The night after Wrestle Kingdom 13 had some good matches, but the night was centered more on setting up new feuds for all the new champs. Some big statements were made tonight, though few real surprises were to be had.
The fallout from Tokyo lands at Korakuen Hall, and even though many people are hurting from last night, the beginnings of many new rivalries are formed among the chaos.
The last big show before Wrestle Kingdom was a good preview of what’s to come with some good matches.
The first of two nights to end the NJPW year at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo serves as a nice preview of things to come at Wrestle Kingdom in a few short weeks.
The first IWGP US Heavyweight Champ is crowned in the finale of a highly entertaining tournament, Billy Gunn challenges Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP IC Title, The Young Bucks put their Jr. Heavyweight Tag Titles on the line against Roppongi Vice once again, and more on the second of two nights for NJPW in the USA.
Day 1 of the G1 Special in USA shows started the IWGP US Title tournament in a great way. This show had some great first round matches as well as a really good IWGP Heavyweight Title match between Okada and Cody!
KUSHIDA battles Marty Scurll for the TV Title, Chuck Taylor makes his ROH debut, and Search and Destroy has had about enough of The Rebellion on a great episode of ROH TV!
There were a lot of big expectations going in to many of the matches at Dominion, and I think they were met and in some cases exceeded. This was a great show top to bottom.
Two nights before the big event in Osaka, the Road to Dominion had a lot of fun tag matches and managed to build some solid interest in all of the upcoming title matches.
Hangman Page attempts to kick Adam Cole out of Ring of Honor in a very good main event on a very good show.
ROH and New Japan clashes once again in a show that featured a bunch of very good and highly entertaining matches.
Matt Taven looks to become the first-ever ROH Grand Slam Champ as he battles Christopher Daniels for the ROH World Title on a show with some interesting matchups featuring stars from New Japan!
The first night of the War of the Worlds tour had some great matches and a few that weren’t as great, but overall it was a very solid start for the ROH/NJPW tour.
There were a lot of people attacking other people on this show, but I think it did a fine job of building interest for Death Before Dishonor.
A four man survival match highlights a pretty good week in ROH.
Wrestle Kingdom 10 spilled over into Korakuen Hall the following night! New rivalries emerged and a title was on the line.
New Japan started the wrestling year with a highly entertaining show that all wrestling fans should see. I was lucky enough to be able to be there in person to experience it. Here are my thoughts.