Sunday, June 17, 2018

NJPW G1 Climax 28 Competitors Announced, All Shows to Feature Live English Commentary

– NJPW has announced the competitors for this year’s G1 Climax, and revealed that all shows will feature live English commentary. You can see the full list of competitors for the round-robin tournament below, which includes the likes of Kenny Omega, Michael Elgin, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Bad Luck Fale and Zack Sabre Jr.
The G1 runs through August 12th and the winner gets an opportunity to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at Wrestle Kingdom 13.
* Kenny Omega
* Michael Elgin
* Jay White
* Hiroshi Tanahashi
* Togi Makabe
* Juice Robinson
* Kazuchika Okada
* Hirooki Goto
* Tomohiro Ishii
* Toru Yano
* Bad Luck Fale
* Tama Tonga
* Hangman Page
* Tetsuya Naito
* Minoru Suzuki
* Zack Sabre Jr.
* Kota Ibushi

Opinionated View- Well it all comes down how the line up the blocks but there are lot of good potential matches ups here. I saw some reaction and shock Cody isn't in it but given All In and the Rumors he's winning the ROH belt back time wise I don't think he can be in Japan for whole G-1. Here are my thoughts on each guy

Omega- Right now he's viewed by most as the best in the world. He's a guy that can out and have a different match each time out in this. Not likely to win. He's been in the finals the last 2 years and they don't have the reining IWGP champion win. Its sets up the WK title match. Plus havign Kenny drops some matches also will set up title matches later this year.
Elgin- Talented guy who seems to be getting back on track (I wrote this before watched his V1 Defense so he might dropped the NEVER belt) But again not likely to win as he's just lower on the card.
White- There guys with clear big plans. They have pushed him very hard since returning to Japan. He has the win over Kenny. I could see him making a deep run the finals and win unlikely. Maybe we get eitehr the rematch with Kenny or the first White vs. Okada match here.
Tanahshi- Realistically at this stage he should be in this to put guys over. But he's still mad over so I could see them giving them a deep run. And well there is always they give him "One last" shot at the top. 
Makabe- At this stage unlikely to win it. He's in there more in there for the name value alone. 
Juice- He's gotten over and they are setting up fo rhim vs. White. Mahybe pulls a big win or two seems like he's the guy in there score points on.
Okada- Wells the odds on favorite he's the Ace of New Japan. If I were booking I would have him drop some matches early and than need to make a run late. With the idea being that after 720 days on top he's been worn down. 
Goto- He won it before was in the finals not that long ago. At this stage though I think he's past he point where winning doesn't make sense and frankly booking wise  he hasn't been pushed strong enough to justify it. 
Ishii- Maybe  given his size and style people will buy it. Still a bit of a stretch. I think he's more be that "OH shit he just beat the crap out of _____ who has to face ______ next." 
Yano- I love Yano but there is no way he's winning this. He will do his Yano stuff mess around score a few wins give guys a break from "Strong Style" and do his comedy things like the low blows.
HASHI- Well point blank on English commentary they said he was at best on the bubble for the tournaemnt so unless the plan some miracle run odds are he will be the guy that tanks low.
Fale- Fale will get soe wins. Again though he feels like the roadblock for other guys. I could see them giving him a few wins to set up a shot a singles belt at some point.
Tonga- A dark horse. They have hinted at some point The Bullet Club OG's will become a full on singles group. He's got the size, talent, and looks that could make for a strong run. IFhe's in the same block as Kenny I won't be shocked to see him win. Especially given there is a lot "He is the true leader" talk.
Page- Another guy New Japan seems to have big plans for. He main evneted a show vs. Kenny not that long ago. Given it's his first G-1 expect more loses than wins. But at this point just getting in the tournament is a big deal for him and his fans.
Naito- Defending winner he also won it in 2013. Back to back winners of the G-1 are rare but it has been done. Naito is super over with the fans in Japan. There is also a long running story of his dream being to win the main event at the Dome. Plus he and Kenny have history and a with Okada dropping the belt it feels like now's a good time to get him back in the HW title picture.
EVIL- Given the hints he will face Jericho I think he picks up some strong wins. Talented guy expect a middle of the back finish
SANADA- Again NJPW seems high on him. But I think he's get the more losses than wins treament.
Suzki- I hope he doesn't win because he's in that class of his best days are behind him. But you just never know. Odds are he gets some big wins and beats the crap out guys because he's Suzki
Sabre- Well a lot were stunned when he won the New Japan cup. Guy is talented always a joy to watch. I don't see him winning but yeah a strong tournament again maybe a upset win to set up a title match after the G-1 is over.
Ibushi- I think he has a chance to win it. The story is there with he and Kenny. I feel like New Japan wants to  have it be an all Japan finals given how much the Foreingers have won lately. No denying the talent. 

Friday, June 15, 2018

WWE blocking ROH from booking MSG

WE is reportedly doing all they can to block Ring of Honor’s attempt to book Madison Square Garden for an event next year according to a report by Dave Meltzer.

As reported earlier this week, an article by the Baltimore Business Journal revealed that ROH has plans to book the world’s most famous arena in New York City in 2019. Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley is quoted in the interview noting the upgrade in production value for ROH over the last year and plans moving forward.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Charlotte Flair Reportedly Pulled From Tour Due To Surgery

The latest edition of The Wrestling Observer (via SportsKeeda) reports that Charlotte Flair has been pulled from WWE’s upcoming tour of Japan as she requires surgery. She ruptured her implant before Wrestlemania and has been competing since then, but is finally set to get the problem fixed. That means she will miss WWE’s Japan dates on June 29 and 30 at the Sumo Hall. She is only expected to be out a month, so will likely be back in time for Summerslam.

Impact Wrestling Preview

Impact returns to Pop TV tonight on June 14, 2018.
Scheduled for tonight’s show is a No. 1 Contendership match featuring Eli Drake vs. Moose where the winner will move on to Slammiversary to challenge Austin Aries for the Impact World Championship. Slammiversary take places on July 22 in Toronto.
Also advertised for the show is Matt Sydal defending the Impact X Division Championship against Brian Cage, Tessa Blanchard vs. Kiera Hogan in a No DQ rules match and the fallout from last week’s unsanctioned match between Eddie Edwards and Sami Callihan.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WWE NXT Preview

WWE NXT airs tonight at 8:00 PM ET on WWE Network. Set for tonight is:
* Kassius Ohno vs. EC3
WWE UK Title: Pete Dunne vs. NXT Tag Team Champion Kyle O’Reilly
* Bianca Belair vs. Aliyah
* Interview with NXT Champion Aleister Black
* Final build to TakeOver: Chicago this Sunday.

Lucha Underground Preview

Lucha Underground returns tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern (7:00 CT) on the El Rey Network with their Season 4 premiere episode.
Preview synopsis for the premiere episode reads as the following:
“The Lucha Underground’s Temple moves to a new location and Pentagon Dark mut defend his Lucha Underground Championship for the first time. Dario Cueto’s fate is revealed.”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ROH to Make Madison Square Garden Debut in 2019

Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley revealed in an interview with The Baltimore Business Journalthat Ring of Honor has secured a date with Madison Square Garden. The Garden has been reaching out to other wrestling companies since WWE has not been running at the venue consistently, choosing instead to run the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Madison Square Garden got aggressive following WWE revealing that they would not be getting any events during WrestleManias 34 weekend. The speculation is that ROH could run the Garden over WrestleMania weekend. AAA in Mexico has also secured a date for The Garden in September.

WWE Smackdown Live Preview

WWE Smackdown Live is back tonight on June 12, 2018 from Memphis, Tennessee.
Matches already advertised for tonight’s show is WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Daniel Bryan vs. Shelton Benjamin.
Smackdown GM Paige will also be hosting a Money in the Bank Summit featuring Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Naomi and Lana, who will all be taking part in the Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match this weekend representing team blue.
Tonight will also be the go-home for Money in the Bank this Sunday night.

Jeff Hardy pleads guilty on Monday to Driving While Impaired charges back in March is reporting that current WWE United States Champion Jeff Hardy plead guilty Monday to driving while impaired in Cabarrus County, North Carolina back in March.

Hardy was given a 120-day suspended sentence, fined $300 for court costs and ordered to complete an assessment, take a treatment class and turn over his driver’s license.

WBTV indicates the police report shows Hardy had registered a .25 blood alcohol content on a breath test that he submitted at the Cabarrus County Detention Center.

According to the arrest report, Hardy ran himself off the roadway of Concord Parkway and struck 105 feet of guardrail before he spun out and stopped in the middle lane causing an estimated  $8,000 damage to his 2016 Cadillac and $5,000 in damage to the guardrail.

Jeff Hardy is scheduled to face off against Shinsuke Nakamura on Smackdown Live tomorrow night from Memphis, TN at the FedEx Forum.  There is no word as of this report to what implications Hardy’s plea will have or if he will be punished by WWE as the company has yet to make an official comment or statement regarding his guilty plea.