King's Road - The All Japan Thread

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by PKThree » Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:45 pm

Aoyagi is officially the AJPW rep in the J Cup as of today.

In other news: Hikaru Sato beat Aoki for the junior belt today. Putting a long journey to rest with him having hunted the belt for so long. Now it will be interesting to see how long he will be holding it.

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Post by PKThree » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:39 pm

Apologies for the double post. But this truly is a great picture.

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Post by Chismo » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:04 pm

Great news.

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Post by ayaashm » Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:03 am

Holy Shi! !! Yes !!
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Post by PKThree » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:37 pm

Who wants to set up a poll on who actually is behind the Black Tiger mask?
It's not Takaiwa since the two have tagged on multiple shows this tour. And it is most likely not Masao Inoue since they've worked matches right after another.

Speaking of Takaiwa. He laid down the challenge for the junior belt. Old man grapples!

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Post by Superkix » Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:30 pm

Sato vs. Takaiwa sounds like stiff fun

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Post by pol » Sun Jun 26, 2016 11:50 am

I thought Hikaru vs. Aoki was a very good match in basically the old school NJPW style. Shame the crowd didn't give much of a care.

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Post by pol » Mon Jun 27, 2016 8:34 pm

Really amused by the murderer's row of sleaze on this here poster

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by ChutiyaHogaTeraBaap » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:28 am

Is Hikaru/Aoki recommended ?

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Post by Irving » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:10 am

Just thought about this. Miyahara has to beat Suwama at Sumo Hall or it demeans everything that happened this year. For as great as he's been this year Akiyama made some pretty shitty booking decisions in NOAH so I don't put it past him.

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Post by Superkix » Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:47 am

ChutiyaHogaTeraBaap wrote:Is Hikaru/Aoki recommended ?
i preferred their 2/21 match.

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Post by PKThree » Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:44 am

Irving wrote:Just thought about this. Miyahara has to beat Suwama at Sumo Hall or it demeans everything that happened this year. For as great as he's been this year Akiyama made some pretty shitty booking decisions in NOAH so I don't put it past him.
On the flipside: If Suwama does not beat Miyahara. Then who does it?

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by pol » Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:33 pm

I can see what Irving is saying but I don't think it demeans it that much. You still got Kento over more than he was before, established him as at worst the #2 guy in the company and, more importantly, as the protagonist of the promotion.

I can see arguments for both outcomes at Sumo Hall. The big argument for Kento winning is that he's the main reason the promotion is turning around (tbh I think the jury is still out on that) and you want to keep going with the hot hand, not go back to a guy seen as the past. But then, as PKThree said, where do you go with Miyahara from there? You can keep going with the revolving door of challengers for now (potential future guys: Sai, Ishikawa, Okabayashi if he loses the Strong title), but at some point you're in danger of burning out.

On the other hand you can have him lose the title and be secure in the knowledge that you have big matches set up for the next several months. You don't necessarily even need to take the focus off Miyahara all that much. It's not like Misawa stopped being the focal point when Steve Williams beat him for the TC. You could always do a Nextream vs. Strong BJ program and keep the guy in main events (although I don't think Lee is ready for a spot like that). It also pumps the brakes on the path they're on now to giving Miyahara the world before he even turns 28, which could result in burnout later on when he has nothing left to accomplish.

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by tamaimbo » Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:15 pm

So, I have totally whiffed on All Japan this year, what are the best matches that should be watched from 2016?

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Re: King's Road - The All Japan Thread

Post by ChutiyaHogaTeraBaap » Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:32 pm

tamaimbo wrote:So, I have totally whiffed on All Japan this year, what are the best matches that should be watched from 2016?
THIS IS A LIST OF ALL AJPW 2016 MATCHES THAT I RATED ****+

Miyahara/Zeus(2/12) ***1/2---> Below ****, but recommended from storyline POV
Miyahara/Omori (3/21) ****

FROM CHAMPION CARNIVAL

Mashimo/Miyahara ****1/2
Sekimoto/Akiyama ****
Akiyama/Mashimo ****
Sekimoto/Zeus ****1/4

FROM 5/25 AT KORAKUEN
Zeus/Okabayashi ****1/4
Takeda/Aoki ****
Sekimoto/Miyahara ****3/4

FROM 6/30 AT KORAKUEN
Okabayashi & Sekimoto vs Zeus & Bodyaguard ****
Mashimo/Miyahara ****1/2

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