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NJPW Road to Dominion 2021 Review: Additional Boys Are Back in Town

After a late-May comeback weakened by a depleted roster and a lack of storylines, New Japan Pro Wrestling kicked off June 2021 with the much stronger, more energized Road to Dominion. While these June 1-2 shows weren’t flawless and contained plenty of reminders that the hard times aren’t over yet…

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NJPW Road to Wrestle Grand Slam Review: Does Anybody Want To Stop at 7/11 Before We Start Down the Road to Dominion?

Remember New Japan Pro Wrestling? That company Yuji Nagata that sent to fight Jon Moxley? After coronavirus-induced show cancelations and a few weeks of inactivity, NJPW returned for three consecutive nights at Korakuen Hall with a vacant world title, prominent roster members still recovering from COVID-19 or quarantining due to…

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NJPW Wrestling Dontaku 2021 Review: The Passion of the Holy Emperor

Previously on New Japan Pro Wrestling: 2021 has been an often depressing and/or confusing year for Japan’s biggest wrestling promotion. They’ve tanked their international reputation, annoyed fans everywhere by changing their world title, and struggled creatively while still working to recover from the past year’s pandemic-related setbacks. That’s brought us…

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Just Singin’ Them Post-War Blues: AEW Dynamite Recap and Review

Chris Jericho might have bragged about running NXT off of Wednesday nights, but we know that was just posturing, as most of us know AEW was slotted midweek to begin with so they wouldn’t be perennially preempted by NBA games. But you know, “We Won the War” is good for…

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Call Me By Your Name: AEW Recap and Review

I don’t want to spend too much space on the page adding to the discourse of the mostly imaginary Wednesday Night War. Starting next week, AEW Dynamite will run on Wednesdays with no direct competition from NXT, which is less significant than a lot of people are making it out…

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The Soul-Healing Properties of Button Mashing: AEW Recap and Review

As evidenced by last week’s show-ending brawl, AEW is starting to adopt New Japan Pro Wrestling’s template of rival factions competing in the same organization. Matt Hardy’s newly formed business alliance is determined to send the Dark Order into the shadows; MJF’s recently formed group the Pinnacle have—at least temporarily—run…

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On Hunger: AEW Dynamite Recap and Review

As we move further and further away from AEW Revolution, it becomes more and more apparent the intended explosion at its end was supposed to provide an exclamation point for an era of All Elite Wrestling. Seventeen days removed from the pay-per-view, its landscape has changed noticeably. Stalwart babyfaces turned…

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NJPW New Japan Cup 2021 Review: Shades of Stacy Keibler

The 2021 New Japan Cup took place over more than two weeks, with 30 men fighting over fourteen shows for the right to be Kota Ibushi’s first challenger for the new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship. In the end, it all got overshadowed by a guy RKO-ing his girlfriend and the…

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The St. Patty’s Day Massacre: AEW Recap and Review

It had finally come to this; the first women’s match to main event AEW Dynanite after nearly 18 months on television, built on the back of a classic, long-standing feud that could only be settled outside of AEW’s sanctioned guidelines.  Before the opening of the so-called “forbidden door,” Billy Corgan’s…

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Suspicious Minds: AEW Recap and Review

It was the dud heard ‘round the world. I’m sure you’ve had your good share of reading about the final moments of AEW Revolution over the past four days. What was supposed to be a pivotal, emotional moment in the history of All Elite Wrestling has instead led me to…

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The Golden Donut: AEW Revolution Recap and Review

Remember last year? Remember packed, sold-out crowds? Remember when AEW Revolution was the most anticipated wrestling show of the year? I’m sure many of you know by now that, in addition to nearly sweeping the 2020 Wrestling Observer Awards, Revolution was voted Show of the Year and its tag title…

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NJPW 49th Anniversary Event Review: Kota ‘Worldstar’ Ibushi

After a weird and eventful two nights of Castle Attack, New Japan Pro Wrestling returns to celebrate its birthday and kick off the 2021 New Japan Cup. The 49th Anniversary Event isn’t wall-to-wall hits and it doesn’t make the belt unification situation any better, but it’s an enjoyable show overall,…

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NJPW Castle Attack Review: Desperate Times Call For Desperado Measures

Previously on NJPW, the Castle Attack tour had gotten off to a bleak start, but it was the kind of bleak that I could sum up as “cursed.” When the tour picked up again, the company descended to such a miserable place that using an internet slangy term like “cursed”…

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Sting Is Alive? AEW Dynamite Recap and Review

After Monday’s Women’s Eliminator Tournament Special left me a little deflated, I found myself dreading the prospect of this week’s dynamite. Once you make a claim like “Dynamite can trim enough fat to fit a second women’s match on the show,” you’re kinda stuck looking for that fat. It’s not…

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NJPW Road to Castle Attack 2/22 Review: Wrestling in Cursed Times

Despite the cool name and the swords in the logo, New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s Castle Attack tour hasn’t been amazing so far. What would have been a typically hit-or-miss series of Road To shows has been plagued by injuries and weird or bad creative decisions, and that trend continued on…

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NJPW Road to Castle Attack 2/14-17 Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Bullet Club

After big title defenses at The New Beginning in Hiroshima, New Japan Pro Wrestling takes us down the Road to Castle Attack with four consecutive nights, February 14-17, at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall. In many ways, the upcoming Castle Attack event looks very exciting. First, it’s called Castle Attack. Second, the…

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Don’t Mess with the Old Buck: AEW Dynamite Recap

Two weeks ago, the so-called “forbidden door” was kicked open by the arrival of NJPW-based journeyman KENTA, making the lightly collaborative talent exchange between AEW and Impact far more interesting. KENTA’s AEW debut was held in the midst of wild dives and literal potatoes; fighting alongside onetime Bullet Club member…

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NJPW The New Beginning in Hiroshima 2021 Review: Lawn Dart of Vengeance

After a big show in Nagoya and a few nights at Korakuen Hall, New Japan Pro Wrestling wrapped up the 2021 New Beginning tour with back-to-back nights in Hiroshima. A downside of the event going in was how predictable the results of the main events seemed. Sho and Sanada were…

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NJPW Road to the New Beginning 2/1-3 Review: Man Bites Dog

With the New Beginning in Nagoya in the rearview mirror, New Japan Pro Wrestling continued down the Road to the New Beginning this week with three nights, February 1-3, at Korakuen Hall. With cards of only four or five matches and run times of about two hours, these events were…

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Beach Break: AEW Dynamite Recap

Beach Break has come and gone, and if last year’s Bash at the Beach Dynamite special is any indication, AEW loves winter in Florida. Last night’s AEW special was both the culmination of events have have been happening for months and an appetizer for Revolution four weeks from Sunday. Kenny…

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