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    NXT TakeOver: Orlando Preview and Predictions

    NXT is still around.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    SAniTy vs. Tye Dillinger, Roderick Strong, No Way Jose and Ruby Riot

    Joey:

    What a fucking weird team! Poor Ruby Riot having to team with the forgotten bros of NXT. Somehow they are still a better squad than S@n1+Y! I’m sure it will be okay enough but who possibly cares about this match? I assume Eric Young and his wacky pals get the win since they are an actual team.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: $An!+Y wins.

    Tim:

    I’m not a very big fan of the Sanity gimmick and I refuse to acknowledge the wacky capitalization. That being said this should be an alright 8 person tag. All of the weak links can be covered up enough in this match type as to not make it too boring for long. I’m glad Strong, Dillinger, Cross, and Riot made the card even if this isn’t my preferred use of them.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sanity wins.

    Tom:

    First of all, I’d like to applaud Joey for getting the capitalization of SAniTy right in the heading for this post, which I will now fail to emulate in my predictions. (NOTE: Joey just informed me that he purposefully got the capitalization wrong to stick it to Eric Young and his group of misfits, because Joe is a sick troll.)

    What a lame duck match this is though. I don’t even watch NXT but I feel like I’ve seen the three Sanity lads go against the other three enough times to last a lifetime. Tye Dillinger still having to slog through this stuff is a shame – his match with Roode at the Toronto TakeOver was a lot of fun and he gets a huge reaction these days, so I was hoping he’d get a more prominent role on this show. However, the larger crime is Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot not getting a better showcase.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Sanity wins.

    Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Aleister Black

    Joey:

    I never cared much for Tommy End and Andrade “Cien” Almas never leaves an impact on me. This match clearly isn’t for me but hopefully they prove me we wrong. Kassius Ohno getting snubbed from the card is so lame considering he’d be a better option to replace either man or just get added to make it a triple threat.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Aleister Black (horrible name) wins.

    Tim:

    I’m not sure how this match will turn out because Almas is a wildcard. Somehow his best WWE matches, and there aren’t many of them, are usually on the NXT TV show. I like Tommy End a decent bit so I’m glad he’s here debuting. Hopefully their styles can find a way to mesh but I’m not optimistic. Either way I’m very interested in seeing how that plays out.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Aleister Black wins.

    Tom:

    I didn’t watch enough Tommy End on the indies to really develop much of a love for him, but he’s absolutely one of the more intimidating wrestlers I’ve ever seen in person. He has a great presence and they seem to be making an effort to match that up to a decent character, but we’ll see how that goes. Almas has quietly gotten over his rocky start to become one of the NXT guys I most look forward to seeing, so this is something I’m into.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: Aleister Black wins.

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    NXT TakeOver: San Antonio Preview and Predictions

    NXT is still a thing.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    Roderick Strong vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

    Joey:

    I don’t watch NXT television. I have no idea what the hell is going on here. My assumption is Andrade Almas is now a bad boy doing bad things and Roderick Strong is still wearing his jacket to the ring. I can’t remember watching a Roderick Strong match in WWE. He hasn’t wrestled on a TakeOver special, right? This match looks alright on paper.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas wins.

    Tim:

    I’m looking forward to this! I am excited to see Roderick Strong wrestle on a big NXT show. Andrade “Edward James” Almas has made me give him a second chance now that he’s a jerk. He hasn’t impressed since being in NXT so hopefully we will finally see him do what we always knew he could. Roddy is Roddy, and that’s always a little bland character-wise but the guy can go with the best of them when he wants. Lets see what this match brings.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Roderick Strong wins.

    Tom:

    Almas is a LOT more palatable now he’s a dirty, sexy boy and Roddy’s still in his NXT honeymoon period, so this should be a fun time. Something to spice Strong up would be nice, because he’s definitely one of the blander guys on NXT, especially as a face. Maybe an even fancier jacket? I DUNNO.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Almas wins.

    Eric Young vs. Tye Dillinger

    Joey:

    This sounds horrible. I don’t have anything against either guy, but I can’t envision caring about this in the slightest. Sanity seems like a horrible faction. They were very boring at that one NXT house show I attended a few months ago.

    Please stop chanting ten at the referees. Let them do their jobs!

    Interest Level: 2/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins. 

    Tim:

    Out of all the NXT signings of TNA guys, Eric Young is the most questionable. Sanity just really isn’t my cup of tea although I like two of its members a good bit. Tye Dillinger really won me over against Bobby Roode at the last Takeover in a really good opener but I just can’t get into the thought of this match-up. I get it. Eric Young offered Dillinger an ugly jacket and Dillinger said no. That’s great entertainment but I don’t think I’ll ever be interested in EY again.

    Interest Level: 3/10
    Prediction: Eric Young wins.

    Tom:

    I still like Tye Dillinger! I can’t say I understand the motivations behind this feud or care about Eric Young, but I’m not dreading this match. I like seeing the crowd get into Dillinger, even if the “10” chants are already pretty dreadful, though it’s mostly outside of the context of his matches that they’re truly painful. The SAnitY stable doesn’t do much for me – I would hope that Young gets replaced as the leader and mouthpiece because he still has a lot of TNA stink on him that’s hard to shake.

    Interest Level: 4/10
    Prediction: Tye Dillinger wins.

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    NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 2016 Preview and Predictions

    I’m not calling it “Back 2 Brooklyn.”

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

    2016-08-17 13_06_22-Don’t miss NXT TakeOver_ Brooklyn II, live this Saturday on WWE Network

    No Way Jose vs. Austin Aries

    Joey:

    I love No Way Jose! I have the opposite feelings of love for Austin Aries! I am interested in this because I get to witness No Way Jose make his grand entrance. The weird combination of these two feuding is one of the rare NXT TV things I’ve been into. Very excited about it and hope No Way Jose wins.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: No Way Jose wins.

    Tim:

    No Way Jose does nothing for me! In fact, I think his gimmick is lame and is very close to getting annoying. I like to have as much fun as the next person but his whole thing just isn’t for me. Austin Aries can be an awesome wrestler (even though I haven’t seen it in his WWE run) but I do not care for him as a person. He’s a no-gooder, I say! This match can hit the bricks.

    Interest Level: 0/10
    Prediction: No Way Jose wins.

    Tom:

    NO WAY! JOSE! NO WAY! JOSE! NO WAY! JOSE! I’m just hoping Brooklyn doesn’t root for Aries and we get a Jose fiesta popping the roof off the spectacular Barclays Center.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Fuck Austin Aries.

    Bobby Roode vs. Andrade Almas

    Joey:

    This is another wacky pairing that I’m intrigued by. Similar to Aries/No Way Jose, I’m not sure if it will deliver but I’m excited to watch it unfold. Bobby Roode is hit or miss but I’ve always appreciated him. The GLORIOUS music adds 10x the interest in him. Andrade Almas desperately needs a big match here. I legitimately forgot he was a part of NXT until this match announcement.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins.

    Tim:

    Andrade Almas has been a no-go since his debut. They act like he is special but where is the proof? It’s not in this fucking pudding. This pudding taste like shit. Oh, this is coco butter body lotion? Weird.

    Bobby Roode comes off heads, shoulders, knees, and toes above the rest NXT roster. All he has to do is talk on the mic and you’re all like “yeah, this guy has it.” Also, it doesn’t need to be said but his theme is untouchable. This is a wild pairing but I’m looking forward to seeing how the two warriors of the squared circle play off of each other. Hopefully Almas shows off.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Bobby Roode wins (with the help of James Storm?)

    Tom:

    Man, I feel bad for old Andrade “Cien” Almas. His current character and attire is up there as one of NXT’s all-time worst – it feels as bad a misstep as Becky Lynch’s original Irish riverdancing routine. Hopefully they repackage him soon into something less appalling, because the nerds on Twitter say he’s actually pretty great, so it’ll be a shame if he gets wasted.

    All I’ve seen of Bobby Roode as an NXT Superstar are the “Glorious Bomb” videos young Jonathan Gargano and Tommy Ciampa have been doing, so needless to say, he’s already my absolute favourite. His last couple of years in TNA were fairly meandering, but I still have happy memories of his title run and he’s a TNA refugee I’m actually glad to see show up in “Paul’s playground”. Given his size, look and ability, he’s something that stands out in NXT right now, and that’s always interesting.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Big Bobby brings one home.

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    NXT TakeOver: The End Preview and Predictions

    Only Brad Ward knows why this show is titled “The End.”

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeyOnEarth, @TimWelcomed and @TomBlargh.

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    Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Tye Dillinger

    Joey:

    I’m the average NXT fan aka I avoid 95% of the television shows but watch the live specials. I have no idea if this Cien dude has wrestled yet or if this is his debut. I never watched him in Mexico but everyone loves him. Hopefully it’s a great debut. I always appreciate Tye Dillinger putting ten fingers in the air so that will be a good time.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas wins.

    Tim:

    I’m hoping Andrade Almas has what he needs to show off here. Tye Dillinger shows signs of being entertaining but I’m not sure how I feel about his in-ring yet. I’m interested in seeing these two wrestle on a big show. Maybe I can get more of a feel for them here.

    Interest Level: 5/10
    Prediction: Andrade “Cien” Almas wins.

    Tom:

    This is Manny Andrade, right? The very handsome Mexican guy? Except now he has a new name? It’s really confusing, man. I like Tye Dillinger a good bit though this seems to be another fairly thankless role for him. Where’s No Way Jose? Why’s he not on this show? Is it racist to bring up No Way Jose when I should be discussing another fantastic breakout Latino superstar? If so, then I apologize unreservedly.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Big Manny wins, I am not racist.

    Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs. The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship

    Joey:

    Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are the best tag team in WWE. The Revival are the most average tag team in WWE. This means we’ll get another pretty good match between these teams. Hooray. I still badly wish Gargano and Ciampa were the ones challenging for the titles in a more exciting matchup.

    Interest Level: 7/10
    Prediction: Gable and Jordan win.

    Tim:

    I’ve enjoyed these two teams a good bit but I’m ready to move on. I’m sure this will be fun and it’s always nice to see Gable and Jordan do what they do.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: Gable and Jordan win.

    Tom:

    Their Dallas TakeOver match exceeded my admittedly low expectations so I hope this’ll be another fun one. I’ve come around on The Revival, or at least I like the bald one who I am fairly certain is called Dawson.

    The Revival is just a tough team to keep up with in general – aside from general uncertainty as to who’s Dash and who’s Dawson, I also have to catch myself from calling “The Reunion”. Is there another wrestling stable called The Reunion? If there isn’t, I’m sure ROH has one planned, most likely with BJ Whitmer at the helm.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: American Alpha wins, even though Joey is RUDE and refuses to use their actual team name.

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    This Or That (1/20/2016)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeyOnEarth and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    More exciting WWE signing: AJ Styles or Shinsuke Nakamura?

    Sorry, New Japan.

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    Joey:

    Nakamura is great but the AJ Styles signing is definitely the more exciting news here. Styles has been one of the best wrestlers in North America for the past decade and has been deserving of this opportunity for just as long. I can’t wait to see how he performs in the WWE atmosphere and want to see him face off with some of the current top stars like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens and Finn Balor. All of these wrestlers are at the top of their game and Styles could have a very special run with the company.

    AJ Styles

    Tim:

    I enjoy Nakamura a great deal when he’s going all out in a match. I think he’ll try his best in the WWE system and that will be interesting to see. A lot of the magic behind Nakamura is how he is presented and I can only hope WWE understands that. I think AJ Styles is one of the best wrestlers around. I’ve always wanted to see him in WWE and they have a great roster full of fresh matches for him. While you’ll never see me buying AJ Styles merchandise I can not deny that he’s on a level all by himself right now when it comes to in-ring performances. He’s worked his way to the top of almost every promotion he’s stepped foot in. It’s going to be surreal to see him in a WWE ring.

    AJ Styles

    Tom:

    I am very excited for old AJ to finally get a go in WWE, but he seems like a slightly safer bet in terms of getting a decent run and baby, I am addicted to unpredicatibility and sweet, sweet chaos. WWE still hasn’t shown they know how to use a non-English speaker in a prominent role, so Nakamura’s signing is much more exciting to me – if there’s anyone who can overcome a language barrier through sheer charisma, it’s Nakamura but I still think it’ll be an uphill battle. DO YOUR BEST SHINSUKE MATE, INVEST IN SOME MAD OLD OUTFITS AND KEEP MAKING THOSE FACES.

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: Shinsuke Nakamura’s 2015 in review!

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro.

    Hello, wrestling fans! Last year, after New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 9, Wrestling on Earth published a helpful guide to Shinsuke Nakamura for all those newly afflicted by whatever black magic it is that he casts over an audience: What to Do Now That You’re Ready To Accept Shinsuke Nakamura As Your Pro Wrestling Lord and Savior.

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    As of this week, NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 10 has come and gone, another crop of fans has fallen hopelessly in pro wrestling love with the King of Strong Style, and several “news” outlets (and, okay, Tokyo Sports) are reporting that Shinsuke Nakamura has resigned from NJPW and will be making his way to World Wrestling Entertainment.

    I can’t confirm or deny any of the latter since I’m just a fan on the Internet who writes things sometimes and not someone who goes poking around in the business of other people to get scoopz. You want a subscription to the Scoop Zone for that kind of action.

    In any case, it seems like a good time to recap Shinsuke Nakamura’s 2015 and prime everybody for what will apparently be an interesting year for all of us.

    What were Shinsuke Nakamura’s best matches in 2015?

    What a great question! Last year I listed my personal favorites for 2014. In 2015, he had some widely-acclaimed incredible matches that are worth going out of your way to see as soon as possible:

    And many others that people liked a lot:

    You can find his matches on NJPWWorld, New Japan Pro Wrestling’s online streaming service (where you can watch shows both live and archived). Here’s how to sign up:

    1. Go to NJPWWorld’s English signup page at https://njpwworld.com/auth?lang=en
    2. Sign up & select a payment method (I use a credit card & my bank has no problem with the international transaction; others have been able to use pre-paid Visas and the like).
    3. Watch wrestling!

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: WRESTLE KINGDOM 10 RUNDOWN

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro.

    Hello shipmates & crew! I’ve been away for a while but I HAVE RETURNED for this most beautiful time of year: Wrestle Kingdom. This year is #10 by number, but New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Tokyo Dome show itself has been running annually since 1992. That’s before some of you were EVEN BORN, so you know it’s a big deal.

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    How to watch Wrestle Kingdom 10

    If you’re new and wondering how to tune in to Wrestle Kingdom 10, let me tell you! It takes place on January 4, 2016 at 4PM in Japan (so 2AM EST). For about $9 USD, you can get WK10 and a whole month of NJPW’s streaming service, NJPWWorld, right on your computer machine (AND it works with Chromecast now!). Here’s how:

    1. Wait until January 1 (billing starts at the first of the month).
    2. Go to NJPWWorld’s English signup page at https://njpwworld.com/auth?lang=en
    3. Sign up & select a payment method (I use a credit card & my bank has no problem with the international transaction; others have been able to use pre-paid Visas and the like).
    4. Watch wrestling!

    I keep a calendar of events that air live on NJPWWorld, so you can reference this to find out what’s going on during WK weekend and what time the events start in your timezone. As of now, I keep this up to date through the year, and it’s pretty handy in general.

    You can also reference the official NJPWWorld Schedule to find out what’s going on and when.

    WK10 will air in both Japanese and English. It should be easy to select whichever stream you want at the time it airs. The English commentary team this year is Matt Striker & Kevin Kelly, with an appearance by YOSHITATSU to do some translating. Good luck, guys! I’ll be tuning into the Japanese stream. I don’t understand it all but I love hearing them yell about things, it’s fantastic. You can feel free to do the same if you’re adventurous, or stick with Matt, Kevin, & YOSHITATSU if you want some more info about the combatants & the action in English during the broadcast.

    Another event of note is the BIG WRESTLING FESTIVAL 2016. This takes place around noon Japan time on the Sunday before WK10. Last year it was a lot of fun and included Gedo & Okada squaring off in Taiko no Tatsujin, a press conference, etc. If you can’t catch it live, the replay should be up for viewing on demand on NJPWWorld soon after. Cross your fingers for more footage of our IWGP Heavyweight Champion playing video games, please.

    If all goes well, NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 10 should be a beautiful evening of pro wrestling that everyone can enjoy. Let’s get to the card rundown, including my incredibly biased opinions!

    Pre-show:
    NJPW Battle Royal

    The info:

    Participants will enter every sixty seconds. Participants are eliminated by going over the top rope. Last year was the first NJPW Battle Royal, and it looks like it’s becoming tradition! WK9’s saw a number of surprise entrants and was a lot of wild fun. Yuji Nagata was victorious last year and received an IWGP Intercontinental Championship match somehow, but as far as I know, nothing is actually guaranteed to this year’s winner. We’ll see.

    The participants:

    It could be literally anyone. Last year, The Great Kabuki showed up. With nunchaku. Expect to see Tiger Mask V, Jushin Liger, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, and more!

    Kaomoji excitement rating: o((*^▽^*))o

    IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Four Way Match:
    RPG Vice vs. Young Bucks vs. ReDRagon (c) vs. Matt Sydal & Ricochet

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    The info:

    Look, what the hell. We had a whole tournament in recent months between these teams to decide which *two* teams would face off at WK10 for the belts, only to have everyone come out after the finals and make it a four-way match again. Oh well! More wrestling is more wrestling. This should be a lot of fun, and you can guarantee the Tokyo Dome crowd will be into it. A great choice for an opener.

    The participants:

    RPG Vice: Rocky Romero & Trent Baretta! Part of NJPW’s stable CHAOS.

    The Young Bucks: Matt & Nick Jackson! The Bullet Club! Homeowners, fathers! Suck it!

    ReDRagon: Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly, good wrestlers, gonna kick the hell out of some dudes.

    Matt Sydal & Ricochet: Matt Sydal & Ricochet! They don’t even have an official team name yet! High flying madmen, you’ve probably heard of them.

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: The G1 is Coming: Fashion Show

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro. In this series, she’s preparing for the G1 25.

    Today was the day of the G1 Climax press conference, where all the guys turned up trying to look their best, as well as pose. Shelly covered New Japan’s finest fashion plates on Twitter, which we’ve collected below.

    @TomBlargh is also going to weigh in because, having listened to every single episode of Josh Mathews’ Male Fashion Aficionado podcast, he is now EXTREMELY educated about fashion as it relates to wrestling. Let’s go!

    Tanahashi

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    Deathlock: Tanahashi looks dapper in pinstripes, blue, & cream, but I don’t think diagonal stripes are legal.

    Tom: The Ace of the Century. The Japanese Shawn Michaels. The state of that tie. I also think he should have done something different with his (admittedly beautiful) hair, given the formal attire. Maybe a hair clip, I don’t know.

    Togi Makabe

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    Deathlock: NEVER champ Togi Makabe wears his standard formal attire: suit, open shirt, chain. Very nice.

    Tom: Your dad’s been kicked out by your mum again but he doesn’t give a FUCK.

    AJ Styles

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    Deathlock: AJ Styles wore jeans and a ballcap for the G124, so a suit, even without a tie, is a vast improvement.

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    All Aboard the S.S. Strong Style: The G1 is Coming, Part 1

    Shelly Deathlock cares too much about Japanese wrestling and, as Captain of the S.S. Strong Style, she’s here to welcome you on board and fill you in on what’s going on in the world of puro.

    The G1 (Grade One) Climax is a heavyweight tournament held yearly by New Japan Pro Wrestling. The G1 Climax 25 this year has 20 entrants, and takes place over 19 days in July and August – the longest tournament in G1 history. You are not ready. I am not ready. However, we have until July 20th to get ready. Let’s go!

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    What is the G1?

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    The G1 is a round robin tournament with two blocks of participants. Each participant in Block A will wrestle every other participant in Block A. Each participant in Block B will wrestle every other participant in Block B. Participants score two points for each victory.

    At the end of the tournament, the wrestlers with the most points in each block advance to the final on August 16th where they face each other.

    The prize is a shot at the IWGP Heavyweight Championship (currently held by AJ Styles) at Wrestle Kingdom 10 on January 4, 2016.

    Why should I watch?

    In the G1 tournament last year, Minoru Suzuki wrestled AJ Styles in a match that won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Match of the Year as well as the Deathlock Match of the Year. I’ll let you decide which of those things is more prestigious, but it’s cool that they aligned.

    Everyone expected that the match could be good, but I don’t think anybody expected it to be the masterpiece it was. The Korakuen crowd was insane, and everything was perfect.

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    That’s the kind of thing that can happen when you throw twenty men into a tournament and have them wrestle singles matches against each other for nineteen days — fresh match ups, unexpected classics. The G1 is a great time, and the pinnacle of pro wrestling as a sport.

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    ROH/NJPW Global Wars Preview & Predictions

    On May 15, 2015, Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling are putting on a joint event in Toronto. It’ll probably be lots of fun! Let’s see what’s scheduled to go down.

    Giving their thoughts and predictions on what to expect from the PPV are members of the site @JoeySplashwater, @BradFGN and @indiandeathlock.

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    The Kingdom (Matt Taven & Mike Bennett with Maria Kanellis) vs. Matt Sydal & Jushin Thunder Liger

    Deathlock:

    So, these Kingdom boys are the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions now, and Maria has a win in New Japan over Amber Gallows. At the last NJPW show, Liger, on commentary, described getting motorboated by Maria and said, well, “It was like having two giant gummy bears against my face” more or less. Then Liger made this hilarious motorboat sound like “pururum pururum” and I swear I’m not making this up. Anyway, I’m sure there will be antics. I am hyped as ever for any Liger match all the time forever and amen.

    Interest Level: (/ω\)
    Prediction: The Kingdom are victorious.

    Joey:

    Maria Kanellis vs. Jushin Liger is the hottest feud of the NJPW/ROH shows. The idea of a Matt Sydal and Jushin Liger team just seems like a perfect idea. The Kingdom should have instant chemistry with a team like this and the match should be good. Hopefully they do that over the top rope doomsday on the floor during the week shows at some point.

    Interest Level: 8/10
    Prediction: The Kingdom win

    Brad:

    The Kingdom has been so impressive in Japan that they were even able to capture tag team gold. Japan was just what Kingdom needed to boost their stock and looked at as more credible performers. Sydal and Liger should be a pretty good tandem, the ROH faithful should treat Liger as a big star and it will be a hot match to open the show. I am going with Kingdom to take the win here.

    Interest Level: 6/10
    Prediction: The Kingdom win

     

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