

New Japan Cup 2015 Brackets

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

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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.