Is Anyone Else a Pro-Wrestling Fan?

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Just finished Wrestle Kingdom Night 2 in Yokohama, New Japan x Pro-Wrestling NOAH.

I'm a long lapsed New Japan fan, I haven't enjoyed the company fully since 2013. However I've loved NOAH since I first saw Marufuji vs KENTA in 2006, easily the greatest match to ever exist in my mind. So I get to walk into this with a fun perspective. My experiences with Okada over the past few years have been big let downs. I find him pretty uninspiring for the most part. He's had some great matches, but he isn't a suitable replacement for Tanahashi so far.

The Soya vs Sanada match was... not good. But I've never liked Sanada whether it was AJPW, Wrestle-1, TNA or the brief times I saw him in New Japan. Similar to Okada there is nothing at all unique or special about him. No move he does has a unique flair only belonging to him. His presence isn't special. He doesn't inspire me to want to cheer for him.

Despite my dislike of Okada he was apart of my most anticipated match of the night, Okada/Makabe vs Kiyomiya/Inamura. I wanted these four in singles matches against the opposing person, but it is as clear as day we are getting that! This match was short, but the ending was absolutely perfect. A stiff kick to the face by the ace of NOAH to Okada's ugly face to bust him open. A brawl on the outside that was downright vicious. The match is thrown out and Kiyomiya under a hail of boos, for the first time in his entire career, calls Okada a coward and demands a singles match. I am beyond excited for this. Kaito's reign as GHC Champ has been getting better and better with each match. THIS Okada felt special. This angry and violent Okada. This Okada felt like he deserved to succeed Inoki. We're going to see something special when they finally meet in a singles. Maybe Muto's retirement at the dome? Maybe Wrestle Kingdom? Either way, THIS is the big money match in Japan now.

Diamond Ring rematch 11 years in the making between Katsu and Shingo was probably the best match on the card, and I expected no less out of those two. Katsuhiko Nakajima is simply untouchable as a striker. Everything he does is vicious and connects. You feel it. Shingo is intense and his lariats are a thing of beauty. Putting them together was the best possible match-up.

Kenoh vs Naito was amazing, although the finish was the worst possible idea with them not pull a draw at least. Naito is remarkably washed and he isn't the Naito of 2016 who, for a brief moment, reignited my enjoyment in NJPW only for Okada to pull the rug out. However in this match Naito reached down and pulled out that old self. He and Kenoh had such a fun match from start to finish. Kenoh is so good at being an angry shit head, and the petty build for this was hilarious.

So what did I think overall? I loved it. I can't wait for the fallout and the next show. Whenever we get the proper rematches from here, I will absolutely make sure to watch it live again.
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Re: Is Anyone Else a Pro-Wrestling Fan?

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Daolun wrote: Sat Jan 21, 2023 1:13 pm Just finished Wrestle Kingdom Night 2 in Yokohama, New Japan x Pro-Wrestling NOAH.

I'm a long lapsed New Japan fan, I haven't enjoyed the company fully since 2013. However I've loved NOAH since I first saw Marufuji vs KENTA in 2006, easily the greatest match to ever exist in my mind. So I get to walk into this with a fun perspective. My experiences with Okada over the past few years have been big let downs. I find him pretty uninspiring for the most part. He's had some great matches, but he isn't a suitable replacement for Tanahashi so far.

The Soya vs Sanada match was... not good. But I've never liked Sanada whether it was AJPW, Wrestle-1, TNA or the brief times I saw him in New Japan. Similar to Okada there is nothing at all unique or special about him. No move he does has a unique flair only belonging to him. His presence isn't special. He doesn't inspire me to want to cheer for him.

Despite my dislike of Okada he was apart of my most anticipated match of the night, Okada/Makabe vs Kiyomiya/Inamura. I wanted these four in singles matches against the opposing person, but it is as clear as day we are getting that! This match was short, but the ending was absolutely perfect. A stiff kick to the face by the ace of NOAH to Okada's ugly face to bust him open. A brawl on the outside that was downright vicious. The match is thrown out and Kiyomiya under a hail of boos, for the first time in his entire career, calls Okada a coward and demands a singles match. I am beyond excited for this. Kaito's reign as GHC Champ has been getting better and better with each match. THIS Okada felt special. This angry and violent Okada. This Okada felt like he deserved to succeed Inoki. We're going to see something special when they finally meet in a singles. Maybe Muto's retirement at the dome? Maybe Wrestle Kingdom? Either way, THIS is the big money match in Japan now.

Diamond Ring rematch 11 years in the making between Katsu and Shingo was probably the best match on the card, and I expected no less out of those two. Katsuhiko Nakajima is simply untouchable as a striker. Everything he does is vicious and connects. You feel it. Shingo is intense and his lariats are a thing of beauty. Putting them together was the best possible match-up.

Kenoh vs Naito was amazing, although the finish was the worst possible idea with them not pull a draw at least. Naito is remarkably washed and he isn't the Naito of 2016 who, for a brief moment, reignited my enjoyment in NJPW only for Okada to pull the rug out. However in this match Naito reached down and pulled out that old self. He and Kenoh had such a fun match from start to finish. Kenoh is so good at being an angry shit head, and the petty build for this was hilarious.

So what did I think overall? I loved it. I can't wait for the fallout and the next show. Whenever we get the proper rematches from here, I will absolutely make sure to watch it live again.
I forgot all about it but thanks for the reminder. I'll watch it next week and then promptly cancel my NJPW World subscription.

Glad to hear that the show was good though. Does this mean you're going to stop badmouthing NJPW now?
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Re: Is Anyone Else a Pro-Wrestling Fan?

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Not a chance because without the NOAH talent this would've been another boring and uninspiring New Japan show that would create no new fans. :wink:
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Great Muta Final "Bye Bye" is absolutely well worth the watch. Easily tops Wrestle Kingdom in Yokohama.

We also got the full card announcement for Keiji Muto's retirement at Tokyo Dome next month and it looks incredible.
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Re: Is Anyone Else a Pro-Wrestling Fan?

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Did anybody else see the Tribal Court today? Marvelous storytelling they're doing with the Bloodline
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Re: Is Anyone Else a Pro-Wrestling Fan?

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The Royal Rumble is tonight. It's usually the only WWE show I tend to watch because I have good memories of the Rumble match.

I barely recognize anyone in WWE anymore, but I'll always throw my support at some random no-name jobber to win for the lulz.
以其言非吾言者,是猶以卵投石也,盡天下之卵,其石猶是也,不可毀也。
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