Podcasts

MFX154 – MFX Men: Tales of Hound Dog Past

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

Full disclosure here folks: Duckman was pretty stoned during this show.  Unprofessional?  Maybe.  A damn good time?  Always!  The lads kick off with chat about the show becoming the new official podcast of Canadian passports (it makes sense when you hear it), there’s a preview of some fight that’s happening this weekend, not sure if you guys have heard about it.  Duckman reviews The Defenders and finally gets round to watching Logan – safe to say he loved them both.

There’s all your emails answered, with funny stories, drunken tales, Sir Ian being a hound dog and plenty more.  One of the most fun parts of the show as always – you get should get involved with MFX all the time.

Then it’s time for the WWE chat section of the show.  NXT Takeover and Summerslam are reviewed with one show being awesome and the other not so much.

As always the show is wrapped up with the Try Hard Ruler of the Week Award.  It’s a straight shootout between a dumb pervert and some hunters.

So sit back, relax and get your ear holes primed for some seriously entertaining MFX goodness.  The pro wrestling podcast that’s so good, you don’t even need to like pro wrestling to enjoy it!

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

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MFX153 – The Sir Ian With the Mid Life Crisis Tattoo

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

It’s been a few weeks since the last show and despite the best efforts of Fuckface Von Clownstick and his chubby Korean counterpart, the world hasn’t ended…yet.  The lads discuss the world we live in and whether this could be the beginning of the end.  Don’t worry it’s not as dramatic and downbeat as it sounds.  They kick the funny into a higher gear as Sir Ian and his wife get tattoos.  Sir Ian couldn’t be more of his element if he tried.

There’s tons of pop culture chat on the Netflix series GLOW, on other great TV shows the lads have watched recently.  Plus the MFX Galaxy set the tone for the show with their suggestions for topics of discussion including bad food experiences, Disco Inferno being a sad perv and so much more!  They also answer your emails which is always fun.

The lads preview WWE Summerslam and talk the build to all the matches and what they’ve liked and disliked.  There’s an in-depth chat about WWE’s recent booking and how it’s left the lads feeling really bored.

As always the show is wrapped up with the Try Hard Ruler of the Week Award.  It’s a four way battle between dumb kids, dumber kids, Pokémon type nonsense and a man with a broken heart.

So sit back, relax and get your ear holes primed for some seriously entertaining MFX goodness.  The pro wrestling podcast that’s so good, you don’t even need to like pro wrestling to enjoy it!

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

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MFX145 – Seth Rollins is…The Estate Agent.

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

What’s this, an MFX podcast?  But we only got to hear the last one 6 weeks ago!  Well you’re in luck folks because a gap in their busy playboy lifestyles means the lads are back with an MFX show so packed full of pro wrestling and pod culture chat that it should come with a government health warning!

The lads discuss Duckman’s birthday – which is today!  They then get stuck into an indepth preview of WrestleMania.  They talk all the matches, the feuds and plenty more – including giving Seth Rollins an even more boring nickname than he already has, plus Sami Zayn gets a new gig working for a psychotic John Cena.  Ah, it’s good to have MFX back.  Plus there’s time for an update on the new IMPACT wrestling and some chat about what the future could hold for that permanently sinking ship.

So sit back, relax and get your ear holes primed for some seriously entertaining MFX goodness.  The pro wrestling podcast that’s so good, you don’t even need to like pro wrestling to enjoy it!

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

http://twitter.com/MFXPodcast

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MFX143 – WWE Summerslam – Alternative Audio

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

The biggest party of the summer is here and the lads are joined by three weirdos to lend their expertise to their review of the show.  It doesn’t go well.  The lads talk the Olympics and a little politics before Duckman has a story about his brother and a drunk old woman at his back door.  After all that it’s time for Summerslam…four hours of Summerslam.  Don’t worry, we skipped some of the crappier stuff!  There’s good matches, bad matches, boring matches and some work/shoot Brock Lesnar shenanigans!  As always, the lads constantly veer off topic and bring the funny like no one else.

You’ve never experienced a WWE show until you’ve listened along to MFX.  So sit back, sync up the show with our commentary and find out how good a WWE PPV can be when it’s sound tracked by MFX.  We bring the funny, you bring the ears.

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

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MFX142 – WWE Battleground – Alternative Audio

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

It’s a big PPV event from WWE and that means it’s a big week for MFX!  We’re rocking back into your lives with our alternative audio commentary of WWE’s Battleground PPV.  It’s the first WWE show of the post brand split era.  Will that mean anything?  Will the lads enjoy the show?  Will they spend most of the time talking about any apart from the show?  Tune in and find out!

You’ve never experienced a WWE show until you’ve listened along to MFX.  So sit back, sync up the show with our commentary and find out how good a WWE PPV can be when it’s sound tracked by MFX.  We bring the funny, you bring the ears.

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

http://twitter.com/MFXPodcast

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And check us out on The Misfits Podcast Network:

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MFX140 – Brand Splits, Sex Salads and Civil War.

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

This show was recorded before RAW this week (so no chat about John Cena’s return and his big angle with AJ Styles).  There’s tons of wrestling chat to kick the show off this week, with loads on the ‘New Era’ in WWE, the Roman Reigns Project, Seth Rollins making his return from injury, Cody Rhodes leaving WWE, the brand split and the weird news that the co-founder of PayPal has been funding Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker.  Plenty of insight and laughs here.

The lads answer all your emails, which leads them to tons of Simpsons quotes.  They debate who should be Brock Lesnar’s opponent at WrestleMania 32.  Plus, they mark out like crazy over Captain America 3: Civil War.  There’s so much love for this movie it’s downright sickening.

The show is wrapped up as usual with the Try Hard Ruler of the Week Award.  Four cracking stories this week including a statue destroying selfie addict, a grammatical mistake that ends up with all Texas Republicans being called gay, by the Republican Party, there’s some terrible parenting and a vegan failing to climb a mountain.

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

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MFX132 – A Right Royal Rumble

Surprise!  MFX is back with the first show of 2016 and we’re doing something different to kick off our new year.  It’s time for Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps to guide you through the wonder that is WWE’s Royal Rumble PPV event!  The road to WrestleMania starts here and Duckman and Sir Ian are driving the fun bus all the way to Dallas.

We’re breaking ground (yep, another WWE pun) here as Duckman and Sir Ian watch the Royal Rumble and record their thoughts as the show goes on.  It’s fun, it’s insightful, it’s silly and it’s MFX talking wrestling as only we can.

So sit back, fire up the Royal Rumble, sync it up with our commentary and get ready to experience the Royal Rumble in a whole new way!

We’re looking for your feedback on this show, cause if you like it, it’s something we’ll do again in the future.

As always, thanks for listening and let’s get our Royal Rumble on!

Layin' The Quackdown, MFX Ramblings

G-1 CLIMAX 25 TOURNAMENT NOTES – DAY 5

Here are my notes from each day of the NJPW G-1 Climax Tournament.  These are for people new to NJPW and current fans.  So don’t get too annoyed if I keep explaining who certain people are – it’s for the benefit of those annoying noobs.  I’m kidding, I love you NJPW noobs too.  Also, I’m only watching the tournament matches and not the undercards.  I’m sure there’s some fun tag matches on these shows, but I want to focus on the tournament itself.

Day 5 are all Block A matches.  Rejoice, it’s a multi camera shoot and we’ve got commentary!!  Praise the Lord!  I can’t stress enough how annoying those one camera, no commentary G-1 shows are.  I get there’s a lot of shows, that it’s early days in the tournament, and all the other reasons why NJPW do this.  But on the flip side – IT’S THE FUCKING G-1!!!  It’s big time important shit.  Let’s treat it that way, yeah?  Anyway, enough bitching.  We’ve got G-1 matches to get to, so let’s do it!

As if having commentary on this show wasn’t enough, we’ve also got the LEGEND Jushin Liger joining the team for the tournament matches.  Even though I can’t understand 99% of what he says, he’s still a better commentator than anyone in WWE.  Why?  Emotion and excitement.  This guy is into everything.  He laughs, marks out, freaks out, gets annoyed.  He’s fucking great.  Liger enhances matches in a way that JBL and Jerry Lawler could only dream of, and the guy doesn’t speak English.  TREMENDOUS.

Bad Luck Fale vs. Doc Gallows

Just as Liger brings me up and puts me in a great, positive mood, here come these two useless fucks to ruin it.  Ok, bit harsh on Doc, he’s not that bad.  But Fale?  Fucking hell.  What a waste of a spot in this tournament this big lug is.  This match was between two guys I don’t like, who are in the same stable, who both work a slow, plodding, uninteresting big man style.  YAY!  Call me cynical but I didn’t have high hopes for this one going in.

Those lowly expectations were matched as this match was both crappy and boring.  It doesn’t need much more analysis than that.  Liger seemed to enjoy big dudes slowing hitting and bumping into each other.  So at least there was that.

The finish came when Doc escaped the Bad Luck Fall (razors edge), hit a superkick of sorts, came off the ropes and got hit with Fale’s deadly thumb to the throat finisher.  Move along people, nothing to see here.

WINNER:  Bad Luck Fale 

Toru Yano vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

If you’re playing the Yano drinking game at home, you’d have been smashed after this short match.  Use of water bottle?  Take a drink.  Use of chair?  Take a drink.  Choking opponent with tape?  Take a drink.  Removing turnbuckle pads?  Take a drink.  Do a cheeky smile and shrug three times during the match?  Take a drink.  Wobbly white belly jiggling uncontrollably?  Take a drink.  Yano matches are what they are – fun if you like him, annoying and samey if you don’t.

The only thing of real note happened when Tenzan misjudged his diving headbutt off the top and FUCKING NAILED Yano.  He busted them both wide open hard way, with Yano hitting a gusher.  He was leaking blood everywhere and immediately NJPW marks began clocking up the blood loss on the famous Muta scale.  They went right to the finish as Yano looked FUCKED up.  Yano went for a backslide, hit a mule kick low blow and finished the backslide for the win.

WINNER:  Toru Yano

Katsuyori Shibata vs. Togi Makabe

After two pretty uninspiring matches, this one brought me back into the show.  There was a good buzz from the crowd before this one.  This was everything I thought it would be going in – two dudes kicking the shit out of each other in various nasty ways.  Some might call this a clash of styles but I felt they worked really well together.  No finesse, no complicated spots and counters.  Just two dudes, beating the shit out of each other.  Duckman approved.

There were all the vicious kicks, forearms, slaps and lariats you’d expect from these two.  Shibata throws every forearm shot like the dude opposite him owes him money, fucked his Mum and killed his childhood pet.  It’s glorious.

The finish came after Shibata kicked out of a big powerbomb from Makabe.  He hooked on his rear naked choke, put Makabe to sleep and then nailed him with his running PK kick to the chest.  The only thing lacking from this match was time, they could’ve given them another 5-8 minutes and really allowed them to put together something great.  As it was, the match was good, stiff and fun, but a little on the short side.

WINNER:  Katsuyori Shibata

AJ Styles vs. Kota Ibushi 

If it was possible to marry and then make love on a daily basis to a wrestling match (is that gay?) then I think this match might be it for me.  This was two of the best workers in the world, proving why they are just that.  It was the best match of the G-1 so far and I can’t do it justice in the written form.  You fuckers need to take the time to go find this and watch it.  It’s beyond awesome.

Ok, I said I can’t do it justice here, but I’ll try.  We had quick paced mat work early on.  They ramped things up with Ibushi landing big kicks and AJ selling them perfectly.  AJ hit a fucking Rock Bottom on the guard rail – that should’ve killed Ibushi but this is NJPW and it takes more than that to stop these crazy fuckers.  I also now firmly believe that AJ Styles has the best backbreaker in all of professional wrestling.  The spots these two worked have to be seen.  Every big move was built to, had great counters and crossing up, before the move was hit with maximum effect.  Perfect pro wrestling.  They did a spot where Ibushi went for his dead-lift German suplex from the ring with AJ on the apron, AJ countered it and looked go for a tombstone on the apron, but Ibushi countered that with a hurricanrana off the apron!  INSANE.

AJ countered a hurricanrana off the top, went for a diving one off the top of his own, Ibushi rolled through with it, AJ countered, lifted him up for the Styles Clash, Ibushi kicked his way out, AJ ducked an Ibushi kick on the feet and fucking KILLED him with a lariat and then hit a Style Clash tombstone and Ibushi kicked out!!  The traded striking combos, both hit Pele kicks, AJ hit a NASTY Bloody Sunday DDT and Ibushi kicked out!!  The crowd lost their shit, I lost my shit, Jushin Liger lost his shit.  SHIT WAS LOST!!

The finish came after Ibushi blocked a Styles Clash attempt when they were both standing on the top turnbuckle, he hit a big hurricanrana off the top, followed up with a powerbomb and then a Phoenix Splash for the three count!!  It was insane.  I needed a cigarette after.  These two guys are what makes NJPW so damn good.  A big win for Ibushi and another incredible performance from two incredible performers.

WINNER:  Kota Ibushi

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Tetsuya Naito

So then this match had to follow AJ and Ibushi and I thought they had no fucking chance.  How wrong I was.  This was a completely different match to the last.  While that was all insane athletic moves, innovative spots and gravity defying shit, this match was all about telling a story, building tension and emotion and it was so fucking great.

We know what Tanahashi does – he’s the best in the world.  But Naito?  Where in the past he’s felt a step below the top guys, with this heel turn he’s turning that perception around.  This was Naito’s coming out party and he was dressed to the nines, busting moves on the dance floor and making out the hottest girl there. In other words – he fucking OWNED this party.

For a start he took nearly 3 minutes to take of his suit, just to be an annoying dick.  Then he’d do this cool thing of acting all pissy and disinterested in the match – almost bored by what Tanahashi was doing.  Then he’d suddenly fire up, get all aggressive with strikes and then bail when the going got tough.  He would waste time at ringside, push the camera man, all to bait Tanahashi into making a mistake.  Then when he would, he’d kill him to fuck – like he did early on with a neckbreaker on the time keeper’s table.  That shit wasn’t gimmicked either and it looked like the kind of bump Tanahashi probably shouldn’t be taking too often.

As the match went on Naito kept the great heel work going.  Tanahashi would get pissed off and start really trying to hurt him, they really gave the sense that the match could break down at any minute.  I LOVED it.  Naito even spat right in Tanahashi’s face at one point and got slapped to fuck for it, only for Naito to just stare at him vacantly and then spit in his face again!  Then spat at each other and Naito got fucking folded in half with a sick German suplex.  It looked like Tanahashi lifted him extra high and dropped him extra quick onto the back of his head, just because he’d been such a dick!

The finish came after Naito got his knees up on a High Fly Flow (frog splash), they did the whole forearm and spit deal, but then Naito out of nowhere countered a slingblade with what looked like a Sliced Bread Number 2 for the shock pin!  It came out of nowhere and the crowd were pretty stunned.  A huge win for Naito and this was his best heel performance since the turn started a month back.  He even beat up Red Shoes (legendary NJPW referee) after the match and cut a promo with his boot on Tanahashi’s chest.  This was such a different match to the AJ/Ibushi one, but in some ways I enjoyed it more.  The story told and the work of both guys was utterly compelling to me.

WINNER:  Tetsuya Naito

There were only two matches that really mattered here, but what a two matches they were!  Different styles but both brilliantly worked.  You’ve got to see Styles/Ibushi and I’m giving that match of the night.  It was so great to have full a camera shoot and Liger on commentary.  The G-1 so far seems to be following the same pattern with tournament matches.  They kick off with the worst match, then build to a main event, but usually the semi-main event is the best match.  It was close tonight and really both matches were excellent.  Check this show out!  Up next, surprisingly enough, Day 6!

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G1 CLIMAX 25 TOURNAMENT NOTES – DAY 4.

Here are my notes from each day of the NJPW G-1 Climax Tournament.  These are for people new to NJPW and current fans.  So don’t get too annoyed if I keep explaining who certain people are – it’s for the benefit of those annoying noobs.  I’m kidding, I love you NJPW noobs too.  Also, I’m only watching the tournament matches and not the undercards.  I’m sure there’s some fun tag matches on these shows, but I want to focus on the tournament itself.

Day 4 are all Block B matches.  Day 3 was the best day of this year’s G-1 so far.  Let’s hope Day 4 can keep that run going.  AH FUCK IT!  It’s a one camera shoot with no commentary.  Well, it’s not beating Day 3 just for that alone.

The crowd is much livelier than Day 2’s one camera, no commentary show – so that’s a major bonus.  A hot crowd is always going to help lift these one camera shows and help me get over the lack of dynamic action shots.  I know I should just get over this one camera deal, but with a tournament as epic and important as the G-1, I was expecting more.  What can I say?  I’m a greedy asshole.

Also, this building wasn’t lit that well either.  It looked pretty dark and while the ring was fine, I like to see the crowd too.  This wasn’t ROH level lighting, nothing is quite that bad.  But the lack of a visible crowd presence beyond the first couple of rows did make it look more small time than usual NJPW shows.  Still, onwards and upwards.  We’ve got some G-1 matches to cover, so let’s do it!

Yujiro Takahashi vs. Tomohiro Ishii

You’ve got to give it to Yujiro, he’s really committed to this gimmick of finding the most coked up, skanky looking whores to accompany him to ringside.  Tonight’s chick was straight out of stripper casting 101: dead eyed, coked up, disorientated smirk and that weird combination of scary and sexy…with emphasis on the former.  I guess she got flashbacks to her day job here, because this was a proper main stage at Susie’s House of Sin performance.  The splits, followed by some mat humping in a pair of bikini bottoms so small and tight, I could see her asshole winking at the hard camera.  Unfortunately for her, that was the only thing around her that was hard after that performance.  How could a woman wearing so little, dancing so provocatively, be so unsexy?  A true skill.  Well played skank, well played.

Even with the winking asshole of a coked up Japanese stripper on display, it’s difficult to care about anything involving Yujiro and this match was no exception.  Even with the ever awesome Ishii in there this was lacking.  Yujiro is just so fucking boring to watch and he gets about as much heat as a single candle flickering in the window of a poorly made Arctic hut.  He sucks.  Ishii did his best, with headbutts, forearms, lariats and all his usual stuff, but I couldn’t get into this one.

Ishii got the win with his usual finish of headbutt to the chest, sliding D lariat and a brainbuster.  A basic, average match.  Which is Yujiro’s speciality these days.

WINNER:  Tomohiro Ishii

Michael Elgin vs. Satoshi Kojima

Now this was more like it.  Elgin is really getting over with the NJPW fans so far in the G-1.  I don’t understand why ROH fans give this guy such a hard time, he’s fucking awesome here.  Kojima is a bad ass and he’s stepping it up again in the G-1 and these two meshed really well in this match.

Plenty of yelling in this one from both guys, with chops, forearms and lariats galore.  Plus the crowd were really into Elgin’s power and deadlift spots.  In particular he pulled off a great looking slingshot splash from the apron back in for a good near fall.  Kojima did his usual trademark spots of rapid chops in the corner, flying forearm smash in the corner and then the world’s worst looking elbow drop off the top.  They had some fun exchanges in the corner with chops and forearm strikes and the crowd were into both guys.  Kojima blocked a powerbomb attempt on the apron and hit a nasty looking DDT on the hardest part off the ring.  God damn those moves look like they suck to take.

Finish came when Elgin got a great near fall off a lariat of his own.  He went to the middle rope, jumped off and ate a massive trademark lariat from Kojima who picked up the win.  A really fun matchup of two big bulls knocking the shit out of each other.  Elgin continues to impress and should get some wins soon.  Kojima is hanging in there and is always fun to watch with the crowd behind him.

WINNER:  Satoshi Kojima 

Karl Anderson vs. Hirooki Goto

These two have had some great matches in the past.  In fact, I think they had a great one in last year’s G-1.  This match wasn’t great but it was very good.  Anderson is so deceptively agile and athletic for a guy his size; he moves really well and lands some great enziguri and bicycle kicks.  Goto is always good to watch and the crowd here were much more into him than on Day 2.

The match was good with Anderson getting a couple of close count out spots early, including one off a big powerbomb on the hardest part of the ring – the ring apron.  Did I mention how much those moves look like they suck to take?  Did I mention I don’t understand why guys do that when wrestling is a work and fans don’t really react any differently to an apron spot to a mid-ring spot?  Probably cause every fucker and his brother does apron spots now and they’ve lost all their effectiveness.  Gee, what a shock…

Stupid ass apron spots aside, Goto got a great near fall off a crazy code red powerbomb/sunset flip thing off the top.  You know the move, it’s the one John Cena is on a mission to eventually kill someone with.  They did some awesome crossing up of spots with each guy coming off the ropes behind the other and going for and missing lariats.

The finish came when Anderson reversed the shouten kai in mid-air into the gun stun (RKO) for the big three count!  The crowd were stunned by this one and so was I.  That’s two big wins for Karl Anderson so far this year coming over first Nakamura and now Goto.  A fun match with a really well worked and surprising finish.

WINNER:  Karl Anderson

Yuji Nagata vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Two of my favourite wrestlers facing off in this one, so I had high hopes going in.  You’d think with their MMA based offence and charisma that these two would put on classic matches.  In the past they’ve never really hit those heights and they didn’t again in this one.  Although I enjoyed the match and the finish was cool, I just felt like they both had more to give and they didn’t quite click here.

The pace was slow early, with lots of mat work and arm bar attempts by both guys.  You could tell the crowd were desperate for this one to kick into a higher gear and when they picked up the intensity with knee strikes, slaps and forearm shots the crowd responded.  It was a pretty even match, with the crowd split seemingly 50/50.  There was a bad ass looking German suplex from Nagata, but Nakamura landed on his feet and countered with a big flying kick for a near fall.

The finishing stretch was great, with Nakamura hitting a backstabber, his inverted slam, but missing his boma ye knee strike.  Nagata got a close near fall off his back drop driver.  Nagata hit a second rope boma ye, went for a third but Nagata caught him with an enziguri.  The final boma ye was a bit fucked up and looked like a regular kick but it was enough for Nakamura to get the pin.  A fun finishing stretch and the crowd were into it, but the match just felt like it was missing something.

WINNER:  Shinsuke Nakamura

Kazuchika Okada vs. Tomoaki Honma

This was the main event of the night and the crowd were into this one from the off.  Both guys are really over but Honma is always going to get the most love from the crowd.  He’s such an underdog and they’re just desperate for him to get a big G-1 win over a top guy.  Okada was treated like the superstar he is, but Honma was definitely the crowd’s favourite.  Thanks to Honma’s crazy tan, when Okada stood under the bright ring lights next to him, he looked like Casper the Friendly Ghost leaning against a milk bottle.  That man was WHITE.  So white in fact that Hulk Hogan immediately endorsed him as his favourite wrestler of all time.

This was a really good match.  It wasn’t a match of the year candidate like Tanahashi/Ibushi from Day 1, but it was a step up from the rest of the matches on the show.  They worked a good quick pace early with both guys getting some offence in.  I think Okada hit his draping DDT off the ring barricade on the outside, but couldn’t really see thanks to the shitty one camera shoot.  Honman later hit a great looking deadlift vertical suplex and FINALLY hit his falling headbutt for a big pop.

Honma got some good near falls throughout but Okada kept coming back.  He timed the use of his drop kicks to perfection to get the biggest reaction from the crowd.  Those Okada drop kicks really are awesome.  Honma countered a Rain Maker lariat with a flying headbutt for a big pop and got a big near fall of his own with a sit out piledriver looking move, but he missed (of course he did) his diving headbutt off the top.  The crowd were going ape shit for all of this.

The finish came when Okada countered a flying headbutt into a sick high angle German suplex, held on and followed up with the Rain Maker for the three count.  This was a really good match with a hot finishing stretch and I’d love to see another match between these two somewhere down the line.  Honma is still as popular as ever with the crowd and when he finally gets that big G-1 win the roof is going to come off the place.

WINNER:  Kazuchika Okada

Despite my bitching about the one camera shoot and no commentary, this was a fun show of tournament matches.  The lighting wasn’t great but once you get used to these limitations, it’s easy to enjoy matches like this, especially with a lively crowd to bring things up a level.  Nothing was off the charts great, but they were solid to good, with only Yujiro’s match with Ishii being below average – but that’s mainly due to Yujiro being the definition of below average.  Okada v Honma was the match of the night.  A fun show with some decent matches.  Day 5 is shaping up to be the biggest show of the G-1 so far, so be sure to check back for that.

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G1 CLIMAX 25 TOURNAMENT NOTES – DAY 3.

G1 CLIMAX 25 TOURNAMENT NOTES – DAY 3.

Here are my notes from each day of the NJPW G-1 Climax Tournament.  These are for people new to NJPW and current fans.  So don’t get too annoyed if I keep explaining who certain people are – it’s for the benefit of those annoying noobs.  I’m kidding, I love you NJPW noobs too.  Also, I’m only watching the tournament matches and not the undercard.  I’m sure there’s some fun tag matches on there, but I want to focus on the tournament itself.

Day 3 are all Block A matches.  After the shitty crowd for Day 2 and the one camera shoot with no commentary, I was hoping Day 3 would prove to be a bit more exciting and watchable.  It’s not that I hate the one camera, no commentary shoots, it’s just they really limit my enjoyment of the shows.  It’s weird too, because even though I don’t understand Japanese, I’d much prefer to hear the commentary than just the crowd.

Thankfully we’ve got a full camera shoot and a really lively crowd for Day 3.  Although to be fair, there’s been better atmospheres in a morgue compared to the Day 2 crowd, so these guys don’t have to work hard to be better than Day 2.  Still no commentary, even though I saw Jushin Liger at ringside, but let’s not get greedy here folks – we’ve got more than one camera and a noisy crowd.  Two out of three ain’t bad.

One thing to point out that caught my eye immediately, apart from how cool this little building looked, was the weird 1970s looking washing machine that was set up in the aisle.  I’m sure someone will explain what it actually was, but I did keep expecting some students to jump out the crowd, load it up with their crusty bedsheets and fire in a load of spare change to get it working.  Anyway, weird old school washing machines aside, there’s some G-1 matches to talk about, so let’s do it!

Doc Gallows vs. Kota Ibushi

As soon as I saw this match I feared the worst.  I just don’t get Doc Gallows.  I mean he looks the part, he’s does some good stuff and works a big man style which stands out in NJPW.  But he’s just so cartoony and over the top with everything he does.  He toned it down a bit here, but he still screams 1980s WWE mid card heel…maybe that’s what he’s aiming for.  If it is, he nailed it.  The crowd never really seem sure how to respond to him either, it’s usually with mild apathy, as was the case early on here.

Ibushi is just tremendous.  I first saw him on a ROH show back in around 2007 (I think) working against El Generico (who I believe is related somehow to NXT’s Sami Zayn).  I was blown away by Ibushi then and he’s only got better as the years have passed.  He’s become a much more experienced and smarter worker, but retained all of that amazing stuff he did in the early days.  Now he just knows when to use and it makes for some truly outstanding matches.  If I wasn’t so sure they’re going with Nakamura winning the G-1 this year, I’d put my money on Ibushi.  He’s a joy to watch and every time he steps into the ring with a main event guy he delivers – just check out Day 1 against Tanahashi for proof of that.

This was classic speed vs. power match and it was a ton of fun.  The crowd loved Ibushi and he sold most of the way for Gallows.  In fact it was 90% Gallows on offence and Ibushi sold like a mother fucker for him.  Made him look great.  Ibushi fired back with a Pele kick and his trademark moonsault to the floor, and even busted out a German suplex on the big man!  The finish was a slight botch, but covered well so most people wouldn’t notice.  Ibushi got the win with a sunset flip type roll up from the powerbomb position.  A fun match, pretty quick, with a basic lay out.  It was a good win for Ibushi and Gallows didn’t stink the joint up as much as I expected.

WINNER:  Kota Ibushi

Togi Makabe vs. Bad Luck Fale

The best thing about this match was it was short.  Which it needed to be because Fale sucks.  Makabe isn’t the miracle worker that Okada and Nakamura are (both got a good match out of Fale – which in itself deserves some sort of bonus from the NJPW brass).  Fale is so fat and slow these days.  When he first came in he was green as an Irishman’s teeth, but at least he looked the part.  Now he looks like an out of shape bouncer, who lumbers around the ring slowly as others work around him.  At least the chain swinging mad man that is Togi Makabe had the force of personality to carry this one.

There was some in crowd brawling, some lariats, some no selling by Makabe that the crowd loved.  Then Fale got the win by blocking Makabe coming off the top for his big knee drop and taking him out with a spear and his Bad Luck Fall (Razors Edge) finisher.  Mercifully short and not as bad as it really should have been.

WINNER: Bad Luck Fale

AJ Styles vs. Toru Yano

AJ is such a fucking star in NJPW these days.  A combination of great booking and his out of this world in-ring performances in last year’s G-1 and while IWGP Heavyweight Champion, have cemented his place in the big four of the company.  He carries himself like such a star and the crowd reacts accordingly.  There’s a small part of me that just wishes all those asshole TNA fan boys that buried him and wrote him off when he wouldn’t re-sign with TNA could be forced to watch AJ in NJPW and realise he’s so much better than TNA deserved and that he’s proving all those idiots wrong.  I’m sure they’d just say that people were hating on TNA and that AJ leaving them was actually a plus for the company cause it freed up some money for Bully Ray to be paid to work taping, becoming the GM and then leave during the following taping…in summary – fuck TNA fan boys, fuck them in their stupid asses.  Where was I?  Oh yeah.

Toru Yano.  What a pasty, tubby, unlikeable little fucker this guy is.  And WHAT A HEEL!  In all honesty, I don’t really like Yano’s act.  It’s fun and can be funny, at times, but mostly he just makes me feel seasick when he moves and his body wobbles all over the place.  But he is a fun act in NJPW and he brings something different to the shows and in pro wrestling different is good.

You know what to expect from a Yano match – chair shots, exposing the metal turnbuckles and low blows.  Plus weird facial expressions and things yelled in Japanese that always makes the fans laugh.  This match had all that, plus AJ Styles working with Yano to make this a damn fun little match.  Complete comedy and shenanigans and not your usual super serious G-1 stuff – which was a nice change of pace.  AJ got the win by blocking a low blow, a roll up of sorts happened and then he tapped Yano out with the calf killer.

WINNER:  AJ Styles

Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tetsuya Naito

From the silly plunder and giggles of Toru Yano, to the ass kicking seriousness of Katsuyori Shibata.  Shibata or ‘The Wrestler’ as he likes to be known is one of my favourite guys in NJPW.  He works such a stiff, believable style, with tons of MMA influences thrown in.  This is a guy who wears black boots, black trunks, comes to the ring and tries to slap or kick your fucking head off.  Naito is in the middle of a heel turn and so this match was never going to have the fun and games of Yano and Styles.  Instead it was two super serious, semi depressed looking guys, beating the ever loving fuck out of each other.  I loved it.

Naito was fucking around at the beginning with a metal Terminator mask he stole from HHH’s ring entrance playset at WM this year.  And he was wearing a suit – which he wouldn’t take off when the match started.  So Shibata beat the shit out of him for it.  It was glorious.  Naito finally took over on Shibata and managed to get out of his suit and then shit was on!  Naito worked the legs.  Shibata beat the shit out of him with forearms, kicks and some brutal paint brushing in the corner.  Basically kicking, stamping and standing on Naito’s head until the ref pulled him away.  So good.

Naito had a cool ankle lock/standing calf killer submission hooked in and looked like he might get the win.  When Shibata broke it Naito made a mistake no man should ever make – he bitch slapped Shibata.  This resulted in Shibata slapping the taste, teeth and tongue out of Naito’s head, before hooking on a choke, putting him to sleep and then caving his chest in with his running PK kick for the 3 count!  As decisive a finish as you’ll see and one that had me marking out like a little bitch.  Shibata is just the greatest.  Naito as a heel has a ton of potential.  Great match.

WINNER:  Katsuyori Shibata

Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Some people call Tanahashi the NJPW version of John Cena.  That isn’t meant as an insult, it’s simply because he’s the top star in the company.  While the two are wildly different performers, where they do have similarities is that they both draw majorly from the young and female demographics.  Where they differ is that when Cena works in front of a crowd that turns on him he usually just ignores them, Tanahashi works much smarter.  Which is exactly what he did here.

He was up against Tenzan, who was a big name in the past, a former IWGP Champion, G-1 winner, and is highly respected by the older fans.  Plus he has a fucking sweet mullet and everyone should respect the mullet.  Anyway, early on it was clear that a lot of fans in the building were rooting for Tenzan.  So Tanahashi slapped his chest a few times on the breaks to work as a subtle heel, which the crowd reacted to and loved Tenzan even more.  Tanahashi, safe in the knowledge the kids and chicks will still cheer him, was able to work a little different for a different section of the audience to improve the match for them and get Tenzan over more in the process.  THAT is why he’s thought of as such a smart worker.

Well, that and the fact that he’s just a total ring general.  He worked the perfect match with Tenzan, who is broken down and can’t keep up with Tanahashi in full flow.  So the match was a step slower, more mat based and worked within Tenzan’s physical limitations.  Tenzan blocked a High Fly Flow (frog splash) with his bad knees and it looked like it hurt him more than Tanahashi.  Tenzan got the anaconda vice on (that’s who CM Punk swiped that from) and even hit the anaconda buster (which is what Nicki Minaj calls her asshole) but Tanahashi kicked out.  The finish came when Tanahashi hit his spinning neckbreaker, slingblade (that’s who Finn Balor swiped that from) and then hit the High Fly Flow for the three count.  A decent match given Tenzan was involved and the crowd where hot for everything each guy did.  Tanahashi is such a great worker and such a star.  A fun end to a damn fun show and run of matches.

WINNER:  Hiroshi Tanahashi

This show kicked Day 2’s ass, and not just for the hot crowd, multiple camera shoot and weird 1970s style washing machine.  All the matches in the tournament delivered.  All of them were entertaining.  They were all different in style and pacing, and they all went just the right length of time.  Match of the night was Shibata vs. Naito which is worth going out of your way to watch.  A damn fun show.  Next stop, Day 4…surprisingly enough.