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Joe Doering Jun Akiyama Yuji Hino Vs Zeus Bodyguard Shingo Takagi (AJPW Champions Carni...

02 May 2018 - 05:23 AM

My description of this match just after it finished was 'I have been reduced to a grinning, giggling wreck' this was so due to the incredible stiffness and violence displayed in this match by 6 grumpy macho men.

All of them were annoyed that they were not main eventing in the final and they took their issues with that out on each other. While it did have some long back and forth exchanges, particularly the chop exchange between Zeus and Hino it never felt forced, it felt like six pissed off men unloading on one another. Bodyguard did well despite his leg injury obviously slowing him down a great deal. Akiyama has morphed into a early 2000s tenryu level pissed off old man and it is a joy to behold. This match over took Joe vs Zeus and gargano Vs almas to become my new MOTY a title it would hold for about half an hour. Just six pissed off men committing dumb acts of violence to one another ****1/2

This exact same match Infront of a lesser crowd and in a different context would probably seem masturbatory but here it worked.

Jun Akiyama vs Naomichi marufuji (AJPW Champions Carnival 25/4/2018)

26 April 2018 - 02:10 AM

Jun Akiyama is a wrestling god.


As a match built up as two leaders of their companies with intertwining history over Akiyama  leaving noah in 2012 (and there many interactions prior) this had some expectations, and I am glad to say they met them.


Marufuji as a heavyweight has always been something that is problematic he is way to small and much of his offense is jr rubbish and his selling in 'epics' can be poor to say the least. BUT sometimes this can work really well and it did just that here. His cockiness and speed vs Akiyama's size and general grumpiness was amazing, the crowd was molten and Akiyama wrestled like a man possessed showing yet again why he is a top ten all time talent even in his late 40s. It felt big before the match began and in the opening exchanges with Akiyama schooling Maru on the mat but from the point where it changed into Akiyama brawling and throwing maru around ringside and kneeing him into oblivion this became something really special. Maru was great as a pinball but this was all Akiyama as by the end the whole crowd was with him and wanted him in the cc final again. This is up there with Zeus vs Joe and Almas vs Gargano as MOTY so far and probably the best performance of the year by Akiyama ****1/2

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Wrestlemania 04/08/18)

10 April 2018 - 02:18 PM

I Guess it speaks volumes about this match that it did not have a entry in the match discussion archive.


I recently watched aj vs nak from wrestle kingdom recently and while I was certainly not the biggest fan of that match the first time it was still very good, 3.5-3.75 level. But the major difference between that match and this was the shocking difference in Nakamura, I have not watched much of his wwe run but has he always been this boring? In the wk match there was a glint in his eye and a real sense of danger in the way he worked, here he was a character and some silly hand movements, there felt like there was no substance to him. He was often going through the motions in NJPW and even when he was on he was never my favorite but there was some intangible charisma that even though i did always not love his work i could not take my eyes off of him. Here he was soooo dull.


Add on top of this the crowd that was out of it after Ronda, taker and Bryan and by the show being so long that this may have been one of the matches with the least reaction on the show even though they were shitting all over it the main event got more of a reaction.


I guess the work was fine but it was nothing more than that, Nakamura had better improve as a heel because otherwise this was a complete and abject failure of him as a character. They started well enough but then just went so slow and just finished it felt like nothing and there was barely any connection for me at least. Nakamura's entrance and the incredibly over the top ball shot were easily the two best moments.  **3/4


AJ Styles had a far better match with Shane fucking McMahon than he did with Nakamura.

AJPW 2018 Champions Carnival

07 April 2018 - 07:29 AM

Block A:

  • Kento Miyahara (triple crown champ)
  • Shingo Takagi
  • Yuji Hino
  • Shuji Ishikawa (defending champ)
  • Joe Doreing
  • Naoya Nomura
  • Bodyguard
  • Ryuji Sai

Block B:

  • Suwama
  • Jun Akiyama
  • Zeus
  • Dylan James
  • Naomichi Marufuji
  • KAI
  • Yoshi-Tatsu
  • Yutuka Yoshie


Day 1 Sendai sun Plaza 7/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A Block: Kento Miyahara vs. Shingo Takagi


- A Block: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Yuji Hino


- B Block: Jun Akiyama vs. Dylan James


- B Block: Suwama vs. Zeus


Day 2 Akita 8/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Joe Doering vs. Shuji Ishikawa


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Naoya Nomura


- B: Suwama vs. KAI


- B: Zeus vs. Yoshitatsu


Day 3 Niigata 10/4 Available on demand the next day


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yoshitatsu


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. KAI


- A: Joe Doering vs. Bodyguard


- B: Yutaka Yoshie vs. Dylan James


Day 4 Ishikawa 11/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Joe Doering vs. Yuji Hino


- B: Yoshitatsu vs. KAI


- B: Zeus vs. Dylan James


- B: Suwama vs. Yutaka Yoshie


Day 5 Tooyoka 12/4 I think this is the only show not being shown on Tv it may appear in a shortened version or highlights at some point


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Dylan James


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Yutaka Yoshie


- A: Naoya Nomura vs. Bodyguard


Day 6 Hiroshima 14/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Bodyguard


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Ryoji Sai


- A: Naoya Nomura vs. Yuji Hino


- B: Zeus vs. Yutaka Yoshie


Day 7 Hakata star lanes 15/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Shuji Ishikawa


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Suwama


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Yuji Hino


- A: Joe Doering vs. Ryoji Sai


Day 8 Kagoshima 16/4 Available on demand the next day


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Bodyguard


- A: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Naoya Nomura


- B: Yoshitatsu vs. Dylan James


- B: KAI vs. Yutaka Yoshie


Day 9 Matsuyama 18/4 available on demand the next day


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Yoshitatsu


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Yutaka Yoshie


- B: KAI vs. Dylan James


- A: Ryoji Sai vs. Yuji Hino


Day 10 Osaka Pref Gym 2 20/4 Live on AJPW TV


- B: Zeus vs. Naomichi Marufuji


- A: Joe Doering vs. Shingo Takagi


- A: Yuji Hino vs. Bodyguard


- A: Naoya Nomura vs. Ryoji Sai


Day 11 Osaka Pref Gym 2 21/4 Live on AJPW TV


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. Suwama


- A: Bodyguard vs. Shuji Ishikawa


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Ryoji Sai


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Zeus


Day 12 Aichi 22/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A: Joe Doering vs. Kento Miyahara


- A: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Ryoji Sai


- B: Naomichi Marufuji vs. KAI


- B: Suwama vs. Yoshitatsu


Day 13 Korakuen 25/4 Live on AJPW TV


- B: Jun Akiyama vs. Naomichi Marufuji


- B: Suwama vs. Dylan James


- B: Zeus vs. KAI


- B: Yoshitatsu vs. Yutaka Yoshie


- A: Shingo Takagi vs. Naoya Nomura


Day 14 Korakuen 29/4 Live on AJPW TV


- A: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shingo Takagi


- A: Kento Miyahara vs. Yuji Hino


- A: Joe Doering vs. Naoya Nomura


- A: Ryoji Sai vs. Bodyguard


Day 15 Korakuen 30/4 Live on AJPW TV


Winner of A block vs Winner of B block

Tarzan Goto Vs Mitsuhiro Matsunaga (FMW 12/04/89)

04 April 2018 - 03:34 PM

Tarzan Goto Vs mitsuhiro matsunaga

This was a secret Santo project match from jetlag.

The story of this is goto trying to get in close and on the ground so he can avoid the barage of fast and sometimes silly looking kicks from matsunaga.

Whenever they are standing matsunaga is in control but when on the mat he is completely outmatched as it should be in a striker Vs wrestler match.

Matsunaga looses his top for round three and here the match breaks with furious back and for the striking down to the point where goto gets dq'd for attacking the ref. Goto and matsunaga continue fighting after the bell.

Matsunaga was very green in this match and clearly had no idea what he was doing when it came to Wrestling and that made this really good, because matsunaga only had his kicks to fall back on that gave an air of desperation to his atracks. They packed a lot of action into less than ten minutes here and none of it was wasted. ***1/2