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Here is the 3rd issue of our weekly magazine with Seth Rollins on its cover. So start your new week by reading our weekly Issue & get a recall of what you saw last week. Plus also what you missed last week because of studies, work family time & more of important or not so important things. It also features an interview with WWE Mae Young Classic Competitor, Renee Michelle.
Here is the 2nd issue of our weekly magazine. So start your new week by reading our weekly Issue & get a recall of what you saw last week. Plus also what you missed last week because of studies, work family time & more of important or not so important things. It also features an interview with WWE NXT superstar, Matt Riddle.
This is again a dream come true for all of us. I dreamed about this now for a long time. Tried it once but failed to do a weekly issue. Inshallah this time it will be successful. So start your new week by reading our weekly Issue & get a recall of what you saw last week. Plus also what you missed last week because of studies, work family time & more of important or not so important things. It also features an interview with WWE NXT superstar, Hanson who is one half of the War Raiders.
NJPW Power Struggle 2018
Taguchi Japan (Ryusuke Taguchi, Chris Sabin, ACH and Toa Henare) Vs. Jyushin Thunder Liger, Tiger Mask, Volador Jr.and Soberano Jr.
Taguchi should open every NJPW show. Take that with a grain of salt. His comical approach mixed with his in-ring skill lights the crowd up. In this match he was grouped with some very skilled faction members as they took on equally talented legends and guests from CMLL. In a fun back and forth match, we saw outside dives, fast paced move sets, and double team maneuvers. We were treated because Volador Jr. and Soberano Jr. brought their luchador style and put in on display. As the match broke down, Taguchi Japan took over, hitting everyone multiple times with their butts (classic). To finish Soberano off, ACH and Taguchi nailed a picture- perfect tag-team X-Factor.
Result: Taguchi Japan wins via pin fall. (2.75/5) After the match we saw handshakes and respect by both teams.
Bullet Club (Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa and Robbie Eagles) Vs. Great Bash Heel (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) and Kushida
Bullet Club is starting to look like the heel faction from five years ago, a hated and despised gang in New Japan. After shaking off the popular sub faction, The Elite, Bullet Club has regained its mega heel aura. Great Bash Heel matched Bullet Club’s heel personality with a super baby face team. Bullet Club dominated the first half of this slow-paced contest. Eagles held most of this match down until the baby faces gained some momentum. The Jr. heavyweight champion, Kushida, put his team on his back and took it to Bullet Club. Unfortunately the old-timer on the outside, Jado, whacked Kushida with a kendo stick changing the momentum of this match. If that wasn’t enough, Bullet Club’s junior heavyweight representative, Taiji Ishimori, got involved as well. Ishimori accompanied his team limping on crutches, only to use a crutch as a weapon to cost the champion the match. After Ishimori’s home run swing to Kushida’s back, Tama Tonga ended the contest with the Gun Stun.
Result: Bullet Club wins via pin fall. (2.5/5) Bullet club continues their tirade of beating down NJPW’s baby faces. What stands out most is Ishimori’s attack on Kushida. Ishimori was the runner up in this year’s Best of Super Junior Heavyweight Tournament. With a target on Kushida’s back, this may be setting the stage for an explosive meeting at the Tokyo Dome.
Chaos (Kazuchika Okada and Beretta) Vs. Bullet Club (Jay White and Bad Luck Fale)
Okada opened this match in Bullet Club fashion by rushing the actual Bullet Club members. He crashed down on White with a dive to the outside while Beretta attacked Fale. Although Fale eventually overpowered Beretta, Beretta rolled Fale up for the win in a match that lasted less than five minutes. Gedo even tried to prevent Okada from entering the fray, but to no use.
Result: Chaos wins via pin fall. (3/5) After the match, Okada and White got into a brief brawl but were eventually stopped by the young lions. As they separated, Jay White challenged Okada to a match, “anytime, anywhere”. Okada responded, suggesting they fight right there and then. White mocked the crowd and Okada by locking the crowd gate and walking off, but not before decking a few more young lions. In a rivalry that has been very well put together, you can just feel the tension, as their match at Wrestle Kingdom is sure to come.
Golden☆Lovers (Kenny Omega and Kota Ibushi) Vs. Taguchi Japan (Hiroshi Tanahashi and David Finlay)
This match was so significant because it was observably a trial run between Omega and Tanahashi leading up to their main event in January. While Kota worked over Finlay after the opening bell, they would eventually tag in their partners who displayed a nice back and forth exchange. We saw Tanahashi take a Snap Dragon and V-trigger while Tanashi worked over Omega’s knee slightly then plant him with a Twist and Shout. Finlay and Kota would reenter the match until the finish. Kota and Omega eliminated Tanahashi with a knee/kick combo then finished off Finlay with a Golden Trigger.
Result: Golden Lovers win via pin fall. (3.25/5) The stage is set, both Omega and Tanahashi are looking to be in great shape leading up to their clash at Wrestle Kingdom 13. This tag match was interesting because we got a brief look into Tanahashi and Omega’s chemistry. After the match, Omega taunted Tanahashi by waving the heavyweight title in the challenger’s face. With all due respect to Ibushi and Finlay’s input to this match, the real story was woven between Kenny Omega and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
Finals of Super Junior Tag League
Roppongi 3K (Sho and Yoh) Vs. Suzuki-gun (Yoshinobu Kanemaru and El Desperado) Vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Bushi and Shingo Takagi)
This triple threat tag team match was exciting to say the least. YOH and SHO made it back to the finals of the Super Junior Tag League but had very stiff competition as the Jr. tag team champions, Kanemaru and Desperado, used their sneaky tactics while Los Ingobernables had the power edge via Shingo Takagi. Each team was able to achieve momentum throughout the match but Takagi dominated. His heavy hitting lariats and slams dictated the match. Nearing the climax, Kanemaru and Desperado robbed Roppongi of a pin fall by pulling the referee out of the ring and then using the tag titles as weapons. El Desperado looked like he was going to take the win but SHO’s resilience showed as he kicked out. Roppongi regained the upper hand as Bushi entered the match blinding Desperado with his signature mist. YOH took care of Bushi and the opponents on the outside. SHO then delivered a last ride to El Desperado, planting him ON HIS KNEES. Then to finish El Desperado off, SHO crushed him with a Shocked Arrow, a brutal variation of the package piledriver.
Result: Roppongi 3K wins via pin fall to win the Super Junior Tag League for the second year in a row. (4/5) While Shingo Takagi joining LIJ was a big focal point of this years Super Junior Tag League, the most dynamic and synced team came out on top. Expect big things to come for Takagi in 2019.
IWGP Never Openweight Championship
Taichi (c) Vs. Hirooki Goto
In a match for a title that doesn’t get a lot of prestige points, both worker’s input during their matches is respectable. The Openweight title has been passed around quite a bit already this year, but Taichi entered this match as the champion. This match was particularly slow and sluggish for the most part. A lot of back and forth holds, strikes, and Irish whips weren’t a whole lot to wow the crowd. Barreling their way to the end of the match, we did see some nice chains put together. Taichi would attempt to use the belt as a weapon to upset his challenger, but Goto would put the finishing touches on this match. With a devastating Ushigoroshi, savage reverse brain buster, then a heavy GTR, Goto would take back his Never Openweight championship.
Result: Hirooki Goto wins via pin fall to win the Never Openweight Championship. (3/5) It was refreshing to see Taichi win a singles belt in New Japan, but his in ring work persona and skill set wasn’t anything to bat an eye at. Taichi may have needed more time and matches to prove his champion worth, but as of now, Hirooki Goto captures the title for the third time this year.
British Heavyweight Championship Match
Tomohiro Ishii (c) Vs. Minoru Suzuki
For people familiar with Ishii and Suzuki, some assumptions can be made about their smash mouth style. This match did not disappoint as the two Japanese titans squared off. This match was a test of will, strength, and resilience. Both men endured jaw breaking forearms that could make any fan cringe. Both men trash talked one another, taunted, and insulted. Minoru Suzuki is a master of his technique as he wore down Ishii with a plethora of heavy strikes and cracking kicks. Ishii spent a lot of time on the defensive as Suzuki rained down the combos and hits. The tide would turn as Ishii began applying his slams. By the end of it all, both men were spitting out blood, had glazed eyes, and were on their last gasp of air. Ishii nailed a power bomb, which would eventually be enough to wear out Suzuki to be set up for the vertical drop brain buster for the finish.
Result: Tomohiro Ishii wins via pin fall to retain the British Heavyweight championship. (5/5) Suzuki and Ishii are legendary performers. Their rivalry has created such a sense of realism during their matches, it’s hard not to engage with their despise for one another. Their style of wrestling resembles more of a fight scene in a movie than professional wrestling. To add on top, this match wasn’t an IWGP title match, it was the heavyweight title all the way from Revolution Pro in the U.K. We have two of the most experienced heavy hitters battling over a British top prize, in Japan. That is simply really cool to note. And lastly, Minoru Suzuki might be one of the greatest wrestlers over the age of 50 that is still performing, if not of all time, just saying.
Tetsuya Naito Vs. Zack Sabre Jr.
It’s hard to name a wrestler who is currently more technically sound than Zack Sabre Jr. It truly is a gift as it seems like every match he has, fans see a new submission hold. And for the most part, this match was Zack working over Naito with wrenching holds. It was clear baby face versus heel as Sabre, the heel, held most control of this match. Near the climax, the pace picked up which forced Sabre to start using his newly refined style, which includes some signature slams. This change of pace took Sabre out of his comfort zone, allowing Naito to counter a Zack Driver into the patented Destino for the 1, 2, 3.
Result: Tetsuya Naito wins via pin fall. (3.25/5). This match wasn’t classic for either wrestler. It was solid to say the least but what is concerning is where Zack Sabre Jr. might end up. After being robbed of his high profile match against EVIL back at King of Pro Wrestling (via no contest due to Jericho’s return) and now losing to Naito, where will Sabre Jr. end up? Time is running out before Wrestle Kingdom and title matches are starting to be booked. There is plenty of room for mid card grudge matches but the clock is ticking.
IWGP Intercontinental Championship
Chris Jericho (c) Vs. EVIL
After coming to NJPW and putting over Kenny Omega back in January, Chris Jericho has been taking over the wrestling world. He’s the ultimate heel personality yet holds lovable, legendary status. EVIL, who has been on a fairly consistent rise, had been privileged to be put in the ring with Jericho for the IWGP Intercontinental title, very deservingly so. This match was decently paced as EVIL came out of the blocks and blitzed Jericho. The match spilled to the outside amidst chaos and led to a savage DDT on a table from Jericho to EVIL. It’s almost more painful to see a wrestler bounce off of a table as opposed to going through it. Jericho would gain control over the match as it reentered order back in the ring. This order would once again be disrupted when EVIL introduced a chair by smashing it in Jericho’s face. EVIL would get some table vengeance as he performed an uranage type slam from the apron to a table on the outside. EVIL’s momentum would be halted as Jericho locked in the match’s first Walls of Jericho. EVIL would make a brief comeback before being hit with a Code Breaker, which he kicked out of. Soon after, EVIL hit his finisher, Everything is Evil, but Jericho would too kick out. As EVIL was setting up for a potential alternative finisher, Jericho clamped in a second Walls of Jericho, which forced EVIL to tap out.
Result: Chris Jericho wins via submission to retain the IWGP Intercontinental Championship. (4/5) Both men put on a great performance. Jericho has been able to produce some great wrestling, despite his age. This may be credited to a less grueling travel schedule (like in WWE), different ring standards, or simply working with incredible talent. Regardless, Jericho continues to run train in professional wrestling and we’ll see him in Tokyo in January.
Power Struggle Takeaway: This event was very entertaining with some stories really coming through. Wrestle Kingdom is less that two months away and a lot of story lines seem to be manifesting clearly. New Japan has the rest of November and December to get through, so anticipate things getting really hot through the holidays. Aside from the story development, this event simply displayed “good wrestling”. It was balanced between mid card exhibitions, significant plot developments, and dynamic in ring work.
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The Lesnar Issue – Is He Still Worth It
Brock Lesnar. The mention of his name can conjure u many memories with fans of the WWE, UFC, and many other promotions dating back to his debut back in 2002. It is undisputable that the Beast Incarnate has dominated everywhere he’s been. Just look at the facts, he beat The Rock to win the Undisputed Championship at SummerSlam in 2002, and would go on to become a 3x WWE Champion during his first run with the company. He would then go to the Far East, competing in Japan and become the IWGP Heavyweight Champion, and the buck doesn’t stop there. He soon burst into the UFC, becoming the UFC Heavyweight Champion. That gold-filled journey soon brought him back to the WWE in 2012 when he returned the night after WrestleMania 28 to give John Cena the F5 that no one will ever forget. Since his return, he’s captured the WWE World Heavyweight & Universal titles, all the while having marque feuds with Triple H, Undertaker, and many more between each title run. However, amongst all the achievements and accolades, there lies one huge, glaring asterixis; his schedule. While he has remained a fixture in the WWE for the past 6 years, he’s barely been there for most of it. It’s no secret that Lesnar demands a part-time schedule, that was partly the reason for his departure the first time around. As of recently though, it feels like the roar of the Beast Incarnate is not something were looking for anymore.
Take a look back at Lesnar’s Universal Championship reign and the “history” that the WWE acclimates alongside it. Lesnar held the Universal Title from WrestleMania 33 in 2017 where he beat Goldberg in what was a 5-minute WrestleMania main-event, all the way to the SummerSlam of 2018, which is where Roman Reigns finally ended the Beast. If someone told you that, it would seem quite impressive, but look at the stats on paper. Over the course of that year-and-a-half long reign, Lesnar defended it against the same group of people; Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, and Braun Strowman. No one else got a shot at taking down the beast other than those three individuals, and it was Roman who was finally able to topple Lesnar. There was only one real outlier from this group, and that was Kane back at the Royal Rumble. Now compare that to the current longest reigning champion in the WWE, United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne. He’s defended the title against the likes of Zack Gibson, Noam Dar, Kyle O’Reilly, Ricochet, and Adam Cole, and that was just this year alone. That’s what a long tenured championship reign should look like, but for some reason, it was acceptable for Lesnar to have only three opponents, not including Kane. How does that make Monday Night Raw look versus Smackdown LIVE, NXT, and now NXT UK. Not only that, but think about what that does for the character of Brock Lesnar.
Now we are just minutes away from the already infamous Crown Jewel event in which Lesnar will face Braun Strowman for the recently vacated Universal Championship. Is this a smart move, after practically burying Lesnar leading up to his defeat at SummerSlam? More than most of the time, you’re answer will more than likely be a no; however it seems as though we can only watch and see if we’ll be left guessing when the World Champion will be on Raw tonight once more this year, or if they finally pull the trigger on Strowman at Crown Jewel. Whatever the outcome will come out to be, it won’t change the fact that Brock Lesnar isn’t the attraction he once was, and it might be time to step away for longer than he usually does.