Episode nine sees Chris Charlton and Nate Milton look at 1997, which saw NJPW have the biggest business year in its history to date, thanks in large part to the hugely successful nWo Japan faction. Nate talks about how the faction related to the WCW product at the time, and also talks about his own experiences living in Japan in the late 1990s.
John Pollock is joined by Phil Chertok & Ziggy Cao to review Saturday’s UFC 227 card from Los Angeles where T.J. Dillashaw defended his title against Cody Garbrandt in successful fashion, while Henry Cejudo ended the 2,142 flyweight title reign of Demetrious Johnson. Plus, the UFC announces Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor & more.
Episode seven sees Chris Charlton and Wai Ting look at 1995, which saw NJPW start a hugely influential and profitable feud with UWFi. The year also saw Baseball Magazine Sha, publishers of Weekly Pro Wrestling, stage the Bridge of Dreams card, with almost every Japanese promotion represented on one show.
John Pollock & Wai Ting review a strong edition of SmackDown, featuring the return of Charlotte and a change to the women’s title match at SummerSlam, an excellent Samoa Joe promo, Randy Orton attacks Jeff Hardy again, Daniel Bryan challenges The Miz and a run through of the major stories of the day.
John Pollock & Wai Ting review Monday’s Raw from Miami with the return of Brock Lesnar for a show long story leading to an attack on Kurt Angle, a break from Paul Heyman & chants of “We Want Roman”. Plus, Ronda Rousey’s first Raw match announced, Bobby Lashley sings & the build for SummerSlam continues.
John Pollock & Wai Ting review every tournament match from the G1 Climax 28. Day 9 (July 27) is headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs. YOSHI-HASHI and Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Togi Makabe. We discuss what we thought was perhaps the worst match of the G1 thus far, our pick for A Block’s MVP halfway into the tournament, and a Baseball Mogul update.
John Pollock & Nate Milton review Impact Wrestling’s ‘Slammiversary’ card from Toronto with Austin Aries vs. Moose for the Impact title, Pentagon Jr. vs. Sami Callihan in a Mask vs. Hair Match, Santana & Ortiz vs. Hernandez & Homicide, and we are joined by Wai Ting for a live report after attending the card.