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Old 02-07-2013, 09:56 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Aren't the iPPVs only available for like a week? Or did they change that? Understandable if they're up longer now. Not that the people who upload them will take any notice of that. Hopefully they don't go down the Dragon Gate route of making the stuff extra hard to get hold of because that would really alienate their international audience.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:45 AM   #52 (permalink)
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This is awesome. Thank you
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:51 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Aren't the iPPVs only available for like a week? Or did they change that? Understandable if they're up longer now. Not that the people who upload them will take any notice of that. Hopefully they don't go down the Dragon Gate route of making the stuff extra hard to get hold of because that would really alienate their international audience.
I honestly don't know. Yeah, you would think they would enjoy all the exposure they can get. It's an old argument nowadays with anything in regards to copyright material and the internet. We might as well don our favourite pirate hats, sail the web and be happy that for now we can watch it for free.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:54 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Bumping this to the top - it's too good of a thread not to be on the first page. Excellent work Seabs, and thank you for doing this. After hearing about all the Okada & Tanahashi hype from 2012 plus all the rave about Wrestlekingdom 7, and then seeing this, I decided to start checking out NJPW's offerings and they have yet to disappoint.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:46 PM   #55 (permalink)
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I've been looking for more wrestling to watch and on this forum, I've seen NJPW get some pretty good reviews.


Is their any definitive and recent show I should check out or where should I begin watching from?



Also, English commentary or not?
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Old 03-08-2013, 05:32 AM   #56 (permalink)
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Wrestle Kingdom this year is a logical pick up point I guess. New Japan isn't as story heavy as American promotions so you can pick it up from any point really just by looking at match cards and reading the OP to familiarise yourself with faces and alignments. Dominion and King of Pro Wrestling are the must see shows from last year.

If you start from now then it's a good place too as you have the New Japan Cup which will showcase a lot of the bigger stars in singles matches and create a new direction for Tanahashi and the title. The only other note is that CHAOS and Suzuki-Gun are feuding right now and working matches together. Other than that nobody should have any trouble picking the promotion up right now and watching back when they can.

And no English commentary. I get how this could put some people off but trust me it doesn't. Ask any New Japan fan and you'll get a similar answer. You can get invested in the matches and the promotion without and the crazy Japanese commentary actually adds to the experience.
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And no English commentary. I get how this could put some people off but trust me it doesn't. Ask any New Japan fan and you'll get a similar answer. You can get invested in the matches and the promotion without and the crazy Japanese commentary actually adds to the experience.
I'll second this, the lack of English commentary doesn't bother me at all - I just finished watching Wrestle Kingdom and man, it was a fantastic show. From an in-ring perspective, it blew away anything WWE or TNA has produced in years too. I've been following American wrestling for a while and have never given puro much of a watch, but that's changed for me just by watching that show. Loved Nagata/Suzuki, Ibushi/Low-Ki/Devitt, Makabe/Shibata, Nakamura/Sakuraba & Tanahashi/Okada - That's FIVE matches that NJPW had on the first show of the year that tops anything a North American promotion has done so far, including Punk/Cena on Raw. Just an awesome show and I'll definitely be looking to watch more New Japan this year.

One other thing that struck me - I was always under the naive impression that puro is much less about showmanship than it's western counterparts... I could not be more wrong. Okada's entrance alone disproves that whole notion I've had, and speaking of him, he comes across on screen as a MASSIVE star. I have no doubt that he could be a big-time player in WWE if he wanted to be, but I'd be wary of how they would use him. Glad to see that he'll be with NJPW until 2015 at least.
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Most of the time I don't even notice the commentary. So invested in the action it doesn't even play a part. Until things pick up. Then you notice the commentary and it's actually quite grand when the guys are freaking out at the moments in the ring.
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