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#21 Boss Rock

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Posted 20 April 2018 - 10:39 AM

Yep, loved that Suwama tried to attack him after the bell and Jun was raring to go for another round.

 

Saw a pic from the Zeus-Marufuji match where he's wearing long pants. Guess his leg must be pretty banged up.



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 11:49 AM

Yeah I only got to see the top two matches today, both of them featured members of big guns with leg injuries bodyguard put in a decent babyface performance. I think zeus was just covering up his leg supports but he was not moving as gingerly as he was in lets say the suwama match on day one.



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 12:05 PM

Day 6

 

A Block: Shingo Takagi defeated The Bodyguard in ten mins
 

A Block: Yuji Hino defeated Naoya Nomura in 7 mins
 

 B Block:Yutaka Yoshie defeated Zeus in 13 mins
 

A Block: Kento Miyahara defeated Ryoji Sai in 18 mins

 

Day 7:

A Block: Joe Doering defeated Ryoji Sai in 6 mins

 

A Block:Yuji Hino defeated Shingo Takagi in 16 mins
 

B Block:Suwama defeated Jun Akiyama in 13 mins
 

A Block: Kento Miyahara defeated Shuji Ishikawa in 17 mins
 

Day 8

 

B Block: KAI defeated Yutaka Yoshie in 10 mins
 

B Block: Yoshitatsu defeated Dylan James in 15 mins
 

A Block: Shuji Ishikawa defeated Naoya Nomura in 15 mins

 

Kento vs bodyguard did not happen as bodyguard was injured so kento won by forfeit.

 

Day 9

 

B Block: KAI defeated Dylan James in 5 mins
 

B Block: Naomichi Marufuji defeated Yutaka Yoshie in 11 mins
 

A Block: Ryoji Sai defeated Yuji Hino in ten mins
 

B Block: Jun Akiyama defeated Yoshitatsu in 7 minutes

 

Day 10
 

A Block:Ryoji Sai defeated Naoya nomura in 15 minutes
 

A Block: Joe Doering defeated Shingo Takagi in 10 minutes

 

A Block: Bodyguard defeated Yuji Hino in 7 minutes

 

B Block: Zeus defeated Naomichi Marufuji in 17 minutes
 



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Posted 20 April 2018 - 12:12 PM

At Ten days out of 15 the standings are:
 

A BLOCK

Yuji Hino 4-2  8 points

Miyahara 4-1 8 points

Doering 3-2 6 points

Shingo 2-2 4 points

Ishikawa 2-2 4 points

Sai 2-2 4 points

Nomura 1-4 2 points

Bodyguard 1-4 2 points

 

B BLOCK

Akiyama 4-1 8 points

Zeus 3-2 6 points

Suwama 3-1 6 points

Marufuji 3-1 6 points

Yoshitatsu 2-3 4 points

KAI 2-3 4 points

James 2-4 4 points

Yoshie 1-5 2 points



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Posted 21 April 2018 - 09:14 AM

I think Ishikawa/Nomura is my current match of the tournament. 

 

Didn't like Nomura's no selling/fighting spirit very much. Didn't feel "earned", he just popped up after getting beat up to get a little flurry to reset the match. Good match but far from the best imo.



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Posted 21 April 2018 - 04:01 PM

The tournament has been consistently good. Not exactly churning out 4* matches like the G-1 does, but really fun matches throughout.



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Posted 23 April 2018 - 07:54 PM

Zeus-Jun is probably my favorite match so far. Just a tremendous war.

 

Marufuji-Suwama was a bit slow in spots but that second half was absolute fire.

 

Really hope the Bodyguard's limp isn't legit but he and Shuji had a really good sub-five minute match.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:27 AM

Day 11

 

A Block: Shingo Takagi defeated Ryoji Sai in 11 mins

 

A Block: Shuji Ishikawa (FREE) defeated The Bodyguard in 4 mins, bodyguard was still struggling with his leg
 

B Block: Suwama defeated Naomichi Marufuji in 19 mins
 

B Block: Zeus defeated Jun Akiyama in 19 mins

Day 12

 

A Block: Ryoji Sai defeated Shuji ishikawa in 17 mins

B Block: Naomichi Marufuji defeated KAI in 15 mins
 

B Block: Yoshitatsu defeated SUWAMA in 16 mins
 

A Block: Joe Doering defeated Kento Miyahara in 13 mins

 

Day 13

 

A Block: Shingo Takagi defeated Naoya Nomura in 10 mins

B Block: Yutaka Yoshie defeated Yoshitatsu in 11 mins

 

B Block: KAI defeated Zeus in 14 mins
 

B Block:Dylan James defeated SUWAMA in 7 mins
 

B Block: Naomichi Marufuji defeated Jun Akiyama in 21 mins
 

With his victory over Akiyama Maru has won B Block and will head on to the final also in Korakuen later this month.

 

Jake lee also made another apperance and stated that in the future he wants to face Kento, Yuma and Naoya meaning that he is leaving NEXSTREAM he will return on the may Korakuen.



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Posted 25 April 2018 - 10:31 AM

Akiyama vs Maru was great, Maru still had some of his usual issues with his offense varying wildly between really still and really silly looking, Akiyama however was amazing, he was wrestleing like a man possessed. He has shown in this tourny between his matches with Maru, Zeus, Yoshie and James has shown he can wrestle really good to great matches with a variety of opponents. I would love to see him return to the singles ranks again.



#30 Boss Rock

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Posted 25 April 2018 - 01:15 PM

Was really pulling for Zeus but seeing that he was in the opening match, knew he had no chance.

 

Guessing Joe or Hino wins the A Block. We haven't had a draw yet, have we? Could see Kento and Yuji going 30.



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 06:43 AM

Today's final round robin day ended up being my favorite wrestling show of the year so far by some considerable margin.

 

On the show:

 

Aoki and okada defeated Iwamoto and Ishikiri

 

Fuchi Nishimura and Tatsu defeated omori Maruyama and tajiri

 

In an incredible 8 man that came from nowhere Zeus, Suwama, Akiyama and sato defeated KAI, Yoshie, dylan james and Nakajima. Nakajima gave a 1991 era Kikuchi performance as he was destroyed by Akiyama and Suwama.

 

A Block: Bodyguard defeated ryoji Sai

 

A Block: Nomura defeated Doering in a match that was good but had a flat ending that really hurt what should have been a massive moment for Nomura

 

A Block: Ishikawa defeated Shingo

 

A Block: Kento defeated Yino

 

Your Final is Kento Miyahara vs Naomichi Marufuji and that match will take place tomorrow.

 

A Block Final standings:

 

Kento Miyahara: 10 points

 

Joe doering, Yuji Hino, Shuji Ishikawa and Shingo Takagi: 8 points

 

Ryoji Sai: 6 points

 

The Bodyguard, Naoya Nomura: 4 points



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 07:21 AM

its been the best carnival  in years  while not as good as the 1990's ones  its been very good 



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 03:36 AM

Final is now live

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 06:29 AM

On the finals show:

 

Omori and Yoshie defeated Nishimura and Fuchi in a fun opener with plenty of comedy as expected

 

Iwamoto Nakajima and Maruyama defeated aoki, Sato and Okada in an elimination match after Maruyama eliminated both sato and Aoki in quick succession. Maruyama will likely get the next shot at aoki for the jr title.

 

Violence giants defeated tatsu and Nomura. this was another good match Tatsu put in a good performance.

 

Next we had intermission, I missed most of this as the fire alarm went off in my block of flats. Yuma Ayoagi made an appearance and spoke about his return, we will come back on june 5th on the final ever differ ariake show.

 

Doering, Akiyama and Yuji Hino defeated Zeus, bodyguard and Shingo in a great match that was incredibly stiff and violent. Akiyama has gone full 2000s Tenryu over the cc and it is great while Zeus and Hino had a chop battle that would have made Kobashi and Sasaki proud. This match was the 6 man equivalent of Kawada vs Sasaki from 2000, big, dumb, grumpy and very stiff with an excellent crowd.

 

2018 champions carnival final: B Block winner Naomichi Marufuji defeated A Block winner Kento Miyahara in Just under 25 minutes in another great match. I Was apprehensive going into this match as Marufuji can more often than not be really quite bad as a heavyweight in big main events but thankfully here he was very good and Kento was amazing. Marufuji winning is extremely interesting as he now, if he wishes gets a shot at kento for the triple crown. However, before the cc he had said he did not want the triple crown but in his post match speech he said that he would want to fight Kento again this time back 'home'. Marufuji has a GHC title shot against Suguira Next month this leads me an some others to think that he could win there and set up a Triple Crown vs GHC title match for Sumo hall in September for Maru's 20th anniversary show. I don't think that NOAH have a match big enough to headline that show on their own but this match could. Even if Maru is not GHC champ having him challenge Kento for the belt in NOAH could be a big enough match.



#35 Boss Rock

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 08:13 AM

I was surprised they'd have Marufuji go over and then just run another title match, but a cross-promoted show or Kento simply doing a one-off there makes sense. I do sort of have to laugh though at Noah putting the belt back on Sugiura and then potentially back on Marufuji when they seemed to be at their hottest pushing a different act like Kenoh.



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:10 AM

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:18 AM

That should say that he is not challenging for it yet, he said he was focusing on the GHC challenge first. That tweet was written as he was speaking before a translation came through and was based on the interview Maru had before the tourny when he said he may not challenge as he was more focused on the GHC, this has been misconstrued that he is never challenging for the belt. There is no way that AJPW let an outsider, from NOAH no less win the champions carnival and pinning their ace in the final without something coming from it.



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:45 AM

Yeah, that makes much more sense.



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Posted 30 April 2018 - 09:52 AM

Doering, Akiyama, & Hino vs Zeus, bodyguard, & Shingo sounds great to me!

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Posted 30 April 2018 - 10:41 AM

 

That should say that he is not challenging for it yet, he said he was focusing on the GHC challenge first. That tweet was written as he was speaking before a translation came through and was based on the interview Maru had before the tourny when he said he may not challenge as he was more focused on the GHC, this has been misconstrued that he is never challenging for the belt. There is no way that AJPW let an outsider, from NOAH no less win the champions carnival and pinning their ace in the final without something coming from it.

 

sorry to be pedantic but was not  Maru trained at AJ dojo   






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