WEEKLY OVERVIEW – NJPW (thru 11/22): Top stories of week, major show lineups, live event results, schedule of live events, noteworthy social media posts, more

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PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast featuring a WrestleMania 36 Preview with ex-WWE Creative Team member and professional stand-up comedian Matt McCarthy.

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The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.


•Top Stories of the Week

-Sean Radican of PWTorch.com is reporting that that All Elite Wrestling, LLC trademarks have been filed as of Nov. 5 of this year with the address of the trademarks being linked back to TIAA Bank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Trademarks filed include AEW, AEW All Out, All Elite Wrestling, Tuesday Night Dynamite and AEW Double or Nothing. With that being said, further research shows AWEWrestling.com and AllEliteWrestling.com were purchased on Oct. 23 of this year. Stay tuned!

-What a week for Jim Ross. He goes from calling his last matches for NJPW on AXS TV to looking like he got on the wrongside of the Bullet Club OGs on his way out of town as he suffered a concussion and two black eyes this past week. While he currently appears to be on the mend, check out the “Social Media Scene” further down this page to see just how bad his injuries were.

-Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer is reporting that the WWE is looking to expand their Performance Centers globally and Japan is on that list. While NJPW is unlikely to be on board, it will be interesting to see if the WWE signs a deal with any of the other promotions in Japan.

-NJPW annnounced this week that Hirooki Goto will defend the NEVER Openweight Championship against Kota Ibushi in the World Tag League 2018 finals taking place on Dec. 9 in Iwate, Japan. After weeks of turning down Goto’s challenge, Ibushi finally accepted on Night 2 of NJPW World Tag League 2018 on Nov. 18 at Korakuen Hall.

-Various websites are reporting that Super Jr. Tag League 2018 competitor and current Ring of Honor star ACH is being scouted for the next round of WWE Performance Center signings set to launch in January 2019. While Ring of Honor attempted to sign him to a new deal, nothing developed between the two sides.

-Wrestle Kingdom 13 is set to stream live on NJPW World on Jan. 4, 2019 and for the first time ever, the biggest matches from WK13 will air later in the day on AXS TV featuring commentary from Kevin Kelly and Don Callis.

-After four nights of NJPW World Tag League 2018, here are your current standings:

Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) 4 Points | 2 Wins 0 Losses
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) 4 Points | 2 Wins 0 Losses
K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) 4 Points | 2 Wins 0 Losses
Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) 4 Points | 2 Wins 0 Losses
CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) 2 Points | 1 Win 1 Loss
Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) 2 Points | 1 Win 1 Loss
Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) 2 Points | 1 Win 1 Loss
Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) 2 Points | 1 Win 1 Loss
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare 2 Points | 1 Win 1 LossYuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi 2 Points | 1 Win 1 Loss
Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino 0 Points | 0 Wins 2 Losses
“Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi 0 Points | 0 Wins 2 Losses
Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) 0 Points | 0 Wins 2 Losses
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb 0 Points | 0 Wins 2 Losses

(This week’s edition of NJPW Lioncast, exclusive to PWTorch.com, features coverage, match opinions and analysis of the first four nights of World Tag League 2018. You can check it out at HERE.)

-Happy Birthday to Los Ingobernables de Japon member and current World Tag League 2018 competitor “The Dragon” Shingo Takagi who turned 36 on Nov. 21.

-This Week in NJPW History saw Masato Tanaka defeat Karl Anderson in the NEVER: Shodai NEVER Musabetsu Kyu Oza Kettei Tournament Final to crown the inaugural NEVER Openweight Champion on Nov. 19, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan.


•Live Event Results

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 1
Nov. 17, 2018
Chichibunomiya Memorial Gymnasium at Kanagawa, Japan
Aired on NJPW World

(1) “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb defeated Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji by pinfall after Cobb pinned Tsuji
(2) Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) defeated Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma by pinfall after Taichi pinned Narita
(3) El Desperado & Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) defeated Yoshinobu Kanemaru & K.E.S. (Davey Boy Smith Jr. & Lance Archer) by pinfall after Suzuki pinned Kanemaru
(4) Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino by pinfall after Finlay pinned Umino in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(5) Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi defeated Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) by pinfall after Nagata pinned Kojima in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(6) Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) defeated “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi by pinfall after Beretta pinned Takahashi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(7) Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeated Togi Makabe & Toa Henare by pinfall after Loa pinned Henare in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(8) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & SANADA & “King of Darkness” EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) defeated CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Toru Yano & Tomohiro Ishii & Kazuchika Okada) by pinfall after Naito pinned YOH

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 2
Nov. 18, 2018
Korakuen Hall at Tokyo, Japan
Aired on NJPW World

(1) Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) defeated Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji by pinfall after Finlay pinned Uemura
(2) Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeated Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma by pinfall after Loa pinned Narita
(3) Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) & Togi Makabe & Toa Henare defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi by pinfall after Henare pinned Umino
(4) “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi defeated Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) & Hirooki Goto by pinfall after Takahashi pinned Chuckie T
(5) Roppongi 3K & Kazuchika Okada defeated Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) by pinfall after Okada pinned BUSHI
(6) K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) by pinfall after Archer pinned Iizuka in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(7) Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) defeated CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) after referee stoppage in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(8) Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) defeated “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb by pinfall after EVIL pinned Cobb in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 3
Nov. 20, 2018
Takaoka Techno Dome at Toyama, Japan

(1) “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi defeated Yuya Uemura & Ayato Yoshida by pinfall after Takahashi pinned Uemura
(2) Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) defeated Ren Narita & Shota Umino by pinfall after Taichi pinned Narita
(3) Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) defeated Yota Tsuji & Tomoaki Honma by pinfall after Kojima pinned Tsuji
(4) Togi Makabe & Toa Henare defeated Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi by pinfall after Makabe pinned Nakanishi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(5) K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) defeated “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb by pinfall after Archer pinned Elgin in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(6) CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) defeated Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) by pinfall after Yano pinned Iizuka in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(7) Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeated Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) by pinfall after Loa pinned Finlay in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(8) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & SANADA & “King of Darkness” EVIL & Tetsuya Naito) defeated CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Chuckie T & Beretta & Kazuchika Okada) by pinfall after Naito pinned SHO

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 4
Nov. 21, 2018
Shibata-shi Culture Center at Niigata, Japan

(1) Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) defeated Yota Tsuji & Tomoaki Honma by pinfall after Finlay pinned Tsuji
(2) Togi Makabe & Toa Henare defeated Yuya Uemura & Ren Narita by submission after Henare made Uemura tapout
(3) “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb & Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi defeated K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) & Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) by disqualification
(4) Bullet Club OG (Gedo & Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) defeated CHAOS (Rocky Romero & Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) by pinfall after Loa pinned Romero
(5) Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) defeated Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino by pinfall after Kojima pinned Umino in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(6) Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) defeated Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) by pinfall after Chuckie T pinned Taichi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(7) Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) defeated “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi by pinfall after SANADA pinned Takahashi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
(8) Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito) defeated CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Kazuchika Okada) by pinfall after Naito pinned YOH


•Upcoming Major Show Line-ups

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 5
Nov. 23, 2018
Culttz Kawasaki at Kanagawa, Japan

Yuya Uemura & Yota Tsuji vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa)
Ren Narita & Tomoaki Honma & Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) & K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.)
Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano & Hirooki Goto) vs. “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi & Kota Ibushi
CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito)

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 6
Nov. 24, 2018
Kuki City Gymnasium at Saitama, Japan

Yota Tsuji vs. Yuya Uemura
Shota Umino & Manabu Nakanishi vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb
Ayato Yoshi & Yuji Nagata vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka)
Tomoaki Honma & Toa Henare & Togi Makabe vs. Ren Narita & Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay)
“Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) vs. K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Chuckie T & Beretta & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & SANADA & “King of Darkness” EVIL & Tetsuya Naito)

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 7
Nov. 25, 2018
Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium at Aichi, Japan
Airs at 3:00 a.m. ET on NJPW World

Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito)
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) vs. K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 8
Nov. 26, 2018
Komatsu City Suehiro Gymnasium at Ishikawa, Japan

Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) vs. CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
“Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb vs. Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito)

NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 9
Nov. 28, 2018
Mito Municipal Gymnasium at Ibaraki, Japan

Ayato Yoshida & Shota Umino vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (“King of Darkness” EVIL & SANADA) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Yuji Nagata & Manabu Nakanishi vs. Suzuki-gun (Zack Sabre Jr. & Taichi) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Tencozy (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Satoshi Kojima) vs. Best Friends (Beretta & Chuckie T) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Taguchi Japan (Juice Robinson & David Finlay) vs. Suzuki-gun (Minoru Suzuki & Takashi Iizuka) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Togi Makabe & Toa Henare vs. “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin & Jeff Cobb in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (Tomohiro Ishii & Toru Yano) vs. “Hangman” Adam Page & Yujiro Takahashi in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
Guerrillas of Destiny (Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa) vs. K.E.S. (Lance Archer & Davey Boy Smith Jr.) in a World Tag League 2018 Tournament Match
CHAOS (SHO & YOH & Kazuchika Okada) vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon (Shingo Takagi & BUSHI & Tetsuya Naito)


•Upcoming Events

11/23/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 5 in Kanagawa, Japan
11/24/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 6 in Saitama, Japan
11/25/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 7 in Aichi, Japan
11/26/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 8 in Ishikawa, Japan
11/28/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 9 in Ibaraki, Japan
11/29/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 10 in Tokyo, Japan
11/30/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 11 in Tokyo, Japan
12/02/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 12 in Osaka, Japan
12/03/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 13 in Kochi, Japan
12/04/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 14 in Hyogo, Japan
12/06/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 15 in Yamagata, Japan
12/07/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 16 in Akita, Japan
12/09/2018: NJPW World Tag League 2018 – Night 17 in Iwate, Japan
12/14/2018: NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome – Night 1 in Tokyo, Japan
12/15/2018: NJPW Road to Tokyo Dome – Night 2 in Tokyo, Japan
01/04/2019: NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 13 in Tokyo, Japan
01/05/2019: NJPW New Year Dash in Tokyo, Japan
01/11/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 1 in Osaka, Japan
01/12/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 2 in Ehime, Japan
01/13/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 3 in Kyoto, Japan
01/14/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 4 in Gifu, Japan
01/16/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 5 in Chiba, Japan
01/18/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 6 in Tokyo, Japan
01/20/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 7 in Tokyo, Japan
01/21/2019: NJPW presents CMLL Fantastica Mania 2019 – Night 8 in Tokyo, Japan
01/26/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 1 in Saitama, Japan
01/28/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 2 in Tokyo, Japan
01/29/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 3 in Tokyo, Japan
01/30/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 4 in Miyagi, Japan
02/02/2019: NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo – Night 1 in Hokkaido, Japan
02/03/2019: NJPW The New Beginning in Sapporo – Night 2 in Hokkaido, Japan
02/06/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 5 in Nagano, Japan
02/07/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 6 in Aichi, Japan
02/08/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 7 in Mie, Japan
02/09/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 8 in Osaka, Japan
02/11/2019: NJPW Road to The New Beginning – Night 9 in Osaka, Japan
04/06/2019: NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard in New York, New York


•Latest TV Highlights: NJPW on AXS TV (11/16/2018)

King of Pro-Wrestling 2018
Oct. 8, 2018
Tokyo, Japan at Ryogoku Sumo Hall
Originally aired on NJPW World

(1) “The Cleaner” Kenny Omega defeated “The American Nightmare” Cody & Kota Ibushi by pinfall after getting the pin on Ibushi to retain the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a Triple Threat Match


•NJPW in the Media:

•Talk Is Jericho: The New Japan World of Kevin Kelly: LINK

•What is WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2018? LINK

•EGGSHELLS Podcast Companion: 2010 w/Damon McDonald: LINK

•Katsuyori Shibata – California Dreamin’: Documentary of the LA Dojo #4: LINK

•NJPW champion Kenny Omega: Changing the wrestling game, Life & Culture: LINK

•Kazuchika Okada, YOSHI-HASHI vs Kenny Omega, Chase Owens – WORLD TAG LEAGUE 2016 – Monday Free Match: LINK

•The Wire: IWGP Junior Tag 3-Way Championship at WK13: LINK

•”Coach” – Being The Elite Ep. 126: LINK

•The Wire: Rainmaker vs Switchblade at WK13; LINK


•LATEST “TALKING HONOR” PWTORCH LIVECAST COVERING ROH

“SCU Later.” This week Emily Fear and Harley R. Pageot answer listener mail on how and why Talking Honor is scripted and recorded the way it is. Plus: SoCal Uncensored capture tag team gold, Marty Scurll vs. The Hurricane in a no DQ match, Dalton Castle and Matt Taven fight over a fake title, and ponderings on what the final Final Battle PPV card might look like.

-On Tune In Radio HERE
-On Apple Podcasts HERE
-Or search “PWTorch” or “Pro Wrestling Torch” on your podcast app of choice

•Social Media Scene

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Ready for WRESTLE KINGDOM‼️

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収録終わり。 #ゴーちゃん

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Took a bad bump last night. The concrete went over.

Still going to @OU_Football tonight. #BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/7Hl506SrQ6

— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) November 17, 2018

Call me “old timer” or “out of touch” but in 28 years I’ve only missed ONE WEEK due to Injury. It’s a work guys. Stop acting like it’s not.

— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) November 18, 2018

.@ibushi_kota finally accepted the challenge from @510njpw to face him for the NEVER Openweight championship on December 9th! 
Anyone who remembers these warriors clashing on night 12 of the G1 Climax will be excited with anticipation!https://t.co/bBYm18yt6Z#njpw #njwtl pic.twitter.com/CqW453lclS

— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) November 19, 2018

Tokyo Korakuen GameFace. ⁦@njpwworld⁩ pic.twitter.com/pLvYNQHWgC

— Super Elitist (@CyrusOverHuge) November 18, 2018

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#BeingTheElite #MoneyShakes

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I didn’t see a vape.
Yo it’s Craaazy, I was just talking about #BulletClub needing a HypeMan and then I saw your tweet. #RealestOG #onTwitter https://t.co/gm6ooLPZY8

— 'Bad Boy' Tama Tonga (@Tama_Tonga) November 19, 2018

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— BUSHI (@BUSHI_njpw) November 19, 2018

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I’m stoked to have been cast as the lead in the remake of #KindergartenCop! #itsnotatumormaaan #stoppickingyournoseyastupididiot (graphic by @prowrestlingnostalgia)

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Renewed our vows last night in front of the Eiffel… today we’re at Disneyland Paris and it’s SNOWING ♥️ Follow me on IG (mrsmatt.13) to see our adventures! pic.twitter.com/8WUoocADrl

— Mrs. Matt (@MrsMatt13) November 20, 2018

Yeah. I like that attitude. I want more of that. pic.twitter.com/OLbKI6EsX5

— The Young Bucks (@MattJackson13) November 20, 2018

Don’t worry about the old mule, just load the damn wagon!

The Jim Ross Report SlobberKnocker Audio show escapes Wed!

Features a single mom super woman ⁦@ActualALove⁩ ! pic.twitter.com/LhkuByq6q6

— Jim Ross (@JRsBBQ) November 21, 2018

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Trudeau knows! #PierreTrudeau #OGPrimeMinister #Liberal

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Today's STANCE #stancesocks #stance_japan

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本日発売、、、 #prowrestling #週刊プロレス

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美味しかったねロッキー!

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Volunteer to help set up chairs etc. at local indy show. Continue to volunteer. Let promoter know what you'd like to do eventually. If promoter likes you and knows he can count on you, he may give you a shot. Then do the same for other groups. https://t.co/9TKaxsn58j

— Kevin Kelly (@realkevinkelly) November 21, 2018

I am very excited to call Wrestle Kingdom for the fourth straight year. On January 4th, fans can watch live on @njpwworld but now also same day coverage on @AXSTV.

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•Closing Commentary

What a difference a day makes.

While I was set to write about the influence of Chris Jericho on NJPW and it’s pending, parting roster, the buzz surrounding All Elite Wrestling cannot be ignored.

Weeks ago, I wrote about the rumours of Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, the ELITE, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan and AXS TV being involved in a brand new wrestling promotion. Now it looks like those rumours aren’t just rumours. While it’s still speculation based on the fact that no names were linked to the registering of the All Elite Wrestling, LLC trademarks, the writing is on the wall. Cody’s last date with ROH is coming up next month. His final date with NJPW in January 2019. “Hangman” Page turning down contracts. SCU turning down contracts. Omega’s contract set to expire in January 2019.

While the trademarks and the websites have been put into motion, let’s look at the realism of it all. WWE is set to move SmackDown to Fox and Friday nights in late 2019 and we have a Tuesday night audience losing out on their entertainment that night of the week. Enter “Tuesday Night Dynamite” capitalizing on the void left by the WWE while not only maintaining the Tuesday night audience, but by exposing that same Tuesday night audience to this new form of Sports Ent…. WRESTLING!

That’s right, wrestling.

While the ELITE are seemingly sticking their noses up to Vince McMahon and the WWE, Sinclair Broadcast Group and ROH and Harold Meij and NJPW, that’s simply not the case. If they needed the money and the exposure, they would sign with the WWE. If they wanted to remain loyal and continue to have creative bosses to answer to, they would re-sign with ROH and NJPW. But they’re not doing that. They’re simply chasing their dreams as a cohesive unit. Giving fans what they want to see in a match, a t-shirt and now a storyline. They’re looking to change the world… the world of PRO-WRESTLING.

What NJPW does about the news isn’t a mystery and hasn’t been in some time. Their current list of champions and who’s challenging at Wrestle Kingdom 13 shows that New Japan Pro-Wrestling is ready for the farewell of Omega, Cody, Page, Jericho and the Bucks. While Omega may retain against Tanahashi at WK13 just to create a buzz, it won’t matter when it comes to the title defenses of Chris Jericho and Cody. Look for new Intercontinental and United States Champions to be crowned while “Switchblade” Jay White the Bullet Club OGs do the honourable thing at the end of the month and oust Omega from NJPW “Bullet Club style”.

With that being said…

#GoodbyeandGoodnightBANG


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