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The 7 - Pro Wrestling - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 8 (January 4, 2014)
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#1 Posted on 4.1.14 1704.14
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Quick 'n' dirty first:
• Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Tomoaki Honma, Captain New Japan, & Bushi d. Jushin Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Super Strong Machine, & Yohei Komatsu (Tenzan d. Komatsu by submission with a modified Boston crab)
• The Young Bucks d. TAKA Michinoku & Taichi, Rocky Romero & Alex Kozlov, & Alex Shelley & Kushida to retain the IWGP jr. heavyweight tag titles with More Bang For Your Buck on Taichi)
• Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows d. Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer to win the IWGP heavyweight tag titles (pin, Magic Killer - kind of like the La Resistance Au Revoir)
• Satoshi Kojima d. Rob Conway to win the NWA heavyweight title (pin, lariat)
• Yuji Nagata & Kazushi Sakuraba d. Daniel & Rolles Gracie (DQ, Daniel knocked out Nagata with an illegal gi choke)
• Great Muta & Toru Yano d. Minoru Suzuki & Shelton Benjamin (pin, Yano sort-of-maybe small packaged Suzuki after Muta sprayed mist in Suzuki's face)
• Togi Makabe d. Bad Luck Fale (10-count KO, two top rope King Kong kneedrops)
• Hirooki Goto d. Katsuyori Shibata (pin, Shoten Kai - a hellevator)
• Kota Ibushi d. Prince Devitt to win the IWGP jr. heavyweight title (pin, phoenix splash)
• Kazuchika Okada d. Tetsuya Naito to retain the IWGP heavyweight title (pin, Rainmaker short lariat)
• Hiroshi Tanahashi d. Shinsuke Nakamura to win the NJPW Intercontinental title (pin, High Fly Flow frog splash)

I had only a vague idea who most of these people were. I've watched some episodes of Fighting Spirit (Japanese/Mexican wrestling with overdubbed English commentary) but those matches were a few years old and I never paid the most attention anyway.

I watched the show with our very own hansen9j. We ordered off the uStream page with some broken English on it and we wound up getting the Spanish commentary. I would have ordered off the Japanese page for the authentic Japanese page, but it looked like you had to buy each half of the show separately and that would double the price. Maybe that's not how it worked? Dunno. I can't understand Japanese or Spanish so it really made no difference to me.

The stream worked fine, but we were watched a recorded version, not live. Better that way. If I have to pull an all-nighter, I'm not going to be happy about it. Having said that, watching a wrestling show from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is a great way to not have any idea what time it is.

Meltzer's recap seemed to indicate that he thought the show was okay but not as good as some other recent ones. Maybe it really is the Japanese Wrestlemania and next month's iPPV will be a card full of rematches that wind up being better.

I don't know if I have a ton to say about the card itself. Most of the matches were good and even the ones that weren't (like the Gracies' match) were fun. Lots of stiff-looking holds and moves - Ibusha took a sick powerbomb on the apron and Fale took a nasty-looking bump through a table. Devitt was painted up like a crazy person. Muta walks like a man whose knees have seen better days. Toru Yano and Taichi could get over in America. Is Captain New Japan some sort of cat? If not, why does he have cat ears?

Did anyone else watch this? Hopefully somebody who knows what they're talking about?

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#2 Posted on 4.1.14 1840.41
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Alex Shelley. I wondered where he got to.
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#3 Posted on 4.1.14 2359.03
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I watched the jr. tag 4-way live on UStream since I've recently become a pretty big Young Bucks mark. Fun match. It was nice to see Taka again, even if he didn't do a lot. The Time Splitters team (Alex Shelley and Kushida) were really entertaining. They pulled off some innovative double-team moves. They even entered in a Delorean with Kushida dressed as Marty McFly.

So, you had to pay for it? When I went to the Ustream link at midnight, the show just started for free. (One link had Spanish commentary and another had Japanese.) Would it have been higher resolution if I paid?
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#4 Posted on 5.1.14 0055.41
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    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
    So, you had to pay for it? When I went to the Ustream link at midnight, the show just started for free. (One link had Spanish commentary and another had Japanese.) Would it have been higher resolution if I paid?
As far as I can tell, you just got lucky and got a PPV match for free. I believe the opening eight-man tag was a free pre-show match but everything else was supposed to be behind the paywall.
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#5 Posted on 5.1.14 0129.22
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I did not watch this because I have plenty of wrestling to watch and forsee giving NJPW my money and sleeping hours in a couple weeks anyway. But it sounded good.

NJPW's usually allows a few of the early matches (beyond the dark match) to air for free. It's never really announced how many.

    Taichi could get over in America.

I used to enjoy Taichi for his evil ways, but learned to dislike him for his poor wrestling.

    Is Captain New Japan some sort of cat?

Captain New Japan is supposed to be a very ineffective super hero. (I can only assume they didn't show his excellent Hurricane-like entrance video.) I think those are head wings?

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#6 Posted on 5.1.14 0335.49
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Those are head wings. The particular costume he's wearing to Wrestle Kingdom doesn't reflect it but usually he looks more Captain America like with the stripes on the belly and whatnot. The mask varies. Sometimes they look like wings. Sometimes they look more lucha-like.

Hearing crowds hate on Taichi (generally telling him to go away) is always fun.

Glad the Bullet Club is still relevant. Time Splitters vs Forever Hooligans (Romero/Kozlov) has been going on for almost a year, I think.

Looking at the Wrestle Kingdom page, there are two prices: One for a pre-sale (before the day of the show) and one for the day of. But that's all for the same show. It might be a bit confusing because there is usually an intermission between the bottom and top half of the card.

(edited by LostInUbe on 5.1.14 1839)
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