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Best Matches of 2016

  • 06-01-2016 1:58pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭


    As is tradition, Wrestle Kingdom starts us off. Likely going to be the show of the year too but that's a different topic.

    Tanahashi vs Okada, Nakamura vs Styles and Ishii vs Shibata are all worth going out of your way to watch.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,753 ✭✭✭✭beakerjoe


    gnfnrhead wrote: »
    As is tradition, Wrestle Kingdom starts us off. Likely going to be the show of the year too but that's a different topic.

    Tanahashi vs Okada, Nakamura vs Styles and Ishii vs Shibata are all worth going out of your way to watch.

    All 3 are near perfect matches. Any wrestling fan should seek this card out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    I'm going to watch this one the next time I get a few hours by myself. Was ROH title fight good?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    I'm going to watch this one the next time I get a few hours by myself. Was ROH title fight good?

    It was good but nothing you should go out of your way to see. It would be pretty far down the list if all the matches were to be ranked. The entire show is worth watching really.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Music Moderators, Regional Midlands Moderators Posts: 24,124 Mod ✭✭✭✭Angron


    To be completely honest, the best part of the RoH title match was the fact that Truth Martini's copy of the Book of Truth was in Japanese for the show.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,753 ✭✭✭✭beakerjoe


    Angron wrote: »
    To be completely honest, the best part of the RoH title match was the fact that Truth Martini's copy of the Book of Truth was in Japanese for the show.

    I felt him using that in the finish cheapened the match. The finish wasnt right for the Japanese audience either and while I feel Lethal was getting over, the finish undid most of his work


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    gnfnrhead wrote: »
    It was good but nothing you should go out of your way to see. It would be pretty far down the list if all the matches were to be ranked. The entire show is worth watching really.
    So when is the next NJPW pay per view? Thanks to last year's matches of the year thread I found myself having much more of an interest in other wrestling.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    So when is the next NJPW pay per view? Thanks to last year's matches of the year thread I found myself having much more of an interest in other wrestling.

    They have Fantasticamania starting on the 17th but I wouldn't count it. It's more a CMLL event than a NJPW event. The New Beginning shows are the next real events on February 11th and 14th. The 19th and 20th are then the joint ROH shows.


  • Registered Users Posts: 82 ✭✭wolfpac


    gnfnrhead wrote: »
    They have Fantasticamania starting on the 17th but I wouldn't count it. It's more a CMLL event than a NJPW event. The New Beginning shows are the next real events on February 11th and 14th. The 19th and 20th are then the joint ROH shows.

    New year's dash is worth a look


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    gnfnrhead wrote: »
    They have Fantasticamania starting on the 17th but I wouldn't count it. It's more a CMLL event than a NJPW event. The New Beginning shows are the next real events on February 11th and 14th. The 19th and 20th are then the joint ROH shows.
    Was New Year's Dash held the night after Wrestle Kingdom? I saw that listed somewhere.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    Was New Year's Dash held the night after Wrestle Kingdom? I saw that listed somewhere.

    It was. It's the NJPW version of the Raw after Wrestlemania where the future direction is set up so it's always worth watching or at least reading about. Kenny Omega came out of it looking like a huge deal.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,753 ✭✭✭✭beakerjoe


    gnfnrhead wrote: »
    It was. It's the NJPW version of the Raw after Wrestlemania where the future direction is set up so it's always worth watching or at least reading about. Kenny Omega came out of it looking like a huge deal.

    Mega Star in the making. Lets hope he keeps things mostly serious


  • Registered Users Posts: 45,535 ✭✭✭✭Mr.Nice Guy


    I got round to watching Tanahasha/Okada and Nakamura/Styles and thought both were great. It's been a while since I've seen matches with great selling.

    I haven't seen Ishii/Shibata yet. I've heard it's extremely physical so I look forward to watching it.

    'It is better to walk alone in the right direction than follow the herd walking in the wrong direction.'



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    gnfnrhead wrote: »
    It was. It's the NJPW version of the Raw after Wrestlemania where the future direction is set up so it's always worth watching or at least reading about. Kenny Omega came out of it looking like a huge deal.
    Oh alright, I was wondering what the story was, were they having 2 pay per views 2 nights in a row or something. Is there an english version of the NJPW Network?


  • Registered Users Posts: 82 ✭✭wolfpac


    Oh alright, I was wondering what the story was, were they having 2 pay per views 2 nights in a row or something. Is there an english version of the NJPW Network?

    Yes both Wrestle Kingdom and New Year's dash are available in English on New Japan world although I'd recommend the Japanese commentary.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    When I went on there before I found it hard to navigate. Has it become more non-Japan friendly?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    The toughest part is signing up. After that, Google translate works well enough to get you where you need to be.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    Yeah I think I'll give it another go the next time I get paid. Is it the same deal as WWE Network?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    Yeah I think I'll give it another go the next time I get paid. Is it the same deal as WWE Network?

    For price? It's about €7.50 a month.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    Cool, cheers.


  • Registered Users Posts: 82 ✭✭wolfpac


    They added an English commentary tag so you can search for it but make sure you use a capital "E" or else it wont show up


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    Cheers. I'm after signing up for Fight Pass though so it might be a little while before I get it.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    It isn't as good as the Wrestle Kingdom trio but Kurt Angle vs Drew Galloway on Impact this week was excellent. Unless TNA have an amazing year, it has a very good chance of being their MOTY.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,753 ✭✭✭✭beakerjoe


    Havent seen it yet, how was Angle holding up in the match? Hes looked worse for wear in his appearance and his promos but his in-ring work has been great for a man in his condition.

    Drew had a great 2015 and I hope he and Carter can have a main event program.


  • Registered Users Posts: 908 ✭✭✭Palo Alto


    AJ v Zack Sabre Jr from RevPro was excellent, not as sold as Osprey v Scurll but it's getting a lot of love online.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    Are there any videos?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,478 ✭✭✭✭gnfnrhead


    From a storyline point of view, EC3 vs Matt Hardy from Impact this week is well worth watching.

    From an insanely fun match point of view, reDRagon vs Young Bucks vs The Kingdom from this week's ROH is also a great match.


  • Registered Users Posts: 908 ✭✭✭Palo Alto


    Are there any videos?

    Yeah it's on demand and you can download it for £8.99 from RevPro's website.

    Easily worth it and good to support them.

    Progress streaming for a fiver a month is great too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,166 ✭✭✭Stereomaniac


    http://www.revolutionprowrestling.com/on-demand
    Some really great looking cards on this thing. Is that all of their major shows? Fergal Devitt and Kevin Steen both on what looks to have maybe been their last trip around the horn in 2014 there I see. Hopefully at some point Over The Top can get something like this organised.


  • Registered Users Posts: 82 ✭✭wolfpac


    Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi from today's FANTASTICA show is a match of the year contender.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,868 ✭✭✭Andersonisgod


    wolfpac wrote: »
    Dragon Lee vs Kamaitachi from today's FANTASTICA show is a match of the year contender.

    Literally coming onto this Board to post exactly this. Absolutely incredible match, had a killer backstory to it and was such a significant moment on a couple of different levels. Kamaitachi is a shining example of why the Young Lion system still works, he walked into Korakuen today a star having not been in New Japan in years, and his star only shone brighter after his performance here. A sure fire match of the year contender.


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