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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 3/6/17: 45th Anniversary Show

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 3/6/17) 

45th Anniversary Show 

– The pre-event Manabu Nakanishi-Tomoyuki Oka match was typical of your “Young Lions Takes On The Veteran” matchups of the past. Oka had potential and looked to make his day at Nakanishi’s expense. They both wore black trunks, for whatever significance that would serve. With their short hair and similar builds, it almost made them look like clones. Some open-handed slaps and forearm strikes by Oka were answered by Nakanishi’s chops which sounded quite ow. Once Commentator Don Callis noted that they targeted the throat area, we couldn’t help but look and notice that they did. Then Callis said this: “They used to call me the nipple buster.” No words. Oka did a belly-to-belly suplex, which drew some gasps from those in attendance. Nakanishi made Oka tap out to the Torture Rack. Not surprised there. It also probably didn’t help that Callis wrote Oka out from the start, albeit it’s a realistic point of view.

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Manopera! Episode 54: Best Of 2017

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Check out the latest edition of “Manopera! A Wrestling Symposium” from our friends at The Bonesaw as PWO’s own Nicholas Jason Lopez joins a discussion with Hosts Chris Butera and “Spaceman” Frank about the best and worst of pro wrestling in 2017!

 

 

 

 

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Super Feat. ACH And Dave Ungar Ep. 175

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Check out the latest episode form our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Réne, which features Guests Dave Unger (Attitude Of Aggression) and ACH (Ring Of Honor, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, AAW).

Ungar has been a lifelong professional wrestling fan. Ungar has attended many memorable professional wrestling events, including WCW’s Capital Combat, WCW’s The Great American Bash, the WWE’s Royal Rumble, and two WWE WrestleManias. Ungar has also been a regular contributor for the Bleacher Report and a featured columnist for the Washington Capitals hockey team. Presently, Ungar is the driving force behind the Attitude of Aggression website. Attitude of Aggression is a website, blog, and podcast about professional wrestling with a specific focus on the WWE and the WWE Network. The Attitude of Aggression also discusses current events, fantasy booking scenarios, and upcoming local, national, and international events, in order to give professional wrestling fans a comprehensive look at professional wrestling at the highest level possible.

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, ACH trained for professional wrestling under the guidance of Jerry Reyes, Scot Summers, and the Kobra Kai Dojo. Also known as “The Last Dragon,” ACH has competed in professional wrestling rings all over the world, including St. Louis Anarchy, Beyond Wrestling, Absolute Intense Wrestling, AAW – Professional Wrestling Redefined, Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Chikara Pro Wrestling, Dragon Gate USA, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, Evolve Wrestling, the National Wrestling Alliance, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Impact Wrestling, The Crash, Ring of Honor Wrestling, and Asistencia Asesoria y Administracion (AAA). ACH has competed in many prestigious tournaments, including the Combat Zone Wrestling’s “Best of the Best,” Ring of Honor Wrestling’s “Top Prospect Tournament” and “Survival of the Fittest,” Pro Wrestling Guerilla’s “Best of Los Angeles,” Impact Wrestling’s “Super X Cup,” and New Japan’s “Best of the Super Juniors.” A five-time Pro Wrestling Illustrated “PWI 500” honoree, ACH is recognized as the Inspire Pro Pure Prestige Champion and the VIP Heavyweight Champion. Presently, ACH is a part of the Taguchi Japan faction and member of the “Super 69” tag team with Ryusuke Taguchi in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Other topics include the return of the XFL, Seth Rollins/Jason Jordan as WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, ROH Final Battle and the NJPW video game. 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/12/28/super-feat-ach-and-dave-ungar-ep175

Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/27/17: Honor Rising Night Two

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/27/17) 

Honor Rising Night Two 

– The KUSHIDA/David Finlay-Silas Young/Jado match began similarly to the previous night as Young did his “Why am I so disrespected?” schtick, though he at least acknowledged the language barrier. Did anybody still understand him? Doubt it. We got it though, Young. You’re cool peoples. Rocky Romero was back on commentary with Kevin Kelly for the night. They brought up the idea of this “Last Real Man” list from the heels, which was funny. A cheap shot from Young to start. Young taunted KUSHIDA and paid for it with a plancha. Jado took a boot to the face and powered through to not fall to the mat. Young broke out that nice sit-down springboard moonsault from the headstand position on the ring post. It should be noted that Finlay and Young had some great chemistry here. A singles match between them would kill. Eventually, Young hit Misery on Finlay to score the pin. Some more good stuff from Young, as we also liked that Kelly speculated that perhaps Young fits in that CHAOS mindset down the road. Solid opener to set the pace.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/26/17: Honor Rising Night One

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez 

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/26/17)

Honor Rising Night One 

– The opening video was flashy as always, which actually showcased the spread of American culture in Japan, particularly the “This is awesome!” chant. This was Honor Rising, a two-night event that chronicled Ring Of Honor talent officially hitting the NJPW airwaves. We’d see the likes of Punisher Martinez, Delirious, Jay Lethal and “The Last Real Man” Silas Young in action. Also hyped was “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega, as he was back from his hiatus.

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Review – Chris Jericho/Peter Thomas Fornatale – The Best In The World

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

Thrust once more into pro wrestling relevancy with his recent challenge to Kenny Omega slated for New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s Wrestle Kingdom 12 on Jan. 4, 2018, Chris Jericho’s career stock may be the highest it has ever been.

At this point, it’s like what hasn’t he done?

As he suffered from a popularity decline, he resurrected himself with things like “IT,” “The List,” “Stupid Idiot,” pretentiously expensive scarves and “The Gift Of Jericho” last year. He became the equivalent of a walking meme, even long after the days of “Jericho Invented Everything.”

It will always be argued though that Jericho’s true creative renaissance was between 2008-2013, when he was forced to do different things to get his now-stale character over with the fans and thus, churned out the best promo/ring work of his career.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/11/17: Manifest Destino

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post. 

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/11/17) 

Manifest Destino 

– The Taka Michinoku-Henare match started things off with a proverbial bang. Michinoku had a variated version of his old WWE entrance music. As commentary sifted through the card, we could tell it could be no less than great. This one was your typical “Young Lion Battles Established Veteran” story, but Henare had all to gain and none to lose. Early mat-based grappling dictated the action as Taka was also under the weather. It was definitely physical, but maybe that’s why it was a bit short. Taka maneuvered a transition to get the pinfall. An anticlimactic finish, but it was what it was with these two. We like the story of Henare showing some frustration after the bell. Gives him some depth.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/7/17: Gunning For Osaka

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/7/17) 

The Breakdown 

– As if you didn’t already know, 2017 was off to a blazing start in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, as IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada outlasted Kenny Omega in that “Six-Star Classic” at Wrestle Kingdom 11 and successfully defended against Minoru Suzuki at the New Beginning In Sapporo. With all the ingredients set and one more show until The New Beginning In Osaka on Feb. 11, we had to hunker down and get through some filler and entertainment mostly by way of fancy tag team matches. The opening video was flashy (and Japanese!) but was right to the point about recent events.

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Notes In Observance – NJPW English 2/5/17: The Paintaker

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By Nicholas Jason Lopez

 

“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.

 

 

 

 

 

(Aired 2/5/17)

The Paintaker

– It’s 2017 and New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s all the rage these days, so we figured why not put them in the same review family? Granted, we can only cover the English commentary shows, but by the looks of 2017, there’s quite a few shows already. Where we last left off, we saw the sudden onset of the Suzuki-gun faction, with a fierce return not seen since the days of Nexus. A moment of silence please for that ill-fated group. For an exclamation point, they laid out IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada, as the group’s leader, Minoru Suzuki, laid claim that every Title would soon be theirs. How nice. Now, no matter what they say in it, it’ll still be incredibly difficult to understand the video packages per se, but damn, their production skills are sleek AF and a little extra on the side. So flashy and easy to follow. Everything looks damn near epic. Plus, that voiceover guy? Forget about it. We’re hooked. Also liked the onscreen broadcast presentation graphics of all the matches for this show laid out, as it felt quite sports-like. To the first contest – Kushida/Hirai Kawato against El Desperado/Yoshinobu Kanemaru. Obviously, Kushida will stand out off the bat here, but this was a story all about Suzuki-gun’s return momentum and the Chaos representatives with a goal to shut that down immediately. Also oddly enough, Don Callis fits right in with Kevin Kelly on commentary, though he’s got a big chair in Steve Corino’s absence to fill. A lot of attention was paid to Kushida getting in Kanemaru’s face, conveying that it was purely about Championship gold. The heels began aggressively, with Kawato selling like a Champion, undergoing such punishment. They pulled out this cool spot where Kushida German suplexed one opponent while he held the other in a bridge. They certainly established Kawato’s fighting spirit well here. ED’s single-leg half crab was thwarted when he got to the ropes. Close near-falls towards the end on both sides. All you could ask for here. In the end, ED pinned Kawato with a move similar to a spinning blue thunder bomb. Good for an opener and to continue Suzuki-gun’s momentum. Post-match, they attacked the winners outside. Well, damn. 

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Wrestle Talk Podcast – Unbreakable Feat. ROH Star Michael Elgin & Brent Myers Ep. 140

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Check out the latest episode from our friends at the Wrestle Talk Podcast With Joe & Rene, which features interviews with “Ballistic” Brent Myers and “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin.

Since his 1997 debut, Myers has competed in many United States wrestling promotions and also has spent time in mixed martial arts. He has trained people in self-defense tactics with Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall Of Famer Dan “The Beast” Severn. 

Elgin professionally debuted at age 16 and has competed in an array of well-known promotions including Ring Of Honor, Dynamo Pro Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, IWA Mid-South and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. Over time, he has held Championships such as New Japan Pro-Wrestling’s NEVER Openweight Six-Man Tag Team Championship, PWG’s World Tag Team Championship and ROH’s World Championship. He also launched his own promotion, Glory Pro Wrestling, this past Feb. 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.blogtalkradio.com/wrestletalkpodcast/2017/04/27/unbreakable-feat-roh-star-michael-elgin-brent-myers-ep-140