Kingdom Come: The Wrestle Kingdom 10 Preview Series: The IWGP Tag Team Championship Match

Did you watch Wrestle Kingdom 9? Did you see the IWGP Tag Team Championship match between The Bullet Club and Meiyu Tag? That is, for all intents and purposes, the same match we’re getting at Wrestle Kingdom 10, except Hirooki Goto and Katsuyori Shibata (Meiyu Tag) are being replaced by two balding, ageing men with blonde dye jobs, also known as Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma (G.B.H.), near identical backstory and all.


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Wrestling Observer Exclusive: Tomoaki Honma’s Heartbreaking G1 Journey

Last year, Tomoaki Honma replaced an injured Kota Ibushi in New Japan’s G-1 Climax 24 tournament. As part of Block A, Honma would finish the tournament in last place on ZERO points. Despite losing every single G-1 match in his debut appearance in the now legendary New Japan heavyweight tournament, Tomoaki Honma won the love and support of fans around the world – Honmania ran wild, and it has’t stopped running!

Honma’s 2014 tournament matches against Katsuyori Shibata, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Shinsuke Nakamura and Tomohiro Ishii were some of the most brutal, breathtaking and heartbreaking matches of the year. What made Honma’s performance in 2014 so great is that he is a master of making believers out of the most cynical fans. It became clear early on that Honma was going to be taking a lot of falls in his G-1 matches. In the end, he was defeated in all of them, but during every one of those matches, he made us believe that it was possible he could pull off that one big victory. And every time he didn’t, it made us want to see it happen even more (and it made my heart break a little more).

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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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