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Nope, that was Battle Dome. They had a brief crossover with WCW in 2000.



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Bruce Lee’s daughter was the host.
(03-17-2016, 02:01 PM)Wiggz Wrote: Jimmy King had a broken back and was paralyzed but he hopped out of his wheelchair and whooped Kanyon in Memphis. Then Sting broke six bones in his neck with a bat and in two weeks he came back and ruled ass.

Jimmy King > Sting


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Kenny officially re-signed for another year.

Some notes on Okada from the Observer this week, expect him to reign for awhile.

Quote:Okada had always been planned to win. The feeling is that for the general public, Okada is the company’s superstar. When TV-Asahi did that national poll of the biggest wrestling star of all-time, Okada placed fourth, behind only Giant Baba, Antonio Inoki and Satoru Sayama, and one spot ahead of Rikidozan, since it’s a generation later. The idea is to try and make Okada into the face of the company at the level Inoki was but nobody has ever been since.

This record-setting title reign is the one that they want people to point to for a decade like a major sports domination period ala Michael Jordan in the NBA, where he had one fantastic match after another and held the title longer than anyone.

He already broke Tanahashi’s record for most time holding the IWGP title, but there are two records left. The first is most consecutive title defenses during one reign. Tanahashi’s January 4, 2011 to February 12, 2012 reign (where he lost to the “unknown” Okada at the end) saw him make 11 successful defenses. While Okada has held the title longer, they are limiting his title defenses with the idea that the less often they happen, the more important they become.

The win over Naito was No. 9. He will be next facing Seiya Sanada on 2/10 in Osaka for No. 10. My presumption is he won’t defend in Long Beach, although that is possible. More likely the record would be tied at Sakura Genesis on 4/1 at Sumo Hall in Tokyo. That would leave the record to be broken in May in Fukuoka, but it would be bigger to have that record broken at Dominion in June. There is the natural storyline of him tying the record and then facing Tanahashi to break the record, particularly since the two had a legendary rivalry. If that match takes place in May or June, the two won’t have met in a singles match since their 30:00 draw in the 2016 G-1 tournament, or nearly two years earlier.


Another interesting note-there are a lot of NJPW vs WWE matches coming up
Quote:There are several NJPW vs. WWE matches taking place this month in the U.K.

The biggest, on 1/17 in Milton Keynes, for IPW promotion, is a champion vs. champion match with U.K. champion Pete Dunne vs. IWGP jr. champion Will Ospreay.

The only other time a champion from WWE faced a champion from New Japan in a singles match was on May 3, 1993, at the Fukuoka Dome, when Hulk Hogan, who was WWF champion, beat Great Muta, who was IWGP champion. It’s been noted that neither Ospreay, who was born four days after this match, or Dunne, who was born November 9, 1993, were alive at the time this match took place.

At the time Hogan had a WWF contract that allowed him to work Japan. New Japan offered him $150,000 per match to work regularly. This was a different era because one of the most memorable things is Hogan, as WWF champion, doing an interview on New Japan’s television show basically saying that anyone can win the WWF title and the IWGP title was the most prestigious title in wrestling. Because Hogan’s contract with New Japan gave him control of his finishes, if they were to book Hogan vs. Great Muta, which they did for their first wrestling show ever at the Fukuoka Dome (it was part of a double main event with Antonio Inoki & Tatsumi Fujinami winning the actual main event over Riki Choshu & Genichiro Tenryu) , Hogan could pick his finish. So the WWF champion beat the IWGP champion clean in a singles match on a New Japan show.

The Hogan statement about the WWF title was reported by us, and then WWF was furious at Hogan, so he denied he ever said it, claiming it was made up, even though it actually appeared on the television show during an interview.

Hogan quit WWF as champion right about that time, not so much because New Japan offered him so much per match, but because he was unhappy WWF wanted him to drop the title to Bret Hart. So he instead chose to pick Yokozuna to lose to (he still had the mentality of Hart because too small, although he’ll deny it now, but he said it many times at the time) and got out of WWF a few months later.

While history portrays it as WCW and Eric Bischoff taking Hogan from WWF, he was completely gone from WWF for months before the talks even started and he was a big show contracted regular for New Japan as well as doing a syndicated television show, “Thunder in Paradise,” when Bischoff made him what at the time was thought to be a crazy offer including 25 percent of all company PPV revenue for every show he was on. As it turned out, Hogan raised PPV numbers so much that from 1994 to 1998 he was more than worth what he was earning, although after 1998 that was no longer the case.

Hogan was also actually WWF and IWGP heavyweight champion at the same time in 1984 but that’s when the IWGP champion was really just about an annual tournament. Hogan won the first tournament in 1983 when he was the top star for the AWA. He then won the WWF title in January 1984. That was fine at first, and in some ways better, since AWA and Verne Gagne booked talent to All Japan including the AWA champion. Gagne had tried to get Hogan to move to All Japan but Hogan refused to make the move, and it was probably a good move since in All Japan he’d have to compete with both Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen for the top foreigner position that he had in New Japan.

New Japan used to get its foreign talent from the WWF, and had for years based on a deal New Japan had made with Vince McMahon’s father. But then WWF pulled Hogan from some tours since they needed him in the U.S. since he was just an important part of their touring. One time they did a fake injury angle to get him out of the tag team tournament which obviously left some bad feelings.

He still went back to defend the title in 1985 against Antonio Inoki, who won the IWGP tournament (what is now essentially the G-1) in the summer. It was pretty clear Hogan was going to be done and they needed to get a win over him. As WWF champion, that was very difficult and the only finish they could agree to was for Riki Choshu to lariat both Hogan and Inoki on the floor, but Inoki would beat the 20 count and Hogan wouldn’t, so Inoki would win. That kind of a finish caused a riot. It became an annual defense until a few years later when it became a regular championship defended on major shows.

Since 1985, when the WWF and New Japan relations fell through, aside from the unique Hogan situation where he only signed a deal for the U.S. because of the power he had, there has been no interaction between the two companies. Jushin Liger did work a Takeover show, but like Hogan, he had a clause in his contract that gives him the right to work for anyone outside of Japan. But now, with the unique WWE U.K. contracts where the talent continues to work indies, the U.K. champion could work against New Japan champions. And negotiating finishes, which would have been very difficult in the past, isn’t an issue because WWE hasn’t made any kind of an issue that we know of about their talent doing jobs on U.K. shows.

Mark Andrews vs. Ospreay in a WWE vs. NJPW match has been added to the 1/20 Revolution Pro “High Stakes” show at York Hall. On paper that’s a killer of a match. The show is also headlined by an NJPW vs. WWE match where Trent Seven & Tyler Bate defend the British tag team titles against Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr., plus IWGP tag champs Evil & Seiya Sanada vs. Mark Davis & Kyle Fletcher in a non-title match and Adam Brooks from Australia debuts against Ryan Smile. Tickets were close to being sold out at last report.

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That first bit about Okada is why I love New Japan. They just GET IT. They know how to build things for the future long-term, they know how not to overexpose things, and how to make big moments meaningful.
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Kenny signing a 1 year deal means they’re gonna see how the US tour does before giving him a lock in. Maybe it’s just another year of Omega perfecting his craft and seeing what WWE does before deciding.
(03-17-2016, 02:01 PM)Wiggz Wrote: Jimmy King had a broken back and was paralyzed but he hopped out of his wheelchair and whooped Kanyon in Memphis. Then Sting broke six bones in his neck with a bat and in two weeks he came back and ruled ass.

Jimmy King > Sting


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NJPW generally does 1 year deals for everybody. Omega has been re-signing every January for several years.
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Yeah. Also NJPW hot 100k this week.
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Jericho's latest podcast has Omega on it and they talk all about the match. How it came about, things that happened in the match and their thoughts on it, etc. It's really good.
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Finished that about an hour ago. Best episode of TIJ that there has ever been. Omega is a wrestling revolutionary but he is obviously not an upfront politician. Maybe he is behind closed doors or he is smart enough to keep to himself.
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WWE officially tweeted 9hrs ago ttat War Machine has joined NXT
(03-17-2016, 02:01 PM)Wiggz Wrote: Jimmy King had a broken back and was paralyzed but he hopped out of his wheelchair and whooped Kanyon in Memphis. Then Sting broke six bones in his neck with a bat and in two weeks he came back and ruled ass.

Jimmy King > Sting


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Old news dawg but still exciting news. The big story is Ricochet starting at the PC. The dude is retarded but his abilities are unreal.
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Yeah, War Machine, Ricochet, and Candice LeRae all announced today
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