Martin and Benno are back to talk Fight Club: PRO “Dream Tag Team Invitational 2018”, Progress Chapter 65: “Have Some Faith In Sound” (WALTER vs. Rampage Brown) and Bad Bones’ suspension from wXw. They also chat recent signings for WWE UK, NJPW announcing two shows in the UK, Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll, and a preview of all the UK promotions putting on shows in New Orleans for WrestleMania weekend.
The final episode of SmackDown leading into WrestleMania 34 features the return of Shane McMahon confirming his partnership with Daniel Bryan, Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles continue sharing “mind games”, and Carmella fails another MITB cash-in attempt. Plus, Charlotte meets Asuka in the MMC finals and another spectacular match from 205 Live.
It’s the WrestleMania 34 go-home show with Ronda Rousey & Kurt Angle in a press conference with Stephanie & Triple H, Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar in what may have been Brock’s final Raw appearance, and John Cena trying to summon The Undertaker one last time. Plus we discuss everything coming up for us this week down in New Orleans including WaleMania and our “Road Diary” podcasts for POST Wrestling Café patrons.
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 WH Park review the New Japan Cup Final with Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, a preview of this Sunday’s Strong Style Evolved card, All Japan and Dragon Gate’s streaming services, Taiji Ishimori leaving NOAH, Champion Carnival about to begin, and the winner of the New Japan Cup Bracketology Contest.