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post #51 of 64 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 04:47 AM
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Re: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26: 5/13/19 - 6/5/19

TAKA/Gresham and Tiger/Kanemaru were great fun. Circa ***1/4-1/2 roughly for both. I'll get round to Dragon Lee/SHO soon.

Not going to watch today's matches unless Taguchi/DOUKI gets some rave reviews but I'll pop predictions for consistency's sake.

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Phantasmo over BUSHI
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post #52 of 64 (permalink) Old 05-16-2019, 06:18 AM
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Re: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26: 5/13/19 - 6/5/19

Decided to quit on the idea of watching all the tournament matches. No interest at all watching YOH vs. Taguchi, Ishimori vs. Scurll & Dragon Lee vs. SHO w/ all of them going 20+ mins. Just gonna watch the truly interesting stuff now & the ones that get some rave reviews.

Really enjoyed TAKA vs. Gresham & Tiger Mask vs. Kanemaru is my favorite match of the first 3 days. Grumpy old veteran Tiger Mask w/ a bum knee & all having to fight against these assholes

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Re: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26: 5/13/19 - 6/5/19

Lot of matches I want to check out so far, but man is it hard avoiding spoilers and the like since I haven't had the time to really watch any of it. Somehow I saw just about all of tournament last year, I don't think it'll be the same this time around. Might have to settle for watching some of the recommended matches, or just going for the highest Cagematch rated ones.

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Diving back into New Japan after stepping away after WK13. Admittedly once Cody, Bucks, Omega and Jericho all left, my interest went down a bit in NJPW. There's some homegrown guys that I really enjoy, especially Ibushi, Suzuki and Ishii, but it wasn't enough to keep me following with WWE having such a massive schedule, Mania season and seeing the construction of AEW.

But when I look at the New Japan roster, I like a lot more of the guys in the Juniors. Love Ospreay, Scurll, SHO and YOH really grew on me over the past year or so. Ishimori and Dragon Lee are super impressive, and Taguchi's always entertained me as well. Bandido joining the field piqued my interest.

The main entrant that has me fully invested in this whole thing is Robbie Eagles. I've sung his praises in my Aussie Indy Wrestling thread, and it seems that NJPW see something in him with how he debuted in the Super Jr. Tag League last year, making Jushin Thunder Liger tap in his debut. Now he's a solo act, and I feel like we're starting to see why Eagles is so highly regarded in Australia. I first started watching Robbie in front of crowds of about 50 people 5 years ago, and I've attended a ton of shows to see him since. He's undefeated so far, and looking pretty damn strong. I don't know if he'll be a finalist considering Ospreay is in his block and they also seem quite high on Phantasmo, but this can still be Robbie Eagles' coming out party. Given how highly Will Ospreay thinks of Eagles, I can see him putting Eagles over.

Exiting Robbie Eagles fanboy mode for a moment- I think SHO vs. Shingo is my favourite match of the tournament so far, and one of the best matches I've seen this year. On tonight's show, Ospreay vs. Romero was a really fun surprise, did not expect Rocky to look that strong. And Taguchi vs. DOUKI was a pretty wild ride as well.

As someone that's ducked in and out of watching NJPW the past couple of years, I was really thrown to see that Taguchi has been the main event for all his matches so far, I've only known him to be a comedy midcard guy. But in having a little browse in the upcoming tournament matches, it seems that they rotate everyone around the card so that everyone gets a shot at main eventing or semi main-eventing at some stage, which is cool to see.

Given how much I've fallen off WWE this last month or so, this Super Juniors tournament might be what it takes for me to sink my teeth fully back into NJPW and not focus so much on the painful shit Vince is doing.

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Two brilliant showings so far in this years tournament for me are:

Shingo vs SHO on Night 1 was blisteringly good. Just brilliant and Shingo needs a heavyweight title push whilst he is young enough. Shingo vs Okada, vs Tanahashi and vs Suzuki would be stunning.

Romero vs Ospreay from Night 4 is also fantastic. Romero really brings it and Ospreay is the younger man trying to keep the older veteran down. So so good!
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Re: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26: 5/13/19 - 6/5/19

"THIS IS THE DARK SOULS OF BEST OF THE SUPER JUNIORS RIGHT NOW"

Is this a fucking fever dream, who is this commentator

edit: Does SHO wear this gear all the time? It's fucking hideous.

edit2: the english commentary has been about as bad as SHO's gear, this is going to be a struggle and a half.


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HATE Caprice Coleman's commentary. When he isn't trying too hard to analyse what is happening (less is more, don't tell us, guide us to the conclusion) he uses either stupid fuckin voices or repeats the same storyline points over and over. Taka has been in the business 25 years. Someone might be a bit hurt after all that punishment. No shit.

Get rid and bring back Romero and Callis! Chris Charlton is a good shout for commentator though - interpreting what the Japanese guys are saying and has a lot of historical knowledge.
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Eh, I like Caprice’s commentary. Has a good voice for it. Works well with Kevin Kelly. I don’t know, I thinks he’s solid.

Charlton gives me Striker vibes at time. Really smart and I appreciate his knowledge but sometimes I m just like “dude, stop giving me a history lesson and call what’s going on in the ring.”

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Re: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26: 5/13/19 - 6/5/19

Think I'll check out Shingo/Kanemaru on tonight's show. Bit of beef from the numerous tags over the last year and Kanemaru has a good rep at showing up for these main-event matches.

SHO over TAKA
Scurll over Tiger
Ishimori over Titan
Lee over Gresham
Shingo over Kanemaru
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Re: NJPW Best of the Super Juniors 26: 5/13/19 - 6/5/19

I've been having a heck of a time with the tournament thus far with three ghastly exceptions. (Dragon Lee/Ishimori, Scurll/Ishimori, & Dragon Lee/SHO, especially, are TERRIBLE.) But things like Taka vs Gresham & Tiger Mask and Kanemaru being a pissy vet vs masked opponents have been wonderful and exactly the kind of stuff I was wanting to see. Rocky Romero right out of the gate with two great matches vs Eagles & Ospreay too, right on. Enjoyed/loved all the rest, etc.

Guess it goes without saying via the hype, but I'll give it a shout: Shingo vs SHO was well worth the seven month build.

I like the commentary too. All three of them on the English side.

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