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March 27th - Not a great photo, but the light was terrible as I headed home. This curious matt-brown box with a bright white light on top puzzles many folk heading east towards Chuckery on the New Ring Road in Walsall, just by Queen Mary’s School. It’s an environmental monitoring pod which takes climatic and and air quality measurements, and logs them. It features a host of sensors - the white light is a particulate analyser, shining light through the air and measuring the floating contaminants. There will be wind, temperature, humidity, and various chemical sensors humming away in what is actually a vehicle trailer. The triangular cowl on the front is covering the towing hitch.

This is a fairly expensive piece of kit, being used to tell us what anyone in Walsall already knows; the air quality here is terrible - particularly next to a badly designed junction where traffic is often static.

No shit, Sherlock.

Road To The New Beginning Day 5 - 2/5/2016; Okada In Buddyfight Anime; Omega, Raijin, Fujin Updates


The Road to the New Beginning tour resumed today, from Akita Terrsa, and will go the next two days as well, leading into Thursday’s The New Beginning in Osaka. Results from today:

  • David Finlay Jr. d. Teruaki Kanemitsu (Boston Crab, 7:28)
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger d. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Jay White (Kojima > White, lariat, 10:57)
  • Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi [Bullet Club] d. Toru Yano & Gedo [CHAOS] (Takahashi > Gedo, Tokyo Pimps, 9:11)
  • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables] d. KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask IV & Juice Robinson (EVIL > Robinson, EVIL STO, 11:01) 
  • Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall [Bullet Club] d. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Captain New Japan (Omega > Captain, running knee, 15:26) 
  • Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] d. Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi (Ishii > Taguchi, Vertical Brainbuster, 16:49)


One of the biggest “talks of the town” online has been IWGP Heavyweight Champion Kazuchika Okada’s cameo appearance on the anime Future Card Buddyfight Hundred, where among other things he Rainmakers a dragon. Buddyfight is a collectible card game in Japan, produced by NJPW-owners Bushiroad. Okada frequently does TV ads for the game as well, and the episode even references Okada’s entrance from The New Beginning in Osaka from 2014 (where, ironically, he faced Hirooki Goto in an IWGP title defense), where he carried a giant prop-sword, and was joined onstage by a velociraptor. I’ve posted the episode above.

A report came out yesterday, stating that Bullet Club’s Kenny Omega will be “filling the AJ Styles spot” in more ways than one, as he is set to appear in Ring of Honor now, semi-regularly, on dates where it does not conflict with New Japan’s schedule. So, hey, more Kenny Omega on American TV, I’m all for it.


In Mexico, Raijin & Fujin (Sho Tanaka & Yohei Komatsu)’s debut ended in a loss on Tuesday from Arena Coliseo Guadalajara, in a trios match with OKUMURA, losing to Stuka Jr., Rey Cometa and Esfinge in the first and third falls. Meanwhile, Kamaitachi returned to CMLL action last night at Arena Mexico, also in a losing trios match, teaming with Ultimo Guerrero & Terrible vs. Maximo, Dragon Lee, & Los Ingobernables’ Marco Corleone. (Also, recent NJPW excursionee Mascara Dorada returned to Arena Mexico on the winning side with Mistico II & Volador Jr. vs. Barbaro Cavernario, Mephisto & Negro Casas) On Wednesday, Raijin, Fujin, Kamaitachi & OKUMURA all appeared on CMLL’s Informa talk show, which I’ve posted above. You can read the English recap here, courtesy of Alfredo Esparza. Raijin & Fujin, as noted previously, will be at the CMLL ELITE show at Arena Mexico tomorrow night, teaming with Heddi Karoui vs. Dinamic Black, Fuego & Metaleon; they also team with OKUMURA again on Tuesday in Guadalajara vs. Fuego, Titan & Triton.

Tomorrow’s Road to the New Beginning lineup, from Akita Furusato Village Dome Theater Yokote City:

  • David Finlay Jr. v. Hirai Kawato
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jay White v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
  • Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Juice Robinson v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Jushin Thunder Liger v. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]
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Upcoming NJPW Events - 1/27/2016

This is the most up to date list of upcoming New Japan Pro Wrestling events I can provide, with full cards announced where possible. (NJPWWorld) means the event will be shown live on NJPWWorld. All cards subject to change.

NJPW Road to the New Beginning
- 1/29/2016, Saitama Tokorozawa Civic Gymnasium Sub-Arena

  • Teruai Kanemitsu v. Hirai Kawato
  • Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay Jr. v. Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV & Jay White
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima v. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • Michael Elgin [ROH], Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows [Bullet Club]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi v. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]

- 1/30/2016, Tokyo Korakuen Hall (NJPWWorld)

  • David Finlay Jr. v. Hirai Kawato
  • Jay White v. Teruaki Kanemitsu
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
  • Toru Yano, Kazushi Sakuraba & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Juice Robinson vs. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Shinsuke Nakamura Send-Off Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii [CHAOS]

- 2/2/2016, Ibaraki Koga City Central Sports Park Gymnasium

  • David Finlay Jr. v. Teruaki Kanemitsu
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jay White v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
  • Toru Yano & Gedo [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Jushin Thunder Liger & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Ryusuke Taguchi v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Juice Robinson v. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS]

- 2/4/2016, Fukushima Iwaki Municipal Gymnasium

  • Jay White v. Hirai Kawato
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & David Finlay Jr.
  • Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Juice Robinson v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Tiger Mask IV v. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]

- 2/6/2016, Akita Terrsa

  • David Finlay Jr. v. Teruaki Kanemitsu
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Jay White
  • Toru Yano & Gedo [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Tiger Mask IV & Juice Robinson v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Captain New Japan v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Tama Tonga & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi v. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]

- 2/7/2016, Akita Furusato Village Done Theater Yokote City

  • David Finlay Jr. v. Hirai Kawato
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jay White v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
  • Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Juice Robinson v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Jushin Thunder Liger v. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]

- 2/8/2016, Yamagata Big Wing

  • Jay White v. Teruaki Kanemitsu
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & David Finlay Jr. v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
  • Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Jushin Thunder Liger & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Juice Robinson v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows, Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi v. Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]

The New Beginning in Osaka, 2/11/2016, Osaka EDION Arena Osaka (NJPWWorld)

  • NEVER Openweight 6-Man Tag Team Championship: Toru Yano [CHAOS], Jay Briscoe [ROH] & Mark Briscoe [ROH] © v. Bad Luck Fale, Yujiro Takahashi & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • NEVER Openweight Championship: Katsuyori Shibata © v. Tomohiro Ishii [CHAOS]
  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Tag Team Championship 3-Way Match: The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) [Bullet Club] © v. reDRagon (Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish) [ROH] v. Ricochet & Matt Sydal [ROH]
  • IWGP Heavyweight Championship: Kazuchika Okada [CHAOS] © v. Hirooki Goto

The New Beginning in Niigata, 2/14/2016, Niigata Aore Nagaoka (NJPWWorld)

  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Championsip: KUSHIDA © v. BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma © v. “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows [Bullet Club]
  • IWGP Intercontinental Championship Decision Match: Kenny Omega [Bullet Club] v. X

Ring of Honor - Honor Rising: Japan 2016 (NJPWWorld)
- 2/19/2016, Tokyo Korakuen Hall
- 2/20/2016, Tokyo Korakuen Hall

NJPW Lion’s Gate: Project 1, 2/25/2016, Tokyo Shinjuku FACE
- No card announced but said to feature Young Lions Hirai Kawato and Teruaki Kanemitsu

Ring of Honor - 14th Anniversary Weekend, Sam’s Town, Las Vegas, NV
- 2/26/2016 - Live on PPV
- 2/27/2016 - TV Taping
- Featuring Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomohiro Ishii, KUSHIDA, Gedo

New Japan Cup 2016
- 3/3/2016, Tokyo Ota-Ward Synthesis Gymnasium
- ¾/2016, Tokyo Korakuen Hall
- 3/8/2016, Nagano Sports Park Gymnasium
- 3/9/2016, Tochigi New Sunpia
- 3/10/2016, Miyagi Wakayanagi General Gymnasium
- 3/12/2016, Aomori New Aomori Prefecture Sports Park Maeda Arena

Road to Invasion Attack 2016
- 3/19/2016, Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
- 3/20/2016, Hyogo Amagasaki Baycom Gymnasium
- 3/21/2016, Shizuoka ACT City Hamamatsu
- 3/23/2016, Shiga Prefectural Community House Event Hall
- 3/24/2016, Toyama Takaoka Techno Dome
- 3/25/2016, Ishikawa Komatsu City Suehiro Gymnasium (Yoshitsune Arena)
- 3/26/2016, Shizuoka Fujisan Messe
- 3/27/2016, Tokyo Korakuen Hall
- 4/1/2016, Tokyo Korakuen Hall
- 4/2/2016, Saitama Hasuda Synthesis Civic Gymnasium

New Japan Road
- 3/30/2016, Okinawa Prefectural Budokan

Invasion Attack 2016
- 4/10/2016, Tokyo Ryogoku Kokugikan

Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling: Global Wars
- 5/8/2016, Chicago, IL - Live on PPV

February 13th - I see the new offices for Walsall Housing Group - the hived-off housing association that owns almost all of Walsall Council’s former social housing stock - are nearly finished. This inelegant, six and a half million pound edifice has undergone a protracted construction; the glass units forming the frontage were faulty and fogged up soon after placement, the manufacture being faulty. It’s notable that some panels are still cloudy. This ill conceived building seems to be fully lit at night, presumably at no small expense, and is completely devoid of public transport support. This could be considered an oversight considering WHG’s tenant profile.

That money would have built a lot of decent homes.

Road To The New Beginning Day 1 - 1/29/2016: Tanahashi In, Tonga Out; ROH 14th Anniversary Updates

Strong Style Story Podcast Episode 3 Now LIVE!

The Road to The New Beginning tour has begun, today coming from Saitama Tokorozawa Civic Gymnasium Sub-arena. Hiroshi Tanahashi did in fact wrestle today in the main event, an 8-man prelude before tomorrow’s 6-man send-off to Shinsuke Nakamura, despite reports of shoulder dislocation. Results:

  • Teruaki Kanemitsu TLD Hirai Kawato (10:00)
  • Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV & Jay White d. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay Jr. (Nagata > Finlay, backdrop hold, 9:07)
  • Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi [Bullet Club] d. Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] (Fale > YOSHI-HASHI, Grenade, 8:57) 
  • Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables] d. Michael Elgin [ROH], Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA (EVIL > Robinson, EVIL STO, 11:29) 
  • Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows [Bullet Club] d. Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan (Omega > Captain, Running Knee, 11:05) 
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi d. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS] (Goto > Gedo, Shoryu Kekkai, 18:59)

I did rather predict in the podcast (above and below!) that Kanemitsu and Kawato would probably be a 10-minute time-limit draw. Wonder if the match was worth anything? This is Kanemitsu and Kawato’s debut tour, having been given their first matches at the Grand Puroresu Festival on 1/3/2016.

The event card is somewhat different than what was advertised as well, with Tama Tonga being off the show. Perhaps due to injury, or difficulties traveling due to the winter storms that hit North America last weekend, or even contract status? He is off tomorrow’s show now, too, but is listed for 2/2/2016 moving forward. We’ll find out I’m sure.

Ring of Honor has now officially removed Shinsuke Nakamura from the line-up of the 14th Anniversary Weekend shows in Las Vegas, 2/26 and 2/27/2016. Like, where you guys been? We knew that weeks ago. ROH is stating there will be a replacement NJPW talent at the shows in Nakamura’s place, but have not said whom. Also, while it was known for a while from the tapings on 1/8/2016 in Charlotte NC, ROH have now made the Briscoe Brothers v. Michael Elgin & Hiroshi Tanahashi tag team match official as well. Elgin and Tanahashi first teamed during November’s World Tag League, and nearly won Block A from it too. Elgin is on this current tour too. ROH has caveated that Tanahashi’s status may change with the shoulder injury reports.

NJPW on AXS returns tonight, however I already blogged about that. 9pm EST/8pm CST on AXS TV.

Tomorrow’s show from Tokyo Korakuen Hall is pretty significant, as it’s the NJPW farewell to Shinsuke Nakamura, who will next appear in a ring on 4/1/2016 in Dallas at the WWE NXT TakeOver event that night. It will be shown live on NJPWWorld. Below is the updated card (to reflect Tama Tonga’s absence):

  • David Finlay Jr. v. Hirai Kawato
  • Jay White v. Teruaki Kanemitsu
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima & Jushin Thunder Liger v. Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi & Tiger Mask IV
  • Toru Yano & Kazushi Sakuraba [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Yujiro Takahashi [Bullet Club]
  • KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi & Captain New Japan v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Michael Elgin [ROH] & Juice Robinson vs. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Shinsuke Nakamura Send-Off Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto & Katsuyori Shibata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada & Tomohiro Ishii [CHAOS]
NJPW/CMLL Fantasticamania 2016 Day 6 - 1/24/2016; Goto Attacks Okada; Kamaitachi Wrestles in NJPW; ROH Bullet Club Curtain Call

Strong Style Story Podcast Episode 3 Now LIVE!


The finale for Fantasticamania 2016 has come and gone, and you can watch it on NJPWWorld, both in Japanese and Spanish. Great show to end a fun tour. Results:

  • Komatsu & Tanaka Send-Off Series: Guerrero Maya Jr. & The Panther d. Yohei Komatsu & Sho Tanaka (Panther > Komatsu, wakigatame, 5:10)
  • Stuka Jr., Fuego, KUSHIDA & Tiger Mask IV d. Hechicero, OKUMURA, Boby Zavala & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] (Stuka > OKUMURA, Torpedo Splash, 8:09)
  • Lucha De Maestros: Jushin Thunder Liger d. Virus (Campana, 7:55)
  • Mascara Dorada’s NJPW Farewell: Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables] d. Atlantis, Mascara Dorada & Ryusuke Taguchi (BUSHI > Dorada, BUSHI Roll, 7:23)
  • Barbaro Cavernario, Kazuchika Okada [CHAOS] & Shinsuke Nakamura [CHAOS] d. Titan, Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson (Okada > Robinson, Rainmaker, 13:06)
  • CMLL World Lightweight Championship: Kamaitachi d. Dragon Lee © (Canadian Destroyer, 18:33)
    - Lee falls on this defense
    - Kamaitachi is the new champion
  • Mistico d. Ultimo Guerrero (La Mistica, 17:23)
  • NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship: Volador Jr. © d. Mephisto (Moonsault Side Slam, 21:06)
    - Volador retains his title

Notes from this show:

  • Kamaitachi is said to be going back to CMLL, according to NJPW’s website. So much for that return. He could be back sooner than later, however.
  • Following his match, Okada and Gedo were attacked by Hirooki Goto, in a move that did NOT go over well with the Korakuen Hall crowd. Goto challenges Okada for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at The New Beginning in Osaka on 2/11/2016.
  • Tetsuya Naito, following Ingobernables’ win over the departing Mascara Dorada, appeared to finally formally welcome Yohei Komatsu as an Ingobernable, but it was very short-lived, as Naito then attacked Komatsu. Komatsu and Sho Tanaka are done in NJPW for now, and should be debuting next week in Mexico as Raijin and Fujin.
  • I’m going to miss Barbaro Cavernario, and the masks (and bonechuks!) Okada and Nakamura had while teaming with him. King of Caveman Style, indeed.

Meanwhile, in Ring of Honor, the advertised title matches did not happen last night in Duluth, GA. Instead, an 8-man All Titles On the Line match was set, with the entire Bullet Club in attendance (Young Bucks, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson, Doc Gallows) taking on ROH World Champion Jay Lethal, World Tag Team Champions War Machine (Hanson & Raymond Rowe), and World Television Champion Roderick Strong. The Bullet Club came up short, however, as Anderson was pinned after getting hit with War Machine’s Fallout finisher. AJ Styles also gave a farewell speech that was interrupted by Jay Lethal. At the end, the Jacksons, Anderson, Gallows and Styles all gave a “Kliq Curtain Call” send-off to one another. You can see it here. Now, all eyes will be on tonight’s WWE Royal Rumble to see if AJ will indeed appear…

The next New Japan show is on Friday, from Saitama Tokorozawa Civic Gymnasium Sub-Arena, the start of the Road to New Beginning, and the penultimate show for Shinsuke Nakamura. The full NJPW roster is back for this one. Teruaki Kanemitsu and Hirai Kawato get their touring debuts, and Michael Elgin returns to NJPW as well. It’s also the probable final NJPW tours for Anderson, Gallows, and, possibly, Tama Tonga.

  • Teruaki Kanemitsu v. Hirai Kawato
  • Yuji Nagata, Jushin Thunder Liger & David Finlay Jr. v. Manabu Nakanishi, Tiger Mask IV & Jay White
  • Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima v. Yujiro Takahashi & Cody Hall [Bullet Club]
  • Toru Yano & YOSHI-HASHI [CHAOS] v. Bad Luck Fale & Tama Tonga [Bullet Club]
  • Michael Elgin [ROH], Juice Robinson & KUSHIDA v. Tetsuya Naito, EVIL & BUSHI [Los Ingobernables]
  • Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma & Captain New Japan v. Kenny Omega, “Machine Gun” Karl Anderson & Doc Gallows [Bullet Club]
  • Hiroshi Tanahashi, Hirooki Goto, Katsuyori Shibata & Ryusuke Taguchi v. Shinsuke Nakamura, Kazuchika Okada, Tomohiro Ishii & Gedo [CHAOS]

I will post the updated Upcoming Shows list later this week.

Strong Style Story Podcast Episode 3 Now LIVE!

Heavy lifting in road project (video)

Work on Wodonga’s new ring road reached a milestone today when concrete beams were lifted into position to create a bridge.
The 3 million dollar project will be completed within two months.