John Pollock is joined by WH Park to review New Japan’s Dominion card from Osaka-jo Hall. The two chat about a card that will likely become one of the most historically significant in New Japan’s worldwide expansion, capped off with the crowning of Kenny Omega as the new IWGP heavyweight champion and ending Kazuchika Okada’s legendary two-year reign.
John Pollock and Wai Ting review NJPW Sakura Genesis 2018 from Ryōgoku Sumo Hall featuring Kazuchika Okada vs. Zack Sabre Jr. as Okada attempts to to match Hiroshi Tanahashi’s all-time record for consecutive IWGP Heavyweight title defenses. Also featuring The Golden Lovers vs. Cody & Hangman Page and Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll for the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title (featuring one of the scariest bumps we’ve ever seen).
John Pollock and Wai Ting review NJPW Strong Style Evolved from Long Beach, CA featuring The Golden Lovers vs. The Young Bucks, one of the more emotional wrestling matches we’ve seen in recent memory. We also discuss the strengths and disadvantages of the AXS TV production featuring Jim Ross and Josh Barnett, Jay White vs. “Hangman” Page, Minoru Suzuki/Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Kazuchika Okada/Tomohiro Ishii, Will Ospreay vs. Jushin “Thunder” Liger, an appearance from Rey Mysterio and more.
John Pollock and Wai Ting review the NJPW 46th Anniversary Show headlined by Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay in a special non-title challenge between fellow Chaos champions. Also featuring Minoru Suzuki vs. Togi Makabe for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship, Tetsuya Naito vs. Taichi in Taichi’s heavyweight debut and more.
John Pollock reviews both New Beginning cards from this past weekend in Sapporo. The shows included an incredible main event between Hiroshi Tanahashi and Minoru Suzuki, an unbelievable junior heavyweight tag match, Kenny Omega defending the U.S. title against Jay White, and a big closing angle involving The Bullet Club.