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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    the press conference was pretty good. Okada and omega couldn't stop smiling when Yano talked, they had to zoom in to cut them out. Tama Tonga cut a good promo to be honest. Got me hyped unlike the mcGregor/ mayweather press conferences

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    Lol. Okada, Tanahashi and Omega were struggling whilst Ishii's stone faced as fuck. Okada does love Yano and his fucking DVDs



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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    I know this random. I don't follow that much of New Japan, but what's Himoru Takahashi's gimmick?

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    Entered the VoW pick ems and went against my gut of Naito beating Elgin and have settled on Naito beating Suzuki.

    Anyone know what time the show airs for UK'ers tomorrow?

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    What's the local time in Japan it airs? 3pm? Then it'll be 7am for us son.




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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit View Post
    I know this random. I don't follow that much of New Japan, but what's Himoru Takahashi's gimmick?
    "Ticking Time Bomb." Basically, he's a crazy person who used to speak to the Jr Heavyweight Title before losing it and befriending a stuffed cat named Daryl.

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    himoru is the new scrull

    he's pretty much just a weirdo with a few screws loose and has no regard for safety.




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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    Quote Originally Posted by RyuShake Taguchi View Post
    What's the local time in Japan it airs? 3pm? Then it'll be 7am for us son.
    I could potentially get up early to watch this, which might help with having to fit Game of Thrones and Spider-Man: Homecoming into my day along with it but 7AM is just on the cusp of being that little bit too early for me as a very not-a-morning person...

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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    I'm pretty sure you can just get up at like 9 or 10 and watch it from the start anyway




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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    Yeah but I'm going out at eleven so I can either get up early and watch all/most of it live, or I'll just save it to watch all in one go when I get home.


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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    Yeah I'd say that was a pretty sweet first night of the G1 with 4 very good matches and Fale/Makabe not sucking as much as I thought it would.

    Loved Yoshi-Hashi Vs Nagata. Would of really preferred to see Nagata take the win here just to ease my fears that he is going 1-8 this tournament, but it's not the end of the world for Yoshi-Hashi to have a 100% record right now.

    Ishii Vs Goto was their usual very good, beefy, strong style match. They don't pop me like they used to and I prefer seeing these guys against other people, but this was real good.

    ZSJ Vs Tanahashi was ZSJ's best match in New Japan, with excellent arm work and selling; Zack is gonna bring something different to the G1 for sure. Despy's interference really has me worried that this is gonna happen in everyone of his G1 matches, but it wasn't as momentum killing as his matches with Shibata and Goto.

    Ibushi Vs Naito was the MOTYC that the show needed to put it over the top and get people talking. That's the Ibushi I've missed seeing in New Japan, that fucker is crazy pulling out that top rope piledriver and I'll always mark for the deadlift german suplex.

    We're off to a good start.

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    That piledriver was fucking nuts, holy shit. Loved Ibushi/Naito. Naito hasn't let me down once in any of the NJPW I've watched this year and has quickly become my favorite dude.

    ZSJ and Tanahashi was really good too, hadn't seen much of Sabre yet and really liked his performance here.

    Bad Luck Fale really stands out in this field and from what I've seen, most of NJPW. He kinda seems like the sort of monstrous lug that Vince would be pushing to the moon and he somehow escaped and tricked his way into a decent standing in Japan? I dunno, I'm not super impressed by him so far, but that match was passable too.

    As a relative newbie to this scene, I liked the night one matches. I wasn't hurting for entertainment at any time and am already excited to see what guys like Naito, Tanahashi, Sabre, Goto, and Ibushi can do in this thing.



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    Was just me in thinking that the nagata match was really really good? Obviously the main event was match of the night

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    Well I spent all day watching this show and boy I was happy as fuck with this show. I feel like the Ticking Time Bomb after watching this show. So many funny moments and interactions that I like before the G1 Climax matches like

    Omega trying to shake the hand of Suzuki! Are you crazy that man is liable to take that hand and use it as a back scratcher later in the night. I found it interesting Omega was showing off his IWGP US title to Suzuki who is a champion in his own right title vs title coming in the future? Suzuki doesn't play by the rules..ever..EVeR..and he found that out when Omega turned his back on him going to the back lol.

    What was up with having Los Ingobernables de Japon in matches versus each other? That felt so weird to see as a fan of our group, at least they posed together thank goodness.

    Now to the G1 Climax matches. Nagata/Hashi a very good opener for the tourney no doubt. Nagata gave everything he had to give, but the younger and faster Hashi was able to stop this man. These guys put in so much work, wouldn't be shocked to see them lose their next matches. When your in a match with Nagata it takes that much outta you I've seen from his matches. Goto/Ishii I mean that was one hell of a brawl, and I gained loads of respect for Goto who I thought was going to fall to the aura of Ishii. Alpha Dog vs Alpha Dog and Goto beat him. A great moment I remember in this match was with both guys backing up and laying in their Closelines loved that stiffness.

    Sabre/Tanahashi. Can someone answer a question for me? How bad is Tanahashi injury right now is he suppose to have Surgery soon, but is fighting it out finishing up these dates or what? If he is what a man, I was hoping for him to get a win in this match, but Sabre is a Shark in the Water when he see's his opponent in pain. I was shocked to see him tap him out, can we get a pinfall from this boney Tree at least one in awhile? It took loads of time to get the job done but Sabre had a strong G1 debut and it seems he wants the IWGP IC Title around his waist! I look forward to seeing a rematch when Tanahashi is fully healthy.

    Kota Ibushi vs. Tetsuya Naito. Sweet Jesus this was a awesome match to watch as a fan of both guys. I might need to go back to the beginning from the past 26 G1 Climax Matches, but I wanna know if theirs any match or matches that reached the level of greatness in the first round? Great moments in this match like the Spiked Piledriver from the Turnbuckle, to the Delayed German Suplex that dropped Naito on his Neck, or Naito taking two Destinos to beat Ibushi in the end just great. Ibushi is fresh as a Daisy and came to play like always, why not have this match again the finals? I'm saying that because I'm inking in Naito in the finals already, listen to those fans and the guy getting an interview after the match yeah no way he's not reaching the finals. What a great Day 1, how many days does this G1 Climax go for?

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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    the G1 Climax is round robin with 2 blocks of 10. It's like the 5 STAR GP but bigger. It's lasting for 19 days but shows aren't on 19 consecutive days, breaks in between etc.


    the first night of matches from the past tournaments are usually pretty good so... just go back and look, I guess. Okada/Marufuji, Tanahashi/SANADA last year was good. Tanahashi/Ibushi from G1 25 was good. There's a fuckton.

    Naito can't face Ibushi in the finals.


    Tanahashi's arm is pretty fucked I think but he'll work through it as it's his personal philosophy that wrestlers should be superhuman as the fans put them on a pedestal etc.

    Regarding the LIJ tag, most undercard tag matches are done to match up people who are facing each other in the next event's G1 matches. SANADA vs EVIL happens on Night 2 so that's why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RyuShake Taguchi View Post
    the G1 Climax is round robin with 2 blocks of 10. It's like the 5 STAR GP but bigger. It's lasting for 19 days but shows aren't on 19 consecutive days, breaks in between etc.


    the first night of matches from the past tournaments are usually pretty good so... just go back and look, I guess. Okada/Marufuji, Tanahashi/SANADA last year was good. Tanahashi/Ibushi from G1 25 was good. There's a fuckton.

    Naito can't face Ibushi in the finals.


    Tanahashi's arm is pretty fucked I think but he'll work through it as it's his personal philosophy that wrestlers should be superhuman as the fans put them on a pedestal etc.

    Regarding the LIJ tag, most undercard tag matches are done to match up people who are facing each other in the next event's G1 matches. SANADA vs EVIL happens on Night 2 so that's why.
    Yeah the staredown between Sanada and EVIL came that away easily in my mind still felt weird though. So Naito and Ibushi can't face each I guess since they are in the same block awwh. Damn I knew it with Tanahashi to be able to keep working his ass off in such pain tells me he's from a different cloth than most guys in Wrestling when dealing with a injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MC 16 View Post
    Was just me in thinking that the nagata match was really really good?
    Granted, I'm new to watching the promotion as loyally as I have been these last couple of months but having seen almost exclusively tag match stuff from both guys and the occasional, slightly-disappointing-to-passable singles match from both guys in the the past, I felt like they both shifted gears in this match and showed me something I really wasn't expecting. I'm sure more seasoned fans knew they had this in them but I thought Nagata and YOSHI-HASHI looked great for the first time since I became aware of them. Impressed me a bunch and made me more excited about what comes next with each of them.

    Quote Originally Posted by RyuShake Taguchi View Post
    Tanahashi's arm is pretty fucked I think but he'll work through it as it's his personal philosophy that wrestlers should be superhuman as the fans put them on a pedestal etc.
    So I'm going to have to give up on the idea that maybe Tanahashi is set to get clean sweeped in the tournament because of his arm, drop the IC title and come back once his arm's healed up to win back the belt, take next years G1 and maybe do a champion vs. champion and Wrestle Kingdom in 2019? Cos I got really excited about that idea as I watched Zack tear his arm apart and saw the logic in booking a man with an arm injury against a submission specialist on night one and having that be the reason he finally succumbed to his weakened state, which of course would lead to a redemption run upon his return.

    Quite enjoyed the opening tags, especially the LIJ one. I was expecting nothing from Fale and Makabe and found myself enjoying it far more than I thought possible, which was nice. Love me my Ishii but I could've done with less headbutts.

    Sabre/Tanahashi was match of the night for me; I love that Tanahashi always loses his first match in the G1 and I think it's great that even when he's such a huge star in the company, he's willing to put guys over and make sure they look like they are on his level. My love affair with New Japan is creating many new favourites for me and Tana is definitely one of them after this match and his Naito ones this year.

    Now I did love almost everything about the Naito/Ibushi match, and I see why others would say it was match of the night or a match of the year contender, but that piledriver killed it for me... or more to the point, Naito kicking out did. Even with only half the offence he'd suffered in the match up until that point he should've been staring at the lights after a piledriver like that, never mind at the point he was at. If it wasn't for that, I would probably have loved it, but I just couldn't buy him kicking out so after that nothing meant anything to me and when Ibushi kicked out of the Destino, I just laughed because of course he did.

    Still, it didn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth like other things have from other companies (and this one to be honest - fucking Young Bucks) so I still walked away from the show happy with what I saw and happy with how the tournament started. I've watched the G1 before but never all the way through, I just picked at the cards here and there, so this will be the first time I watch the whole thing through which I'm quite excited for. I might not always watch the opening tags though.


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    Re: G1 Climax 27

    I thought the piledriver was an insane thing to do. It looked scary and should have ended the match. But the match still was bolstered by an out of this world Ibushi performance. Thank God this guy is in the G1.

    ZSJ/Tanahashi was superb too. Even with the interference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darling Nicky View Post
    ZSJ/Tanahashi was superb too. Even with the interference.
    I thought they were quite restrained on the interference when you look at the other shit Suzuki-Gun pull and the only thing that really bothered me about it was Desparado clearly being late on getting on the apron to distract Tana before the High Fly Flow onto Zack's knees. He tried to cover it as best he could but it felt obvious that Tanahashi was waiting and then that the spot got rushed because they were catching up with themselves, but I let them off because the sequence after he crash landed on Sabre's knees gave me a wrestling boner.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed View Post
    Yeah I'd say that was a pretty sweet first night of the G1 with 4 very good matches and Fale/Makabe not sucking as much as I thought it would.

    Loved Yoshi-Hashi Vs Nagata. Would of really preferred to see Nagata take the win here just to ease my fears that he is going 1-8 this tournament, but it's not the end of the world for Yoshi-Hashi to have a 100% record right now.

    Ishii Vs Goto was their usual very good, beefy, strong style match. They don't pop me like they used to and I prefer seeing these guys against other people, but this was real good.

    ZSJ Vs Tanahashi was ZSJ's best match in New Japan, with excellent arm work and selling; Zack is gonna bring something different to the G1 for sure. Despy's interference really has me worried that this is gonna happen in everyone of his G1 matches, but it wasn't as momentum killing as his matches with Shibata and Goto.

    Ibushi Vs Naito was the MOTYC that the show needed to put it over the top and get people talking. That's the Ibushi I've missed seeing in New Japan, that fucker is crazy pulling out that top rope piledriver and I'll always mark for the deadlift german suplex.

    We're off to a good start.
    Pretty much agreed here though don't mind ZSJ's booking. He's going to need that interference against Fale because there is no fucking way I'm buying him beating Fale clean tbh. I look forward to the David vs Goliath matchup.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silk View Post
    That piledriver was fucking nuts, holy shit. Loved Ibushi/Naito. Naito hasn't let me down once in any of the NJPW I've watched this year and has quickly become my favorite dude.

    ZSJ and Tanahashi was really good too, hadn't seen much of Sabre yet and really liked his performance here.

    Bad Luck Fale really stands out in this field and from what I've seen, most of NJPW. He kinda seems like the sort of monstrous lug that Vince would be pushing to the moon and he somehow escaped and tricked his way into a decent standing in Japan? I dunno, I'm not super impressed by him so far, but that match was passable too.

    As a relative newbie to this scene, I liked the night one matches. I wasn't hurting for entertainment at any time and am already excited to see what guys like Naito, Tanahashi, Sabre, Goto, and Ibushi can do in this thing.

    Lots of gaijin get a push in Japan as they stand out and the crowd seem into them. I think they kind of treat them differently to the native stars in a way. Look at Michael Elgin - he doesn't have to do any character work cause he's just super strong and that's enough to get the audience hooked. It's kind of the same with Fale. He's already got the character nailed down and doesn't need to do much with it. He's a big homegrown hoss sort of guy and stands out to the crowd. He's capable of feats of strength that the crowd won't see with regular dudes (other than Elgin) so he's a bit of a spectacle for them. He's over. NJPW tend to book what their domestic audience wants to see unlike WWE who book what Vince wants to see, if that makes sense. Fale's never going to be on the level of Okada etc. but he plays his role well enough. Also because he came through the NJPW dojo, he is likely to get better booking than freelancers or those who have shifted allegiance to NJPW. I think he's valued by the promotion plus the crowd are likely to always be impressed by someone capable of taking him down in a singles encounter.


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    Granted, I'm new to watching the promotion as loyally as I have been these last couple of months but having seen almost exclusively tag match stuff from both guys and the occasional, slightly-disappointing-to-passable singles match from both guys in the the past, I felt like they both shifted gears in this match and showed me something I really wasn't expecting. I'm sure more seasoned fans knew they had this in them but I thought Nagata and YOSHI-HASHI looked great for the first time since I became aware of them. Impressed me a bunch and made me more excited about what comes next with each of them.

    So I'm going to have to give up on the idea that maybe Tanahashi is set to get clean sweeped in the tournament because of his arm, drop the IC title and come back once his arm's healed up to win back the belt, take next years G1 and maybe do a champion vs. champion and Wrestle Kingdom in 2019? Cos I got really excited about that idea as I watched Zack tear his arm apart and saw the logic in booking a man with an arm injury against a submission specialist on night one and having that be the reason he finally succumbed to his weakened state, which of course would lead to a redemption run upon his return.

    Quite enjoyed the opening tags, especially the LIJ one. I was expecting nothing from Fale and Makabe and found myself enjoying it far more than I thought possible, which was nice. Love me my Ishii but I could've done with less headbutts.

    Sabre/Tanahashi was match of the night for me; I love that Tanahashi always loses his first match in the G1 and I think it's great that even when he's such a huge star in the company, he's willing to put guys over and make sure they look like they are on his level. My love affair with New Japan is creating many new favourites for me and Tana is definitely one of them after this match and his Naito ones this year.

    Now I did love almost everything about the Naito/Ibushi match, and I see why others would say it was match of the night or a match of the year contender, but that piledriver killed it for me... or more to the point, Naito kicking out did. Even with only half the offence he'd suffered in the match up until that point he should've been staring at the lights after a piledriver like that, never mind at the point he was at. If it wasn't for that, I would probably have loved it, but I just couldn't buy him kicking out so after that nothing meant anything to me and when Ibushi kicked out of the Destino, I just laughed because of course he did.

    Still, it didn't leave a bitter taste in my mouth like other things have from other companies (and this one to be honest - fucking Young Bucks) so I still walked away from the show happy with what I saw and happy with how the tournament started. I've watched the G1 before but never all the way through, I just picked at the cards here and there, so this will be the first time I watch the whole thing through which I'm quite excited for. I might not always watch the opening tags though.
    I don't think they'll do a champion vs champion match at WK. Could be wrong but doesn't seem their style. The booking seems pretty formulaic for NJPW and I don't know if they'll ever stray from it enough to do something like that. It's like the post G1 title/briefcase defences in that you're probably not gonna see anyone drop it. Wouldn't rule it out. But I also don't think Tanahashi would be the right guy to go into WK title vs title and win. He does not need it. He'll probably just get his win back vs ZSJ down the line. He's also the GOAT.

    Regarding the top rope piledriver kickout, it makes Naito look strong I guess... Prior to Omega (and after only Tanahashi) he was the only guy to kick out of a Rainmaker. By the time Okada's next defence comes around, Naito will have been the only guy to beat him in a title match also. If there's anyone on the roster strong enough to kick out of super moves other than Okada, it's him. Plus it's not Ibushi's finisher so I don't really know what the problem is. It was his tactical mistake going for the cover on a guy who has shown his ability to kick out of devastating moves before. You can say he was rusty and fucked up. Also, I'm not entirely sure piledrivers are viewed with the same kayfabe severity in Japan as they are in USA anyway. Tombstone is used a transitional move quite a lot, for example whereas things like a backdrop suplex can end matches. It's different moveset kayfabe entirely. So for someone like Naito to kick out of an avalanched version of a move not seen as totally devastating originally, it's not that hard to buy in the kayfabe. As for the Destino kickout, makes Ibushi look good to be honest as not many dudes are kicking out of it in this tournament. I can buy him kicking out too as he's expressed his desire in multiple interviews to face Naito (Okada, Nakamura and Omega too) this year and really test the limits of his own will. It's a good sign Ibushi has come to play and make his mark if it's taking two destinos to put him away. We ain't gonna see a ton of people require that to be done to them. I doubt the top rope piledriver is going to be a spot for every match too.


    Good luck watching the G1 entire way through. It's a nightmare if you fall behind.



    For me, Ibushi vs Naito is just another MOTYC NJPW has pulled out this year. It's unreal what they've been doing this year tbh. I wouldn't be surprised if Big Daddy Meltz whapped out a >5 star rating for them either.
    Last edited by RyuShake Taguchi; 07-18-2017 at 09:47 PM.




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