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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 18 and Final Review: Everything’s Cursed but at Least Shibata Is Here

Previously on NJPW’s G1 Climax 31: 85 tournament matches happened and Ibushi won A Block to make his fourth G1 final in four years. New Japan Pro Wrestling’s 2021 G1 Climax tournament came to a close earlier this week with a block-deciding Cobb vs. Okada rubber match, a quality tournament…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 17 Review: The Block Final Countdown

Previously on NJPW‘s G1 Climax 31: there was so much of the G1 Climax 31. There were 70 matches of the G1 Climax 31! After nearly a month of competition, the 2021 tournament comes to a close this week with its final three shows: the A Block final, B Block…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 6 Review: Chaos Rains

Previously on NJPW’s G1 Climax 31: Ishii brought out the best of Kenta and ZSJ continued his tentacle monster hot streak. New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s September 29 show at Korakuen Hall closes out the first third of the 2021 G1 Climax with what’s probably the tournament’s least appealing card so…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Night 5 Review: Like a Squid Out of Hell

Previously on NJPW‘s G1 Climax 31: In A Block, Zack vs. Shingo! It happened! It was amazing! In B Block, Okada is still wrestling like he’s in his stem cell era, and it’s also very exciting. It sounds like a bad thing when I say that Night 5 is the…

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NJPW G1 Climax 31 Nights 3-4 Review: Wrestling Brains

Previously on NJPW‘s G1 Climax 31: The tournament started strong! Its first two shows were very entertaining overall, with some standout matches and surprise results. Unfortunately, this was followed by the bad kind of surprise: Naito getting injured for real and forfeiting the rest of his matches. Nights 3-4 of…

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NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome Review: Torture? In My House?

Wrestle Grand Slam in MetLife Dome (not to be confused with the one in the Tokyo Dome) is New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s last big show of the summer and last show, period, before the 2021 G1 Climax. The two-night event included defenses of every available championship, a grudge match between…

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NJPW Resurgence Review: Carrying the Torch

After a year and a half without running a show in front of a live audience in America, New Japan Pro Wrestling finally earned a gate in the U.S. with NJPW Resurgence. The event featured matches that had been promoted on NJPW’s pandemic-born studio show NJPW Strong, as well as,…

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NJPW Summer Struggle 8/7-10/21 Review: R3K Is Not OK

After a break from televised shows, New Japan Pro Wrestling returns with the first leg of Super Junior Tag League, a tournament that two different wrestlers said they found out was happening the week before. There’s also a NEVER 6-man title match and some storyline progression for the next Wrestle…

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So Subtle, Yet So Bold: AEW Dynamite Recap and Review

Last Week’s Notable Happenings on AEW Dynamite Fight for the Fallen: In last week’s main event, Chris Jericho defeated Nick Fucking Gage at his own game, in a bloody, punishing encounter that involved light tubes, a pizza cutter, and a very unhappy network sponsor. An All or Nothing elimination tag…

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NJPW Summer Struggle 7/27-8/1 Review: Who’s the Boss?

After a mostly-triumphant return to the Tokyo Dome for Wrestle Grand Slam, New Japan Pro Wrestling hits a bit of a lull. The first three of the four Summer Struggle events that take place at Korakuen Hall on July 27, July 30-31, and August 1 are largely skippable – mostly…

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NJPW Wrestle Grand Slam in Tokyo Dome Review: Knee Japan Pro Wrestling

After three days of seasonal struggles in Osaka and Nagoya, New Japan Pro Wrestling makes its return to the Tokyo Dome with Wrestle Grand Slam. It’s NJPW’s first show in the stadium outside of January in over fifteen years, but it doesn’t have the triumphant atmosphere that implies. Even knowing…

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NJPW Summer Struggle in Nagoya Review: Shibata Friendship Circle Drama

After two nights of Summer Struggle in Osaka that focused on the heavyweight tag title feud, New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s Summer Struggle in Nagoya is the culmination of singles feuds and the go-home show for Wrestle Grand Slam. These factors combine to appoint Kota Ibushi’s replacement in the Tokyo Dome…

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NJPW Summer Struggle in Osaka 2021 Review: Chekhov’s Double Pin

New Japan Pro Wrestling kicked off four consecutive nights of big shows with two back-to-back Summer Struggle in Osaka events. For July 22-23, the heavyweight tag title feud is the focus of NJPW, and the matches between Naito/Sanada/Zack/Taichi play a major role in delivering some of the most fun NJPW…

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NJPW Summer Struggle 7/17/21 Review: Rights for Juniors, Ass People and Feet People

After two nights of Summer Struggle in Sapporo and in between NJPW-affiliated action in three U.S. promotions, New Japan Pro Wrestling returned to Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall for two hours of tag and singles matches. The July 17 Summer Struggle event was definitely one of New Japan’s best non-major shows of…

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Black Roses for My Enemies: AEW Fyter Fest Night 1 Recap and Review

Last Week’s Notable Happenings on AEW Dynamite: Tommy End is dead and so is Aleister. In their stead is Malakai Black, who nearly roundhouse kicked the heads off of Arn Anderson and Our Cool Republican Boss Cody Rhodes. As if he hasn’t already been one of my favorite wrestlers since…

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NJPW Summer Struggle in Sapporo 2021 Review: How to Win Tag Titles and Irritate People

After the low-key Kizuna Road, New Japan Pro Wrestling amped things up with Summer Struggle in Sapporo, two back-to-back shows that kick off the tour that will carry the company through August. Although these were NJPW’s biggest events since Dominion, they were still basically one-match cards – but along with…

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Whip You With a Strap: AEW Road Rager Recap and Review

Last Week’s Notable Happenings on AEW Dynamite: To close out AEW’s 14-month Daily’s Place residency, MJF defeated Sammy Guevara in a wild main event after months of simmering tension and outright hostility. With the help of the “Elite Hunter” Frankie Kazarian—a oft-overlooked component of AEW reinvigorated by vigilante justice—Best Friends:…

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NJPW Kizuna Road 7/1-2/2021: No Country For Old Men

When the 2021 Kizuna Road tour came to a close, New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s old man summer ended just like it began: with the Third Generation beltless. Along the way, we got a range of five singles matches in two days, plus the tour’s best main event. Before we dig…

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NJPW Kizuna Road 6/22-23/21 Review: Sudden Death, But Make It More Sudden

After a surprising Dominion, New Japan Pro Wrestling made headway down Kizuna Road 2021. The tour so far has been about as dramatic as the usual Kizuna Road, featuring a much less surprising title change, a birthday present sneak attack, and in-ring highlights from Young Lion matches. Some of it…

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NJPW Dominion 2021 Review: A Chance at History

NJPW Dominion 2021 may have kept the name “Dominion 6.6” after getting moved to 6.7, but brought a more surprising major change to New Japan Pro Wrestling. The show that ends with Shingo Takagi as IWGP World Heavyweight Champion is pretty strong all-around, a Cobb vs. Ibushi match of the…

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