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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    I’d be all for Yoshi Hashi doing anything different, but I’d rather he just stand up for himself and leave Chaos rather than be forced to leave

    This band of babyfaces sounds nice on paper until they inevitably add Big Mike to the team.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    any you fuckers watching this live?

    quietly hyped for this show for some reason.


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Well, I'm dead after a night shift so it can wait, but even so, it's like one match I care about and we all know Ishii ain't winning it.

    Will be a MOTYC though probably.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Hey man

    Fale is facing Henare yknow


    I have a Saturday morning free to myself for the first time in ages so watching live before I get on with my day. Somehow don't think I'd have the motivation to catch up if I missed this.


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Roppongi 3K look JACKED. Rocky is one hell of a trainer.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Rocky's replacement is pretty good so far. Pretty standard match. I honestly think YOH hasn't progressed as much as he should have over the last while. I thought he was the clear number 1 in RPG3K initially.


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Watched most of the show live but skipped the main event for the footie and I finally got round to it but first, the rest of the show; it was a pretty unremarkable show. Nothing really stood out except the CHAOS/YOSHI-HASHI story which developed a potential split for not only YOSHI-HASHI but Jay White and Okada too. The Tonagns both came out and wrestled in silence. Poor Ishimori.

    Not one of Omega's best performances I must say. He wasn't bad or even average, I just expected more when he has Ishii, someone he has great chemistry with, as an opponent. Nevertheless, yet another good match for the paring. Omega dominating most of the match, constantly hitting Ishii with his V-Triggers (which did get annoying by the end), using his size advantage hitting some of his big power moves as well. Ishii brought his usual intensity and fire in his comebacks. Ishii and his great sequences were a great highlight for the match. As were the nutty head drops that Ishii took and that springboard foot stomp. Overall a very good match with some iffy moments.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Yeah I found this to be the weakest of the Omega/Ishii matches. I think knowing that Omega was 100% winning based on New Japan's booking policy going into WK made it harder to truly care about the match. In almost all of their other matches, Ishii would range from a slight chance to win, to a very good chance to win, and that way I'd be popping for all the nearfalls like crazy.

    This time of year is always my least interested time to watch New Japan because these main events are so predictable, yet must still go 30 minutes. Really it's just the Jr tournament I'm eager to watch atm because that could go anyway.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Hirooki GOATo foiled by Gedo again!


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Holy shit are the reviews of today’s show overwhelmingly negative. This must of been bad to anger so many pro-New Japan reviewers. There wasn’t anything I wanted to watch on today’s show anyway because Suzuki-Naito shit the bed the last time they faced each other, but wow.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Haven't seen anything yet cuz I'm at work. Is it complaints about the match quality, western style booking or other issues?


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papa View Post
    Haven't seen anything yet cuz I'm at work. Is it complaints about the match quality, western style booking or other issues?

    Probably people getting worked by heels being heels and the fact Naito-Suzuki went long and Naito was his usual inconsistent self.

    Personally enjoyed the NEVER title match and the main event for what they were.


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Papa View Post
    Haven't seen anything yet cuz I'm at work. Is it complaints about the match quality, western style booking or other issues?
    I think Taichi/Goto is both a match quality and western style booking issue, as well as the fact that Taichi winning now means this is going to become the norm for NEVER title matches until he loses it again. It's stuff like this which just makes me laugh when people go to bat for Gedo so hard because Taichi wasn't even in the G1 tournament and now he holds one of the heavyweight titles in the company a month or so later.

    Naito/Suzuki just seems to be more on match quality that they went terribly long on a match that had no stakes. Naito has had the weirdest year.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    I can see why it's annoying that it may become the norm but I'm thinking if Taichi is a transitional champ then it's not too bad if it frees up Goto to do something more interesting. I think in kayfabe it's easy to buy Taichi winning due to the cheating. Dudes like Yano get wins in the G1 doing the same thing pretty much. Curious to see where the belt goes. Hope it's not back to Goto. The belt being on Taichi kind of opens up a bunch of potential challengers that could believably beat him.

    Naito/Suzuki was alright. I just don't think they mesh too well together at all.


    I always find the Destruction tours to be quite lackluster.


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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Well, if Goto doesn't immediately win the title back at say KOPW and Power Struggle, then there's a chance he'll be getting a strong push in tag league because I don't see him getting a move up the card when there's Tanahashi, Omega, Okada, Switchblade, Naito and Jericho all above him.

    I'm struggling to picture Taichi having a singles match at the Dome if I'm honest. I think this might be a short reign.

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Hirooki Goto vs Taichi is both. The match was pretty bad except for the 5 minutes in the middle. Filled with interference and stalling - maybe that's to get heel heat which has worked. Taichi not being in the G1 makes no sense based off this win and they teased ZSJ as the next challenger. Don't know what they are going to do with Goto. I have a feeling that Taichi will definitely lose the title by the Tag League.

    The main event is the match. Went way too long without any stakes. At least normally there is a title on the line. Pretty dull as well. Naito didn't suit the role of being a sympathetic face that's in submissions. That's what Tanahashi and Okada are more suited for, not Naito.

    At least the Destruction in Kobe show looks good.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    There's an alarming lack of not just having good tastes in wrestling but also just self awareness to have Taichi win a title right after G1 had the Firing Squad debacle and the negative reaction. The match was very bad and Taichi looked absolutely awful embarrassing Kawada's good name by cosplaying him again, Goto tried to drag him to something and I will say it was for sure better than the main event and even the dumb garbage was done better than with the Firing Squad. Still, again someone like Taichi with a title really is just low rent. I wonder if he'll just transition it to another CHAOS guy (We pray it's YOSHI-HASHI, & fear it's Switchblade)

    Thought the main event totally sucked. Naito has not had a good year and I think the booking has rubbed off on his effort. Suzuki does the same tropes as always, just so boring. Terrible combination yet again.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Apparently the Japanese fans are buzzed about Taichi removing any mention of Suzuki Gun from his twitter bio. Some think he may be joining LIJ which is possible with Naito talking about some changes are needed. I personally wouldn't want that to happen but it would be interesting to see how that changes Taichi. Maybe for the better. I do think Los Ingobernables de Japon needs a new member though.
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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Making room in Suzuki-gun for Walter and Thatcher come tag league <_<

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    Re: NJPW Destruction Tour 2018: September 5th - September 23rd

    Quote Originally Posted by MC 16 View Post
    Maybe for the better. I do think Los Ingobernables de Japon needs a new member though.
    Taichi is definitely not LIJ material. I can't even express how upset I would be if he joined their ranks.
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