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NJPW announcer Shinpei Nogami's love of Yuji Nagata may be the only thing in this world that rivals my love for Bayley
grizz632 - NJPW announcer Shinpei Nogami's love of Yuji Nagata may be the only thing in this world that rivals my love for Bayley
mikeshort06 - Shibata/Nagata and Naito/Ishii were amazing matches. There were also very good matches. I really enjoyed this show. I really hope New Japan combines the tag titles. The heavyweights tag roster is way too thin. I would combine those two titles and drop the Never Openweight title.Zero chance the tag belts are combined. Heavyweights and Jr Heavyweights are very distinct in Japan and, unless they're moving up in weight to become a heavyweight, juniors don't compete for heavyweight titles.
grizz632 - been kind of quiet in Japan recently, but here's a few news items:Good that Hojo is getting this push. she has a good balance of talent, beauty, and charisma... especially in this dark age of joshi puroresu.
Chase Owens announced on his Twitter that he's returning to NJPW for the Best of the Super Juniors. I haven't seen official word but he's likely replacing Nick Jackson who was injured last week on the ROH tour
New Japan announced some details surrounding the Super J Cup. It will actually stretch across two shows instead of just one as was announced previously. First round matches will be held on 7/20 at Korakuen Hall, with the second round, semis, and final being held on the Ariake Colosseum show 8/21. Participants will be announced later but the breakdown of how many reps each company is getting will be as follows:
3 NJPW + 1 Chaos = 4 for New Japan
3 for Pro Wrestling Noah
2 for Suzuki-gun
1 each for All Japan, Dragon Gate, ROH, Ryukyu Dragon, Kaientai Dojo, and CMLL
1 other wrestler to be determined
Teams were announced for the Japanese companies involved in AAA's Lucha World Cup:
Team Noah: Naomichi Marufuji, Taiji Ichimori, Maybach Taniguchi
Team Zero-1/Oudou: Akebono, Masato Tanaka, Ikudo Hidaka
Team Joshi: Aja Kong, Yuki Miyazaki, Sumire Natsu
Stardom had their show at Korakuen Hall today with two big title matches, including my girl Kairi winning the Wonder of Stardom Title after her picture perfect elbow drop. Results courtesy of purolove, pics courtesy of Stardom
Stardom "GOLD MAY 2016", 15.05.2016 (Samurai! TV)
Tokyo Korakuen Hall
1. Starlight Kid, Haruka Kato & Eimi Nishina beat Azumi, Kaori Yoneyama & Alex Lee (7:30) when Kid used a Standing Moonsault on Azumi.
2. Hiroyo Matsumoto beat Natsumi Maki (6:35) with an Argentine Backbreaker.
3. Rookies vs. Odeo Tai: Kyoko Kimura, Kagetsu & Diosa Atenea beat Momo Watanabe, Hiromi Mimura & Jungle Kyona (14:43) when Kagetsu used an Ebisu Drop on Mimura.
4. Worldwide Monster Battle: Alpha Female beat Queen Maya (9:22) with the Omega Press.
5. Wonder of Stardom Title: Kairi Hojo beat Santana Garrett (c) (14:34) with a Diving Elbow Drop to become the 8th champion.
6. World of Stardom Title: Io Shirai (c) beat Mayu Iwatani (21:54) with a Moonsault Press (4th defense).
grizz632 - Couldn't agree more, Kairi has everything needed to be the face of Stardom for a long time provided she stays injury free. Honestly, Stardom is positioned perfectly to become the biggest player in women's wrestling worldwide. They have 3 top level talents in Hojo, Shirai, and Iwatani, they bring in outstanding foreign talent, they have a streaming service similar to NJPW World for only $5 a month that includes some English language content, and they're reaching out to English speaking audiences with their social media and having shows in the US. Pair that with Hojo, Shirai, and Iwatani being featured on Lucha Underground next season and they could see a big spike in interest
mikeshort06 - Will be watching..most likely not live though. (On West Coast time...might stay up for the ones that start at midnight here).This is honestly the hardest BoSJ to pick in a long time. I can legitimately see 3 potential winners in Block A and 2 in Block B. I'm going with Ospreay vs Sydal in the finals with Ospreay winning it, but I have little confidence in myself. I can see outcomes where Ospreay, Ricochet, Sydal, O'Reilly, and KUSHIDA all win this. Should make it pretty fun to watch
Who wins this?
My pick is Ospreay
Marlo Sansfield - DAMNIT NO! TANAHASHI HAS A FAMILY!And the heartless beatdown of a Tanahashi teddy bear also, Omega truly has no soul